Science Cafe

Every month, an Arkansas scientist or expert provides insight on a science topic as a guest on the KUAR's "Science Café Little Rock" live call-in show hosted by Dorothy Graves, Ph.D., of the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences.

The program airs 6:05-6:30 p.m. on the 4th Tuesday of every month, just prior to the Science Café community event that takes place at 7 p.m. in Little Rock at Vieux Carre/The Afterthought. The radio program serves as a preview of the discussion to take place that night.


Science Cafe: Riding The Gravitational Waves

Mar 28, 2017

On this month's Science Café  Little Rock, a discussion about particle interactions involved in galaxy formation and how gravitational waves, binary stars and black holes are created. Bret Lehmer, Pd.D., assistant professor of the University of Arkansas Department of Physics, joined UAMS' Dorothy Graves for the live call-in program on KUAR. You can hear the full program above.

Science Cafe: The Science Of Food

Jun 28, 2016

The local food scene has exploded in central Arkansas during the last 5 years. Jack Sundell, owner of the Root Cafe in Little Rock discusses his vision for community through food and the value of working with local food producers.

Science Café forums are held the fourth Tuesday of the month, except for July, August and December. The radio program runs from 6-6:30 p.m. followed by a panel discussion at U.S. Pizza in the Hillcrest neighborhood of Little Rock from 7-9 p.m.

Science Cafe: Impacts of Lost Technology

May 24, 2016
Bobby McGehee, Ph.D., professor and dean of the UAMS Graduate School.

This month's Science Cafe explores "Impacts of Lost Technology" on Arkansas as a result of theft, organizational change, and under development.

Host Dorothy Graves begins the discussion on KUAR airwaves talking with Dr. Boby McGehee of the Arkansas Biosciences Institute and the University of Arkansas for Medicail Sciences.

Science Café forums are held the fourth Tuesday of the month, except for July, August and December. The radio program runs from 6-6:30 p.m. followed by a panel discussion at U.S. Pizza in the Hillcrest neighborhood of Little Rock from 7-9 p.m.

Science Cafe: Makers, Inventors, & Innovation Today

Apr 26, 2016
File. A look inside the Arkansas Regional Innovation Hub.
Michael Hibblen / KUAR News

Host Doroth Graves talks with Joel Gordon the director of making at the Arkansas Regional Innovation Hub about the concept of makers spaces, 3D printers, and start-up culture.

The Martian movie poster.
20th Century Fox

This month's Science Cafe looks at the psychology of long-term space travel and isolation through the lens of the popular movie The Martian, based on a 2011 novel.

Host Dorothy Graves sits down to talk space psychology with Jennifer Fayard, Ph.D., assistant professor in the Department of Psychology at Ouachita Baptist University.

An excerpt from the Guardian sets the scene:

Science Cafe: The Intersection Of Art And Science

Feb 23, 2016

In this month's Science Cafe Little Rock, we explore the connection between art and science by looking at creativity in the business sector. Marla Johnson, CEO and co-founder of Aristotle, discusses the value of creativity in business and how creativity can translate into economic impact.

Science Cafe: Arkansas Geology Rocks

Jan 26, 2016

Many places in Arkansas are known for their geology. We have the Ozark and Ouachita mountains, the minerals of Magnet Cove, Quartz in Mt. Ida, Agate and petrified wood in Crowly's Ridge and of course the Crater of Diamonds in Murfreesboro.

On Science Cafe Little Rock, Michael DeAngelis, assistant professor of Earth Science at UALR, will give us a tour, tell us about his research and answer your questions.

Mysteries of Polymer Chemistry

Nov 25, 2015

(UAMS) - Science Café Little Rock, co-sponsored by the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, will hold its next public forum, Mysteries of Polymer Chemistry, on Nov. 24. Panelists will discuss the role of polymers and their impact upon industry and modern culture.

Held from 7-9 p.m. at Afterthought Bistro & Bar in Little Rock’s Hillcrest neighborhood, Science Café is a relaxed opportunity for monthly exchanges with various experts. No reservations are needed, but seating is limited. Admission is free.

Science Cafe: Novel Cancer Treatments

Oct 27, 2015

A discussion with Dr. Issam Makhoul about innovative cancer research at UAMS and around the world. The conversation covers nano-technology, vaccines and prevention, all as potential strategies for def  eating cancer. KUAR's Jacob Kauffman fills in as host for Dorothy Graves.

Science Cafe: Bullying

Sep 24, 2015

On this month's Science Cafe in Little Rock, Paul Nail, Professor of Psychology and Counseling at the University of Central Arkansas, invites us into the world of negotiating junior high social relationships. Nail discusses his research, defining predictive traits of bullies, victims, individuals who can be both and individuals who will stand up to bullies.

Bullying is actively forbidden in most schools these days and while teachers have the ability to predict which students are most likely to be bullies, they rarely witness actual bullying activity themselves.