21+ Adult Science Series

The 21+ Science for Adults Series - 2018 Recap  

Proving Science Exploration Isn't Just For the Kids

Many thanks to Fleet Science Center for their collaboration in helping the San Diego Festival of Science & Engineering co-produce the 21+ series.

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Thursday, March 1st

The Reid Lecture Series

Time: 5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.      
Location: California State University San Marcos
Department of Mathematics
College of Science and Mathematics
San MarcosCA 92096

Ticket Cost: FREE

The Reid Lecture Series presents Dr. William Dunham, Professor, Mathematical Historian, and distinguished author, discussing, "Your humble servant, Isaac Newton". In the 20th century, Cambridge University Press published the complete letters of Isaac Newton. Dr. Dunham will share some of his favorite examples from Newton as a correspondent. He will also discuss Newton's first great mathematical discovery: his generalized binomial theorem and its use in approximating square roots.

A reception with light appetizers starts at 5:30PM with his presentation from 6-7PM in the University Student Union Ballroom.


Register here.

Monday, March 5th

Suds & Science: San Diego Research Spotlight: Changing the World: Why Women in Science Matter

Time: 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.      
Location: Stone Brewing Company
2816 Historic Decatur Rd #116
San Diego, CA 92106
Ticket Cost: $5

From cutting edge malaria research, to new hope for cystinosis patients, to internet security, to understanding the developing, adolescent brain. Women in science are changing the world. And even more important, they are changing how research is done. In 2013 the FDA advised women to cut their dose of the sleeping pill Ambient in half, as it was discovered that the active ingredient in the drug stayed in women’s bodies longer than in men. A fact that was overlooked in trials in drug development because of routine bias that does not include sex as a variable in scientific research. Many attribute that to the fact that what science decides to solve and how they solve it has a lot do with who is doing the research.

Join us as Dr. Stephanie Cherqui, Dr. Elizabeth Winzeler, Dr. Terry Jernigan and Dr. Kimberly Claffy share the important research they are doing, why we need more women in science and engineering and what their experience has been as women in science.

Date & Time: March 5; 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Cost: $5, Food & drinks are available for purchase. Come early to place your food and drink order at the bar!

Register here.

Tuesday, March 6th

The Science of Gratitude

Time: 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.      
Location: Honey Yoga
4952 El Cajon Blvd
San Diego, CA 92115
Ticket Cost: $20

Honey Yoga presents Dr. Arezou Ghane as she discusses the neurobiology of gratitude, and the scientifically-backed benefits of a gratitude practice.
No longer just hippy woo-woo talk, science is unlocking the power of gratitude and proving it can increase our well-being and happiness.
After the discussion join us in an all-levels yoga practice, to cultivate and embody gratitude. No prior yoga experience necessary. The yoga portion of the evening will end in a guided meditation and then you'll be super ready for cocktails and questions!
Please note: Discussion begins at 6pm. Wear comfy clothes. Please bring your yoga mat! The studio has a limited number to lend out. Drinks and chats will begin around 8pm.
If you're completely new to yoga and have a million questions about what it will be like, please check out the FAQ page on our website https://www.honeysandiego.com/faq/

Register here.

Wednesday, March 7th

Think, Drink, Science

Time: 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Location: Cutwater Spirits
9750 Distribution Ave
San Diego, CA 92121
Ticket Cost: $25.00

Biocom’s Life Science Young Leaders (LSYL) and the San Diego Festival of Science & Engineering’s Think, Drink, Science are proud to host a joint networking event at Cutwater Spirits on Wednesday, March 7th. We invite you to join us at their facility to explore the distillery and spirits process, while enjoying an evening of networking with our industry’s young leaders (21 to 39) and learning fun science facts through the (not-so-tasteful) lens of our event partners, Cards Against Humanity. Play their new “science pack” and enjoy complimentary tours of the distilling process will be offered throughout the evening—learning has never been more fun. 

