We’re exploring the space where science and culture intersect, and we’re doing it over drinks.
Grab a brew (or root-brew!) and meet us online OR onsite. This Carpenter lecture series features some of the best minds in science. From the sensation of being hugged by an octopus to quantum mechanics, Science on Tap looks to answer questions you never knew you had!
"Breathing New Life Into the Earliest Animals"
Javier Ortega-Hernandez, Assistant Professor of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology at Harvard University
Explore how imaging technology can be used to study early Cambrian (ca. 518-million-year-old) animals from South China!
Well-preserved fossils have produced profound insights about the origin and early evolution of animals during the Cambrian Explosion more than half a billion years ago. However, most of these fossils are compressed due to compaction after burial, which distorts their morphology and causes some loss of information.
Micro computed tomography, or micro-CT, can be used to study these animals in 3D. The use of micro-CT allows us to understand their morphology, ecology, and evolution in unprecedented detail.
Date and Time
Thursday, May 4, 2023
6-7:00 p.m. Onsite social hour
7-8:00 p.m. Lecture
Cost and Tickets
Tickets on sale Friday, April 7.
Onsite: FREE for Sustainer+ members, $5 members, $10 non-members
Virtual: Free for members, $5 non-members, $25 groups of 10+*
*Sustainer+ members and groups of 10+ may purchase a virtual group ticket by calling
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- September 23, 2022 - William W. Fitzhugh - "Narwhal"
- May 19, 2022 - John Hawks - "Discovering Human Ancestors in the Caves of South Africa"
- February 24, 2022 - Jingmai O'Connor - "The Evolution of Dinosaurian Flight"
- October 21, 2021 - Corey Jaskolski - "Exploring the Deep"
- April 29, 2021 - Thor Hanson - "Common Wonders"
- February 18, 2021 - Robin Wall Kimmerer - "Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge, and the Teachings of Plants"
- October 22, 2020 - Nalini M. Nadkarni - "Tapestry Thinking: Weaving the Threads of Rainforests and Humans"
- January 16, 2020 - Dr. Jo Handelsman - "Soil: A Precious Resource Under Threat"
- October 17, 2019 - Dr. Cheryl Y. Hayashi - "Secrets of Spider Webs"
- April 11, 2019 - Dr. Mark Siddall - "Toxic Tales Through Time"
- February 21, 2019 - Corey Jaskolski - "Technology for Exploration"
- November 15, 2018 - Dr. Merlin Tuttle - "The Incredible World of Bats — Why We Need Them"
- March 29, 2018 - Dr. Takeshi Inomata - "Clues to the Origins of Maya Civilization Revealed"
- November 2, 2017 - Dr. Justin Vandenbroucke - "Neutrino Astronomy at the South Pole"
- September 28, 2017 - Mary Roach - "Grunt: The Curious Science of Humans at War"
- April 27, 2017 - Jennifer Casey - "The Nature of Slow Food"
- March 16, 2017 - Michael E. Mann, PhD - "The Madhouse Effect"
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