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Upcoming Programs: 


The Power of Poisons

Tuesday, February 17, doors 6 p.m., program at 7 p.m.
at Bryant Lake Bowl, tickets $5-$12, available online or at the door

What can we learn from animals that possess natural defenses to toxins? Professor Sharon Jansa and graduate student Danielle Drabeck have studies the honey badger, a mammal with a taste for poisonous snakes and a surprising resistance to snake venom. Tonight they will introduce us to the anthropological and cultural interpretations of toxins through a scientific lens, and explain how the honey badger's adaptations help researchers use biochemistry and evolutionary biology to better understand how organisms evolve. Their upcoming journal article explores the development of venom resistance in more than 40 species.

Sharon Jansa is the Bell's curator of mammals and an associate professor in the University's Department of Ecology, Evolution and Behavior. Danielle Drabeck is a 3rd year Ph.D. student.


Cafe ScientifiqueA Happy Hour Forum for Science and Culture

The Bell Museum's Café Scientifique provides a happy hour program for adults that brings research from the University of Minnesota and beyond into some of the Twin Cities' most unique and atmospheric bars and restaurants.
Each monthly gathering explores science and natural history from distinct and surprising viewpoints, drawing connections between scientific research, culture, environment and everyday life.

Café Scientifique Around The World
Across the country and around the globe, adults who share an interest in scientific research are gathering in pubs and coffee houses for informal discussions on relevant and often provocative scientific topics. Science Cafés and Café Scientifique events are a chance for adults to exchange opinions and ideas about science and related issues.
International Café Scientifique Website


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From September through May, Café Scientifique meets at Bryant Lake Bowl.
Bryant Lake Bowl (Uptown area of Minneapolis)
810 West Lake Street
Minneapolis, MN
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