It’s time to cheer, the first Science cafe of the new year is here!

Hello everyone, 
We at the Life Science Cafe team are very excited to announce our first speaker of the season: Dr. Li-Jun Ma!

Please join us in learning about her research on Thursday February 18th at 6pm EST. Please register here. 

For future cafes, please check out the Save the Date tab. Hope to see you there!

Don't kale my vibe: how fungi make plants sick
Come join us on February 18th for the first cafe of the semester as we talk about the fun of fungi with Dr. Li-Jun Ma and discuss her work on fungal diseases. Get a crash course in genomics while learning about how fungi affect different species of plants, including important agriculture crops. 
Thursday Feb 18th
When: 6-7pm EST
Where: zoom webinar

Resources from Dr. Carrie Palmquist’s ‘Your Child’s Brain’ café

Thank you everyone for joining us for our latest café ‘Your Child’s Brain: How We Learn to Trust and Navigate Our World’ with Dr Carrie Palmquist! We had a lot of great questions that brought up some resources we would like to share with everyone as well as a video that we were unable to share within our timeframe.

Resources from Dr. Rosemary’s ‘What’s bugging the bees?’ café

Thank you everyone for joining us for our latest café ‘What’s bugging the bees?’ with Dr Rosemary Malfi! We had a lot of great questions that brought up some resources we would like to share with everyone.

What effect does Copper Sulfide and other pesticides have on bees?

How can we help Pollinators?

How you can help pollinators:
Plant flowers! (natives are best)
Make sure they are free of pesticides
Mow your lawn less often to allow wildflowers (e.g. clover) to grow. Every 2-3 weeks is recommended
Bee-friendly farming practices
support conservation organizations like the Xerces Society, which will work to promote pollinator health 
Links to Xerces Society, UMass extension, and western mass pollinator network are below the image

How can I safely get rid of carpenter bees without using dangerous chemicals?

Please join us to learn the buzz about bees with Dr. Rosemary Malfi!

Our second café of the semester is the place to BEE! Join us and Dr. Rosemary Malfi to talk about what’s bugging the bees!

Link to webinar; 

COVID-19 webinar panel – May 7th @ 4pm

Hello all,

 The COVID-19 pandemic has posed an unprecedented global challenge to modern human society. While a better understanding of the direct effects and prevention of COVID-19 are needed, we also must consider the indirect effects to societal dynamics, mental health, the economy, and more. While Life Science Cafe has been working to transition our normal science content to online formats, we have also received requests from our audience for programming about COVID-19. We are pleased to announce we will host a COVID-19 panel at 4pm on May 7th. The panel will be a Zoom webinar format which you can watch live, or view the recording of the panel afterwards. In order to register for the event (required for viewing live) and submit questions for the panelists, please fill out this form by May 5th. Once you register, further instructions will be sent about how to use Zoom to view our webinar. Live attendees will also be able to submit questions during the panel.

Our panel will feature three UMass Amherst faculty members, Drs. Linda Tropp, Matthew Moore, and Andrew Lover:

Dr. Linda Tropp is a social psychologist who studies how perceptions of threat and differences in perspective can fuel conflict and prejudice between groups. She is particularly concerned about how feelings of uncertainty associated with the Covid-19 pandemic are shaping attitudes and behaviors toward immigrants and racial/ethnic minorities.

Dr. Matthew D. Moore is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Food Science who studies applied and environmental virology. His research focuses on the pathogenesis, detection, and control of viruses, and has historically focused on food and environmentally transmitted viruses.

Dr. Andrew A. Lover is an infectious disease epidemiologist in the Dept of Biostatistics and Epidemiology in the School of Public Health and Health Sciences, and is actively involved in COVID-19 response at the local and state levels.

Life Science Cafe wishes you and your families the best in this challenging time. We hope to continue bringing you exciting science content, from a safe distance!

P.S. We will resume our regularly scheduled programming with a webinar on ‘New Insights From Old Bones’ with Dr. John Rowan on May 14th. Stay tuned for more information on that event!