• Suds & Science

    Suds & Science is going virtual for the 2021 season!

    Suds & Science While Jason will surely miss seeing your faces and sharing a pint in person, a virtual Suds & Science via Zoom will mean no driving on snowy nights, no one turned away due to limited room capacity, and our guest scientists can visit us from afar--increasing the diversity of topics that we can learn about.

    Hosted by VCE biologist Jason Hill, Suds & Science is definitely not a lecture--it's a community discussion led by a scientist where you meet other fans of science, engage with an expert through compelling personal narratives, and gain an understanding of someone's scientific research. So what can you expect in this virtual series--an online PowerPoint presentation? Absolutely not! Jason will interview the scientists about the intersection of their lives and their research, and Jason will incorporate your questions (asked when you register) into the conversation. You'll have the chance to comment and ask questions throughout the conversation--not just at the end. And since we're meeting virtually, everyone will have to BYOB.

    Interested? Of course you are, and it's easy to participate. Simply click on the Register Here! link at the top of this page (or next to a speaker's name in the schedule below). After registering, you'll receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. You do not need a Zoom account or need any Zoom experience to participate--we'll make it easy for you. If you have any questions, just reach out to Jason at .

    The 2021 Schedule: all Suds & Science events are free, meant for all ages, and run from 7-8 pm. Register here!

    January 5: Ryan Rebozo [Vermont Center for Ecostudies]--A community approach to conserving rare plant communities in the Pinelands. [Thank you Ryan, that was a blast!] Watch the recorded video here.

    February 2: Vivek Shandas [Portland State University]--Urban heat wave effects on human and environmental health. Dr. Vivek Shandas from Portland State University, and founder of the Sustaining Urban Places Research Lab. [Thank you Vivek--that was truly inspiring and enlightening]. Watch the recorded video here.

    March 2: Angela Laws [Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation]--Insect conservation in a warming world. Dr. Laws is an Endangered Species Conservation Biologist and Climate Change Lead for the Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation. Thank you Dr. Laws--we could have talked about any of those subjects for an hour on their own! Video and chat transript coming soon.


    April 6: Simone Whitecloud [U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratory (CRREL)]--Life on the edge: alpine plant communities. Dr. Whitecloud's research uses experimental approaches to investigate the competitive and cooperative (synergistic) actions of plants in the White Mountains (where 30% of the vegetation is left over from the last ice age) and the Arctic. Do different plant species actually facilitate each other in harsh environments by modifying soil moisture or moderating the localized effects of weather? Register here!


    May 4: Scott Edwards [Harvard University (OEB/MCZ)]--TBD

    Selected Past Talks to Watch