Let’s talk all things science at Science Social, a new, exciting series of talks this fall and spring at the Science Mill. Three lectures by renowned scientists will be hosted at the Science Mill and followed by a wine and cheese reception with the speaker at 290 Vinery, Johnson City’s beautiful new winery.
Nov. 5, 2016- Tom Henricks, Former NASA Astronaut: Life as a Space Shuttle Astronaut
Feb. 11, 2017- David Bernlohr, Ph.D: Control Your Immune System and Control Your Healthspan
April 22, 2017- Craig Packer, Ph.D: Lions in the Balance: Man-Eaters, Manes and Men with Guns
Each talk begins at 5pm at the Mill, followed by a private wine and cheese reception with the speaker from 6:30-9pm at 290 Vinery (down the street from the Science Mill).
Adults: $25 per lecture (21+ includes a glass of wine)
Students 12-21: $10 per lecture
Members: $15 per lecture (21+ includes a glass of wine)
LIMITED SEATING, PLEASE RESERVE AS SOON AS POSSIBLE!
If you cannot attend, but would like to make a donation to support these and all future Science Social Talks, please click here. The Science Mill is an IRS Sec. 501(c)3 organization. All ticket purchases and donations are tax deductible to the full extent of the law.
November 5, 2016: Life As A Space Shuttle Astronaut
Tom Henricks, Former NASA Astronaut
Astronaut Tom Henricks flew four NASA Space Shuttle missions serving as commander and pilot. Tom is a retired U.S. Air Force colonel and served as a commander, test pilot, and fighter pilot while flying the F-16 and F-4 aircraft. Following government service, he held executive positions at Bell Helicopter, Textron Inc., The Timken Company, and was president of AVIATION WEEK. He is now an aerospace consultant and pilots a 1940 Stearman bi-plane. Tom resides near Blanco, TX with his wife, country singer/songwriter Rebecca Henricks.
February 11, 2017: Control Your Immune System and Control Your Healthspan
David Bernlohr, Ph.D, Professor, University of Minnesota
In this presentation, David Bernlohr, Founder of the Institute on the Biology of Aging and Metabolism and Head of the Department of Biochemistry, Molecular Biology and Biophysics at the University of Minnesota will present the major discoveries that have shifted aging research from focusing exclusively on lifespan to the new possibilities of living healthy longer, now referred to as “healthspan.” New discoveries, in part from his research laboratory, have surprisingly disclosed the connectivity of the immune system and inflammation to lifespan and healthspan. Using examples from both human biology and model organisms (mice, flies and worms), Bernlohr will profile how specialized cells function as an extension of your immune system and thereby affect your life, both length and health. David Bernlohr carried out his PhD work at the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana and did postdoctoral work at The Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. In 1985 he joined the faculty at the University of Minnesota and currently is the Distinguished McKnight University Professor and Head of the Department of Biochemistry, Molecular Biology and Biophysics in the College of Biological Sciences and Medical School. He is the Director of the Institute on the Biology of Aging and Metabolism (iBAM) and holds the Cargill Chair in Systems Biology.
April 22, 2017: Lions in the Balance: Man-Eaters, Manes and Men with Guns
Craig Packer, Ph.D., Professor, Director- Lion Research Center, University of Minnesota
Craig Packer was born in Texas and received his undergraduate degree from Stanford University in 1972. While still at Stanford, Packer went to Tanzania to study baboons with Jane Goodall at the Gombe Stream Research Centre. He then went to the University of Sussex to complete his Ph.D. research on the Gombe baboons. After a study of Japanese macaques in Hakusan National Park, Packer returned to Tanzania in 1978 to head the Serengeti lion project. He subsequently held a post-doctoral position at the University of Chicago and joined the faculty of the University of Minnesota in 1983, returning to the Serengeti for several months each year. Packer received a J.S. Guggenheim Fellowship in 1990, became a Distinguished McKnight University Professor in 1997, and was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2003. He is the author of “Into Africa,” which won the 1995 John Burroughs medal, and more than 100 scientific articles, most of which are about lions.