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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.


Next up: 

"The Old Friends Hypothesis: What it says about increasing rates of asthma and autoimmunity"

John Cohen, M.D., Ph.D.
Professor of Immunology, University of Colorado Denver

Monday July 13, 2015
6:30pm to 8:00pm
Jack Quinn's Irish Alehouse & Pub

Humans have been primarily agriculturalists for about 10,000 years, and hunter-gatherers for much longer than that. This leads to the suggestion that we are no longer living in the world that evolution shaped us for. If we’re not adapted to the western diet, that could explain the pandemic of obesity, diabetes, heart disease, and stroke we’re currently experiencing. You may be less familiar with the epidemics of autoimmune disease and asthma that seem to have begun a few decades ago. Are these also conditions of maladaptation? Yes, says the Old Friends Hypothesis: we need certain microorganisms in our intestines to help our immune systems develop normally, and some of these Old Friends are now missing. There is plenty to think about and discuss here.


JJ Cohen is Professor of Immunology & Microbiology, and Medicine, at the University of Colorado School of Medicine. His research has focused on how cells make the decision to be alive or dead. He’s also interested in the neuroscience of how students learn and in designing learning programs that take advantage of that knowledge. JJ is very involved in public outreach science education, having started the longest-running Café Scientifique in the Americas in 2003, and the Mini Med School in 1989; it’s currently online at 

On Deck

Title TBD:  Something on Radiation or Fluid Dynamics

Cory Ahrens, Ph.D.
Research Physicist

Monday August 10, 2015

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.