Discovered: Sexy Science

A University of Chicago scientist sets out to inject sex appeal into her field

The molecular geneticist and cell biologist Stephanie Levi feels as if something is missing from science: sex appeal. “Usually science is completely inaccessible,” says the Ph.D. candidate, who spreads a “science is fun” gospel whenever she’s not in her University of Chicago lab. Late last year, Levi, 33, created a “smart at the bar” event for the masses called Night Lab, in which participants drink beer and discuss topics such as Obama’s scientific platform, pheromonal human attraction, and the like. “I want to remove the fear factor,” she says. The first two Night Labs drew packed rooms of people eager to engage in expert-led talks about the ways science affects their lives. The third Night Lab, “Eat Science: Molecular Gastronomy and the Science of Taste,” takes place at Schubas on May 17th from 7 to 9 p.m. For information, go to science-is-sexy.com.

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