University of Louisville Magazine

SUM 2018

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UofL departments make science-based research accessible to the public through a variety of community events BY BRIA STATEN-FAVORS TAKING SCIENCE TO THE STREETS I t's no secret that the University of Louisville's mission extends well beyond educating college students to include providing engaged service and outreach to the commu- nity at large. A perhaps lesser-known aspect of that outreach includes making education accessible through public events where science-based research is offered up with food, drinks or entertainment on the side. UofL makes education more palatable for the public by providing unique opportunities to engage with scientists through events like Astronomy on Tap and Beer with a Scientist, with visits to the Owsley Brown II Portable Plan- etarium, or by sharing neurological research during Brain Days. "Community engagement does take differ- ent forms," said Henry Cunningham, director of community engagement at UofL. "A major aspect of this work is using the knowledge and expertise of faculty and students to inform the community on various topics. This is seen with "Beer with a Scientist", where researchers share their research in a bar setting in lay language that everyone can understand." "A lot of people don't have access to scien- tists," said Levi Beverly, assistant professor of medicine and creator of the Beer with a Scien- tist series. "I think we take it for granted work- ing on a college campus." Lessons and lagers Beer with a Scientist and Astronomy on Tap are two similar lecture series from very different beginnings. Beer with a Scientist began four years ago after Beverly, a New York City native, moved to Louisville and wanted to start an un- derground science program that was similar to those in his hometown. The event offers just what the name entails: beer at Against the Grain Brewery and a chance for the general public to become informed on a different science topic each month. Lectures are typically given by UofL faculty on topics ranging from biomedical sciences to artificial intelligence. "One of my passions is disseminating infor- mation to the public," said Beverly. "I wanted science to be accessible to the public in an informal venue." Beverly started Louisville Underground Science, a group of people passionate about sharing all things science, as a sponsoring body for the public lecture series. "Originally it was just me trying to start a talk," he said. "I didn't want to have to use university resources." 44 UOFLMAGAZINE.COM UOFLMAGAZINE.COM

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