Date(s) - Wednesday, April 11th, 2018
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.
If you are interested in more information about the STEM Tavern programming, you can contact Sarah Van Zele at firstname.lastname@example.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.). Talks begin at 6:00 pm!
When the Panama Canal needed an upgrade, paleontologists were given our first chance in 100 years to dig for fossils in the normally tough to access tropics. After months of excavating fossils from a few sites along the Canal, where we found loads of new species but also many many bits of turtle shell and croc teeth. We noticed that one site in particular produced tinier croc teeth than the others, so we set out to answer the question: had we found a 18 million year old crocodylian nesting site?
Ryan Haupt realized being a paleontologist might be a viable career path after being struck on the head trying to imitate the courtship displays of Pachycephalosaurus. Since then, he has collected fossils everywhere from Wyoming to Panama and studied the dietary ecology of mountain lions, wolves, sloths, and their extinct relatives. In addition to research, Ryan is passionate about outreach, and has been producing the Science… sort of podcast since 2009. Like many paleontologists, Ryan appreciates a scientific discussion over a craft beer, which is basically the format of the show, and honestly what he’d be doing most evenings anyways, so why not record it for everyone else to enjoy? Ryan thinks time travel would be wasted on seeing a concert when you could go see a giant ground sloth instead.