Science Cafes

Summary

Public talks on a wide variety of topics are hosted by the Department of Physics and Astronomy. The series is free, open to the public, and no reservations are required. Science Cafe events are held once a month at El Hueso de Fraile in downtown Brownsville. Nerd Nite events are held once a month at the Half Moon Saloon in downtown Brownsville.

Current Events

Thursday, August 27 7:00pm-9:00pm

Brownsville Nerd Nite
At the Half Moon Saloon (1101 E. Adams St.)


Friday, August 28 8:30pm

Astronomy in the Park
At Resaca de la Palma State Park




Past Events

Monday, August 10 at 5:30pm-7:30pm, 2015

Monday Night Science Cafe
At El Hueso del Fraile, 837 E. Elizabeth st. suite D, Brownsville


Wednesday, July 29 7:00pm-10:00pm

Brownsville Nerd Nite
At the Half Moon Saloon (1101 E. Adams St.)


Friday, July 31 8:30-9:30pm

Astronomy in the Park
At Resaca de la Palma State Park


astronomy in the park



Monday, July 13 at 7:30pm, 2015

Monday Night Science Cafe
At El Hueso del Fraile, 837 E. Elizabeth st. suite D, Brownsville


Friday, June 26 8:00-10:00pm

Astronomy in the Park
At Resaca de la Palma State Park


Wednesday, June 24 7:00pm-9:00pm

Brownsville Nerd Nite
At the Half Moon Saloon (1101 E. Adams St.)


Special Beer Tasting Event! Nerd Nite Brownsville | Photography Brewing! 7:00-9:00 PM, June 24, 2015 | Half Moon Saloon 1101 E Adams Street | Trivia begins at 7:00. Speakers at 8:00 and 8:30. Again, special beer tasting event!


Monday, June 8 at 7:30pm, 2015

Monday Night Science Cafe
At El Hueso del Fraile, 837 E. Elizabeth st. suite D, Brownsville


Wednesday, May 27 7:00pm-9:00pm

Brownsville Nerd Nite
At the Half Moon Saloon (1101 E. Adams St.)


Monday, May 11 at 7:30pm, 2015

Monday Night Science Cafe
At El Hueso del Fraile, 837 E. Elizabeth st. suite D, Brownsville


Wednesday, April 29 7:00pm-9:00pm

Brownsville Nerd Nite
At the Half Moon Saloon (1101 E. Adams St.)

Brownsville Nerd Nite Presents: M.C Escher and Beer | 7:00-9:00 Wednesday, April 29, 2015 | Half Moon Saloon (1101 E Adams St) | Gather for a might of knowledge. Trivia begins at 7:00. Speakers at 8:00 and 8:30.

Tuesday, April 14

STARGATE Talks
Christopher Wren, Maker on the Android Framework Team.
“Just Google It” TED TALK style session with students.
April 14, 2015 10:30–11:30a.m. At El Gran Salon

Monday, April 6 at 7:30pm, 2015

Monday Night Science Cafe
At El Hueso del Fraile, 837 E. Elizabeth st. suite D, Brownsville

Science! Music! Careers! Monday Night Schedule Cafe! April 6, 7:30 PM, El Hueso de Fraile, 9th and Elizabeth Downtown Brownsville | (Uncertainty ahead)

Wednesday, March 25 at 7:00pm-9:00pm, 2015

Brownsville Nerd Nite
At the Half Moon Saloon

Beers and Bikes | Wednesday, March 25, 2015, 7:00-9:00, Half Moon Saloon

Monday, March 2 at 7:30pm, 2015

Monday Night Science Cafe
At El Hueso del Fraile, 837 E. Elizabeth st. suite D, Brownsville

Bolts! Doctors! Math! Monday Night Cafe! | March 2, 7:30 PM, El Hueso de Fraile, 9th and Elizabeth Downtown Brownsville

Monday, Feb 16, 2015

Monday Night Physics, "UTB NASA Engineering Teams"
Time: 7pm - 9pm Location: UTB Salon Cassia (Main 2.402)

Monday, Feb 2 at 7:30pm, 2015

Monday Night Science Cafe
At El Hueso del Fraile, 837 E. Elizabeth st. suite D, Brownsville

Sunday, Jan 18 at 2:30pm, 2015

Special event
From High School to Implementing Ethics on Automated Vehicles
UT Brownsville Gran Salon (Student Union), 1 W University Blvd, Brownsville

Monday, Dic 1 at 7:30pm, 2014

Monday Night Science Cafe
At El Hueso del Fraile, 837 E. Elizabeth st. suite D, Brownsville

Monday, Nov 17, 2014

Space Travel: Science Fiction vs Science Fact
Time: 7pm Location: UTB Salon Cassia (Main 2.402)

Monday, Nov 3 at 7:30pm, 2014

Monday Night Science Cafe
At El Hueso del Fraile, 837 E. Elizabeth st. suite D, Brownsville

