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Distillation – presented by the Marie Christine Kohler Fellows at WID

Event Details

When: December 4, 2015, 7:00 PM

Location: Old Sugar Distillery, 931 E Main St, Madison, WI 53703

Contact: 608-316-4676, josh.pultorak@gmail.com

Science Happens in Taverns

Distillation (noun)

/the action of falling or flowing down, drop by drop

/the extraction of the essential meaning or most important aspects of something

The Kohler fellows hosted a community event borrowed from a local series promoting accessible research dissemination for the public. The event, held at Old Sugar Distillery, featured faculty speakers from various disciplines. Unified by the theme of “Distillation”, topics ranged from the chemistry of distillation, the botanical history of grains used in alcohol production, the distillation of theory over time, and the distillation of light energy to examine exoplanets, matter composition, and potential life elsewhere in the universe. Also featured: distilled poetry by the AGAVLFGFJDRS Poetry Collective, music by the No Name String Band and food, courtesy of Banzo.


  • Matthew Hutchison, Ph.D Chemistry
    “Phases of the Moonshine: Chemical Distillation”
  • Tim Allen, Ph.D Botany
    “The Evolution of Grains for Alcohol Distillation and Beer Making”
  • Fréderic Neyrat, Ph.D Philosophy
    “From Distillation to Instillation: A Drop of Theory”
  • Robert Mathieu, Ph.D Astronomy
    “Red Shift, Blue Shift: Distilling Light in Search of Exoplanets”