Scientists do all kinds of cool stuff. They just don't always have a chance to discuss it in a way that people can enjoy or understand.

Scientists do all kinds of cool stuff. They just don't always have a chance to discuss it in a way that people can enjoy or understand.

Dan Siegal-Gaskins considered that a problem and decided Columbus needed its own science cafe. Founded in London and exploding across the country, science cafes are regular, informal nights where people talk about important topics with a scientific expert.

Oh, yeah, and drink beer.

"People think we hang out in these ivory towers in our fancy lab coats, so there's very little communication between our group and other people," said Siegal-Gaskins, who works in mathematical biology at Ohio State. "The reality is that if I wasn't doing this, I'd be going to a bar anyway on a Tuesday."

The initial topic of his Columbus Science Pub will be "Science, Denial and the Internet" and will feature Tara Smith, a popular science blogger from Iowa. After the inaugural event Sept. 7, pub nights will be held every third Tuesday of the month.

Each time around, Siegal-Gaskins hopes that presentations will dispel myths about everything from autism to outer space. Questions and comments are encouraged.

"We're hoping people have had a few pints," he added, "so the discussion will be a bit more animated."