Next Science Cafe will strike the right cord

Attendees of the next Omaha Science Cafe will get to see human vocal cords in action when Chris Bingcang, M.D., a UNMC otolaryngologist, scopes Opera Omaha chorus member and University of Nebraska at Omaha student Ryan Daly while he vocalizes.

The scoping will take place during the Sept. 9 Omaha Science Cafe, which begins at 7 p.m., at the Slowdown, 729 N. 14th St.

An expert in voice, airway and swallowing disorders, Dr. Bingcang received his medical degree from the University of Kentucky. His research interests include surgical simulation for resident education and outcomes of office-based laryngeal procedures.

Dr. Bingcang is a member of Alpha Omega Alpha and the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery.

An undergraduate student at UNO, Daly volunteered for the scoping that will reveal just how powerful the vocal cords are.

Also, as part of the event, soprano Shelby VanNordstrand, chair of the UNO Vocal Department, will perform two selections.

Science Cafes involve a face-to-face conversation with a scientist about current science topics. They are open to everyone (21 and older), and take place in casual settings like pubs and coffeehouses. Each meeting is organized around an interesting topic of conversation. A scientist gives a brief presentation followed by a question and answer period.

This cafe is being held in partnership with Opera Omaha and UNMC Physicians.

Pizza will be provided by The Nebraska Coalition for Lifesaving Cures for the first 50 people. For more information about Science Cafes, go here. Podcasts of previous Science Cafes also are available on the website or available for download on iTunes.