Science Cafe

Every month, an Arkansas scientist or expert provides insight on a science topic as a guest on the KUAR's "Science Café Little Rock" live call-in show hosted by Dorothy Graves, Ph.D., of the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences.

The program airs 6:05-6:30 p.m. on the 4th Tuesday of every month, just prior to the Science Café community event that takes place at 7 p.m. in Little Rock at Hibernia Irish Tavern, 9700 Rodney Parham Rd.

The radio program serves as a preview of the discussion to take place that night.


Science Cafe: Regulating The Growing Uses Of Drones

Jun 23, 2018
Don McCullough / Wikimedia Commons

The possible uses of unmanned aircraft vehicles, more commonly known as drones, are growing faster than regulations can keep up with. Uses include crop monitoring, disaster operations, photography, express shipping and more.

On KUAR's Science Café Little Rock, Charles Wilson, an FAA certified manned aircraft pilot with Aerial Digital Photography, discusses his experiences with drones.

Science Cafe: Police Forensic Science In Little Rock

May 25, 2018

Forensic science is wildly popular across many age ranges and career levels, thanks in part to very successful crime dramas on TV over the last couple of decades.

Meagan Buchert, Crime Scene Specialist with the Little Rock Police Department came into our studio to talk about what the real world of CSI. She discussed the process of working a crime scene, the evidence that is collected and what can be learned from that evidence.

Science Cafe: Urban Farming in Little Rock

Feb 28, 2018

Where does our food come from? When you're in the grocery story do you ever wonder if it's local, genetically-modified and cage-free? Is it organic?

In this month's episode of Science Cafe we’ll visit with Chris Hiryak, the director of Little Rock Urban Farming. Chris was a UA Little Rock Donaghey Scholar who made organic farming, a career. You can hear the episode above.

On this month's episode Arkansas Public Media's Bobby Ampazzan filled in for regular host Dorothy Graves.

Science Cafe: Social Media And Medicine

Feb 3, 2018

Social media isn't just for selfies or status updates.

On January's episode of Science Cafe, Jerad Gardner, associate professor of pathology at UAMS talked about how social media is transforming medicine. Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and even Snapchat, it's all useful. 

Science Cafe: Hibernation In Arkansas Black Bears

Nov 29, 2017

On November's episode of Science Cafe-Little Rock, a look at hibernation. Myron Means, Large Carnivore Coordinator for the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission, joined host Dorothy Graves to talk about black bears in Arkansas and their unique form of hibernation. Means has worked with black bears for more than 21 years and shares his expertise.

David Ussery Dorothy Graves
Visanu Wanchai

On this month's edition of Science Cafe, a discussion on the role of microbiome bacteria on the immune system, potential infections and overall human health.

David Ussery, Ph.D., a professor for the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences and director of the Arkansas Center for Genomic Epidemiology, join host Dorothy Graves for the program.

Science Cafe: Riding The Gravitational Waves

Mar 28, 2017

On this month's Science Café  Little Rock, a discussion about particle interactions involved in galaxy formation and how gravitational waves, binary stars and black holes are created. Bret Lehmer, Pd.D., assistant professor of the University of Arkansas Department of Physics, joined UAMS' Dorothy Graves for the live call-in program on KUAR. You can hear the full program above.

Science Cafe: Impacts of Lost Technology

May 24, 2016
Bobby McGehee, Ph.D., professor and dean of the UAMS Graduate School.

This month's Science Cafe explores "Impacts of Lost Technology" on Arkansas as a result of theft, organizational change, and under development.

Host Dorothy Graves begins the discussion on KUAR airwaves talking with Dr. Boby McGehee of the Arkansas Biosciences Institute and the University of Arkansas for Medicail Sciences.

Science Café forums are held the fourth Tuesday of the month, except for July, August and December. The radio program runs from 6-6:30 p.m. followed by a panel discussion at U.S. Pizza in the Hillcrest neighborhood of Little Rock from 7-9 p.m.

Science Cafe: Makers, Inventors, & Innovation Today

Apr 26, 2016
File. A look inside the Arkansas Regional Innovation Hub.
Michael Hibblen / KUAR News

Host Doroth Graves talks with Joel Gordon the director of making at the Arkansas Regional Innovation Hub about the concept of makers spaces, 3D printers, and start-up culture.

The Martian movie poster.
20th Century Fox

This month's Science Cafe looks at the psychology of long-term space travel and isolation through the lens of the popular movie The Martian, based on a 2011 novel.

Host Dorothy Graves sits down to talk space psychology with Jennifer Fayard, Ph.D., assistant professor in the Department of Psychology at Ouachita Baptist University.

An excerpt from the Guardian sets the scene: