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Taste of Science hosts talks in breweries, restaurants across Tampa Bay

Once again, the brain power of the region will be on display as scientists hold a week of talks inside local hangouts on both sides of the bay.

Aimed at improving science literacy with the public, the weeklong Taste of Science festival kicks off tonight at the Bricks in Tampa's Ybor City, where two panelists will share the challenges of diversity and inclusion in science fields. That same night at St. Petersburg brewery Cage, a speaker who studies Antarctica will take center stage, followed by another who delves into the science of beer tasting and judging. Both talks begin at 7 p.m.

It's $5 to reserve a spot via or tasteofscience/tampa.

Taste of Science, hosted around the country, runs through April 28 with a variety of scientists making appearances at restaurants, breweries and other gathering places. Their discussions range from galaxies and red tide to plant biology, which kids will explore throughout the University of South Florida Botanical Gardens on Saturday.

Sunday will offer a free event in the form of a Gandy Beach cleanup starting at 9:30 a.m. Afterward, a trio of scientists host picnic-style talks focused on coastal hazards, among them oil spills and algae blooms.

Additional topics include:

Galaxies, Gravity and Criminology: Dr. John Cochran, professor of criminology at USF, on the controversy of the death penalty; Dr. Denija Crnojevic, assistant professor of physics at the University of Tampa, on her research into how galaxies form and evolve; and Mitchell Hastings, who is pursuing a Ph.D. in geology at USF, on how changes in gravity help scientists understand what processes occur beneath volcanoes. 7-9 p.m. Tuesday at Rock Brothers Brewing, 1901 N 15th St., Tampa.

What's New in Dunedin Science?: Savannah Gandee of Clearwater Marine Aquarium will discuss bottlenose dolphin identification research, which involves taking high-quality photos of dorsal fins and using one-of-a-kind fin markings to tell them apart. 7-9 p.m. Tuesday at Cueni Brewing Co., 945 Huntley Ave., Dunedin.

Health, From Humanity to Hippos: Expect speakers Dr. Dominique Keller, senior zoo veterinarian at Busch Gardens; Dr. Thomas Unnasch, USF interim chair of environmental and occupational health; and Dr. Derek Wildman, professor in USF's College of Public Health. 7-9 p.m. Wednesday at Skipper's Smokehouse, 910 Skipper Road, Tampa.

For the full schedule, visit either of the aforementioned Taste of Science websites.

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