taste of science gives you space
Space. The final frontier. This January we will be hosting talks from two NASA scientists at Sigma Brewing Company. Dr Patrice Yarbough, head of the Human Exploration and Research Analog (HERA) and Max Kelleher, Flight controller for the Environmental and Thermal Operations (ETHOS) team. Admission is free. Doors will open at 6:30 with the talks starting at 7. Come early, order your beverage, and grab a seat because they will be limited. Hope to see you there!
Why On Earth Should We Study the Health Issue of Space?
Patrice O. Yarbough
NASA - The HERA Project
Patrice will start by introducing the Human Exploration Research Analog (HERA) - a ground-analog for the NASA Human Research Program to study and evaluate impacts due to isolation, remoteness and confined habitation. Investigators will be looking at psychological, human factor and physiological impacts. Each HERA mission will simulate space exploration scenarios. Our current HERA Campaign 4 will include up to four 45-Day missions. Subjects will spend the mission in confined habitation inside the habitat at JSC-NASA.
taste of science sends their regards
taste of science is happy to bring you another post-festival event! This time we will be marrying climate change it what will surely be a red hot wedding. Come learn directly from the scientists who's research aligns with climate change in this round table discussion. The venue has an excellent selection of libations to cool you off if it gets too heated. A jazz band will follow the event to finish off the night! More information will be provide as the event gets closer so save the date!
Meet the Scientists
Dr. Lory Z. Santiago-Vazquez
University of Houston, Clear Lake
Dr. Santiago-Vazquez earned her PhD in Marine Pharmacology from UC Santa Barbara and is currently Assistant Professor of Biology and Biotechnology at the University of Houston, Clear Lake. Her research interest is in the use of biotechnology to study environmental issues with the main focus on the study of soft corals that produce bioactive metabolites. Additional areas of interest are in the signaling pathway of the stress response in corals that lead to bleaching and the process of microbial influenced corrosion of oil field pipelines.
Dr. Daniel Cohan
Daniel Cohan is an Associate Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Rice University. His research specializes in the development of photochemical models and their application to air quality management, uncertainty analysis, energy policy, and health impact studies. Before joining Rice, Dr. Cohan worked for the Air Protection Branch of the Georgia Environmental Protection Division. He received a B.A. in Applied Mathematics from Harvard University, a Ph.D. in Atmospheric Chemistry from Georgia Tech, and served as a Fulbright Scholar to Australia at the Cooperative Research Centre for Southern Hemisphere Meteorology. Dr. Cohan is a recipient of a National Science Foundation CAREER young investigator award and a member of the NASA Air Quality Applied Sciences Team.
Welcome Back Houston Science Tasters!
As we promised during this year's festival, you will not need to wait almost a year again to get your Science fix as we are working to bring you more regular individual events throughout the year... The next one is coming this summer, on July 12th, as we tackle the hot topic of vaccines. We have gathered a group of local specialists for a round table where they will be answering all your questions about the science of immunization.
How do vaccines work? What is the science behind them? How do we come up with a vaccination schedule? Come get answers to all these questions (and some of your own) at the wonderful Sigma Brewing Company, as you take refuge from the Texas heat while enjoying some of their crafty goodness!
Meet the Scientists and Physicians
Shital Patel, M.D.
Dr. Patel is interested in vaccine development and vaccine strategies especially in high risk populations as well the general population. This has included Phase I, II, and III clinical trials of candidate vaccines in adolescents, adults and the elderly. Current work includes Zika virus research to help characterize the immune response and the persistence of virus.
Robin Goin-Kochel, PhD
Dr. Kochel's research interests focus on phenotypic characterization of children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and those with genetic mutations that have been linked to ASD. She has managed data collection for the Simons Simplex Collection and Simons Variation in Individuals Project at http://sfari.org and the Simons Foundation Powering Autism Research for Knowledge (www.sparkforautism.org/texaschildrens). Additionally, she conducts research on the phenomenon of developmental regression in children with ASD, potential causes of regression, effects on long-term outcomes, and how families perceive and manage ASD after they observe such skill losses.
Stanley Spinner, M.D.
Dr. Spinner is the Chief Medical Officer and Vice President of Texas Children's Pediatrics and Texas Children's Urgent Care and has been practicing pediatrics in Houston for over 30 years. In this role he oversees clinical operations in all of the medical organization's 51 locations. As a researcher he published 25 pediatric-focused clinical, protocol-based studies, concerning such topics as vaccines, Clarithromycin, Azithromycin, Augmentin, Penicillin, Amoxicillin, and Diphtheria. Dr Spinner has been named as Outstanding Educator for High School Interns and has been named as outstanding Pediatrician both locally and on the state level
Join us Saturday afternoon at Mongoose versus Cobra as we finish a week of amazing science with some sex (science) as well as the science behind drugs (well, one) and a little bit of Rock and Roll in between. Can you think of a better way to spend your weekend?
Is your curiosity peaked when friends send you articles about a new find guaranteeing to rid you of your aches and pains? Do you wonder why we aren’t using more alternative medicines to treat disease when it appears that so many people have improved using these non-conventional methods?
We will kick off our taste of science week with a taste of Science itself. What exactly is Science? How does it work? And how do we fund it? Join us as Jon Flynn, from the taste of science team will introduce you to the scientific method, and Kenneth Evans for the Baker Institute will give us a brief history of Science Policy in the US.
Taste of Science presents: March for Science – Houston After Dark!
Come join our local scientists as they step out of their labs and join us for drinks at Okra Charity Bar to speak about current research and scientific advancements in their field.