Clemson offers free, informal, fun forum for lovers of learning
CLEMSON – Have you ever wondered what the scientists at your favorite university have been up to lately? What are the results of the research and experimentation they do?
Clemson University’s outreach program Science on Tap offers the opportunity to learn about the latest in science and technology from experts outside the formal confines of the classroom and in a casual and fun environment while sipping on the beverage of your choice.
The events are held on the third Monday of each month at Moe Joe’s Coffee Company in Clemson and the last Tuesday of each month at Coffee Underground in Greenville.
This Monday’s program at Moe Joe’s is particularly topical: William Bridges of Clemson’s department of mathematical sciences will discuss how polling results are used to predict election outcomes.
Victoria Corbin, director of education and outreach for Clemson’s Life Sciences Outreach Center, started the program in 2014 to make it easy for anyone in the community to learn about the exciting advances being made in the sciences right next door to them on Clemson’s campus.
“Science on Tap is meant to be ‘edu-tainment’ — fun and educational — not just a lecture series. We have lots of back and forth between speaker and the audience,” she said. “Science is cool and potentially world-changing, and it is fun to learn about it in an informal setting where one can ask questions and schmooze with an expert. A lot of research is paid for by tax dollars, so citizens definitely have a right to know what we scientists are doing and what the implications of our findings are.”
Based on the success of the Clemson events, Corbin started a second Science on Tap program in Greenville in 2015. Amy Ramsay of Greenville Health System will present the next program there on Oct. 25; “What’s He Been Smoking? The Newest Drugs of Abuse”.
For more information visit the Science on Tap website.