Science on Tap

Remember a few months ago, when I cajoled Bryan into presenting on the biochemical effects of methamphetamines for the local Nerd Nite? And, then again when Nerd Nite viewers liked him so much they elected to bring him back for the alumni event in December? Both of those events were just fantastic, and apparently caught the eye of the coordinators for another local science event: Science on Tap.

This event, which is coordinated by the Natural History Museum on campus, is held a few times each semester at the local brew pub. The team called him in January, and he had about a month to prepare his talk on next generation cancer therapies. This venue gave him a chance to be even more technical in his approach, though he did a remarkable job of making a pretty complicated topic accessible for the more than 70 participants.

To see him in a role like this—especially one in which he’s explaining his actual work—just makes my heart burst with pride. He was brilliant yet affable, and the crowd was notably engaged. After a 30 minute presentation, he answered group and individual questions for nearly an hour more. He’s humble enough to wonder if he did an acceptable job this morning, but trust me when I tell you he absolutely knocked it out of the park.

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7 responses to this post.

  1. Wow!!! Congratulations, Bryan! I so wish we could have been there to see your talk. Will you travel to do lectures in other cities? Rebecca, thanks for sharing this!

  2. Posted by Karyl on February 6, 2013 at 1:29 pm

    I am so sorry that we missed hearing his presentation. I am bursting with pride, too!! And, he is also very handsome in his suit!

  3. Posted by Rebecca's Mom on February 6, 2013 at 7:10 pm

    We are so very proud of you and your accomplishments, Bryan!

  4. Posted by Laugh at Jessie on February 6, 2013 at 8:47 pm

    Bryan is amazing. I wish I could have been there!

  5. I love the promotional poster! I even know what ATGC stands for! I agree Bryan should take this on the road. I’m very proud of him and of Rebecca for being so supportive. What I think especially suggests Bryan’s specialness is his total humility afterwards. Talent, hard work . . . and humility . . . are what leads to greatness. A healthy ego, but always in perspective. Love that so many attractive young ladies were asking Dr. Smith questions about his work!

  6. I also love that some man at the Laugh Out Loud play center wanted to get together with Rebecca- oh, and your children – for a play date!

  7. Posted by bryan on February 14, 2013 at 7:04 pm

    Thanks Dad! But no ego here!

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