Serving Science (The CUNY Science Café)


Science cafés aim to promote scientific literacy beyond the walls of academia.
They do so by creating settings for informal researcher-led discussions with an after-work crowd about selected newsworthy scientific topics. Set up as monthly gatherings in casual settings such as restaurants or pubs, science cafés invite established investigators to share information and insights about specific research topics, in plain language and inclusive conversation. <read more>

The science café concept, which started several years ago in European cities, is growing worldwide. The few such cafés around New York City routinely draw standing-room-only crowds and often turn away more people than they can accommodate, demonstrating a need for more such events.

CUNY is well poised to fill that need. In doing so, CUNY will enhance the awareness - locally, nationally, and internationally - about the breadth and depth of leading edge scientific research that takes place within the CUNY system. Beginning in Fall 2008, Serving Science began bringing some of CUNY's faculty to Kouzan Japanese Restaurant to discuss newsworthy scientific topics.

Location: Kouzan Restaurant
685 Amsterdam Ave (btwn 93rd & 94th St)

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Cover Charge: $10. Includes one drink. Seating is limited, so arrive early.

For those wishing to stay for dinner, Kouzan offers a 10% discount after each presentation.

Featured Speaker

ScafflerPicOur bones are a living scaffold that support us throughout our lives and Dr. Mitchell Schaffler studies what happens to them in sickness and in health, in young and old age.  In his Bone and Joint Laboratory at The City College of New York, Dr. Schaffler examines fatigue and repair in bone and tendons at the cellular level.  His research focuses on how the living cells inside these tissues detect and respond to weakness and damage in the bone structure.  He joins us to share his research on how our bodies work to keep us all in one piece.

Dr. Schaffler is a Wallace Coulter and Presidential Professor of Biomedical Engineering as well as the Director of the New York Center for Biomedical Engineering.  He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Biological Sciences from Stony Brook University.  He received his Ph.D. in Anatomy and Orthopedics from West Virginia University.



Monday, April 2, 2012, 6-7 PM
Kouzan Restaurant (93rd and Amsterdam)
Dr. Mitchell Schaffler
(The City College of New York)
Aging and Bone Fragility: Whither thou Goest




Click here for the Spring 2012 Serving Science Café Poster. <pdf>


Serving Science Calendar

Spring 2012 Series

Monday, February 6, 2012, 6-7 PM
Dr. Kyle McDonald, The City College of New York
Seasons out of Sync: Tracking Earth's Changing Cycles

Monday, March 5, 2012, 6-7 PM
Dr. Anthony Carpi
, John Jay College of Criminal Justice
Mercury Rising: Global Mercury Levels and the Amazon

Monday, April 2, 2012, 6-7 PM
Dr. Mitchell Schaffler, The City College of New York
Aging and Bone Fragility: Whither thou Goest


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