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Science on Tap

Monthly Science and Technology Presentations and Discussions

Science on Tap Logo Join the Colorado Springs Science Center for Science on Tap every 2nd Monday of the month at Jack Quinn’s in downtown Colorado Springs.  A wide variety of fascinating topics are presented by local scientists for informal discussion, and the relaxed atmosphere encourages anyone and everyone to come explore the latest ideas in science and technology.  From practical to theoretical, the presentations and group interactions provide a fun and interesting way to gain an understanding of the world around us.

       

Upcoming presentations: 

What is a Field Geologist and What Do They Do… Really?

November 10, 2014
6:30pm to 8:00pm
Jack Quinn's Irish Alehouse & Pub

Jay Temple
Consulting Geologist, Temple Geological Services, LLC

Summary:
Simply put, a field geologist is responsible for recognizing and mapping the distribution of formations and other geological features in a specified geographic area. More simply put, a field geologist must be both a geologists and a cartographer with a keen eye for analyzing the ground upon which we all walk. Recognizing the distribution and geometry of rock types on the surface leads to unlocking the natural resource potential of the area, reveals potential dangers to those living on its surface, and provides a better understanding of the Earth’s history. We’ll explore what this really means and how to really apply this knowledge at our November Science on Tap.

Bio:
Jay Temple is a consulting geologist for numerous companies involved in minerals exploration primarily in the western United States. He is an educational consultant for the Space Foundation in Colorado Springs involved with teaching courses in geology and planetary geology for high school educators and an instructor for the University of Oklahoma field geology curriculum. He holds a bachelor’s degree in geology from Rice University and a master’s degree in geology and geophysics from Texas A&M University.


The Saga of the Tava: An account of a geological quest and the discovery of a ‘new’ rock formation in Colorado

December 8, 2014
6:30pm to 8:00pm
Jack Quinn's Irish Alehouse & Pub

Christine Siddoway
Dept Geology / Colorado College

Summary:
This conversation will center upon a perplexing rock formation that exists around the base of Pikes Peak. Named Tava sandstone, this sedimentary rock exists as intrusions within the ancient granites that form the backbone of the Front Range. The age and origin of the Tava sandstone have eluded Colorado geologists for more than 120 years. New research by Colorado College investigators reveals key evidence bearing on the mode of formation of Tava sandstone, and new technology has allowed us to determine the Tava’s AGE. Both results are utterly surprising, and they open a chapter of the geological history of Colorado that has been obscured by time. Come to SoT to experience a bit of the ‘research roller coaster’ yourself, and hear about the provocative results!

Bio:
Christine Siddoway is a CC professor who’s been grappling with a geological enigma for more than 10 years. She says she’d have liked to ignore the problem of the Tava sandstone entirely, but it kept showing up underfoot when she was out walking her dogs on local trails, or cycling on the canyon roads. The Tava sandstone got under her skin, making it impossible not to grapple with its challenge. At long last — and with the help of many CC students-- major breakthroughs have come. And, as is the nature of science, equally stimulating new questions now arise!


The E-True Hollywood Story of NASA Missions: How the Sausage is Made and the Future of U.S. Human and Robotic Exploration

January 12, 2014
6:30pm to 8:00pm
Jack Quinn's Irish Alehouse & Pub

Dr. Scott Rafkin

Summary:
What I'd plan on discussing is how NASA missions are formulated and selected.  That's the sausage making part, which involves insufferable politics and often inane decisions by technocrats.  Then, having done that, I'll discuss how the sausage process drives the future of space exploration.   It's my impression that there's a big difference in how the public thinks missions come about, and the reality of how missions come about.  


Science on Tap is a free event and reservations are not required; however, you’ll need to pay for any drinks and food.  Jack Quinn’s is located downtown at 21 S. Tejon Street, Colorado Springs, CO, 80903.