Register here.


Wednesday, March 7th

Two Scientists Walk Into a Brewery.....

Time: 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Location: Wavelength Brewing Company
236 Main Street
Vista, CA 92084
Ticket Cost: FREE

Partnering with Wavelength Brewery, two faculty from the College of Science and Mathematics at California State University San Marcos will engage audiences and discuss their current research at a local brewery in Vista Village. Get ready to learn and ask questions!

‘Wavelengths for ecologists - remote sensing of the environment’, Dr. William Kristan, Associate Professor and Department Chair, Department of Biological Sciences.

‘Who am I? Where did I come from? Existentialism via genetics’, Dr. Arun Sethuraman, Assistant Professor, Department of Biological Sciences

No RSVP required for this event: open to the public.

Thursday, March 8th

Two Scientists Special Edition: Women to the Rescue | FREE

Time: 5:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.      
Location: Various locations - See below!

What sounds like the beginning of a rather bad joke is actually a fun community program by the Fleet Science Center. During Two Scientists Walk Into a Bar™, local scientists will enjoy something we all do: a good conversation in a local bar. Join them, and ask them anything you want! They'll be easy to spot. Just look for the sign that reads: "We are scientists. Ask us anything!"

We love hearing the questions being asked and seeing pictures of all the fun, so if you participate, be sure to post on social media, and tag the Fleet and use the hashtag #2scientists.

Two Scientists Walk Into a Bar™ returns on Thursday, March 8, which not-so-coincidentally is also International Women's Day! We are excited to host this very special Two Scientists Walk Into a Bar event during the San Diego Festival of Science and Engineering week. Two Scientists Walk Into a Bar™—Women to the Rescue! features 50 local female scientists ready to answer any science questions you might have.

Participating Bars & Times:

Blind Lady Ale House 3416 Adams Ave, San Diego, CA 92115 (7 p.m. to 9 p.m.)
Iron Fist Brewing Barrio Logan 1985 National Ave #1132, San Deigo, CA 92113 (6 p.m. to 8 p.m.)
Lightning Brewery 13200 Kirkham Way, Poway, CA 92064 (5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.)
Panama 66 1450 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92101 (5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.)
The Manhattan Bar 400 Broadway, Chula Vista, CA 91910 (7 p.m. to 9 p.m.)
Thorn Street Brewery 3176 Thorn St, San Diego, CA 92104 (6 p.m. - 8 p.m.)
Tiger! Tiger! Tavern 3025 El Cajon Blvd, San Diego, CA 92104 (7 p.m. - 9 p.m.)
Next Door Craft Beer and Wine 7235 El Cajon Blvd, San Diego, CA 92115 (6 p.m. - 8 p.m.)
The WineSellar & Brasserie 950 Waples St #115, San Diego, CA 92121 (5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.)
The Rose Wine Bar 2219 30th St, San Diego, CA 92104 (7 p.m. - 9 p.m.)
Iron Fist Brewing Vista 1305 Hot Spring Way, Vista, CA 92081 (6 p.m. - 8 p.m.)
The Ugly Dog 6344 El Cajon Blvd, San Diego, CA 92115 (7:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.)
Eppig Brewing 3052 El Cajon Blvd, San Diego, CA 92104 (6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.)
Eppig Brewing Waterfront Biergarten 2817 Dickens St, San Diego, CA 92106 (6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.)
Cellar 3 12260 Crosthwaite Circle, Poway, CA 92064 (5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.)
Green Flash Brewing 6550 Mira Mesa Blvd, San Diego, CA 92101 (5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.)
White Labs 9495 Candida St, San Diego, CA 92121 (6 p.m. - 8 p.m.)
Modern Times Brewing 3000 Upas St, San Diego, CA 92104 (6 p.m. - 8 p.m.)
Modern Times Brewing 3725 Greenwood St, San Diego, CA 92110 (5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.)
Mission Brewery 1441 L St, San Diego, CA 92101 (5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.)
URBN North Park 3085 University Ave, San Diego, CA 92104 (6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.)
Fall Brewing Company 4542 30th St, San Diego, CA 92116 (7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.)
Societe Brewing Company 8262 Clairemont Mesa Blvd, San Diego, CA 92111 (5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.)
Wavelength Brewing 236 Mainstreet, Vista, CA 92084 (7:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.)
Ballast Point Brewing Little Italy 2215 India St, San Diego, CA 92101 (6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.)


