All events start at 6 pm and take place at:

National Mechanics

22 S 3rd St, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19106

Monday February 11, 2019

6:00-7:00 pm

“Unbridled Love”

– Rebecca Kaplan


In honor of Valentine’s Day, our February Science on Tap program is bringing you a story of love straight out of the animal kingdom. We’ll be talking about horses and birth control. Or more specially, birth control for horses. That’s right. You’ll learn about how birth control is used to manage the populations of wild horses and burros on federal land. Swoon over the history of this important program’s development and fan yourself as we cover romantic topics such as environmental science, politics, and the role of scientific authority in legal proceedings. So grab your date or a group of friends and spend a dreamy evening with your neighborhood science nerds. We’ll have special valentines, a horse-themed Spotify list, and best of all: a lively lecture from historian of medicine and public health, Rebecca Kaplan.

About the Speaker: Rebecca Kaplan is a historian of medicine and public health. Her research interests include animal health and disease, One Health, and global health. While at the Science History Institute she will be rebecca_kaplan_headshotexploring how pharmaceuticals are developed, marketed, and used across animal populations.

Rebecca holds a PhD in the history of health sciences from the University of California, San Francisco, and an MS in epidemiology from the University of Texas School of Public Health. Before joining the Science History Institute Rebecca was the Mellon/ACLS Public Fellow at the Pulitzer Center, and she taught at UC Berkeley, Michigan State University, and UT Southwestern Medical School.

Monday March 11, 2019

6:00-7:00 pm

“Can Archaeology Save the Planet?:

Using the Past to Predict the Future”

-Kathleen D. Morrison


Archaeologists study the past, but as it turns out, sometimes we need to know about the past in order to better predict the future. Kathy Morrison describes some of her research on human-environment relationships in India, and how it led her to help establish LandCover6k, an international scientific working group that is mobilizing evidence from archaeology, history, and ancient vegetation to improve climate models. Before climate modelers predict the future, they test their models against the past. It’s important, then, that they use the best evidence we have about the past – this where archaeology enters. But archaeologists don’t study the entire planet; they usually work in one region, often on a single time period, so an entirely new approach is needed to bring these different areas of study together. LandCover6k is our answer to this challenge, a ‘big data’ project bringing together information about the past on a global scale.

Kathy MorrisonAbout the Speaker: Kathleen D. Morrison is the Sally and Alvin V. Shoemaker Professor of Anthropology and Curator for South Asia at the University Museum of Archaeology & Anthropology, University of Pennsylvania. She has been working in southern India since 1985, where she studies the long history of agriculture, landscape, and political change in this fascinating region. She recently joined the Penn faculty.