Brains in a Bar

The Association of Rice Alumni’s Brains in a Bar series mixes socializing and learning in a fun and casual environment. Grab a drink and hear from a lineup of incredible Rice faculty and staff.

Upcoming Events

Brains in a Bar - Jon Flynn

Jon Flynn, assistant teaching professor of BioSciences and Texas Medical Center neuroscience liaison for undergraduate research at Rice, is joining us for our next Brains in a Bar live and in-person!

Brains in a Bar gives you the opportunity to grab a drink with fellow Owls and learn something new from some of Rice’s most engaging faculty members. Flynn’s doctoral studies at UTHealth focused on the computational underpinnings of perceptual phenomena. He is responsible for building the new neuroscience major at Rice and is organizing inter-institutional relationships within the Houston neuroscience community.

Brains in a Bar with Jon Flynn
Tuesday, July 28
6–8 p.m.

True Anomaly Brewing Company
2012 Dallas St.
Houston, TX 77003

Event Pricing:
Alumni - $10
Walk-in - $15


Past Speakers

Brains in a Bar with Harrison and Leebron

Yvette Pearson Brains in a Bar

Jeffrey Kripal

Dean Desroches Brains in a Bar



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