Thursday, November 17, 2011

Geeking out at The Science Cafe'

One of the best parts about living in Ann Arbor is the open invitation to participate in many activities sponsored by the University of Michigan.  Last night at 5:30, we joined the group forming at Conor O'Neill's Traditional Irish Pub, for a Science cafe'-- billed as an opportunity to discuss science topics with experts in an informal setting.

Now I must admit, that I was a little worried that this might have been over my head, but when the waiter brought us our pints of Kilkenny Red, I decided that I would be fine!

After everyone got some nice (and free) hors d'oeurvres, the topic was introduced: new research on water on Mars and on the possibilities of life on other planets.  First came 2 short (and interesting) lectures by the professors who were the guess speakers:  Professor Nilton Renno of the department of Atmospheric, Oceanic and Space Sciences, and Professor Ted Bergin of Astronomy.

I was pleasantly surprised at how accessible their talks were, and also how interesting the group discussion was that followed.  (I never even went into my 'happy place' where I spend time when trapped in boring lectures, sermons and meetings).

After the event was over, promptly at 7:30, we adjourned into the bar and a table for 2 for a nightcap-- and to toast another excellent day, being Retired in Ann Arbor!

This will be added to our calendar in the future-- will we see you there?

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