There is near consensus in the scientific community about the benefits of happy hour. Benefit from “Scientific Proofs,” a monthly gathering for grownups who like to geek out on science. Each month we have conversations about interesting, sometimes hot-button, science topics led by a variety of area scientists, leaders, and professionals. All events are FREE… minus the food and drinks!


August 23, 2017 at 6:30 PM

Mellow Mushroom
3922 Shelbyville Road
Louisville, KY 40207

While “innovation” as an idea is thrown around a lot, actual innovations must be protected. What are Louisvillians doing with patents on things like biomarkers or “sweet blood”? …What is “sweet blood”? Pick the minds of the Innovation Panel at Mellow Mushroom on August 23.

Innovation Panel

Jeff Petruska: A Pain Killer for the Eye
Did you know that currently available drugs for eye pain are derived from cocaine? Aside from the obvious problems, these drugs are also very toxic to eye tissues. These UofL scientists serendipitously discovered a new kind of pain killer for the eye.

Michael Menze: Sweet, Sweet Blood
Drying down human blood for long-term storage has long been a science fiction trope and a challenge for biologists. These scientists are using trehalose, a sugar found in shrimp and insects (and the glaze on donuts!), to try to solve the problem.

Geoffrey Clark: A New Kind of Cancer Drug
Can computers cure cancer? UofL scientists use a sophisticated computer grid to tackle a potent cancer-promoting protein called Ras.

Plus, an introduction to patents and patent law by attorney Brantley Shumaker.

Upcoming proofs dates: September 20, October 25, November 29, December 27



    • January 25 – A Risk Analysis of General Artificial Intelligence, presented Dr. Roman Yampolskiy, Speed School of Engineering and NGS Group, University of Louisville
    • February 22 – Science Fiction Double Feature, presented by John Bucher, Hazard Mitigation Planner, Stantec & Josh Human, Senior Hazard Mitigation and Resilience Consultant, Stantec and by Rich Boling, Vice President, Techshot
    • March 29 – Hike For Your Lives, presented Dr. George Bosse, Medical Director of the Kentucky Poison Control Center of Norton Children’s Hospital and Professor of Emergency Medicine at University of Louisville School of Medicine
    • April 26 – Math FTW, presented by Churchill Downs, Horseshoe Southern Indiana, and University of Louisville’s Dr. Jake Wildstrom
    • June 21 – Space.Pizza, presented by Space Tango and Kentucky Science Center
    • July 12 – The Psychology of Confidence, presented by Berea College’s Dr. David Porter

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