No RSVP required for this event: open to the public.

Saturday, March 10th

SOLD OUT: Science of Cocktails

Time: 4:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.      
Location: False Idol Tiki Bar (hidden inside Craft & Commerce)
675 W Beech St
San Diego, CA 92101


Join the Fleet Science Center and the San Diego Festival of Science and Engineering for an especially “spirited” event. On Saturday, March 10, some of San Diego’s finest bartenders and local scientists will come together at San Diego’s iconic False Idol to help us understand what it takes to concoct the perfect cocktail. Using fluid dynamics, chemical reactions and physics to create amazing drinks, bartender and scientist will converge in the attempt to dazzle your tastebuds.

Sunday, March 11th

Makers & Mimosas

Time: 10:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.      
Location: Park & Rec
4612 Park Blvd
San Diego, CA 92116
Ticket Cost: $25

Makers and Mimosas, brought to you by the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute, Fleet Science Center, and Biocom Institute. The Fleet Science Center and San Diego Festival of Science & Engineering are so excited to co-produce the 21+ finale event for Festival Week called: Makers and Mimosas. Grab a glass of bubbles, bring out your inner artist, and mix in a little science. It’s all here for you!  Engage with local Makers as you interact and view their beautiful installations and displays. Then take a break to have some breakfast bites and engage in one of our DIY maker-stations which will include take-home items and creations. Be sure not to miss the on-site creation of a next generation spacecraft structure built out of origami in a life-size form. Manan Arya, a technologist and space origami engineer at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory brings his passion and work to life throughout the event. Tickets will include two drink tickets and breakfast.

There will be two interactive maker installations on sound:

  1. Melodic Distortion Field: an interactive sonic installation which pentatonically reharmonizes the sounds around us to create a strange new harmonic language.  It creates a sound world focused intensely on a single viewer/listener which is barely audible at any greater distance
  2. Relay Rythms: an interactive sound sculpture that uses salvaged industrial relays and custom circuitry to create polyrhythmic clicks. Clicking is controlled by the black knobs, and corresponding lights illuminate when each click occurs. The device subdivides a master tempo into integer divisions between a whole note and sixteenth note (i.e. 1:1 through 1:16) and consequently maintains locked rhythmic relationships between the clicks. Since there are three relays, polyrhythms like 1:2:3 or 13:14:15 are available, and master tempo is controlled by the black knob on the front of the box. The circuitry also has three audio jacks which output signals that toggle between zero and five volts in synchronization with corresponding relays. Relay timing and control is managed by an arduino which sends signals to transistors that energize the relays.

There will be a make & take activity on hydroponics by Urban Growth Farms. And there will be 2 more interactive stations by the Fleet Science Center (Make your own coasters and wine charms)

Register here.


Friday, March 23

Time: 6:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.      
Location: Fleet Science Center
1875 El Prado
San Diego, CA 92101
Ticket Cost: $25

Does toast always land butter-side down? What keeps you drier: running in the rain or walking through it? Can you really pull a tablecloth off of a fully set table without disturbing a dish? You can put these myths to the test - just as the team from the popular MythBusters TV show has done for years! Use scientific observations and your own curiosity to search for the truth behind commonly held beliefs. Join us to find out the answers to these puzzling questions and more! Pick up a libation in this kid-free zone and enjoy additionaly hands-on science fun for adults!

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