Monday, October 20, 2014

Renewable Energy and Engines: three short talks on renewable energy topics.
Time: 7pm Location: UTB Salon Cassia (Main 2.402)

Monday, Oct 6 at 7:30pm, 2014

Monday Night Science Cafe
At El Hueso del Fraile, 837 E. Elizabeth st. suite D, Brownsville

Chess, technology and Insects! Monday Night Science Cafe! Oct 6, 7:30 pm, El Hueso de Fraile | 9th and Elizabeth downtown Brownsville

Monday, Sept 8 at 7:30pm, 2014

Monday Night Science Cafe
At El Hueso del Fraile, 837 E. Elizabeth st. suite D, Brownsville

Palms, Planets, and Philosophy! | Monday Night Science Cafe | Monday, September 8 at 7:30 PM, El Hueso de Fraile, 9th and Elizabeth in downtown Brownsville

Monday, Aug 04 at 7:30pm, 2014

Monday Night Science Cafe
At El Hueso del Fraile, 837 E. Elizabeth st. suite D, Brownsville

Stars, Waves, and Reefs! | Monday Night Science Cafe | Monday, August 4 at 7:30 PM | El Hueso de Fraile | 9th and Elizabeth in downtown Brownsville.

Monday, June 30 at 7:30pm, 2014

Monday Night Science Cafe
At El Hueso del Fraile, 837 E. Elizabeth st. suite D, Brownsville

Animals, Art, and Sonar | Monday Night Science Cafe | Monday, June 30 at 7:30 pm | El Hueso de Fraile | 9th and Elizabeth in downtown Brownsville

Monday, April 7, 2014

H2 Oh My: three short talks on water and water quality topics.
Time: 7pm Location: UTB Salon Cassia (Main 2.402)

Monday, March 3, 2014

Hackers, Builders and Spies... Oh my!: three short talks on hacking and technology topics.
Time: 7pm Location: UTB Salon Cassia (Main 2.402)

Monday, February 3, 2014

Robot Love: three short talks on physics and robotics topics.
Time: 7pm Location: UTB Salon Cassia (Main 2.402)

Monday, December 2, 2013

Happy Holidays: three short talks on physics and astronomy topics with holiday treats.
Time: 7pm Location: UTB Salon Cassia (Main 2.402)

Monday, November 4, 2013

Out of the Blue: three short talks on aeronautics and atmospheric topics.
Time: 7pm Location: UTB Salon Cassia (Main 2.402)

Monday, October 7, 2013

Astronomy at UTB: three short talks in celebration of World Space Week (October 4-10,2013).
Time: 7pm Location: UTB Salon Cassia (Main 2.402)


Monday, January 30, 2012

Dr. Joe Romano
UTB Department of Physics and Astronomy

Fractals (Almost) Everywhere

Monday Night Physics Presents: Fractals almost everywhere|Speaker: Dr. Joe Romano, Department of Physics and Astronomy | Monday, January 30 | 7:00 pm at SETB 3rd Floor | ABSTRACT: Ordinary Euclidean geometry (i.e., the stuff we typically learn in high-school) is rather inadequate for describing natural forms, such as clouds, plants, mountain ranges, etc. Fractal geometry, whose building blocks are "broken" irregular objects with fractional dimension, is much better suited for describing the natural world. Although severall of the building blocks of fractal geometry were invented by mathematicians more than 100 years ago, it wasn't until - 1975 that Benoit Mandelbrot realized that these objects are not mere mathematical oddities but are very relevant for describing the world around us. This talk is an introduction to fractals -- what they are, how they are constructed, and how they mimic many of the forms we see in nature. | The University of Texas at Brownsville, Department of Physics and Astronomy, 80 Fort Brown, Brownsville, Texas 78520

Monday, May 2, 2011

Trooper Johnny Hernandez
Texas Department of Public Safety

Safe Driving: The Physics of Car Accidents

Monday Night Physics presents: Safe Driving: The Physics of Car Accidents by Trooper Johhny Hernandez, Texas Department of Public Safety | Monday, May 2nd, 7:00 pm, SETB Third Floor. For more information: Robert Stone, rstone@phys.utb.edu, (956) 882-6655 | The University of Texas at Bornwsville and Texas Southmost College, Department of Physics and Astronomy | 80 Fort Brown, Brownsville TX, 78520

Monday, March 28, 2011

Dr. Soumya Mohanty
Department of Physics and Astronomy, UTB/TSC

Video Game Physics

Monday Night Physics presents: Video game Physics by Dr. Soumya Mohanty | The best selling video games of today, like "Uncharted", "Call of Duty", or "Half Life", would not be so popular if it weren't for Physics. The same laws of mechanics that were discovered by Newton in the 17th Century are now driving the fast rise of the multi-billion dollar game industry. We are not talking here about the physics behind the hardware on which these games run but the simulation of Physical reality in the game play itself. This talk will explore the Physics embedded in some popular games and the associated career opportunities for Physics majors in the rapidly expanding world of gaming. | The University of Texas at Brownsville and Texas Southmost College | Department of Physics and Astronomy | 80 Fort Brown Brownsville TX, 78520

