Profs and Pints: “Lessons from Dead Sheep”

Do you love to learn? Would you enjoy hearing scholars discuss fascinating topics in a setting where you can ask questions and be around people who share your interests? Profs and Pints is here for you!

Profs and Pints brings college faculty members into bars, cafés, company offices, and other off-campus venues to share their knowledge. They speak on subjects of broad interest, including local history, their region’s environment, emerging trends in business or politics, and the ideas and innovations transforming our society and culture. In addition, Profs and Pints instructors offer practical instruction that improves lives. They can teach skills such as how to write persuasively, plant a garden, tend to mind and body, or plan for retirement.

Profs and Pints offers you all of this without asking that you apply for admission, pay steep tuition, or worry about quizzes or grades. At most, you might need to buy a modestly priced ticket to get in the door. Depending on where the event is staged, you may be able to order tasty beers, delicious meals, or hot espresso to go with all of that knowledge you’ll take in.

You won’t earn college credits but you’ll leave knowing more.

Learning with Profs and Pints: It’s a bright idea.

01/30/2019 6:00 PM

Door Time: 5:00 PM

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Lessons from Dead Sheep,” a hilarious discussion of public perceptions and misperceptions of science with Dr. Adam Ruben, molecular biologist, comedian, and host of the Science Channel's Outrageous Acts of Science.

In February 1997, Scottish scientists announced the birth of the first mammal cloned from an adult cell, a sheep named Dolly. As with any scientific breakthrough, some members of the public celebrated her birth, while others felt we had crossed a line into a brave new world, with military-grade human clones just around the corner.

While many valid objections to human cloning exist, much of the public's fear of Dolly was based on a fundamental, science-fictional misunderstanding of cloning. This perception gap thwarts many branches of science, since a correct understanding of technology is not a prerequisite for forming an opinion about it.

Come hear the hilarious Dr. Adam Ruben discuss what controversies over experiments and research findings tell us about how the public views science and scientists. Using Dolly as a lens, he'll describe failures and successes of science perception. He'll discuss the archetype of the "mad scientist" and how we can use open communication to teach children that scientists do not all fit the stereotype of the insane, white-haired chemist holding an Erlenmeyer flask of bubbling green fluid.

You might leave thinking that a lot of experimentation you had feared really isn't all that baaaaaaaaad.

Do you love to learn? Would you enjoy hearing scholars discuss fascinating topics in a setting where you can ask questions and be around people who share your interests? Profs and Pints is here for you!

Profs and Pints brings college faculty members into bars, cafés, company offices, and other off-campus venues to share their knowledge. They speak on subjects of broad interest, including local history, their region’s environment, emerging trends in business or politics, and the ideas and innovations transforming our society and culture. In addition, Profs and Pints instructors offer practical instruction that improves lives. They can teach skills such as how to write persuasively, plant a garden, tend to mind and body, or plan for retirement.

Profs and Pints offers you all of this without asking that you apply for admission, pay steep tuition, or worry about quizzes or grades. At most, you might need to buy a modestly priced ticket to get in the door. Depending on where the event is staged, you may be able to order tasty beers, delicious meals, or hot espresso to go with all of that knowledge you’ll take in.

You won’t earn college credits but you’ll leave knowing more.

Learning with Profs and Pints: It’s a bright idea.