Adult Programs

Science on Tap

Informal discussions with local scientists and experts on a particular topic

Science on Tap (SoT) events are informal discussions with local scientists and experts on a particular topic. Science on Tap is an adult education program offered by the SEE Science Center, sponsored by Cambridge Trust.

The ongoing series is held on the second Tuesday of each month from October to June. The 2020-2021 season will start virtually.

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Upcoming SoT & Adult Events

Science on Tap Securing our Virtual Presence

Science on Tap Securing our Virtual Presence

November 10th 7pm via Zoom Securing our Virtual Presence  Current circumstances have only accelerated moving more of our interactions online.  Join us to discuss our personal security in the digital world. Discover approaches for security from banking to zoom from our smart speakers to our medical records.  Ask how security is evolving to…

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Past Science on Tap Discussions


The Science and Technology of Brewing

Paul Davis, Lead Brewer & Distiller at Stark Stark Brewing Company
Timothy L. Yarrington, instructor at Pennsylvania College of Technology
PJ LaJeunesse, 603 Brewery
Tim Clapper, Concord Craft brewing


Forensics: Finding Answers From the Ancient to Recent Past
Amy Michael PhD. Lecturer in Anthropology, UNH Durham Trooper
Trooper Kevin L. Devlin State of New Hampshire Department of Safety, Division of State Police

Advances in Cancer Treatment
Eric R. Henderson, MD Assistant Professor of Orthopaedics, Geisel School of Medicine, Dartmouth

Robotics, AI & Machine Learning
Dirk Van der Merwre currently leads the autonomous robotics group and the control systems group at DEKA Research & Development

The Future of Nuclear Power
Jacopo Buongiorno TEPCO Professor of Nuclear Science and Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), and the Director of Science and Technology of the Nuclear Reactor Laboratory at MIT
Robert E. Gustafson Asst. Chief of Planning / Radiological Emergency Preparedness State of NH Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management

Urban backyard farming
Emma Erler, Education Center Program Coordinator. UNH Cooperative Extension
Elaina Enzien, Dairy, Livestock & Forage Crops Field Specialist. UNH Cooperative Extension

2018 -2019

Ocean Acoustics
Tom Weber Ph.D. & Liz Weidner University of NH Ph.D. candidate Center for Coastal & Ocean Mapping/Joint Hydrographic Center, Jere A. Chase Ocean Engineering Lab

Ocean Farming
Michael D. Chambers, Ph.D. Aquaculture Specialist / Research Scientist, UNHSchool of Marine Science and Ocean Engineering; NH Sea Grant

Advances & Challenges from Conception to Birth
Christine Ambrose, ND Ambrose Integrative Medicine,
Shawne Sherlock Broderick CNM Dartmouth Hitchcock
Carleigh Nesbit, DO Dartmouth Hitchcock

Science of Mental Health
Daniel Seichepine, Assistant Professor of Psychology and Neuropsychology UNH Manchester
Representatives from the Mental Health Center of Greater Manchester

The tech & implication of crypto currency
Chris Rietmann, Executive Director, Bitcoin Embassy NH
Vin Armani Founder and Chief Technology Officer of

Addressing Climate Change in NH
Jennifer Andrews, Sustainability Project Director. Sustainability Institute University of NH.
George W. Hamilton, Extension Field Specialist, UNH Cooperative Extension – Hillsborough County

Health & Wealth
Heather Taylor RDN, LDN Eat Well & Beyond Manchester NH
Stephen Pimpare Senior Lecturer, Public Service & Nonprofit Leadership; Director, Center for Community Engagement & Experiential Learning; Fellow, Carsey School of Public Policy UNH
Jeremy Linquist Certified Family Business Specialist Skypeak Financial

Regenerative Medicine: Digging Deeper
Jay Hoying, ASI Life Sciences, Manchester, NH
Derek Morris, United Therapeutics, Manchester, NH


Recycling Solutions
Mike Dufor, Executive Director Northeast Resource Recovery Association
Amy Farnum, Program Specialist, R4- State of New Hampshire, Department of Administrative Services (DAS)
Keegan Smith, Field Sustainability Coordinator Coca Cola of Northern New England


Fred Kfoury III Director of Marketing, Central Paper Products
Molly Gallaher Boddy, Strategy Analyst-Market & Competitive Research, Geneia
Rick Neal, Senior Director of Operations, Coca-Cola of Northern New England

The Future of Mobility
Rebecca E. Ohler Administrator, Technical Services Bureau, NH Dept. of Environmental Services
Grant Reig, the Senior Product Manager, WiTricity Corp
Michael Behrmann, MSELDirector New Hampshire Clean Tech Council

NH's Energy Future
Elijah Garrison, Solar Design Specialist ReVision Energy
Brianna Brand Program Director, NHSEA

Green Chemistry
John Warner Ph.D. President & CTO Warner Babcock Institute for Green Chemistry, LLC & co-founder of Green Chemistry
Amy Cannon Ph.D. executive director and co-founder Beyond Benign

Winter Farming in NH
Andrew Ogden Sustainable agriculture and food systems UNH Durham
William Dunkerley Dunk's Mushroom Products & Foraging LLC
Mark Moran Hopewell Farm Newbury, NH

Pain and the Evolution of Treatment
Christine B. Ambrose, ND Ambrose Integrative medicine PLLC
Joseph Ullman, MD CMC Vascular Radiologist
Jason Donnelly, MD Elliot Hospital Pain Management Center

Protecting NH's Watersheds
John O'Neil Watershed Forester Manchester Water Works
David G. Miller, P.E. Deputy Director, Water Supply, Manchester Water Works
Andrew Stone Executive Director, American Ground Water Trust

Regenerative Medicine
Richard McFarland Chief Regulatory Officer, ARMI
Tom Bollenbach Chief Technology Officer, ARMI


Technology in Manufacturing
Val Zanchuk President of Graphicast Inc. in Jaffrey
Stephen Doroff Principal CD Business Group LLC
Shawn Banker Director of the UNH Instrumentation Center

Gene Edititing
Kyle MacLea, PhD Asst. Professor of Biological Sciences and Biotechnology, University of New Hampshire-Manchester
Elizabeth Greguske, PhD Asst. Professor of Biology, St. Anselm College

Ocean Exploration:
Hal Weeks, recently retired as assistant director of UNH's Shoals Marine Laboratory
Val Schmidt, Research Project Engineer Center for Coastal & Ocean Mapping/Joint Hydrographic Center
Michael Koski, Director of Science and Engineering 6-12 Windham School District 2016 E/V Nautilus Expedition team member

Nutrition: the science behind the trends
Heather Taylor, RDN, LDN, licensed dietitian and founder Eat Well and Beyond, LLC
Shauna Lafond, RD, LD, CDE, Clinical Dietitian at the Elliot Center for Diabetes Management & Advanced Nutrition Therapy
Mary Katherine Lockwood, Ph.D. Clinical Associate Professor Biomedical Science, UNH

Drones, UAV's and flying robots
Nate Miller, lead R&D engineer BirdsEyeView Aerobotic
Chris Georgia, freelance cinematographer, certified commercial drone pilot

Security and Risk Assessment
Jim Ramsay, PhD, MA, CSP, Coordinator, Homeland Security Program University of New Hampshire
Chris Brenton Sr. Director of Security & Corporate IS, Dyn
Philip J. Alexakos, MPH, REHS Chief of Environmental Health and Emergency Preparedness Manchester Health Department

Invasive Species
Douglas Cygan, Invasive Species Coordinator New Hampshire Department of Agriculture
Jeremy DeLisle, Education Center Program Coordinator UNH Cooperative Extension
Bill Zeolie, Owner Bedford Fields Garden Center
Lee Gilman, Owner Lee Gilman & Associates, board certified master arborist.

The Science of wine, beer, mead and spirits
Michael Fairbrother Founder / Head Mead & Cider Maker, Moonlight Meadery Londonderry
Brian Ferguson Owner/Distiller/ Wine Maker Flagg Hill Winery & Distillery Lee
Andy Harthcock Owner/ Distiller Djinn Spirits Nashua
Andre Marcoux Head Distiller Stark Brewing Co. Manchester


These discussions were held at the Foundry.

Weather: The technology of predicting the future
Cyrena-Marie Arnold Meteorologist for NH1 News & Director of Product Sciences for Weather Analytics
Lourdes B. Aviles, Ph.D. Professor of Meteorology Plymouth State University
Josh Judge WMUR Meteorologist
Scott Reynolds Meteorologist-in-Charge NOAA/NWS CWSU Nashua NH

The Science of Addiction
John “Geno" Colby, MSW, LADC -Admissions Clinician, Westbridge
Kelly Seichepine, MD -Concord Hospital
Daniel R. Seichepine, Ph.D. -Lecturer of Psychology, Neuropsychology Program UNH Manchester

Planning & Acting for NH Wildlife
John Kanter, Nongame and Endangered Wildlife Supervisor, NH Fish and Game Department
Heidi Holman, Wildlife diversity biologist, NH Fish and Game Department
Haley Andreozzi, Wildlife Outreach Coordinator, UNH Cooperative Extension

Material science: Creating the substances of the future
Debbie Chachra, Ph.D, Associate Professor of Materials Science Olin College of Engineering
Brian Tracey, Plastics Engineer DEKA Research & Development
Andrew Collins, Manager of the Materials Team in R&D group at Velcro Companies

Clean Water Solutions: From NH to the World
Ryan LaRocque, Slingshot systems engineer at DEKA Research and Development
Cheryl Wood, Laboratory Manager and Microbiologist at Manchester Water Works
Deepika Kurup, winner of the 2012 Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Award for developing a solar water purification system.

