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NEXT UP! Medical Marijuana Discussion, October 13 @2pm

With more States passing marijuana use laws and industrial hemp production given the green light in California, we have a very timely topic!

Our Speaker will be Gary Storck, a longtime Wisconsin medical cannabis patient, activist, speaker and writer. Gary has been active in medical cannabis efforts in Wisconsin dating back to the 1970s after he stumbled upon cannabis as a way to save his sight from congenital glaucoma in Oct. 1972. Since the late 1990s he has been at the forefront of efforts to pass medical cannabis legislation in Wisconsin and has spoken at hearings, press conferences and various other forums.Gary has been a spokesperson for the issue as a frequent commentator through his writings along with hundreds of media interviews. He is also the co-founder of Is My Medicine Legal YET? (IMMLY) along with fellow Wisconsin activist Jacki Rickert, as well as the co-founder of both Madison NORML and Wisconsin NORML. He is a member of the board of advisors of Patients Out of Time (medicalcannabis.com) and along with Jacki Rickert, was on the faculty of the group’s 2012 Seventh National Clinical Conference on Cannabis Therapeutics in Tucson, Arizona.

Gary will be joined by Charles Wachtel.  Charles is a longtime former Madison NORML board member.


Chris Meyer of Sector67 hackerspace will speak September 15, 2PM at Brocach Irish Pub. 3-D printing, welding, electronics…anything is possible

Madison Science Pub Chris Meyer

Come on out for a beer and to hear entrepreneur Chris Meyer, Director of Sector 67, a collaborative “makerspace” on Madison’s east side.Chris, who grew up outside of Milton, founded Sector67 from a business plan developed as a University of Wisconsin-Madison mechanical engineering graduate student. He entered the proposal in a student contest that evaluated plans based on potential for social good as well as financial gain, and won some cash.He used money from that and other contests to rent space and opened Sector67’s doors in October 2010. Two months later, he was bringing in enough from membership fees to cover the rent.
The space’s wide assortment of traditional manufacturing and high-tech design tools attracts a variety of users and projects.


Researcher Helen Weng, author of the groundbreaking scientific paper on the ability to cultivate compassion through meditation training, will speak at “Science Pub”, an informal gathering at Brocach in Madison on Sunday, Aug. 11 at 2pm.

Helen Weng and Madison Science PubSo excited to host Helen; we can always use a little more compassion in our lives, right? Join us for Science Pub. It’s free to learn. All you need is an hour or two on Sunday, an open mind and a couple dollars for a beverage!

Helen grew Mt. Sinai, NY and earned her undergraduate degree at Columbia University in Neuroscience & Behavior, which sparked her interests in affective neuroscience, clinical psychology, and Buddhist philosophy. She is currently a doctoral student in clinical psychology studying with Dr. Richard Davidson in the Department of Psychology, Waisman Laboratory for Brain Imaging and Behavior, and Center for Investigating Healthy Minds at the Waisman Center. Helen studies the impact of compassion meditation on neural responses to human suffering and altruistic behavior using functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) and economic decision-making methodology. She also studies the impact of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction, long-term meditation, and brain injury on altruistic behavior. She has received numerous fellowships and awards for her work including the Francisco J. Varela Memorial Award,  the Cognitive Neuroscience Society Graduate Student Award, and an NCCAM pre-doctoral fellowship through the Department of Family Medicine.  Helen is currently completing a clinical psychology internship at the Wisconsin Psychiatric Institute and Clinics and is integrating contemplative practices in psychotherapy.

Previous Speaker:

Dane County Medical Examiner at the Next Science Pub, July 28 2pm @Brocach on Main Street

Dr. Vincent Tranchida and Madison Science Pub

Dr. Vincent Tranchida

In our quest for cool speakers on provocative and exciting topics, we’ve secured Dane County Chief Medical Examiner, Dr. Vincent Tranchida. He’ll entertain and educate us with stories from Madison and NYC, where he also served as medical examiner. The only thing that will stop him from his 2PM date with us nerdy science lovers is a tragic event on Science Pub day. Let’s cross our fingers that doesn’t happen (for a lot of reasons!).

Join us!

If you’re new to Science Pub, here are a couple of things to note:

  • Most of us love science but are not scientists; we just think it’s cool to learn new stuff
  • This is informalParticipation isn’t required. Just come, grab a drink [beer or other], some grub and just relax and enjoy
  • You waste a lot of time likely doing things that don’t expand your social circle or grow your brain, so come do something different, something fun and meet a few geeks, like me


  1. I’m looking forward to the first Science Pub of 2013. See you all there.

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