• Suds & Science

    Change of venue: Suds & Science will now be held in our presentation room at our offices in White River Junction

    Suds & Science Starting in March, 2024, Suds & Science will be held at the offices of the Vermont Center for Ecostudies in White River Junction. See below for details.

    Folks, with a few years of vaccines and boosters under our belts (under our skin, more like it) we're looking forward to another season of in-person Suds & Science. It was personally rewarding to see so many familiar faces last year, and to meet some new fans of Suds & Science. If you haven't been to a Suds & Science event, then your time has come to join us with a beverage of your own choice at our office complex for some science. Suds & Science isn't some boring academic talk with mindless PowerPoint slides. No thank you. Instead, picture a scientist standing in your living room--talking with (not at) you and your friends. Engage them, ask questions, and leave knowing more than you did when you walked in.

    As usual, all talks will be live, free and appropriate for all ages, in person from 7-8 pm, but we're changing up the venue. For the remainder of the 2024 season, we'll be holding Suds & Science in the presentation room of our office building at 20 Palmer Court, in White River Junction. You are welcome to come early (6:30 pm onwards) and to bring your own food and drink (alcoholic or otherwise). We'll probably have some light refreshments and perhaps a mocktail for everyone to enjoy. Please note that our comfortable presentation room is on the second floor of our building, and there is no elevator unfortunately. As usual, our friends at JAM (Junction Arts & Media) will be on hand to record Suds & Science. If you can't attend--you'll be able to watch Suds & Science about a week after each talk via the links below.

    I'm already thinking about the 2025 schedule, so reach out to me (Jason Hill, ), with thoughts, ideas and speaker suggestions. You don't need a PhD to tell a good science story, and our past topics have ranged from giraffes to urban planning to stone tool use by early humans. I'm looking for scientists who love to tell a story and interact with an audience. Please send them my way, and introduce yourself to me if you come to Suds & Science. Thanks! ~Jason Hill

    2024 Season Schedule (below)

    January 2, 2024 (Tuesday): Shelby Perry [Northeast Wilderness Trust]—Wild Echoes: a story of hope and rewilding. This event was filmed by JAM (thank you Rick and Tosh) and is available for online viewing here !

    February 6 (Tuesday): Daniel Olson [Dartmouth]—Engineering Bacteria for Cellulosic Biofuel Production. "Biofuels made from cellulose are one of the few options available for reducing greenhouse gas emissions in the heavy-duty transportation sector, which includes long-haul trucking, ocean shipping, and aviation. Bacteria that natively consume cellulose are good candidates for producing cellulosic biofuels, but in many cases, their metabolism is poorly understood." This event was filmed by JAM (thank you Jordyn) and is available here !

    March 6 (Wednesday): Lilly Linden [Dartmouth]—Frogs on Tea Bushes and Lessons From Fieldwork. Dr. Linden will talk to us about some novel genera of frogs from the Western Ghats of India. While several species of amphibians seemed to thrive in the heterogeneous agricultural landscapes that she worked in, Lilly will also talk about the challenges and unique opportunities of working in landscapes with high agricultural and tourist pressures. This event was filmed by JAM (thank you Jordyn) and is available here !

    April 2 (Tuesday): Kate Buckman [Connecticut River Conservancy]—There and Back Again: a journey through aquatic ecosystems. Throughout her career Dr. Buckman has worked in various freshwater, estuarine, and marine aquatic ecosystems, traveling from NH to the Caribbean, the deep sea, and back to NH and the Connecticut River watershed. Despite the outward differences between these areas, this journey allowed Kate to observe common threads in aquatic ecology and how humans interact with water. She will talk about her experiences and observations and invites discussion around how our actions here in New England may reach farther than we think. This event was filmed by JAM (thank you Jordyn) and is available here !

    May 7 (Tuesday) at the VCE Offices: Joseph Savage [Dartmouth]—Season of the Ticks: Understanding the Spread of Ticks and Lyme Disease in the Northeastern United States. The presence of Lyme disease and blacklegged ticks in the Northeast results from an incredibly complicated story of ecology. Joseph will talk about the parts of this story that have helped us understand how Lyme Disease has become so widespread, and the pieces that we are still working to figure out.

    Selected Past Talks to Watch