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Posted on Jan 22, 2009 by billsimmon in science, vermont | 2 Comments

This is so effing cool. The ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center is hosting scientists and a cash bar and hoping to engender open (and perhaps drunken) discussions about particular scientific topics. According to the ECHO site, the event is free (and only for 21+) and starts at 6:30 P.M., at which point…

We turn down the lights, arrange some tables and chairs, and open the bar. We chat with old friends and new faces alike, get a beer, have some hors d’oeuvres and then find a seat.


At 7 p.m., the speaker of the evening begins a conversation on the science topic for the evening. After 30 minutes or so, we take a break to get more drinks and elicit questions for the speaker.


After that, it’s time to challenge the speaker, have dialogue at the table, drink more, and feel like we’ve delved a little deeper into the science of this wonderful world.

Tonight’s topic: nanotechnology! Nanotech expert, Dr. Dennis Clougherty, will lead tonight’s discussion.



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  1. On January 23, 2009, BenMac said:

    Now I really wish that I hadn’t committed to throwing a birthday bash for a coworker.

    I’ll keep my eye out for the next ones…..

  2. Happily, it’s a national phenomenon.

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