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The Potential to Shake, Rattle, and Roll in Memphis

  • High Cotton Brewery 598 Monroe Avenue Memphis, TN, 38103 United States (map)

Did you know that Memphis sits on a natural fault line, and the chance for a tornado is much higher than the national average? We may be in the middle of the country, but that's not protecting us from natural disasters!

To learn more about the risks we take living in the city we love, join us to hear from a couple local experts from the University of Memphis.

Doors will be open at 6:30pm. We will have food, drinks and chatting with our new friends until 7:00pm, when the action begins!



Doors will be open at 6:30pm. High Cotton Brewery only serves the drinks, so be sure to plan ahead and bring some tasty eats! Enjoy a bounty of drinks (both with and without alcohol) offered by the High Cotton Brewery while chatting with new friends.


Following a brief introduction to taste of science and thanks to our sponsors, we will hear from our speakers with plenty of time between for questions and refills. 

A taste of science climate change event!

A taste of science climate change event!

Seating is limited; only a limited number of tickets will be available for purchase at the door. 

Earthquake Risk in the New Madrid Seismic Zone

Dr Eric Daub

Assistant Professor and Head of Center for Earthquake Research and Information at the University of Memphis 

A series of four large earthquakes occurred in 1811-1812 in the New Madrid Seismic Zone, causing widespread shaking throughout the central U.S. and re-shaping the landscape. If a repeat of one of the 1811-1812 events were to occur today, it would cause extensive loss of life and economic damage throughout the region. How can we accurately estimate the effects of such an earthquake before it happens? I will describe how scientists answer this question using a variety of methods.

Reconstructing Extreme Weather and Climate Events

Dr Dorian Burnette

Assistant Professor in the Department of Earth Sciences, University of Memphis.

Historical and paleoclimate data provide a valuable perspective on long-term climate. Scientists can construct long-term trends in key variables such as temperature and precipitation using these data. However, fluctuations in these variables are also important to understand. I will demonstrate how select extreme weather and climate events can be reconstructed using tree rings, early instrumental and modern observations.