Big Data: Analyzing its role
Jeremiah Johnson Analytics Program Coordinator and Assistant Professor of Data Science UNH Manchester
Tim Chadwick Principal Engineer, Infrastructure Dyn, Inc.

Rock the Cafe: Explore the geological past of America.
Dr. William Clyde Professor of Geology University of NH.

Dinosaurs Revisited
Kristen Woytonik Historian of Science, Adjunct Instructor at UNH-Manchester.
Mary Nalasko UNH Manchester graduate who conducted research on a recent paleontology expedition

Humans and Space: Is Mars in the future?
Chris Carberry the Executive Director and co-founder of Explore Mars, Inc.
Joe Cassady Aeojet Rocketdyne, Executive Director, Space – DC office
David McDonald, M.Ed. STEM Educator, Belmont High School, NH former Education Director, McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center

2014 -2015

These discussions were held at the Shaskeen Pub.

Laser Show! The past, present and future of the technology
Paul Hoff, formerly of Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Sanders Associates/BAE, TransEtch Manufacturing
Evan Chicklis, formerly of BAE laser division
David Guerra, Professor of Physics at St. Anselm College, NASA-GSFC's Laboratory for Atmospheres

Gut Check: FMT
Allison Perrotta, Alm Lab at MIT
Dan Blackler, Openbiome, in Medford MA

Bees in NH
Sandra Rehan, Department of Biological Sciences UNH, Head of UNH Bee Lab
Don Kierstead, Resource Conservationist USDA-NRCS

Genetically Modified Organisms: investigating the technologies and concerns
John E. Carroll, professor of environmental conservation in the Department of Natural Resources UNH
Britt Lundgren, Director of Organic and Sustainable Agriculture at Stonyfield Farm

Brain Injury: Discussing the impacts
Daniel Seichepine lecturer at UNH Manchester & clinical neuropsychologist

The intersection of art, science & math from Escher to today.
Leah Fox, Currier Museum of Art Director of Interpretation & Audience Engagement
Marek Bennett, NH based graphic artist and musician
David Brooks, Science Writer for the Nashua Telegraph
Megan Sawyer, Ph.D.Assistant Professor of Mathematics, SNHU

Nano: discover science & engineering too small to see
David S. Lashmore Ph.D. Research Professor of Materials Science College of Engineering and Physical Sciences UNH
Dr. Mark Schauer Ph.D. Senior Research Scientist Nanocomp Technologies

Urban Wild life
Research team from UNH Manchester led by Dr. Stephen Pugh and Christine Andrews
Holly Johnson Teacher Program Naturalist for the Amoskeag Fishways
Mark Zankel NH Director, of the Nature Conservancy

Medical Marijuana The Science Behind the Debates
Matt Simon, New England Political Director, Marijuana Policy Project
Joseph Troisi Phd. St. Anselm, Psychology Department, Post-Doctoral Fellow Behavioral Pharmacology
Ted Wright, NH State Representative, Lakes region floaterial district


These discussions were held at the Shaskeen Pub

The Science of Beer
Bruce Elam Trade Brewer for Shipyard Brewing Co.
David Yarrington, Director of Brewing Operations Smuttynose Brewing Co.
Tom Neel Candia Road Brewing
Otto Kuhn, Sr. Brewmaster Anheuser Busch Merrimack Brewery

Is Your House a Hybrid House?
Dana Mosher, Construction Technologies Department Chair Manchester Community College
Jack Schelling, Energy Efficiency Program Administrator PSNH Energy Star Program Manager.
Kate Peters, Program Administrator for the Home Performance Program, PSNH and Chair of the state's Energy Efficiency and Sustainable Energy Board
Margaret Hagen, Food & Agriculture Field Specialist, University of New Hampshire Cooperative Extension

Science Steps Up to Help Amputees
Matthew Albuquerque, CPO President of Next Step Bionics & Prosthetics, Inc. Certified Prosthetist / Orthotist
Jason Lalla, CP Certified Prosthetist Next Step Bionics & Prosthetics, Inc.
Tom Doyon, Engineer, DEKA

The War Against Viruses & Bacteria
Patricia Halpin Associate Professor of Biology at UNH Manchester
Tim Soucy Public Health Director for the City of Manchester
Dr. Christine Rosenwasser, a pediatrician from Dartmouth Hitchcock

Growing New Hampshire's Professional & Personal Projects with 3-D printing
Keith Violette, DEKA engineer,
Paul Hardin from MakeIt labs in Nashua
Dr. Jim DeLeo from Chestnut Family Dental

Is Seeing believing? Psychobiology & Visual Perception
with Prof. John Sparrow UNH Manchester

The Science of the Choclatier
with Richard Tango-Lowy Dancing Lion Chocolates

What's on the menu? Understanding the labels behind sustainable seafood.
with Jill Swasey, Marine Scientist, MRAG Americas
Erik Chapman, Commercial Fisheries Specialist, New Hampshire Sea Grant
Gabriela Bradt, Commercial Fisheries Specialist, NH Sea Grant