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Gaining Intelligence

  • Cafe Eclectic 603 North McLean Boulevard Memphis, TN, 38107 United States (map)

Interested in how current Science Technology Engineering and Math (STEM) teachers are helping the next scientists thrive, then come on out to the McLean Cafe Eclectic on Monday night to hear St Jude Educator, Kate Ayers, MS discuss how she is educating a new generation of scientists along with Neurobiologist Dr Lindsay Schwarz (also of St Jude) who will discuss how we process learning.



Doors will be open at 6:30pm. Cafe Eclectic, as the name would suggest, has an eclectic variety of eats and drinks, but doesn't sell alcohol. Have no fear, you are welcome to BYOB if that's what your heart desires. Enjoy 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.

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


Kate A. Ayers, MS

Cancer Education Program Manager at St Jude Global


finding the brain circuits for good stress vs. bad stress


Lindsay Schwarz, PhD

Assistant Member, Faculty in the Department of Developmental Neurobiology at St Jude

Our brains are constantly processing tons of information from our surrounding environment. Impressively, this task is largely regulated by a tiny group of neurons in the brainstem called the locus coeruleus (LC). The LC helps control attention, memory formation, and stress response, and if it isn't working properly, it can contribute to diseases like depression and anxiety. I'll discuss our lab's research to understand how the LC gets us to do the right thing at the right time.


Meet our hosts...


Aisha Souquette

I am a PhD student at the University of TN Health Science Center and St Jude. Most adults have 3-5 herpesviruses, such as chickenpox. I study how these viral squatters affect your immune response to common infections, such as a cold or the flu. I'm very passionate about science advocacy and enjoy sharing science with others to raise awareness of science topics important for the general public and to encourage students to pursue STEM careers!


Daniel Bastardo Blanco

I'm a Venezuelan PhD student at St. Jude with a genuine love for Memphis. My work focuses on understanding the mechanisms of immune signaling and cell metabolism that control the differentiation and function of T cells. I'm the President of the Grad. Student Exec. Council of the University of TN Health Science Center. I am a runner and social media enthusiast with a passion for science advocacy.

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