Past Events

The “C” Word: How Cancer Impacts the Family

March 2, 2017

  • Liz Krueger '02, UConn Health Director of Alumni Relations, and Andrew Kim '15, CLAS Assistant Director of Alumni Relations, pose before the March 2 UConn Science Salon, The "C" Word: How Cancer Impacts the Family.

Modern medicine is rapidly developing to combat cancer using innovative strategies, with increasing success. But a cancer diagnosis is still all too common and, even with a positive outcome, can have devastating effects on the survivor and family. At this Science Salon, our expert panel talked about the way that cancer impacts the family, caregiver stress, and the challenges that grief or survivorship present.

Panelists were Dr. Jayesh Kamath, UConn associate professor of psychiatry; Halley Robinson ’08, inpatient social worker, The Connecticut Hospice, Inc.; and Ronald Sabatelli, Ph.D., UConn professor of human development and family studies. Dr. Peter Deckers of UConn Health’s Neag Comprehensive Cancer Center moderated the panel.

Medical Marijuana: Out of the Stone Age and Into the Medicine Cabinet

November 10, 2016

  • Science Salon 2017 Series
    A 2017 Science Salon Series poster sits by the theater entrance.

The state of Connecticut was one of the first to legalize medicinal cannabis sales, creating guidelines for its use and requiring that a pharmacist dispense the drug. At this Science Salon, our expert panel discussed the opportunities and challenges associated with the legalization of medical marijuana, securing financing to open a dispensary, and the ways that this new law is impacting the health care and pharmaceutical industries.

Panelists were Dr. Stephen Brown of Advanced Wellness Concepts; Angelo DeFazio ’85, President and CEO of Arrow Pharmacy & Nutrition Centers; and Lisa Holle, UConn associate clinical professor of pharmacy. Kyle Baumbauer, UConn nursing professor, served as moderator.

You’ve Got to Move It: From Everyday Exercise to Elite Performance

June 9, 2016

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    Margaux Guidry '05 (CAHNR) leads the audience in a bit of exercise at the start of the UConn Science Salon held at the Spotlight Theatres in Hartford on June 9, 2016. (Peter Morenus/UConn Photo)

The Rio Olympics are drawing near. If you’ve ever watched the Games, you’ve almost certainly wondered, ‘Could I have done that?’ At the June Science Salon, we looked at the science and tech behind elite athletes. How does it help them, and how can it help the rest of us?

This event was held at a new location — Spotlight Theatres on Front Street in Hartford, Conn. Panelists were Doug Casa, kinesiology professor and CEO of the Korey Stringer Institute; Ki Chon, Krenicki Professor and department head of biomedical engineering; and Linda Pescatello, Board of Trustees Distinguished Professor of kinesiology. Jaci VanHeest, educational psychology and kinesiology associate professor, served as moderator.

Of Agony and Relief: Understanding and Treating Pain

MARCH 3, 2016

  • Of Agony and Relief Science Salon
    The UConn Science Salon held at NIXS Hartford on March 3, 2016. (Peter Morenus/UConn Photo)

Everybody hurts, sometimes. But people seem to be hurting more and more, to judge from our nation’s painkiller addiction crisis, and it’s hard to know what to do about it. How do we know who is ‘really’ in pain, and how to help them? At our March UConn Science Salon, our audience and distinguished panel discussed the genetics of pain and the future of treating it, from non-addictive pain medications to yoga.

Panelists were Kyle Baumbauer and Erin Young, both UConn nursing professors and researchers in UConn’s Institute for Systems Genomics, and Crystal Park, a UConn clinical psychology professor and health psychology expert. Angela Starkweather, UConn nursing professor and director of the Center for Advancement in Managing Pain (CAMP), moderated.

Climate Changing Connecticut

NOVEMBER 12, 2015

  • Climate Changing Connecticut
    Keri Enright-Kato, director of the Office of Climate Change, Technology, and Research at the Connecticut DEEP, speaks during the UConn Science Salon held at NIXS Hartford on Nov. 12, 2015. (Peter Morenus/UConn Photo)

Climate change is often discussed in the abstract context of ‘global warming.’ But just because the planet as a whole is warming, doesn’t mean much about the future of our little piece of it. This UConn Science Salon will focus on how climate change will affect Connecticut in particular. Will we get more storms, or fewer? Will our seasons change, or just get more extreme? How fast will sea level really rise, and should we worry about it? Our panel explored how people and municipalities can intelligently adapt to changes in water resources, seasons, and temperatures, and how our communities might not just survive, but thrive, in a time of changing climate.

Panelists were Keri Enright-Kato, director of the Office of Climate Change, Technology, and Research in the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection; Jessica LeClair, program manager at the Connecticut Institute for Resilience and Climate Adaptation; Christine J. Kirchhoff, UConn civil and environmental engineering professor; and Mike Shor, UConn economics professor. John Volin, UConn professor and head of the Department of Natural Resources and the Environment, moderated the discussion.

Sci-Fi Meets Reality

SEPTEMBER 17, 2015

  • SciFi Meets Reality event
    UConn Science Salon held at NIXS Hartford on Sept. 17, 2015. (Peter Morenus/UConn Photo)

A panel of experts covered the real science – and fantasy – of exciting topics in science fiction literature, films and television shows at our second event. This all-UConn panel included Pamela Bedore, English professor; Stephen Dyson, political science professor; Ronald L. Mallett, physics professor; and Kenneth Noll, microbiology professor. The discussion was moderated by engineering professor Tom Barber.

3D Printing: Living Tissue to Human Organ

JUNE 4, 2015

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    Anson Ma, center, assistant professor of chemical engineering, speaks during the UConn Science Salon held at NIXS Hartford on June 4, 2015. At left is panel moderator Lakshmi Nair, assistant professor of orthopedic surgery and chemical, materials and biomolecular engineering. (Peter Morenus/UConn Photo)

Researchers came face to face with the public at the first UConn Science Salon in Hartford for a lively discussion of state-of-the-art initiatives in 3D printing and the potential for the technology – also known as additive manufacturing – particularly in the field of health care. Featured panelists were Anson Ma, UConn engineering professor; Richard Langlois, UConn economics professor; Dr. John Geibel, Director of Surgical Research at Yale University School of Medicine; and Dale Kutnick, Vice President Emeritus and Distinguished Analyst, Gartner Inc.

Lakshmi Nair, assistant professor of orthopedic surgery and chemical, materials, and biomolecular engineering, served as moderator.