Science Café Cleveland presents:



The 2019 Nobel Prizes


March 9, 2020



Dan Scherson, PhD | Ben Monreal, PhD | Cynthia Beall, PhD

Department of Chemistry | Department of Physics | Department of Anthropology
Case Western Reserve University



The original topic for this month — "Why should we trust science?" — will be postponed due to an emergency in Prof. Haufe's family. Instead, we will hear three CWRU scientists discuss the 2019 Nobel Prizes in science, including some background on the laureates and the significance of their work.

Prof. Dan Scherson of the CWRU Dept. of Chemistry will discuss the 2019 Nobel Prize in Chemistry, which was awarded to Stanley Whittingham, John Goodenough, and Akira Yoshino for their contributions to the development of lithium-ion batteries.

Prof. Ben Monreal of the CWRU Dept. of Physics will discuss the 2019 Nobel Prize in Physics, which was awarded to Didier Queloz and Michel Mayor for their 1995 discovery of 51 Pegasi b, the first confirmed extrasolar planet, and to James Peebles for developments in theoretical cosmology.

Finally, Science Café's own Prof. Cynthia Beall (of the CWRU Dept. of Anthropology) will discuss the 2019 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine, which was jointly awarded to William G. Kaelin, Jr., Peter J. Ratcliffe, and Gregg L. Semenza for their work describing “how cells sense and adapt to oxygen availability”.


This month's speaker has recommended the following links for further exploration of the topic:

They Developed the World's Most Powerful Battery

New Perspectives on Our Place in the Universe

How Cells Sense and Adapt to Oxygen Availability




The Music Box Supper Club - Concert Hall

1148 Main Avenue

Cleveland, Ohio 44113



March 9, 2020

Doors will be open 5:30–9:00 pm (last call at 8:45pm). Presentation and discussion is from 7:00–8:00pm. The Concert Hall will also host a limited menu before and during the event, not to mention a full bar! (Click here to view menu). Come early, get a good seat, grab a bite and a beverage, and enjoy the discussion!



Sponsored by Case Western Reserve University chapter of Sigma Xi, WCPN ideastream, and the Music Box Supper Club.