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Brains in a Bar Series

About "Brains in a Bar"

The Association of Rice Alumni “Brains in a Bar” series mixes socializing and learning in a fun and casual environment.  With a discussion led by an expert in a particular discipline at one of Houston’s hottest venues, join fellow Owls, grab a drink, and experience learning like never before.

Upcoming Brains in a Bar

Cin-Ty Lee

Cin-Ty Lee
Tuesday, July 10, 2018, 6–8 p.m.
6025 Westheimer Rd.
Houston, TX 77057
Register Online

Join Rice Alumni and Cin-Ty Lee to hear a story about how nature, through geology and biology, gives us the materials that drive the energy of our economies.  Come learn what volcanoes have to do with oil, lithium, dinosaur bones, and beautiful gems as you enjoy a complimentary drink and the company of your fellow Owls.

Learn more about Lee on his Rice faculty page.

Jamie Padgett

Jamie Padgett
Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2018, 6–8 p.m.
Eureka Heights Brewery
941 W 18th St, Houston, TX 77008
Registration coming soon.

Join Rice Alumni and Jamie Padgett, Ph.D. as she talks about the resilience of oil and gas infrastructure in storm events as you enjoy a complimentary drink and the company of your fellow Owls. Click here to learn more about Dr. Padgett.

Ryen Levy

Ryan Levy '97
Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2018, 6–8 p.m.
Nice Wines Winery
2901 West Sam Houston Pkwy, N
Suite C-260
Houston TX 77043
Registration coming soon.

What’s the secret to finding your perfect bottle of wine? Chef, Certified Sommelier and Winemaker Ryan Levy '97 will guide you through a tasting of his sustainably farmed and naturally produced wines at the Houston outpost of Nice Winery. Enjoy a welcome glass of wine and then enjoy additional tastes, fruit, and cheese as Ryan guides you on a wine discovery journey.

Past Speakers

David Keck
David Keck

Master Sommelier and honky tonk bar owner David Keck '09 spoke about what led him to a career in wine and hospitality, and to passing what has been called the hardest test in the world.bKeck became the 149th American to earn the Master Sommelier Diploma and the 244th internationally since its inception. 




Deborah Harter
Deborah Harter

From Gabriel García Márquez to Thomas Harris, the most handsome drowned man to the most sadistic psychopath, short stories to novelizations, modern fiction covers leaps and bounds. Harris’ work has been translated into movies and TV shows and Márquez is one of the preeminent authors of magical realism. What could they have in common? Learn more about Harter at her Rice faculty page.



Scott Solomon
Scott Solomon

As we are ushered into new modern eras characterized by the height of medicine, technology, and increasing capability, what will happen to our human race? Will we continue to develop with the world around us?  Join the Association of Rice Alumni and Professor Scott Solomon to explore the scientific research on the continuing evolution of humanity, looking at modernization and its effects on our biological futures.


Kurt Stallman
Aysha Pollnitz

In today’s world, the majority of the sounds we hear are mediated through technology.  Join Kurt Stallman to learn about how technology influences and impacts our daily lives. His talk will discuss how the majority of the sounds we hear are mediated through technology and how technology is integrated into the James Turrell Skyspace at Rice University. Weather permitting, we will take a walk across campus after the talk to see and hear live examples in the Skyspace. Click here to learn more about his work.

Aysha Pollnitz
Aysha Pollnitz

Dr. Pollnitz is an early modern historian whose research focuses on the transmission of knowledge and ideas in Europe and the Atlantic.  Her first book on Princely education in early modern Britain shows how humanist education transformed political and religious culture by contributing to the growth of royal power and significant opposition to it in Tudor and Stuart Britain. Dr. Pollnitz is currently researching the translation of liberal education to the Americas in the sixteenth and seventeenth century.  She is particularly interested in the classical schooling of indigenous elites in New England and New Spain and the contribution of the liberal arts and sciences to discourses of empire and social mobility in the New World. Learn more at her Rice faculty page.

Cin-Ty Lee

Cin-Ty LeeCin-Ty is a professor and department Chair of Rice’s Department of Earth, Environmental and Planetary Sciences. He is a geologist, petrologist, and geochemist who investigates how our planet has evolved with time, from the deepest parts of the Earth’s mantle to the continental crust and to the atmosphere. He is currently studying the geochemical interactions between the deep earth and oceans/atmospheres in order to better understand what controls long-term climate evolution. Professor Lee recently hosted a Traveling Owls trip to the Galapagos Islands and, in 2018, will be leading a trip to Churchill. Learn more at his Rice faculty page.

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