A new "science cafe" is starting up in Santa Cruz, designed to connect the Santa Cruz community to the latest research happening at UC Santa Cruz. Science on Tap, held monthly at the Crepe Place in Santa Cruz, features scientists from UCSC who will present their work and engage in discussions with the audience in a relaxed setting. The informal talks are aimed at a general audience, including nonscientists and people not affiliated with UCSC.

The first event will take place on Wednesday, February 27, at 7 p.m. at the Crepe Place (1134 Soquel Ave., Santa Cruz). Biochemist Carrie Partch will present "Circadian Rhythms: A look at how the clock controls our physiology." Partch, an assistant professor of chemistry and biochemistry at UCSC, studies the molecular clocks that synchronize the body's physiological processes with the daily cycle of day and night.

The second Science on Tap event will take place on Wednesday, April 3, and will feature Ed Green, an assistant professor of biomolecular engineering, speaking on "Human Evolution as Revealed by the Neandertal Genome."

Science on Tap is hosted by UCSC Women in Science and Engineering (WiSE) as part of its mission to encourage women and others to become scientists and understand science.

"It's an opportunity to grab a beer, relax, and learn about some interesting cutting-edge science going on just up the hill at UCSC," said Alicia Michael, WiSE officer and organizer of the event. "We want these events to appeal to all audiences, not just scientists and science majors."

For more information, and to sign up for announcements of future events, visit Science on Tap online.