Science on Tap: Wielding the Sun Dagger

Science on Tap is not your ordinary lecture series. Grab a beer from Bombs Away Beer Company and enjoy a relaxed presentation by scientists, researchers, and subject matter experts on various engaging science topics. Come join the conversation!

What's on Tap this Month?

Wielding the Sun Dagger: Air Force Research Laboratory Contributions to Science & Technology

Come on a journey through the surprisingly local Albuquerque history of ray guns and starships. Dr. Darren Raspa of the Air Force Research Lab (AFRL), will discuss the evolution of the AFRL from its rise to prominence after the atomic bombings in 1945 to its modern iteration and technological innovations in New Mexico.

Join us on Friday, October 27 at the National Museum of Nuclear Science & History. Doors open at 5:30 pm The presentation begins at 6:00 pm and ends at 7:00 pm.

Admission is $10 per person, and you must be 21 years to attend. Admission will provide each guest with one beer ticket. Guests can purchase additional drinks. IDs are required. Please drink responsibly. Event tickets can be purchased in advance below, or they can be purchased the night of the event at the door. Please email us with any questions.

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About Dr. Darren A. Raspa

Dr. Darren A. Raspa

Dr. Darren A. Raspa currently serves as the historian for the Air Force Research Laboratory’s Phillips Research Site in New Mexico and coordinator for AFRL’s Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics (STEAM) education and outreach programs for area schools and museums. During his tenure as Laboratory Historian, Raspa has produced several studies pertaining to the history of Space Vehicles and Directed Energy and the Laboratory's development since its origins as the Cambridge Field Station in 1945.

In addition to being a historian of science, technology, and defense, Raspa is also a historian of criminal justice in the North American West and the author of Bloody Bay: Grassroots Policing in Nineteenth-Century San Francisco (Univ. Nebraska Press, 2020). He is currently writing the biography of General Samuel C. Phillips, who held a seminal role in developing the modern Air and Space Force.

Science on Tap is co-sponsored by the University of New Mexico, Explora!, and the National Museum of Nuclear Science & History.