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November 2018

romaine lettuce

Petri Dish: Romaine Recalls & Raw Milk Renegades

Wednesday 11/14/2018
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
$8 – $10

Frequent outbreaks of Salmonella, E. coli and other causes of foodborne illness remind us that the journey from field to fork can be fraught with peril.

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December 2018

Plated foods

Petri Dish: Our Ever-Evolving Diet

Wednesday 12/12/2018
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
$8 – $10

New diets pop up with predictable regularity, grabbing hold of the collective imagination and resulting in the ritual purging of suddenly suspect foods. High-fat, low-fat, low-carb, the variations are numerous as are the claims that a particular diet is best. Sorting fact from fiction when it comes to the right way to eat can be challenging. But was there a time when we had a perfect diet? Is there a place where people eat ideally? There are myriad diets claiming…

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March 2019

Petri Dish: Gene Editing

Wednesday 03/06/2019
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Urban Growler Brewing Co., 2325 Endicott Street
Saint Paul, MN 55114 United States
$6

Where Do We Go From Here? Reports of gene editing in humans are making news headlines and raising red flags. We will explore what is possible now, what will be possible soon and what it all means for those with hereditary diseases and the rest of us. Join us at Urban Growler for science-themed trivia and a discussion with experts from across disciplines. Panelists Perry Hackett is a professor in the Department of Genetics, Cell Biology and Development in the…

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April 2019

Petri Dish: Extinction

Wednesday 04/03/2019
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Urban Growler Brewing Co., 2325 Endicott Street
Saint Paul, MN 55114 United States
$6

When Is It Time to Say Goodbye? As the threat of extinction accelerate under changing conditions, the conversation about which species to save and why takes on greater urgency. Is there a right way to decide what to fight for and what to let go? Are some extinctions true “game-changers” and can human innovation fill the gaps fast enough. Should we be worried about sharp declines in insects? Join us at Urban Growler for science-themed trivia and a discussion with…

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October 2019

Bacteria colonies on petri dish, isolated on white

Petri Dish: Life as We *Don’t* Know It

Wednesday 10/09/2019
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Urban Growler Brewing Co., 2325 Endicott Street
Saint Paul, MN 55114 United States
$6

Life has arisen only once to the best of our understanding. It is possible that there is life on other, distant planets, but could humans create a new form of life? Synthetic biology and the quest to create synthetic cells could reframe how we think about the boundaries of life. It could also give clues about the many forms life could take on other planets. The ability to create cells from scratch promises to answer fundamental questions about life and…

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November 2019

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Petri Dish: Putting a Price on Biodiversity Loss

Wednesday 11/13/2019
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Urban Growler Brewing Co., 2325 Endicott Street
Saint Paul, MN 55114 United States
$6

Drones, satellites, and other new technology allow measurement of biodiversity as never before, at a time when climate change, habitat destruction, and over-harvesting are causing unprecedented rates of biodiversity loss. Can better measurement of biodiversity along with better science linking biodiversity conservation to our own quality of life be used to slow or halt the rate of loss of biodiversity? We’ll explore the new opportunities that advances in science generate and the political and economic challenges to halting biodiversity loss.…

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March 2020

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Petri Dish: Clearing the Air Around Cannabis

Wednesday 03/04/2020
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Urban Growler Brewing Co., 2325 Endicott Street
Saint Paul, MN 55114 United States
$6

Cannabis has been classified as a controlled substance under federal law since 1970. The plant’s outlaw status hampered research and disrupted cultivation of Cannabis used for hemp fiber. But Cannabis wasn’t always flora non grata. The US Army encouraged hemp cultivation in Minnesota during the second world war and perceptions of the high-flying drug-type Cannabis have shifted dramatically in recent years. Now, laws restricting Cannabis are in flux across the country and the popularity of Cannabis derivatives such as CBD oil is on the rise. We’ll explore how we got here and where…

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April 2020

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CANCELED: Petri Dish: Personalized Medicine as Panacea?

Wednesday 04/08/2020
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Urban Growler Brewing Co., 2325 Endicott Street
Saint Paul, MN 55114 United States
$6

Imagine a world in which the makeup of your individual genome would help physicians pinpoint the very best course of treatment for a wide range of diseases. Diagnoses would be more accurate and therapies would be tailored to you. It’s an appealing idea that underpins a growing movement toward personalized or precision medicine, but it also raises numerous questions scientific and social. Is our current understanding of genetics adequate to the undertaking? Are we ready and willing to shoulder the…

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October 2021

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Petri Dish: Concrete and canopy – Urban nature in the spotlight

Wednesday 10/27/2021
Free

Join three University of Minnesota experts for a conversation about the invisible role urban nature plays in our daily lives

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November 2021

Bacteria colonies on petri dish, isolated on white

Petri Dish: Back to the beginning – Investigating the origin of life

Wednesday 11/17/2021
Free

Join three University of Minnesota experts for a conversation about what it means for expanding our understanding of life.

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