Cafe Inquiry Public Lecture Series

CINSO and the Center for Inquiry – Indianapolis co-host a monthly public lecture series. New in 2017, we will be at a number of different venues throughout the year, so be sure you know where to find us! Local researchers and experts join us to discuss their work and exciting new advancements in their field. Please join us as we discuss the the great scientific discoveries being made right here in Central Indiana.



January 18th at Round Town Brewery: Sandy Messner, Indiana Forest Alliance – What Are Forests For?

February 15th at Bier Brewery: Ronda Hamm, Dow Ambassadors – Should We Engineer the Mosquito?

March 15th : Canceled

April – No Cafe Inquiry, Taste of Science Festival is April 24th-26th!

May 17th at Indiana State Museum: Dan McCarthy, Meteorologist in Charge at the National Weather Service in Indianapolis – Indiana Wather Unleashed

June 21st at Bier Brewery: Lynn Willis, IUPUI Professor Emeritus of Pharmocology – The Real Science of Natural Medicine

July 19th at Indiana Medical History Museum: Dr. Tiffany Lyle, Purdue College of Veterinary Medicine- “Clear the way, coming through! Drug delivery through the blood-brain barrier”

August 16th at Broken Beaker Distillery: The Science Behind History ft. Indiana State Museum & Indiana Historical Society

September 20th at Deviate Brewing: Topic TBD

October 17th at Black Acre Brewing Co.: Pick Your Poison

November 15th at TBD: Tim Corson, assistant professor of Ophthalmology, IUSM


If you are a researcher interested in joining us for a future Cafe Inquiry, email us at Talented senior graduate students, post-docs, researchers, professors, and educators in all STEM fields are welcome to contact us!


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January 20th: Michael Homoya, Indiana Dept. of Natural ResourcesThis Was Indiana: The Historic Hoosier Landscape in 1816

February 17th: Xianming Han, Butler University – Measuring the Motion of Asteroids from Indianapolis

March 16th: Andrew Gavrin, IUPUIThe Art and Science of Teaching with Technology

April 20th: William Scott, IUPUIEducating global science students while they help discover drugs for neglected diseases

May 18th: Juliet King, Herron School of Art and DesignArt, Imagination, and Medicine

June 15th: Rescheduled due to weather

July 20th: Mary Evenson, Dow AgroSciencesDow Ambassadors

August 17th: Nipun Chopra, Neuroscience, IU School of Medicine *SPECIAL EVENT AT BROKEN BEAKER DISTILLERY- Alzheimer’s Disease: Why haven’t we found a cure?

September 21st: Matt Bochman, IU Bloomington, Founder of Wild Pitch YeastYeast Research: From the Bench to the Brewery

October 19th: Sarah Halter, Executive Director, Indiana Medical History Museum

November 16th:  Karl Koehler, IU School of MedicineOrganoids, From in vitro Oddities to Promising Therapies (rescheduled from June)



May 19th: Susan Walsh, IUPUI – Forensic DNA Phenotyping

June 24th: Amber Mosley, IU School of Medicine – Paradigm Shifts: Impacts on Science

July 15th: Ricardo Ekmay, Dow AgroSciences, Dow Ambassadors – Current Knowledge of GMO Foods

August 19th: Yogesh Joglekar, IUPUINine lives of the Schrodinger Cat: Realism and Quantum Theory

September 15th: Randall Roper, IUPUIDown Syndrome: The Science of Improving Phenotypes Associated with Trisomy 21

October 14th: Bill Sullivan, IU School of Medicine, Writer & Editor at The ‘SCOPE The Monster Mash: The Science Behind Monster Legends

November 18th: Christine Picard, IUPUIForensic Entomology in the ‘Omics Era’

December 16th: David Stocum, IUPUIReprogramming the Genome for Resurrection and Regeneration