Water Sustainability in the Central Valley

Water is a hot-button topic in the Central Valley.  To discuss this issue, Central Valley Cafe Scientifique has invited three speakers for a panel discussion on water sustainability – Dr. Beth Weinman from the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences and an expert on groundwater; Dr. Criss Wilhite from the Department of Psychology and an expert on applied behavioral analysis; and Dr. Thomas Holyoke from the Department of Political Sciences and an expert on American politics and interest groups.   In 2012, Fresno State University founded an interdisciplinary team of scientists around the topic of water, called the Water Cohort.  The goal of Water Cohort is to engage the campus and the community in initiatives that help us better understand water issues and challenges.  The ultimate vision is to incite action, to address issues, and to collaborate in order to construct water solutions in the Central Valley and worldwide.

Who: Fresno State Faculty of the Water Cohort

When: October 2, 2017 at 7 pm

Where: Santa Fe Basque, 3110 N. Maroa Blvd., Fresno, CA



Chemistry demonstrations for the classroom

Please join us Monday September 11 for a jam-packed session of Chemistry demonstrations.  Our speakers for the night will be members of the faculty and staff of the Department of Chemistry at Fresno State.

Have you ever wondered how a hot air balloon is able to fly, wanted a cheap and effective way to polish your antique silver, or noticed that fridge magnets won’t stick to your new stainless steel fridge?  A team of Chemistry professors and staff from Fresno State show how classroom demonstrations help explain key chemistry concepts. Classroom demonstrations are small experiments done in front of an audience to explain scientific concepts and facts. While demonstrations can be exciting – imagine the science fair volcano or one of Bill Nye’s explosions – we will show that demonstrations are also effective educational tools.

Who: Awesome Fresno State Chemists

When: September 11,2017 at 7:00PM

Where: Santa Fe Basque, 3110 N. Maroa Ave., Fresno, CAIMG_6806

Cell-to-cell Communication

Please join us Monday June 5 for an interesting discussion on cell-to-cell communication.  Our speaker for the night will be Dr. Karine Gousset, an Assistant Professor in the Department of Biology at Fresno State.

Cell-to-cell communication is vital for multicellular organisms. In order for our body to function properly, you need cells to talk to each other and to share signals and material. Without cell-to-cell communication, processes such as the remodeling of tissues and organs, developmental differentiation, growth, cell division, and responses to stimuli couldn’t take place. Our research is focused on the study and characterization of tunneling nanotubes (TNTs), a type of long distance intercellular connections. These bridges between cells have been implicated in the spreading of viruses (e.g., HIV), misfolded protein aggregates that lead to neurodegenerative diseases (e.g., Prions and Amyloid β), and the chemoresistance of cancer. Our work focused on understanding the mechanism of formation of these tubular structures. It is important, since a better characterization of both the formation and the signaling pathways necessary to induce these tubular structures, may provide important insights, and eventually lead to the development of novel therapeutics, to improve neuroprotection against prion or other proteopathies as well as against the persistence of HIV-1 infection or the chemoresistance of cancer.

Who: Dr. Karine Gousset

When: June 5, 2017 at 7:00PM

Where: Santa Fe Basque, 3110 N. Maroa Ave., Fresno, CA