Science Café Events in Sacramento Region for February 2017

“Nematode Need-To-Know:
Roundworms Are All Around You”
Wednesday, Feb. 1st, 2017
6:00 – 7:30 p.m.
World of Wonders Science Museum
2 North Sacramento Street, Lodi
Wine/beer cash bar and food truck on site

Join your host Nick Gray, Education Director at the WOW, for an evening learning experience in Lodi!  You may know nematodes as parasites of animals or pests of garden and crop plants, but did you know the most common roundworms are free-living nematodes in the soil and sediment?  At the next SCIENCE NIGHT LIVE, get up close and personal with nematodes from less than one millimeter to eight meters long (30 ft.) as UC Davis Parasitologist Lauren Camp gives us the nematode need-to-know.  For a preview, tune into Capital Public Radio’s Insight with Beth Ruyak on Wednesday morning, February 1st.

As always, SCIENCE NIGHT LIVE has a cash bar for beer and wine purchases and a food truck for dinner and snacks, so you won’t go thirsty or hungry throughout the evening!

Contact the museum for directions and more information at 209.368.0969 or nick[at]wowsciencemuseum[dot]org.

“In Search of the Biggest Sofa: a Mathematical Mystery”
Davis Science Café
Wednesday, February 8th, 2017
5:30 – 7:00 p.m.
G Street WunderBar
228 G St, Davis, California 95616
Complimentary soft drinks courtesy UCD Department of Math and Physical Sciences

Each month, Professor Jared Shaw with the UC Davis Department of Chemistry hosts the Davis Science Café, featuring scientists who are studying some of today’s cutting edge topics. This month’s guest is Professor Dan Romik from the UC Davis Department of Mathematics, who studies the moving sofa problem among other geometric mysteries. Invite a friend, and get here early to grab a seat at G Street Wunderbar. Let’s drink to science!

Contact Professor Jared Shaw more information, at or


HIV microbiology: Immunity and vaccines
Sacramento Science Distilled
Wednesday, February 15th, 2017
6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Old Ironsides
1901 10th St. Sacramento
21+ event, FREE TO ATTEND

Come to Sacramento’s Science Distilled series! You’ll hear a short, idea-centered talk from a local expert in the sciences. After the talk, we’ll have a lively discussion that brings science into context for everyday life. Our speakers this month will be Dr. Brenna Kiniry and Dr. Lauren Hirao of UC Davis Microbiology.

Brenna will discuss: Is there a cure for HIV? Do we need one if HIV-infection is manageable with drug therapy? My presentation will aim to provide answers these questions by exploring the reasoning behind the cure movement, current strategies, the potential for success and risks involved. 

Lauren will discuss: After three decades of research there is no licensed HIV vaccine.  Are we any closer to a successful vaccine?  I’ll discuss what makes HIV a challenging vaccine target, why traditional approaches fail, and the innovations in vaccine design that are driving the field forward. 

Learn more about science cafés in the Capital Region at



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