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Join us for Café Scientifique

Interested in science? Want to learn more about the latest technology breakthroughs in normal English, minus the jargon? Then Café Scientifique Pittsburgh at Carnegie Science Center is the place to be!

Café Sci is THE place in Pittsburgh where anyone interested in science can get together at a scientific hub to discuss today's science issues with experts, and best of all... you can ask your own questions! After a brief talk by our monthly guest speaker, the evening is dedicated to a question-and-answer session. Plus, enjoy our pub-type atmosphere with food and drinks available for purchase.


3/4/2017 to 11/5/2019

Join us for Café Scientifique on Mon., Nov. 4

Presenter:

Niki Kapsambelis Niki Kapsambelis
Journalist and Author of The Inheritance: A Family on the Front Lines of the Battle Against Alzheimer’s Disease

The Battle Against Alzheimer’s Disease

What would you do if you found out that you had inherited a rare form of Alzheimer’s that guaranteed you would get the disease in your 40s and die in your 50s? And what would you do if you knew that your children had a 50% chance of inheriting the same disorder? In the case of the DeMoe family in North Dakota, that was the devastating dilemma they faced in 2004. But instead of resigning themselves to their fate, they have become key test subjects in drug trials aimed at solving Alzheimer’s disease — a riddle that has confounded science for more than 100 years.

This family’s story is told in The Inheritance: A Family on the Front Lines of the Battle Against Alzheimer’s Disease by Niki Kapsambelis, whose work has appeared in publications around the world, including The Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, People, and the Associated Press.

This talk will take you through the journey of the DeMoe family and what they are teaching scientists about the medical pandemic that is Alzheimer’s disease: how it forms in its earliest stages, possible forms of treatment, and how ordinary people can become heroes when they face extraordinary circumstances and rise to the occasion.


Time: Doors open at 6 pm, and the program is 7–9 pm.
Location: Carnegie Science Center
Admission: FREE!
Parking: $5
Cash bar: Open from 6–7:30 pm

Although this event is free, we ask that you register opens in a new window so that we can prepare the room and have enough food available for purchase.

A la carte menu:

  • Pre-made deli sandwiches and salads
  • Chips and cookies
  • Bottled Beverages
  • Beer and wine

Register here for Café Scientifique

8/6/2018 to 9/3/2019

Join us for Café Scientifique on Mon., Sept. 2

Presenter:

Zolt Levay Zolt Levay
Photographer, Hubble Space Telescope

Visualizing Hubble’s Colorful Universe

NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope has been exploring the cosmos for nearly 30 years. In that time, it has revolutionized astronomy with numerous groundbreaking discoveries, but Hubble has also enabled us to reimagine our perception of the universe through a wealth of spectacular, dramatic views of space in unprecedented detail. On Sept. 2, join Zolt Levay, a photographer involved with several space missions at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center, as he describes some of the most powerful images in Hubble’s gallery and how science data can be translated into colorful pictures.

Zolt Levay has been pursuing astronomy and photography throughout his career. As far back as high school, he was observing the sky and taking photographs through a home-built telescope and processing photographs in a home darkroom. Levay earned a degree in astronomy and worked with several space science missions at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center. For over 35 years, he was professionally involved with NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope mission at the Space Telescope Science Institute. For most of that time, he was responsible for translating science data into images and graphics that illustrate Hubble’s discoveries for the public and balancing science content with aesthetics.

He produced some of the most remarkable, profound, and widely distributed Hubble images and has described this work in public talks, magazine articles, books, and documentaries. Levay has also pursued a wide range of photographic interests, exhibited in galleries, and won awards in photography competitions. Currently, he is working on personal photography projects including seeking out dark, clear skies to explore the relationships between landscapes, the night sky, and the cosmos.


Time: Doors open at 6 pm, and the program is 7–9 pm.
Location: Carnegie Science Center
Admission: FREE!
Parking: $5
Cash bar: Open from 6–7:30 pm

Although this event is free, we ask that you register opens in a new window so that we can prepare the room and have enough food available for purchase.

A la carte menu:

  • Pre-made deli sandwiches and salads
  • Chips and cookies
  • Bottled Beverages
  • Beer and wine

Register here for Café Scientifique

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