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Scientists Descending On San Diego Bars Thursday Night To Answer Questions From Regular People

Evening Edition

Aired 6/26/14 on KPBS Midday Edition.

Scientists To Descend On San Diego Bars Thursday Night To Answer Questions From Regular People

GUESTS:

Steven Snyder, Ph.D., executive director of the Reuben H Fleet Science Center in Balboa Park

One of the scientists on call tonight, organic chemist Doug Phillipson

Transcript

There's nothing like kicking back at your favorite bar after a long day at work — and starting up a conversation — with a scientist.

That, at least, is the idea behind an event sponsored by the Reuben H Fleet Science Center.

The offbeat outing, called "Two Scientists Walk Into A Bar," will take place at 25 watering holes around San Diego on Thursday, June 26 between 5-9:30 p.m.

Organic chemist Doug Phillipson participated in the "Two Scientists" program in March. He said the event is an opportunity for scientists to show their faces in the community.

Phillipson said he wasn't prepared for every question he was asked in March, like the one from the woman who asked him what he thought a blue light she'd seen in the sky 15 years ago was.

But he said, it was an opportunity to talk about science.

Participating bars include:

Scientists specializing in microbiology and bio-technology will be at Tiger! Tiger! on El Cajon Boulevard in North Park from 7:30-9:30 p.m.

Scientists specializing in ecology and mechanical engineering will be at Stone Brewing World Bistro & Garden in Liberty Station from 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Neuroscience and marine chemistry will be on the table at The Regal Seagull on Coast Highway in Encinitas from 7-9 p.m..

An infectious disease specialist will be on hand at Sublime Ale House in San Marcos from 7 to 9 p.m.

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