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Quenching a Thirst for Knowledge
Stony Brook University Hosting “Science on Tap”

Steven Reiner

Stony Brook, NY, January 27, 2012 - A scientist walks into a bar, sits down with a former producer of 60 Minutes, orders a beer and talks to a live audience. No punch line here! This is “Science on Tap,” a new pilot project of Stony Brook’s Center for Communicating Science. The mission? To demystify scientific topics and open the gates of the university for a free evening of enticing conversation – over a beer! The first “Science on Tap” is scheduled for Tuesday, February 7 from 6:30-8:30 pm at the University Café at Stony Brook University.

Chang Kee Jung

“Science on Tap” is hosted by Stony Brook School of Journalismprofessor Steven Reiner, formerly of 60 Minutes. He welcomes Dr. Chang Kee Jung as the first guest scientist. Dr. Jung, a self-professed sports junkie, is an astro-particle physicist and eminent neutrino researcher with the Department of Physics and Astronomy.  Also an avid bungee jumper, skydiver and father of three, Dr. Jung will talk about his two passions at once – physics and sports. Covering everything from the physics of throwing Mariano Rivera’s split-finger fastball or the perfect spiral touchdown pass, to explaining whether Michael Jordan’s amazing hang time was myth or reality; the conversation is sure to entertain and elucidate. Live jazz will round out the evening, courtesy of SBU’s School of Music and student musicians taught by the incomparable Ray Anderson.

The event is free and open to the public, 21 years and older; cash bar. “Science on Tap” will be videotaped for web broadcast. To ensure your seat at the bar, email journalism@stonybrook.edu or call Val at (631) 632-2133 for information/reservations. Visit us on Facebook at SBU Science on Tap. Reservations are recommended, as seating is limited.