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: Hibernation In Arkansas Black Bears

Nov 29, 2017

On November's episode of Science Cafe-Little Rock, a look at hibernation. Myron Means, Large Carnivore Coordinator for the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission, joined host Dorothy Graves to talk about black bears in Arkansas and their unique form of hibernation. Means has worked with black bears for more than 21 years and shares his expertise.

David Ussery Dorothy Graves
Visanu Wanchai

On this month's edition of Science Cafe, a discussion on the role of microbiome bacteria on the immune system, potential infections and overall human health.

David Ussery, Ph.D., a professor for the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences and director of the Arkansas Center for Genomic Epidemiology, join host Dorothy Graves for the program.

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.