Free two-hour gatherings with a panel of experts that answer audience questions, held in Killarney’s Irish Pub in Nashua from 6 to 8 p.m., third Wednesday of the month.
BITCOIN – what the heck is it, anyway?
What does the collapse of bitcoin exchange Mt Gox and $400 million mean?
What’s the future of electronic currency?
What about the NH company that makes a “bitcoin ATM“?
Prof. Michael Carter, chairman of UMass Lowell’s Economics Department. His reseach interests are monetary policy, and risk and globalization of financial markets. He has his B.A. from Yale and M.A., Ph.D. from Stanford University.
Mike Segal is a Manchester-based software developer specializing in cryptography and machine learning algorithms. Since 2011, he has been an active member of the Manchester Bitcoin community and helps merchants accept bitcoin.
Andrew Stone is a software architect who has been a Bitcoin investor since early 2012. He originally became interested in Bitcoin as a solution to reduce the fees assessed when sending and receiving international payments to fabricate and sell an Open Source Hardware circuit board he designed. He has been an active member of the Bitcoin community forums since.
For a list of all topics since we started in May 2011, check this page
* Feb. 19, 2014:
ALLERGIES: it seems like they’re getting worse; but are they really? If so, why? (Telegraph article here.)
- Dr. Amit Kumar of Southern New Hampshire Asthma & Allergy.
Dr. Kumar earned is his medical degree from SUNY Upstate Medical University, in Syracuse, New York. He completed his residency at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey – Robert Wood Johnson, New Brunswick, New Jersey and completed his fellowship at the Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
- Dr. William Siroty of Nashua Medical Group. An authority on allergy and immunology for over 20 years, Dr. Siroty completed his internship and residency at Beth Israel Medical Center in New York, NY, after completing his formal medical education at Georgetown University in Washington, DC. He held a fellowship in Allergy-Immunology at New York Hospital-Cornell Medical Center. He is Board Certified in Internal Medicine and Allergy-Immunology.
* Jan. 15, 2014:
ELECTRIC CARS: Do they make sense in New Hampshire? (More than 80 people showed up – standing-room-only crowd!).
Dolores Rebolledo, coordinator of Granite State Clean Cities Coalition, a national program supported by the US Dept of Energy (DOE) to reduce petroleum consumption through alternative fuel, advanced technology vehicles and other strategies. Rebolledo has held the position for five years and has presented on behalf of the DOE at petroleum reduction conferences throughout the nation. She has an MBA from UNH.
Watson Collins, manager of Research and Business Development for the Northeast Utilities system (PSNH’s parent company). His focus is on transportation electrification and related opportunities. He is a member of numerous organizations focused on infrastructure and policy approaches to support plug-in electric vehicles, including the Department of Energy’s “U.S.DRIVE” team. Collins holds a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from the University of Rhode Island and a master’s degree in economics from Trinity College.
Steve Ncala, a product specialist with Peters Nissan in Nashua who specializes in selling the electric Nissan Leaf; he has sold about 80 percent of the chain’s electric car. Ncala was born and raised in South Africa, with a short stay in London during his high school years.
*Nov. 20 –
Multiple Sclerosis - Why does New England have such a high incidence of this disease ?
Dr. Donald McDonah - A family physician, board certified in Family Medicine and Hospice and Palliative Medicine, at St. Joseph Healthcare. A Nashua resident, with wife Cathy and 3 children, he was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis about 30 years ago.
Laura Gifford – A kindergarten teacher in Manchester, diagnosed with MS on Sept. 2009. She has lost her vision multiple times, lost her hair for a year, had to use a cane to walk, been on 7 different medicines and wouldn’t change a single thing. She frequently attends programs on MS and also volunteers with the National MS Society.
Allyssa Thompson – Community Program Manager in New Hampshire at the National MS Society, Greater New England Chapter. she is responsible for the implementation and management of community programs, advocacy and clinical activities throughout the state. She has family members that have been affected by MS on both sides of her family.
* Oct. 16 –
The science of genetically modified organisms
How does GMO work? What’s is possible with this technology, and what isn’t possible?
What’s likely to happen down the road? (Telegraph report on the cafe can be read here.)
+ Richard Parent has taught biotech at the Applied Technology Center in Milford for 12 years, where kids work with DNA the way their parents dissected frogs.
+ Mindy Dopler-Nelson, professor of Clinical Laboratory & Nutritional Sciences at UMass-Lowell.
+ Joel Stake, biology professor at Rivier University in Nashua
Thanks to a donation from Manchester’s Dyn Inc., we now have wireless microphones – no more watching the moderator trip over cords!
* Sept. 18 –
Aquaponics, growing vegetables in water over tanks of fish.
Nashua Telegraph story about the event here.
Anthony Eugenio, Green Harvest Hydroponics, which specializes in commercial and residential gardening supplies, including hydropponics and aquaponics.
