Science Café Events in Sacramento Region for August


“The Desperate Search For A Good Tomato: Can Biotechnology Help?”
Davis Science Café
Wednesday, August 8th, 2018
5:30 – 7:00 p.m.
G Street WunderBar
228 G St, Davis, California 95616
Complimentary soft drinks courtesy of the UCD College of Letters and Science

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 Diane Beckles from the UC Davis Department of Plant Sciences who studies how environmental factors impact tomato quality and yield. Invite a friend, and get here early to grab a seat at G. Street Wunderbar. Let’s drink to science!

Abstract: People are often dissatisfied with store-bought tomatoes, believing that their inferior quality is because they have been genetically modified. The truth is that none of the tomatoes on the market are GMO, and that issues that determine their quality are as complex as the modern supply chain. This talk will examine the lowly ‘store-bought’ tomato and the multitude of factors that determine its flavor on your plate. It will also make the case that biotechnology, specifically gene editing, could create a superior tomato with a lighter environmental footprint.

Contact Professor Jared Shaw more information, at jtshaw@ucdavis.eduor



After-Hours Science is a relaxed, adults-only night at Powerhouse! For our first event we’re going back to basics and giving you a refresh of all the concepts you probably forgot from high school science lab.

Explore the physics of stored elastic energy with giant slingshots

Sharpen your stargazing skills with a planetarium show that highlights the current night’s sky.

Learn more about the chemistry of alcohol while you sip on a local craft beer.

One drink is included with ticket purchase and food will be available for purchase. This is a 21+ event, valid ID is required for entry.

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