Two Scientists Walk Into a Bar … and You Can Ask Them Anything

No, really: Working scientists. Waiting for your questions. In a bar.

Yes, Austin’s own Thinkery – you know, that science-forward, Mueller-based wonderland of amazement, delight, and education for young and old alike – is sending pairs of scientists out to different bars and restaurants around town, where the public is invited to ask them questions in an informal, relaxed setting.

Whatcha workin' on there, hey, Captain Trips?

The program, originally developed by San Diego’s Fleet Science Center, aims to build connections between scientists and the average Austinite.

(What exactly is an “average Austinite,” anyway? That might be a good question to ask one of those scientists.)

But, for real: This is a thing that’s happening for only one night – Thursday, July 18 – and it’s just the thing to finally, maybe, answer some of the myriad questions you’ve long had about … stuff.

Of course, there are many different types of science – many specializations – and you don’t want to go asking some paleontologist, say, about the endochronic properties of resublimated thiotimoline, right?

That's why we’re glad to share with you this handy list of which bars are participating – and which scientists will be in each one:

Easy Tiger @ The Linc, 5-7pm
Scientist One: Neuropharmacologist
Scientist Two: Developmental Psychologist

Culinary Dropout, 5-7pm
Scientist One: Disease Ecologist
Scientist Two: Biomedical Engineer

Crown & Anchor Pub, 6-8pm
Scientist One:  Robotics Engineer
Scientist Two: Complexity Theorist

Gourmands, 6-8pm
Scientist One: Geologist
Scientist Two: Computer Scientist

LaLa’s Little Nugget, 6-8pm
Scientist One: Forensic Scientist
Scientist Two: Physicist

The Little Darlin’, 7-9pm
Scientist One: Ecologist
Scientist Two: Genomics Chemist

Radio Coffee & Beer, 5:30-7:30pm
Scientist One: Cancer Biologist
Scientist Two: Neuropharmacologist

Moontower Saloon, 7-9pm
Scientist One: Paleontologist
Scientist Two: Social Scientist

Black Star Co-op, 6:30–8:30pm
Scientist One: Chemical Engineer
Scientist Two: Computer Scientist

Drinks Lounge, 7-9pm
Scientist One: Physicist
Scientist Two: Chemist


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