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Culture & Science events hosted by the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics provide a forum for discussion, offering our alumni and friends an opportunity to connect various components of cultural interests to the intricacies of science.

The Complexities of Beer: How Scientists Celebrate Oktoberfest

Thursday, October 29
6:30 – 8 pm

NSM faculty members and alumni find ways to incorporate science in every aspect of their lives. For a few of them, that includes . . . beer making!

Beer Tasting Leaders

  • Drew Russey (Ph.D. ’14), NSM biology alum and laboratory manager, Saint Arnold Brewing Company
  • Jim Briggs, NSM associate dean for faculty affairs and professor, Department of Biology & Biochemistry
  • William Widger, professor, Department of Biology & Biochemistry, Certified Beer Judge

Our panel of scientists, experts and homebrewers will walk you through three unique beers paired with delicious cheeses. They’ll not only go over the pairings, but they’ll delve into the science behind your favorite beers.

Virtual Beer Tasting: Beer/Cheese Pairings

We recommend having French bread on hand as a palate cleanser between pairings.

  • Course 1: Saint Arnold Oktoberfest with Cabot Seriously Sharp Cheddar Updated
  • Course 2: Murphy’s Irish Stout with Jalapeño Havarti Cheese
  • Course 3: Samuel Smith’s Oatmeal Stout with Brie Cheese
  • Optional Purchase: Saint Arnold Pumpkinator – We’ll compare this non-traditional beer with the more traditional stouts!

Where to Purchase

  • HEB
  • Spec’s
  • Total Wine
  • Trader Joe’s
  • Whole Foods

RSVP Here to Participate

You’ll receive the Zoom link via email two days prior to the event.

If you have questions, please contact Jasmine Harrison at 713-743-7952 or jkharris@central.uh.edu.


NSM Movie Night #3: Jurassic Park

Friday, November 20
6:45 – 10 pm

Go back to a time when dinosaurs roamed the earth for our third movie night with live discussion and post-movie Q&A by NSM’s Dr. Mariam Manuel.

Mariam Manuel

Dr. Mariam Manuel is an Instructional Assistant Professor/Master Teacher for teachHOUSTON, UH’s secondary STEM teacher preparation program housed in the Department of Mathematics. She is a proud UH graduate and was part of the inaugural cohort of the teachHOUSTON program during its inception in 2007.

Dr. Manuel earned her Ph.D. in STEM education through Texas Tech University, and her research interests include STEM teacher education, engineering design education, and culturally responsive pedagogy. She also teaches Physics for Middle School Teachers for the College of Education, in addition to graduate level coursework in Engineering Design Education for the UH STEM master’s program.

Movie Night Schedule

6:45 pm
Live movie introduction and scientific overview with Dr. Manuel

7 – 9:10 pm
Watch the movie on your own

9:45 – 10 pm
Interactive Q&A with Dr. Manuel about the reality of the science in the film

Accessing the Movie

Jurassic Park is available to rent from $3.99 from a variety of sources. We've listed some popular sites below:

RSVP Here to Participate

You’ll receive the Zoom link via email two days prior to the event.

If you have questions, please contact Jasmine Harrison at 713-743-7952 or jkharris@central.uh.edu.


Previous Events

NSM Movie Night #2: Angels & Demons

NSM Movie Night #2: Angels & Demons

Movie with Live Discussion and Post-Movie Q&A by NSM’s Dr. Rene Bellwied
October 23, 2020

NSM Movie Night #1: The Day After Tomorrow

NSM Movie Night #1: The Day After Tomorrow

Movie with Live Discussion and Post-Movie Q&A by NSM’s Dr. Julia Wellner
September 18, 2020
Video: Pre- and Post-Movie Discussion

Red and White Wine Dinner

Red and White Wine Dinner

Five-Course Dinner Paired with Wines
February 10, 2020
Event Photos

Return to Downton Abbey – Movie and Brunch

Return to Downton Abbey – Movie and Brunch

Champagne Brunch and Private Viewing of “Downton Abbey: The Movie”
September 28, 2019

Red and White Wine Dinner

Red and White Wine Dinner

Six-Course Dinner Paired with Wines
February 11, 2019
Event Photos

The Jazz of Physics: The Link between Music and the Structure of the Universe

The Jazz of Physics: The Link between Music and the Structure of the Universe

Physicist and musician Stephon Alexander revisits the interconnection between music and the evolution of astrophysics and the laws of motion.
April 19, 2018

Red and White Wine Dinner

Red and White Wine Dinner

Six-Course Dinner Paired with Wines
February 8, 2018

NSM Tailgate

NSM Tailgate
Houston Cougars vs. Rice Owls

September 16, 2017

Red and White Wine Dinner

Red and White Wine Dinner

Four-Course Contemporary Cuisine Paired with Wines
February 9, 2017
Event Photos

NSM Tailgate and 40th Anniversary Kick-Off Party

NSM Tailgate and 40th Anniversary Kick-Off Party
Houston Cougars vs. Tulsa Golden Hurricane

Nearly 130 alumni, faculty, staff, friends and family attended the NSM 40th Anniversary Tailgate.
October 15, 2016
Event Photos

Red and White Wine Dinner

Red and White Wine Dinner

Five-Course Dinner Paired with Wines
February 11, 2016
Event Photos

Say Goodbye to Downton Abbey - Sneak Peek

Say Goodbye to “Downton Abbey”

Reception and Private Viewing of “Downton Abbey”
January 12, 2016
Event Photos

Zoo-fari: An Evening in the Wild

ZOO-FARI: An Evening in the Wild

Reception and Several Animal Encounters
October 10, 2015
Event Photos

An Evening at the Alley Theatre

An Evening at the Alley Theatre

Reception and Performance
April 12, 2015
Event Photos

Red and White Wine Dinner

Red and White Wine Dinner

Five-Course Dinner Paired with Wines
February 12, 2015
Event Photos

An evening with Downton Abbey

An Evening with “Downton Abbey”

Reception and Private Viewing of “Downton Abbey”
January 13, 2015
Event Photos

A Night at the Museum: Making Science Come Alive

A Night at the Museum: Making Science Come Alive

Delicious Food and Seven Interactive Demonstrations
October 11, 2014
Event Photos

Take me out to the Ball Game

Take Me Out to the Ball Game

UH Cougars vs. Louisville Cardinals
April 11, 2014
Event Photos

Red and White Wine Dinner

Red and White Wine Dinner

Five-Course Dinner Paired with Wines from Around the World
February 13, 2014
Event Photos

An evening with Downton Abbey

An Evening with “Downton Abbey”

Reception and Private Viewing of “Downton Abbey”
January 12, 2014
Event Photos