Science Cafe Podcasts

The Science of Transgender


Jay Irwin, Ph.D., assistant professor of sociology in the department of sociology and anthropology at the University of Nebraska at Omaha, talked about the science of transgender at the June 9 Omaha Science Cafe, at the Slowdown, 729 N. 14th St.

IMG_4850 Dr. Irwin received his doctorate in medical sociology from the University of Alabama at Birmingham in 2009. His research focuses on lesbian health, transgender health, mental health, transgender identity, and the social categories and social construction of sexual and gender identity.

Dr. Irwin teaches in the sociology and anthropology department at UNO and serves as Co-Chair for the campus wide LGBTQ Task Force and a member of the Safe Space training committee. He also is an associate director of the Midlands Sexual Health Research Collaborative at UNMC.

Dr. Irwin was joined by Sofia Jawed-Wessel, Ph.D., assistant professor of public health – health education at UNO and the assistant director of the Midland Sexual Health Research Collaborative.

Dr. Jawed-Wessel received her doctorate degree in health behavior in 2012 and her master’s degree in public health in 2008 from Indiana University. Dr. Jawed-Wessel has collaborated on several projects and manuscripts related to women and men’s sexual health including sexual behaviors during pregnancy, sexual functioning after childbirth, condom development and use, the use of sexual enhancement products, sexual pleasure, and pelvic and genital pain in women.

Science Cafés involve a face-to-face conversation with a scientist about current science topics. They are open to everyone (21 and older) and take place in casual settings like pubs and coffeehouses. Each meeting is organized around an interesting topic of conversation. A scientist gives a brief presentation followed by a question and answer period.

The Science of Food

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A food loving crowd of over 200 came to the Omaha Science Cafe held at 7 p.m. on Dec. 9 at the Slowdown, 729, N. 14th St.

Paul Kulilk, owner and head chef at Le Bouillon and executive chef at The Boiler Room restaurant,  talked about the science of food preparation at the December cafe.

Born in Germany and raised in Omaha, Kulik began working in kitchens at the age of 15. While he dutifully pursued the career of his father, an engineer, and completed degrees in engineering, physics and French, his true passion was in the kitchen. Kulik credits working at Washington, D.C.’s Montmartre restaurant for cementing his love of French cooking. Though he spent time working in Chicago, Washington, D.C., Paris and Berlin, he ultimately returned to and spent five years running La Buvette, a small, French-inspired wine bar in Omaha. That helped Kulik forge relationships with local growers and dedicated producers of top quality traditional foods. Kulik’s food at The Boiler Room is rooted in the belief that quality at the table comes from the ground. He uses a daily-changing menu that employs the rustic European table sensibilities that make delicious taste a priority for meals. A few years ago, Kulik was named a James Beard Best Chef Midwest semifinalist.

Science Cafe is a free educational event sponsored by UNMC and other groups to increase the population’s science literacy. Hosted by UNMC and the Nebraska Coalition for Lifesaving Cures, Science Cafes are held the first Tuesday of each month in Omaha and a few times a year in Lincoln. They are open to everyone 21 and older.

For more information visit the Science Cafe.

Ebola

IMG_3347 A crowd of 200 learned more about what Ebola is, what the symptoms are and how it is treated at the Omaha Science Cafe held at 7 p.m. on Nov. 4 at the Slowdown, 729, N. 14th St.

 Ali S. Khan, M.D., dean of the University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Public Health, presented an overview of Ebola at the November Science Café.

A former assistant surgeon general, Dr. Khan served at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for 23 years before retiring as the director of the Office of Public Health Preparedness and Response. In that role, he managed the $1.5B public health security program and was responsible for all of CDC’s public health preparedness and response activities.

Dr. Khan joined the CDC and U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps in 1991 as an epidemic intelligence service officer and over the past decades has led and responded to numerous high profile domestic and international public health emergencies, including hantavirus pulmonary syndrome, Ebola hemorrhagic fever, monkeypox, avian influenza, Rift Valley fever, severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS), the Asian Tsunami in 2004, and the initial public health response to Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans.

As dean of the UNMC College of Public Health, Dr. Khan’s vision is for the College to play an integral role in making Nebraska the healthiest state in the union.

Science Cafe is a free educational event sponsored by UNMC and other groups to increase the population’s science literacy. Hosted by UNMC and the Nebraska Coalition for Lifesaving Cures, Science Cafes are held the first Tuesday of each month in Omaha and a few times a year in Lincoln. They are open to everyone 21 and older.

For more information visit the Science Café.

Biomechanics

Sara A. Myers, PhD, an assistant professor in the School of Health, Physical Education, and Recreation, and Assistant Director of the Biomechanics Research Building at the University of Nebraska at Omaha, discussed Biomechanics at the Omaha Science Café, on Aug. 12 at the Slowdown.

 
The Biomechanics Research Building’s mission is to provide a new understanding of the dynamical aspects of human movement via multidisciplinary approaches. Her research focuses on improving quality of life in individuals with various movement disorders such as older individuals and those with peripheral arterial disease. Sara has received research funding from several foundations and societies, including a prestigious predoctoral fellowship from the National Institutes of Health and from the Department of Veterans’ Affairs.

 
Science Cafe is a free educational event sponsored by UNMC and other groups to increase the population’s science literacy. Hosted by UNMC and the Nebraska Coalition for Lifesaving Cures, Science Cafes are held the first Tuesday of each month in Omaha and a few times a year in Lincoln. They are open to everyone 21 and older.

For more information about Science Cafes, go to www.unmc.edu/sciencecafe.

No More Sex in the Dark : Shedding light on sexuality, anatomy, and gender

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Two of Omaha’s leading sex researchers made a return at the Omaha Science Café held on July 8, at the Slowdown, 729 N. 14th St. They discussed bodies, sex/gender, and sexuality.

Presenters included: Sofia Jawed-Wessel, PhD, MPH, Assistant Professor in the School of Health, Physical Education and Recreation; and Jay A. Irwin, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Sociology, both at the University of Nebraska Omaha.

This was the third of a four-part series of Science Café presentations dealing with sexual health topics. The fourth cafe in this series will be offered to those under 21 at a different location in the fall.

Science Cafe is a free educational event sponsored by UNMC and other groups to increase the population’s science literacy. Hosted by UNMC and the Nebraska Coalition for Lifesaving Cures, Science Cafes are held the first Tuesday of each month in Omaha and a few times a year in Lincoln. They are open to everyone 21 and older.

For more information visit the Science Café.