Beer With a Scientist Engages Community

Levi Beverly, Ph.D., a James Graham Brown Cancer Center-sponsored researcher has developed a new program, Beer With a Scientist, that seeks to connect scholars and intellectually engaged non-academics over important scientific questions and good beer.  The event is held at Against the Grain which is a common meeting place for scientists to discuss their research.  Sam Cruz, owner of Against the Grain regularly talks to his customers such as John Eaton, Ph.D, M.D. hc, who are professors about their studies (and even reads some of their research via email). He said he jumped on the chance to more formally support the James Graham Brown Cancer Center and offer "relevant" entertainment to his academic clientele.

For the last year, Beverly and Cruz have teamed up on the local series. It takes place roughly once a month, and is drawing strong crowds of curious folks, whether the subject is star formation, stem cells, aging or the Ebola virus.  "The goal is to get people in the know," said Sam Cruz, co-owner of the brewery, located at Louisville Slugger Field. After the main talk, "they can ask questions. There's no need to be intimidated."

The series has generated consider local attention (see Courier Journal article) and information about their upcoming session can be found at Louisville Underground Science.