Today (and every day) I'm thankful for Project Bridge (http://www.projbridge.com)'s Baltimore science café series.
A science café is an opportunity for a scientist to talk about their work with the community in an informal setting. We scientists frequently bemoan the sorry state of scientific literacy in this country, yet at the same time, too many of us think it's beneath us to talk to non-scientists, so we really are a not insignificant part of the problem.
Science cafés aim to change that. They bring the scientist out of the lab and into the community. They provide an opportunity for people to learn about the science going on in their own cities. They help bridge gaps between scientists and non-scientists. Everyone is better off when neighbors talk to each other.
Baltimore has its own science café series, and I am thankful.