Mike Griffin, Aquaponics Farmer (want to visit him? Call 785-1862 or email email@example.com / www.aquaponics-unlimited.com)
Jessica Normand, UNH-Manchester student, a Biological Sciences major doing research into ways to apply aquaponics in the Northeast.
*June 18 -
“Flying Robots: Autonomous aerial vehicles (drones!) at home and in business”. (Thanks to Gordon Jackson of Nashua for sitting in to replace a missing panelist and give us the hobbyist perspective.)
Jason Walker, lead roboticist and director of operations for CyPhy Works in Danvers, Mass. , which makes the Persistent Aerial Reconnaisance and Communication tethered drone, among other things.
Nicholas Kirsch, assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering at UNH.
* May 15 -
“Invisible Wounds: Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and brain injuries, in N.H. veterans and others”
Dr. Jim Whitlock is a rehabilitative neurologist, director of the Brain Injury program and Chief Medical Officer at Northeast Rehabilitation Heath Network in Salem, NH. Was consulting neurologist to the Polytrauma/TBI Program at the Veterans Administration Medical Center at Manchester from 2008 until September 2012.
Terrie Raposo is an independent clinical social worker, employed as a civilian case manager for the NH Army National Guard Office of the State Surgeon, part of
a team responsible for the medical and behavioral health readiness of soldiers in multiple
Lt. Col. Stephanie Riley of the New Hampshire Army National Guard is the state’s Occupational Health Nurse, in which she is a voice for both the Army and Air National Guards on state committees. She is assigned to the 157th Medical Group as a Clinical Registered Nurse and is Joint Medical Liaison at Joint Force Headquarters.A native of Henniker, she also works as a nurse for Concord Hospital’s Urgent Care unit.
Ronald Snow is director of marketing and development for the Brain Injury Association of New Hampshire.
* APRIL 17 -
“Cats or catastrophes?”
Domestic cats are marvelous hunters, which can be a problem for birds and wildlife that they prey on. Is this a problem in New Hampshire, which has one of the highest per-capita rates of cat ownership in the country? If so, how does it compare to the other stresses that birds and wildlife encounter when people live nearby?
Brendan Clifford is a Wildlife Biologist with the Nongame and Endangered Wildlife Program of the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department. He coordinates the the protection and management of the federally threatened and state endangered piping plover on Hampton and Seabrook beache.
Anne Richards is a feline veterinarian who practices at The Cat Doctor in Bedford, Mass., and Nashua. She received her B.A. in Biology from Swarthmore College and her DVM from Cornell University. Worked with cats exclusively since graduation in 2001.
Pamela Hunt is senior biologist for aviation conservation with New Hampshire Audubon Society. She holds a B.S. in biology from Cornell University, M.A. in zoology from the University of Montana, and a Ph.D. from Dartmouth College. Came to NH Audubon in 2000 after five years as adjunct faculty at Colby-Sawyer College in New London.
* MARCH 20: “Mosquitoes vs. Humans: West Nile, EEE and the future of mosquito-carried disease in New Hampshire”
Did you know that bedbugs don’t pass on disease when they bite us, and researcher are trying to figure out if they can make mosquitoes have the same attribute?
UPDATE: Abigail Mathewson, the state’s public health veterinarian, sent along these links, for more information on topics that came up at the cafe:
EPA search tool for selecting the right repellent for you:
Website that mentions dengue in Boston in the 1940′s:
Article about dengue in Texas and how lifestyle could be influencing
Link to the NH Arboviral Illness Surveillance, Prevention and Response Plan
that I referenced during the discussion:
Link to the NH test results, bulletin and risk map:
Abigail A. Mathewson DVM, surveillance epidemiology program manager and and acting State Public Health Veterinarian, New Hampshire Division of Public Health Services. At the Bureau of Infectious Disease Control, as part of her participation in routine infectious disease surveillance for New Hampshire, Dr. Mathewson reviews case reports of vector-borne disease.
Heidi Peek, health officer and manager of the public health department for the city of Nashua. She has overseen the city’s mosquito control program since the year 2000.
Gary Nielsen, entomologist and director of training for JP Pest Services in Milford. He spent ten years working in alfalfa integrated pest management before moving to southern NH. He has PhD in botany and plant pathology with a minor in entomology.
* February 20: “The Science of Brewing”
Audio recording is now online, hosted by Vetflix, a sponsor site. Check it out here.
At least 100 people packed the funky Bounty Room, with the panelists sitting on the full-sized pirate ship to answer question, as shown above. Here’s a report in The Telegraph.
* November 2012: “Dark Skies and light pollution.” We can hardly see the constellations any more, which hurts astronomers and tourism, and takes away part of the pleasure that comes from living in New Hampshire. Can anything be done about it? Presented along with the McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center.
* October 2012: “The science of concussions, in youth sports and daily life.” The number of concussions leading to U.S. emergency room visits has almost doubled in the past decade. Why? This cafe was part of a six-day series of stories on the topic by The Telegraph of Nashua, titled Broken Athletes. Check it out here.
For a list of all topics since we started in May 2011, check this page