STEM Tavern

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Date(s) - Wednesday, July 13th, 2016
5:30 PM - 7:30 PM


What makes a talk about science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) even more entertaining?

Why, beer of course!

Join our monthly STEM Tavern that features a fascinating science presentation plus good beer. For each beer sold at STEM Tavern, Soaring Ridge Craft Brewers will make a donation to the Science Museum of Western Virginia! A food truck will also be on hand.

July 13: Alicia Kerr “Wiring the Brain: establishing connections in a changing brain”

Alicia Kerr is a PhD student at Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute with interests in synapse formation and maintenance in healthy and disease models. She holds a B.S. in Neuroscience from Purdue University.

The global and economic burden of cognitive and neurological diseases is growing by the day. It is estimated that around 54 million Americans have Alzheimer’s disease, 2.2 million Americans have epilepsy, and as much as 18% of the US population has been diagnosed with some sort of mental illness. Because of this there is a huge need for a better understanding of how our brain works that has fueled public and government interest in the field of neuroscience. Join me as I discuss what makes the brain such a challenge to study and why we care about it.



If you are interested in more information about the STEM Tavern programming, you can contact Sarah Van Zele at  svanzele@smwv.org or 540.342.5718.

Join us on the 2nd Wednesday of each month at 5:30 pm at Soaring Ridge Craft Brewers (523 Shenandoah Ave.)!

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