Office of the Chancellor

Conversation Kitchen - Tea Talks

Afternoon Tea Talks

October 11, 2017 

4-5:30 p.m.

Anteater Test Kitchen, Anteater Recreation Center, 2nd Floor

Ted Yoo, Brews and Brains

Department: Chemical Engineering and Materials Science

Talk Description:

Nuclear power is a technology that produces the most electricity while also generating the fewest greenhouse gasses. What we must deal with, however, is the 2000 tons of radioactive waste generated every year in the US. Recycling nuclear fuel can help deal with this sticky issue by greatly reducing the amount of highly toxic waste that currently exists in political and social limbo. In addition, the same technology can be used to reclaim plutonium in nuclear weapons, and use them in a productive way. The Nilsson lab studies the chemicals behind the recycling systems in an effort to increase efficiency. Light refreshments will be served.

November 30, 2017

4-5:30 p.m.

Anteater Test Kitchen, Anteater Recreation Center, 2nd Floor

Impression Formation: Aesthetics, Legitimacy and Perceptions of Police - Tea Talk with Ryan Simpson

Most 'police interaction' occurs in relatively unceremonious settings without exchange of formal dialogue between the public and the police (e.g., observing an officer in passing). Understanding factors that can influence these frequent, but important, interactions is thus particularly fruitful for informing both policy and practice. The present research, therefore, employs an experimental methodology to evaluate the effects of officer appearance on perceptions of the police. The results reveal that variation in appearance elicits significant variation in perceptions of officers. I discuss these results, and their implications, with respect to impression formation, legitimacy, and perceptions of the police more broadly.

Following Rylan's talk, we will gather around the test kitchen and learn how to make maple donuts, representing Rylan's Canadian roots.

December 7, 2017

4-5:30 p.m.

Anteater Test Kitchen, Anteater Recreation Center, 2nd Floor

 "Shakespeare in Mexico" - Tea Talk with Leticia Garcia (Drama)

Letty’s research talk about her dissertation will be accompanied by churros and hot chocolate. After the talk, guests will have a chance to learn more about the preparation of this beloved pastry and sweet drink. Open to graduate students, undergraduates, faculty, staff, and community!

February 22, 2018:

"Strategies to Improve Online Learning" - Tea Talk with Peter McPartlan (Education)

Peter’s research talk about his dissertation will be accompanied with homemade ginger beer and chiffon chocolate cupcakes. Following Peter's talk join Chef Jessica VanRoo and learn how to make ginger beer and chiffon chocolate cupcakes.

Anteater Test Kitchen at the ARC

Dessert and Conversation:  8 p.m.

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April 19, 2018

Safe Treatment Strategies for Multiple Sclerosis (MS) - Tea Talk with Christie Mortales

Christie's talk features her research on Mulitple Sclerosis (MS). MS is an autoimmune disease in which the body;s own immune system attacks the neurons of the central nervous system (brain and spinal cord).  This leaves people affected with MS with any number of disabilities such as impaired speech and mobility.  There is no cure, and current treatments often have toxic side effects.   Christie’s research focuses on (1) how a molecular network called the galectin-glycoprotein lattice controls the functions of immune cells, (2) how a compromised lattice on specific immune cells cause them to promote MS, and (3) how one special sugar can fix a damaged lattice and become a potential, safe treatment for MS.

Following Christie's talk, you are welcome to join Chef Jessica VanRoo and learn how to Ube Cupcakes with Coconut Coffee.

Anteater Test Kitchen at the ARC

Dessert and Conversation:  4:30-6 p.m.

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May 17, 2018

"Fighting Drought One Lawn at a Time" - Tea Talk with Kimberly Duong

Kimberly's talk feature her research about urban water conservation programs, especially those that are enacted during drought. Kimberly's dissertation focus is on turf rebate programs, and how urban regions cope with drought.

Following Kimberly's talk, you are welcome to join Chef Jessica VanRoo and learn how to prepare chia seed and prickly pear preserves with buttermilk biscuits, along with Manzanita tea. 

Anteater Test Kitchen at the ARC

Dessert and Conversation:  8 p.m.

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