Science on Tap


Science on Tap is an opportunity for conversation, debate and interaction between scientists and the public while enjoying your favorite libation. Each month at the SpeakEZ Lounge, a knowledgeable expert hosts a discussion about a current scientific topic: cutting edge cancer detection techniques, climate change, Ebola virology, sex in the animal kingdom, Parkinson's disease, or brewing beer, to name just a few. This is a great chance to indulge your academic interests in a casual setting while enjoying great food and beverages.

Location: SpeakEZ lounge 600 Monroe Ave. NW 49503

Frequency: Second Thursday of every month at 8pm

Science on Tap

This March:

Decoding a Diagnosis
By Dr. Nicole Marganti, University Counseling Center (Grand Valley State University), River City Psychological Services

Date: Thursday, March 8

Time: 8pm

Do I have anxiety or an anxiety disorder? Making sense of mental health is complex for clients and therapists alike, but a correct diagnosis can shine a light on the best plan for treatment. Come hear Dr. Nicole Marganti discuss how professionals determine a diagnosis and explore factors that can complicate the process.


Highlight from the February Science on tap

Darwin and Friends

Darwin and friends - celebrating Charles Darwin's 207th birthday with the amazing Adaptations & Evolutionary Eccentricities Science on Tap.

Previous Science on Tap Talks




Munching on Monkeys: The sustainability of Primate Hunting among indigenous Waiwai in Guyana

Dr. Chris Shaffer, GVSU Anthropology

October 9, 2014

Ebola and Our Global Village

Dr. Doug Graham, GVSU Biomedical Sciences

November 20, 2014

Climate Change: What's it all about?

Michael Gutowsky, GVSU Geology

December 16, 2014

The Paleolithic Diet: Then and Now

Dr. Debra Lown, GVSU Biomedical Sciences

January 29, 2015

Flirtation, Fertilization, and Frustration: a brief tour of animal sex

Dr. Cara Ocobock, GVSU Biomedical Sciences

February 12, 2015

Human Gait: Truth and Consequences

Dr. Lissa Tallman, GVSU Biomedical Sciences

March 12, 2015

To vaccinate or not to vaccinate?

Dr. Suganthi Sridhar, GVSU Biomedical Sciences

April 9, 2015

Climate Change: Why it isn't a myth perpetuated by bad science

Dr. Kevin Strychar, Annis Water Resource Institute

May 14, 2015

Sex difference and sports interest: Myth and Reality

Dr. Robert Deaner, GVSU Psychology

June 11, 2015

Profile of a Poisoner

Dr. Brian Judge, Grand Rapids Medical Education Partners/MSU

July 9, 2015

Liquid Bread and the Bubbles in Your Head

David Ringler, Cedar Spring Brewing Company

August 13, 2015

Parkinson's Disease: current insights and needed breakthroughs

Dr. Caryl Sortwell, Translational Science and Molecular Medicine at the MSU College of Human Medicine

September 10, 2015

I see you. I own you. How novel medical imaging will revolutionize precision medicine

Dr. Anthony Chang, Van Andel Research Institute

October 8, 2015

The Right Climate for a Saner Diet

Robert Shapiro, the Humane Society of the United States

October 26, 2015

HIV and Tuberculosis: why the synergy? (Going viral...confessions of a closet microbiologist)

Dr. Julie Turner, Van Andel Research Institude

November 12, 2015

Intro to BIG History

Dr. Craig Benjamin, GVSU History

December 10, 2015

What have we learned from Martian Robots?

Dr. Doug Furton, GVSU Physics

January 14, 2016

Amazing Adaptations & Evolutionary Eccentricities 

Dr. Laura Stroik, GVSU Biomedical Sciences

February 12, 2016


Bart Sumner of Rapid Delivery Improv

March 10, 2016

Can we design spaces where people can actually think?

Richard Benoit, Steelcase

April 14, 2016

The snack that bites back! Carnivorous plants that keep cultures and waistlines intact

Rachel Schwallier, GVSU Biology

May 12, 2016

Meet is meat and a man must eat: investigating the African poaching crisis

Matthew Lindenburg

June 9, 2016

Tales of a medical examiner

Dr. Stephen Cole, Grand Rapids Medical Examiner

July 14, 2016

Restoring the Rapids

Tim Kelly, Planning Manager Downtown Rapids Inc.

August 11, 2016

Empathy: What is it Good for?

Dr. Heather Tafel

October 13, 2016

Making Sense of Senses

Dr. Dan Bergman

November 10, 2016

Plagues, Death, and Human History

Dr. Kathryn Haley

December 8, 2016

Misconceptions About Conception

Dr. Christopher Pearl, GVSU Biomedical Sciences

January 12, 2017

From Flush to Fresh: The Journey of Wastewater

Mike Lunn, Environmental Services Dept., City of Grand Rapids

February 9, 2017

The Science of Beer

Ryan Engemann

March 9, 2016

Can You Be Alive After You're Dead?: Ethical Controversies Around Death and Brain Death

Marleen Eijkholt, Center for Ethics and Humanities in the Life Sciences, MSU

April 13, 2017

Moon-shine: Our Nearest Neighbor Seen In A New Light

Kevin Thaisen

May 11, 2017

Applied Behavior Analysis For A Modern Era

Sarah Campau, Behavior Specialist, Kent County

June 15, 2017

Why Would Russia Want To Interfere With Our Election Anyway?

Heather Tafel, Dept. of Political Science, GVSU

July 6, 2017

Cannibals and Crazy Cows: The Propagating Prion Protein

Guillermo Flores, Van Andel Institute, MSU College of Human Medicine

July 13, 2017

Coconut Oil, Gluten Free, Juice Cleanses...Oh My! 

Katie Boss, Emily Palczewski, Dietitians of West Michigan

August 10, 2017

The Intersection Between Art and Technology

Vinicius Lima, Department of Visual and Media Arts, Grand Valley State University

September 21, 2017

Medicinal Plants: Going, Going, Gone? A Case Study From Kenya

Kristin Hedges, Dept. of Anthropology, Grand Valley State University

October 12, 2017

Why Is Labor So Laborious?: Evolutionary Medicine and Human Birth

Lissa Tallman, Dept. of Biomedical Sciences, Grand Valley State University

November 9, 2017

Weasels in the Woods: American Marten Ecology in Michigan’s Lower Peninsula

Paul Keenlance, Biology Department, Grand Valley State University

December 14, 2017

Ask a Paleontologist

Laura Stroik, Biomedical Science Department, Grand Valley State University

January 11, 2018

Evolution of the human mind and brain

Mark Reimers, Neuroscience Program, Michigan State University

February 8, 2017

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