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Science Cafés

Science Cafés

The purpose of the Science Café program is to strengthen science literacy by engaging the community and translational scientists in an informal setting through bi-directional dialogue of current scientific and medical issues and their translational impact on our culture and society.

Next Science Café –
Examining the Link Between Human Papillomavirus and Cervical Cancer

Please join for an educational discussion led by Dr. Denise Uyar about the significant role that viruses, such as the human papillomavirus, play in the development and spread of specific cancers. We will also discuss screenings and prevention for specific cancers.

Tuesday, February 26, 2019 @ 5:30 – 6:30 p.m

Dr. Denise Uyar joined the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology in the Division of Gynecology Oncology at the Medical College of Wisconsin in October of 2004. She received her Doctor of Medicine from the University of Vermont in 1997. She subsequently went on to complete her residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Vermont, Fletcher Allen Hospital in Burlington. After her residency, she continued her training in the subspecialty of Gynecology Oncology. Dr. Uyar completed a three year fellowship in Gynecology Oncology at The Cleveland Clinic.

Dr. Uyar’s clinical practice includes the care of women with gynecologic malignancies including uterine, cervical, ovarian primary peritoneal, fallopian tube, vulvar and vaginal malignancies and gestational trophoblastic disease. She performs the surgery, the post-operative therapy if indicated, and the follow up surveillance of women in her practice. In addition, she is also interested in the treatment of women who have been diagnosed with pelvic masses, pre-cancerous lesions of the cervix, vulva, vagina or uterus, as well as cancer screening and prevention. She is trained and has expertise in the administration of chemotherapy for gynecologic malignancies, including intraperitoneal chemotherapy for ovarian malignancy. She has extensive expertise in minimally invasive surgery including general laparoscopy and robotic assisted laparoscopy.

Dr. Uyar’s academic interests include research in early and advanced uterine malignancies and the Human Papillomavirus and its effects on the genital tract.

She has published many articles.

Dr. Uyar is a member of The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), The Society of Gynecologic Oncologists (SGO), The Milwaukee Gynecologic Society (MGS), and The American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO). She has served on several committees at the Medical College of Wisconsin and Froedtert Hospital including the Faculty Council, The Library Council, The Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology Education Committee and The Physician Satisfaction Committee. She is active in the Milwaukee community and has given several Continuing Medical Education (CME) Lectures at Community Memorial Hospital, Menomonee Falls as well as discussions at Small Stones. In addition, she initiated and organizes the Gynecologic Oncology Support Group, a networking and educational group open to all patients with a gynecologic cancer and their families, which meets on a monthly basis in the Clinical Cancer Center.

About Science Cafés

The very first Science Café (also know as Café Scientifique) was held in Leeds in the United Kingdom in 1998.The founder of this grassroots movement, Duncan Dallas, describes a Café as “a place where, for the price of a cup of coffee or a glass of wine, people meet to discuss the latest ideas of science and technology which are changing our lives.” Since then, the Science Cafés have popped up all over the globe, with over 200 worldwide in more than 40 countries and at least 50 in the United States alone. Our Science Café series is the first in Southeast Wisconsin.

According to the website www.sciencecafes.org, a Science Café resource site maintained by the WGBH Educational Foundation, there are several ways in which Science Cafés can have educational impact:

  • Conversations increase understanding. Participating in a discussion gives people the chance to think through new ideas and reformulate them in their own words.
  • Conversations increase interest. The open-ended nature of a science café enables people to explore whatever aspects of a topic, or the scientific process in general, interest them most.
  • Conversations lead to more conversations. People enjoy talking about issues at a science café and are therefore likely to discuss the topic outside of the café with friends and family.
  • Conversations are equalizers. Face to face conversations help to dispel misperceptions and stereotypes of scientists and their work.

For our Cafés, the primary focus will be on translational science. We will be able to utilize translational scientists affiliated with the CTSI partner institutions, which affords us a very wide range of topics.

Past Science Cafés - PODCASTS

In case you were unable to attend, recordings of past cafés are available below to stream or download.

Also available at:

       

Past Science Cafés - EVENT FLYERS
Our Science Café Format & Goals

Format

Our approach is similar to the first Science Café. The format involves an expert from a given scientific field who interacts with an inquisitive public in an informal, non-academic environment.

  • The scientist/medical professional will speak on the evenings topic for about 20 minutes.
  • There is a short break to allow participants to mingle and begin discussing the topic with one-another and the presenter.
  • The speaker, with the help of a facilitator, engages in 45-60 minutes of informal discussion with the audience.

Participants are encouraged to ask the speaker anything that they like. The casual atmosphere is conducive for a relaxed and comfortable audience and as a result, participants generally are more likely to ask questions and engage in public conversation.

Please Note

Photography: During the Science Café, we may capture photos that will solely be used for the aims of the Clinical and Translational Science Institute and Community Engagement.

Videotaping: During the Science Café, we may capture video of the presentation and a selection of interactions between the audience and speaker.  The video may be posted on various web resources, in presentations, or other educational opportunities that will solely be used for the aims of the Clinical and Translational Science Institute and Community Engagement.

Broadcasting: During the Science Café, we may stream the presentation and interactions between the audience and speaker.  Only those in attendance (speaker and audience) will be able to view the interactions.

By attending the Science Cafe, your consent for photos, videos, or broadcasting is implied. If you do not wish to be in photos, videos, or broadcasting please inform a staff or faculty member when checking in at the registration table.

Publication or White Paper: The themes that come from the Science Cafe could be used in possible future publications or white papers. No direct quotations or identifiable information will be used for publication.

Goals

  • Strengthen science literacy.
  • Transfer knowledge between a translational researchers and an inquisitive public.
  • Demonstrate the important role science plays in society.
  • Demonstrate the important role the community plays in science.
  • Create opportunities for CTSI of Southeast Wisconsin faculty, staff, students and public to engage one another on health related issues in an environment outside an academic setting.
  • Inspire the public to be more comfortable interacting with scientific and/or medical experts.
  • Inspire scientific and/or medical experts to be more comfortable discussing science and health issues with the public.
  • Create environment for community to teach CTSI faculty about issues around community literacy and applicability.

Health and Scientific Literacy

Our foundation is built on two specific concepts: health literacy and scientific literacy.

We choose to define health literacy as the degree to which individuals have the capacity to obtain, process, and understand basic health information and services needed to make appropriate health decisions.1 And scientific literacy as the knowledge and understanding of scientific concepts and processes required for personal decision making, participation in civic and cultural affairs, and economic productivity.2

1 Ratzan SC, Parker RM. 2000. Introduction. In: National Library of Medicine Current Bibilographies in Medicine: Health Literacy. Selden CT, Zorn M, Ratzan SC, Parker RM, Editors. NLM Pub. No. CBM 2000-1. Bethesda, MD: National Institutes of Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
2 National Science Education Standards, pg. 22 http://www.nap.edu/readingroom/books/nses assessed on 1/14/2013.

Supported By

Science Cafés are supported by the CTSI Community Engagement Program within the Institute for Health and Society and is funded in part by Advancing a Healthier Wisconsin Research and Education Initiative Fund, a component of the Advancing a Healthier Wisconsin endowment at the Medical College of Wisconsin.

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NIH Funding Acknowledgment: Important Reminder – Please acknowledge the NIH when publishing papers, patents, projects, and presentations resulting from the use of CTSI resources by including the NIH Funding Acknowledgement.

PARTNERS

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