NSM Faculty/Staff Newsletter

From the Office of the Dean

Upcoming Culture & Science Events in October

NSM will host two Culture & Science events in October: Movie Night on October 23 and an Oktoberfest Beer Tasting on October 29. All faculty, staff, and alumni are invited to participate.

NSM Movie Night & Oktoberfest Beer Tasting

NSM Movie Night: Angels and Demons

Friday, October 23
6:30–10 pm

Dive into the mysteries of the Vatican with Dan Brown’s Angels and Demons on Movie Night! Live discussion and post-movie Q&A will be led by NSM’s Rene Bellwied, M.D. Anderson Chair Professor of Physics.

How Does Movie Night Work?

Each month, NSM features a science-based movie. Details are posted to our Movie Night webpage and NSM Facebook. Selected movies will be available on popular digital platforms like Amazon Prime Video, iTunes, Netflix, or Hulu.

On movie night, everyone watches the movie on their own. Before the movie, the NSM faculty host will introduce the science theme via Zoom. After the movie, you’ll be able to tune in to a live Q&A discussion of whether the science, as depicted in the movie, is realistic or even possible.

RSVP to Participate – Movie Night

You’ll receive the Zoom link via email two days prior to the event.

The Complexities of Beer: How Scientists Celebrate Oktoberfest

Thursday, October 29
6:30–8 pm

Join us and celebrate Oktoberfest, the only way we know how—with science!

Beer Tasting Leaders:

  • Drew Russey (Ph.D. ’14), NSM biology alum and laboratory manager, Saint Arnold Brewing Company
  • Jim Briggs, NSM associate dean for faculty affairs and professor, Department of Biology & Biochemistry
  • William Widger, professor, Department of Biology & Biochemistry, Certified Beer Judge

The panel of scientists, experts, and homebrewers will walk you through three unique beers paired with delicious cheeses. Drs. Briggs and Widger will explore the science behind the beers and even share their own tips for brewing at home.

Complete beer and pairing list available on the Culture & Science page.

RSVP to Participate – Oktoberfest Beer Tasting