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Virginia Institute of Marine Science

A Scientist Walks Into A Bar...

This winter program—offered by the Virginia Institute of Marine Science—provides casual conversations on relevant environmental topics that you may not know so much about. Join us each month for good food, good times, and good information at Park Lane Tavern in Peninsula Town Center for our latest series!

This is how it works
6:30 - 7:00 pm—Join us to order drinks or dinnerDr. Drew Luellen discusses harmful flame retardants while guests enjoy dinner and drinks.
7:00 - 7:15 pm—Learn about the topic
7:15 - 8:00—Keep the conversation going
Big Data: Ocean Data

Tuesday October 7th, 6:30-8:00 p.m.

Join this special installation of “A Scientist Walks Into A Bar” as VIMS joins science cafes/pubs around the state to discuss Big Data during the Virginia Science Festival. Big Data: Ocean Data—held Tuesday, October 7th from 6:30-8:00 p.m. at Mike’s Place in Newport News—will give attendees a chance to learn about world-wide oceanographic collaborations. VIMS Ph.D. student Josh Stone will kick off the conversation by sharing how and where data is collected, VIMS’ role in these efforts, and how scientists use data to answer questions about global change. No prior knowledge of the topic is needed. There is no charge to attend (only your meal/beverage tab).  

Registration is required due to limited space. Register now or call 804-684-7061. 

Don’t forget to follow the conversation on social media by using the hashtags #VAtalksBigData and #vasciencefest.

Past Topics
Wednesday February 5, 2014

How fast might the modern furnishings in our homes go up in flames? Should we be concerned about the flame retardants that end up in our air, waterways, and bodies? Firefighter and environmental toxicologist Drew Luellen will begin the conversation with surprising answers.

Wednesday March 5, 2014

Houses that float in rising water? Flood gates 5-stories high? Molly Mitchell, lead author of the Recurrent Flooding Study for Tidewater Virginia, will kick-off the discussion with some innovative ways other countries are dealing with sea-level rise, and what may be in our future here in Hampton Roads.

Wednesday April 2, 2014

Are you brushing your teeth and washing your face with plastic? Bet you are! Marine scientist Rob Hale will start the conversation by exploring the journey of plastic debris from toothpaste to toothed whales, and everything in between.