Monday, February 28, 2011

Dr. Volker Quetschke
Department of Physics and Astronomy, UTB/TSC

The Laser's 50th Anniversary-History and Applications

Monday Night Physics Presents: The Laser's 50th Anniversary - History and Applications by Dr. Volker Quetschke, Assistant Professor Dept. of Physics and Astronomy | February 28th 7:00pm, UBCB 1.104 | Abstract: The laser turned 50 years young on may 16, 2010, when Theodore Maiman built the first working laser at Hughes Research Labs half a century ago. From high precision metrology to medical applications, much of modern technology would not be possible without the invention of the laser. The talk will report about the history of the laser and showcase applications that use its unique properties. For more information: Robert Stone, rstone@phys.utb.edu - (956) 882-6655 | The University of Texas at Brownsville and Texas Southmost College, Department of Physics and Astronomy, 80 Fort Brown, Brownsville TX, 78520

Monday, January 31, 2011

Douglas A. Butts, Jr.
National Weather Service, Brownsville, TX

Hurricanes 102

Monday Night Physics | Hurricanes 102 | Come learn about the physics of hurricanes and what to expect in the upcoming hurricane season! Presenters: Douglas A. Butts, Jr., Science and Operations Office, Ryan Vipond, NOAA Weather Radio Forecaster | National Weather Service, Bornwsville TX, January 31st, 7 PM, SETB Third Floor Conference Room | For more informaiton: Robert Stone rstone@phys.utb.edu - (956) 882-6655 | The University of Texas at Brownsville and Texas Southmost College, Department of Physics and Astronomy, 80 Fort Brown, Brownsville, TX 78520

Monday, October 25, 2010

Dr. Tamara K. Pease
Department of Chemistry and Environmental Sciences, UTB/TSC

Where is the Oil? The Deepwater Horizon Spill 6 Months Later.

Monday, September 27, 2010

Dr. Karen Martirosyan
Department of Physics and Astronomy, UTB/TSC

The Magic of Nanoscience

Monday Night Physics: The Magic of Nanoscience by Dr. Karen Martirosyan, September 27, 7pm - SETB Third Floor | Abstract: The nanoscience and nanoscale physics have attracted much attention and have posed signoficant potential in many areas of societal interests. This talk will introduce key nano initiatives that are intended to help solving global energy needs with environmentally clean solutions, enhance the quality of life through improved medicine and healthcare, improve the defense industry, and provide the benefits of information and communication technology. For more information: Robert Stone - rstone@physics.utb.edu - (956) 882-6655 | The University of Texas at Brownsville and Texas Southmost College, Department of Physics and Astronomy, 80 Fort Brown, Brownsville TX, 78520


Monday, April 26, 2010

Dr. Joe Romano
Department of Physics and Astronomy, UTB/TSC

Cryptography 101

Monday Night Physics Lecture: Cryptography 101, presented by Dr. Joe Romano | An introduction to the art of secret communication, including how PGP and RSA keep our internet transactions safe without most of us having idea what they are!! | April 26, 2010, 7:00 pm, SETB 3rd floor | For more information contact: Robert Stone 882-6655 | University of Texas at Brownsville and Texas Southmost College | Center for Gravitational Wave Astronomy - Department of Physics and Astronomy, 80 Fort Brown, Brownsville TX, 78520

Monday, March 29, 2010

Dr. Birjoo Vaishnav
Department of Physics and Astronomy, UTB/TSC

Uncommon sense and the Quantum: A tale of Teleportation, Cats and Quantum Computing One of the biggest revolution in the twentieth century was the discovery that we are made up of atoms, and that the properties of these tiny objects are very different compared to those of day to day objects like baseballs and benches. Understanding these properties requires overhauling our common sense which is based on the large scale world. The breakthroughs in figuring out these properties led to the semiconductor revolution in the later half of last century, eventually leading to computers, iPhones and the information age.

Yet some properties at this atomic scale are too strange to fully make sense. For example about a decade ago, a lab in Austria was able to successfully transfer the quantum state of a photon from one point to another without the photon actually going across. It was the analog of the Star Trek fame teleportation. The property of the quantum world that makes this possible baffled even Einstein, whose attempts to point out its absurdity in fact became a foundation of a new revolution in science-the quantum information revolution. The aim of this talk is to communicate some of these exciting ideas and successes which have led to science fiction turning into observable reality.


October 26, 2009 at 7:00pm

Molecular forces, tiny machines, and why the Gecko can walk on walls

How you wondered why Geckos can walk on walls? On Monday at 7pm (SETB 3rd floor), Dr. Andreas Hanke, will explain how a gecko holds to the surface of a wall.

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Other Presentations

Dr. Joe Romano
Dr. Joe Romano

Michael Web
Michael Web

Dr. Mario Diaz
Dr. Mario Diaz