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Grad Students to Deliver Research Lightning Talks at Latest Science Pubs

By Brendan O'Hallarn

Old Dominion's innovative Science Pubs series brings the University's research into the community, with scholars in different disciplines talking about their work with a craft-brewery audience.

The next Science Pubs ODU event, scheduled for March 15 at Coelacanth Brewing Co. in Norfolk, will feature the next generation of Old Dominion researchers. Seven graduate students - in disciplines ranging from engineering to public service - will deliver five-minute "mini-talks" about their research.

Doors open for the free event at 6 p.m., with the program beginning at 6:30. Attendees are encouraged to register online. The first 20 to arrive will receive a free beverage.

Speakers for the Science Pubs ODU Lightning Talks event will be Kameron Adams from the Batten College of Engineering and Technology, Lauren Welsch from the College of Health Sciences, Pragati Rawat from the School of Public Service, Tracey Vaughn from the Department of Communication and Theatre Arts, Brynn Davis from the Department of Ocean, Earth & Atmospheric Sciences, Erik Johnson from the Department of Physics and Delaram Asadzadeh Totonchi from the Darden College of Education.

The event, which is co-sponsored by Lifelong Learning at Old Dominion University and Virginia Sea Grant, will be emceed by Tom Socha, Old Dominion professor of communication and theatre arts, and graduate program director in the University's lifespan and digital communication master's program.

Created by the University's Office of Research and Office of Community Engagement, Science Pubs ODU offers an opportunity for the community to engage with University researchers in an informal setting. A curious mind is all that is needed to take part in the lively discussions. The locations and topics change with each event.

Last year's Science Pubs series dealt entirely with the issue of sea level rise and recurrent flooding. The series has broadened its range to include discussions about physics and politics.

The next Science Pubs ODU event will feature Avi Santo, associate professor of communication and director of the University's Institute for the Humanities, who will lead a discussion on the psychology and communication of pop culture.

If you have questions about the event, please contact Daniel Campbell in the Office of Research at dcampbel@odu.edu.

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