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A Shaker of Science: Loÿc Vanderkluysen

Thursday, December 3, 2020

5:30 PM-6:30 PM

Join us for a virtual live happy hour and unwind with Drexel volcanologist Loÿc Vanderkluysen as he shares stories of science and adventure.

Get ready to mix the baking soda and vinegar as A Shaker of Science erupts with our favorite volcano expert, Loÿc Vanderkluysen! With drink in hand, join us for a world tour featuring stories and insight into the geological marvels that have captured everyone’s attention since childhood — volcanoes! Can we predict when the next volcanic eruption will shake the Earth? What does the life of a volcanologist look like, anyway? Hear about Vanderkluysen’s great adventures over your favorite libations.  

On second thought, hold off on the baking soda and vinegar. We recommend mixing up one of these volcanologist-approved and scientist-recommended libations instead:

Temperance Cocktail:  Gatorade Frost

Volcanoes are HOT. You will need to replenish your electrolytes. 

Cocktail:  Loyc’s 1944 Mai Tai

In a shaker of ice combine: 1 oz fresh lime juice, ½ oz. orange Curaçao (or Triple Sec), ¼ oz orgeat syrup, ¼ oz simple syrup, 1 oz aged rum and 1 oz Martinique agricole rum. Shake and strain into a lowball glass filled with ice. Garnish with a cherry and pretend you are on Loyc’s favorite volcanic island — Hawaii.  

Beer:  Kona Brewing Co., Big Wave Golden Ale

We are told beer is the international drink of geology by a reliable source. 

Wine:  Nero D’avola Sicilia, Red Table Wine

This wine is from Sicily, which is located on the edge of Mount Etna — one of Europe’s highest active volcanoes.

A Shaker of Science is pay-what-you-wish. Click here to register.

About the Speaker:

Loÿc Vanderkluysen is a Belgian volcanologist. Born and raised in Switzerland, he developed a fascination for volcanoes as a teenager from watching the documentaries of maverick volcanologist Haroun Tazieff. After completing his undergraduate and Master’s studies in Switzerland at the University of Lausanne, he enrolled in the PhD program at the University of Hawai’i at Manoa, where he studied the emplacement of large lava flows from the Deccan Traps of India, and submarine volcanoes of the Louisville Seamount Chain in the South Pacific. Postdoctoral research at the Hawai‘i Institute of Geophysics and Planetology and at Arizona State University took him to the volcanoes of Italy and Indonesia. Vanderkluysen has been a professor at Drexel University and research associate at the Academy for the past six years, studying volcanoes and their impact from Indonesia to Equatorial Guinea, India and Yellowstone.

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