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Only One Week Left to Wait until the Return of “Sip of Science”

November 7, 2013Patrick NunnallyEventsComments Off on Only One Week Left to Wait until the Return of “Sip of Science”

“Sip of Science” is a really outstanding program (I’m resisting use of my student’s favorite adjective “awesome” but it is) that makes interesting and important science accessible to the public.  The good folks at the National Center for Earth Surface Dynamics put the programs on, which are held at the Aster Cafe, located on SE Main Street in Minneapolis “the prettiest street in Minneapolis.”

The November 13 “Sip” features Dr. Karen Gran from the University of Minnesota-Duluth speaking about “Duluth Stream Geomorphology and the Solstice Flood of 2012.”  Program is at 5:30.


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A SIP OF SCIENCE – the 2nd Wednesday of every month
Duluth Stream Geomorphology and the Solstice Flood of 2012

Dr. Karen Gran, University of Minnesota, Duluth
Wednesday, November 13, 2013  5:30p.m.  
Aster Cafe125 SE Main Street, St. Anthony Main, Minneapolis
No cover

A SIP OF SCIENCE bridges the gap between science and culture in a setting that bridges the gap between brain and belly.  Food, beer, and learning are on the menu in a happy hour forum that puts science in context through storytelling.

November 13th Event

 Roads and retaining walls collapsed. Cars were sucked into giant sinkholes. A seal escaped the local zoo and were found in traffic.  In June 2012, the Duluth area experienced widespread flash flooding, amounting to a 500-year flood event.  The floodwaters caused severe damage to infrastructure, stream banks eroded, bluffs failed, and massive quantities of large woody debris swept downstream.  How did this happen?  With the November Sip of Science, Dr. Karen Gran will cover some background on streams in the Duluth-area, how the geomorphology of these streams can affect their response to floods, and provide some perspective on how the floods have impacted the streams in the Duluth area.

The talk takes place during happy hour at the Aster Cafe || Food and Drink Available for Purchase


Dr. Karen Gran is an Associate Professor in the Department of Geological Sciences at the University of Minnesota Duluth.  She got her Ph.D. from the University of Washington, M.S. from the University of Minnesota, and B.A. from Carleton College.  Her research focuses on river geomorphology, including how channels evolve under changing conditions, from volcanic eruptions to land use changes.


A SIP OF SCIENCE is a science happy hour sponsored by the National Center for Earth-surface Dynamics (NCED). It is a chance to hear about new and exciting research over beer, in a cool bar.  Come talk with the experts about their efforts to address some of the Earth’s most pressing problems. NCED’s A SIP OF SCIENCE brings the wonder of science to happy hour.

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