Ordering up another Science Happy Hour for April 23

Yale physicists John Harris, Ágnes Mócsy, and others will take part in a free-flowing conversation with the audience at BAR starting at 8 p.m.

The barstools are all arranged for the next Science Happy Hour, set for Tuesday, April 23 at BAR on Crown Street.

A quintet of Yale science panelists will take part in the free-flowing conversation, co-organized by physics professors John Harris and Ágnes Mócsy, and supported by the Department of Physics and Wright Laboratory.

This will be the third Science Happy Hour, which generated sizable crowds for previous events in 2016 and 2014. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. and the event begins at 8 p.m. Admission is free for those age 21 and older.

The panel brings knowledge from a diversity of subjects that span space and time, starting from the primordial quark soup in the Big Bang, through the origins of mass, the origins of life, through the place and role of science in society, as well as in conjunction with the arts,” Harris said.

A commonality with previous editions is that we intend to have a conversation with the audience and thus most topics will be directed by the audience’s curiosity,” Mócsy added.

Panelists for the event will be:

  • Harris, the D. Allan Bromley Professor of Physics and a fellow of the American Physical Society. His research recreates the primordial quark soup of the Big Bang.
  • Mócsy, a visiting professor in the Department of Physics as a Yale Presidential Fellow and a fellow of the American Physical Society.
  • Sarah Demers, an associate professor of physics and co-discoverer of the Higgs Boson at the Large Hadron Collider.
  • Keith Baker, a professor of physics and an experimental particle physicist. His research is in the ATLAS collaboration at the Large Hadron Collider.
  • Carl Zimmer, an adjunct professor in the Department of Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry and a columnist and writer for The New York Times.

The organizers said the panelists anticipate the discussion may range from dark matter and gravitational waves to quantum physics and the role of scientists in society.

The environment is a casual setting, where interested people can participate and have their questions answered, and all attendees are almost guaranteed to discover something that sparks their interest,” Harris said.

Additional details about the event are available at the event website.

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