Science and Beer Both Flow at Science on Tap Events

Torrential rains did not prevent a good crowd from showing up at Rising Silo Brewery on Glade Road October 23 to hear scientists from associate professor Dr. Marcella Kelly’s fisheries and wildlife research group talk about the importance of poop and camouflaged cameras in studying carnivores in the wild.

“Catching Carnivores Creatively: Using Poop and Cameras to Capture Clues about Elusive Animals” included short talks by five members of the Kelly research group, a slide show of some of the photos they’ve been able to get of a wide variety of difficult-to-study animals, and samples of poop–some real, some rubber.

Research associate Abi Tyson showed the audience examples of improvements to helmet design as part of her September 25 talk, “Transforming Football Helmet Design.” Dr. Marc Stern, associate professor in forest resources and environmental conservation, spoke on “How to Build Trust” at the August 28 Science on Tap. Caitlin Colleary, Anza Mitchell, and Max Ragozzino, Virginia Tech graduate student winners of the Nutshell Games, provided short talks and a show-and-tell table for the second “on Tap” event, May 6. Dr. Bill Hopkins, director of the Global Change Center and professor of fish and wildlife conservation, launched the program with his talk on hellbenders April 24.

Event organizer Dr. Katie Burke, digital editor at American Scientist and advisory board member for the Center for Communicating Science, plans to move Science on Tap indoors for the winter months. Check our website or the Science on Tap Facebook page for upcoming events and mark your calendars for the fourth Monday of each month!

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