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Science Café

Spirit and Truth Fellowship of Knoxville (STFK) is a member of the NOVA scienceNOW community and proudly sponsors Science Café events for the Knoxville, Tennessee area.

The STFK Science Café has been meeting monthly (with a few exceptions) since April, 2011 to promote science interest and education. We begin each meeting by watching a 10-minute NOVA video about a science topic. This is followed by a Q&A discussion in which attendees have their questions answered by a guest scientist. This is a casual, fun, engaging dialog for adults and mature teenagers. Children age 5-12 are welcome at attend with their parents, and we will keep them busy at Kid's Café with a science lesson and activities that help make learning science fun!

If you would like to attend any of our upcoming meetings, please RSVP by sending an e-mail message to rsvp@knoxsciencecafe.org. Let us know how many adults and children are in your group.

Rescheduled Meetings

Because of several unusual and unforseen circumstances, it has been necessary to reschedule some of our meetings this year. Flooding in February led to a last-minute cancellation by our venue, and we stood outside to meet attendees as they arrived and inform them of the news.

In March, a pandemic of coronavirus (COVID-19) prompted the CDC to recommend that groups of a certain size should not meet for several months. At first, the recommendation applied only to groups of 50 or more, and we thought that the STFK Science Café would not be impacted (the maximum attendance at the Bearden Branch Library is 47). Soon after, the recommendation change to groups of more than 10, so we made the decision not to meet again until the crisis subsided.

Below is an exerpt from the full Events List for 2020 showing the tentative dates for rescheduled meetings. If you would like to attend, please RSVP by sending an e-mail message to rsvp@knoxsciencecafe.org. Let us know how many adults and children are in your group.



STFK Science Cafe Thursday, July 16, 2020 (Tentative)

Topic: "How private landowners can help
save North America's only giant salamander"

Co-Presenter: Todd Reed
Area Resource Conservationist / USDA-NRCS Knoxville Area Office

Co-Presenter: Jeronimo Silva
Private Lands Biologist / USDA-NRCS Hellbender Coordinator

Location: Bearden Branch Library
100 Golfclub Rd, Knoxville, TN 37902

Venue: This is an "STFK Science Café" event
presented by Spirit and Truth Fellowship of Knoxville,
co-sponsored by Associated Professionals Think Tank



STFK Science Cafe Thursday, June 11, 2020 (Tentative)

Topic: "Using Physics and Nanotechnology to
Understand Self-Organizing Processes in
Bacterial Cells"

Presenter: Jaan Mannik, Ph. D., Associate Professor
Department of Physics and Astronomy
University of Tennessee

Location: Bearden Branch Library
100 Golfclub Rd, Knoxville, TN 37902

Venue: This is an "STFK Science Café" event
presented by Spirit and Truth Fellowship of Knoxville,
co-sponsored by Associated Professionals Think Tank



STFK Science Cafe Thursday, April 9, 2020
(Rescheduled due to COVID-19)

Topic: "How private landowners can help
save North America's only giant salamander"

Co-Presenter: Todd Reed
Area Resource Conservationist / USDA-NRCS Knoxville Area Office

Co-Presenter: Jeronimo Silva
Private Lands Biologist / USDA-NRCS Hellbender Coordinator

Location: Bearden Branch Library
100 Golfclub Rd, Knoxville, TN 37902

Venue: This is an "STFK Science Café" event
presented by Spirit and Truth Fellowship of Knoxville,
co-sponsored by Associated Professionals Think Tank



STFK Science Cafe Thursday, February 6, 2020
(Rescheduled due to flooding)

Topic: "Using Physics and Nanotechnology to
Understand Self-Organizing Processes in
Bacterial Cells"

Presenter: Jaan Mannik, Ph. D., Associate Professor
Department of Physics and Astronomy
University of Tennessee

Location: Bearden Branch Library
100 Golfclub Rd, Knoxville, TN 37902

Venue: This is an "STFK Science Café" event
presented by Spirit and Truth Fellowship of Knoxville,
co-sponsored by Associated Professionals Think Tank






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