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WEST PALM BEACH, Fla.)  Calling all that are curious about canines!  The next topic in the trendy “Science on Tap” series, Decoding Your Dog, is sure to speak (or bark) to those who consider themselves a dog-lover, pet-parent or fur-baby mommy or daddy.  On Thursday, September 11 at 8 p.m. at O’Shea’s Irish Pub, board certified veterinary behaviorist Dr. Lisa Radosta will deconstruct the assumptions, myths and mysteries surrounding our canine companions. Her “drink up get smart” talk will highlight the science behind a variety of dog traits such as body language, emotions and general intelligence.  All dogs are welcomed to attend.


“People are obsessed with their pets,” said Kate Arrizza, Science Center COO.  “It is only fitting that we would have a Science on Tap series dedicated to ‘Decoding Your Dog.’  More than 100 people have attended each of our first three events, and we expect this latest topic in the series to be the busiest of all as O’Shea’s is welcoming science-lovers and their furry-friends!  Bring your dog and ask world-class scientist Dr. Radosta why your dog wags its tail or why it barks at other animals.  I can assure you that some of the answers will be surprising.”


Modeled after “Science Cafés,” a trend sweeping pubs throughout the country, the Science Center’s ‘Science on Tap’ is the first registered Science Café between Vero Beach and Fort Lauderdale. According to Arrizza, it will be the only place in Palm Beach County where for the price of a cup of coffee, a quality craft beer, or a smooth glass of wine, anyone can come to discuss the latest trends in science and technology with a world-class scientist. With a motto to “drink up – get smart,” you know you are in for a casual-education session, as the goal of the program is for guests to have fun while learning a little bit more about everyday curiosities. 


Dr. Radosta is a pedigree of her own with serious science credentials.  After graduating from the University of Florida, College of Veterinary Medicine in 2000, Dr. Radosta completed an internship in small animal medicine and surgery, working as a primary care veterinarian for more than two years. She then decided to follow her dream to become a board certified veterinary behaviorist, completing a three-year residency in behavioral medicine at the University of Pennsylvania in 2006, passing the board examination later that year. A recipient of the American College of Veterinary Behaviorists Resident Research Award two years consecutively during residency, Dr. Radosta has since owned her own practice, Florida Veterinary Behavior Service, in southeastern Florida since 2007.


“Science on Tap” is a free event, and patrons can enjoy O’Shea’s happy hour specials, which include $1 off well drinks, $3 draft beers, $4 bottle beers and $3 Irish Car Bomb drinks (starting at 7 p.m.).  ‘Science on Tap’ is being co-sponsored by the West Palm Beach Downtown Development Authority.


The South Florida Science Center and Aquarium, recently named the Chamber of Commerce of the Palm Beaches’ nonprofit of the year, features more than 50 hands-on educational exhibits, an 8,000 gallon fresh and salt water aquarium- featuring both local and exotic marine life, a digital planetarium, conservation research station, Florida exhibit hall and an interactive Everglades exhibit.  Located at 4801 Dreher Trail North, West Palm Beach, the Science Center is open Monday – Friday from 9am-5pm, and on Saturday and Sunday from 10am-6pm. 


For more information on the ‘Science on Tap’ series, call 561-832-1988 or visit  Like the South Florida Science Center and Aquarium on Facebook and follow them on Twitter @SFScienceCenter.