Jonathan Schwartz, D.O., assistant professor in the division of pediatric hematology/oncology at the University of Nebraska Medical Center and Children’s Hospital & Medical Center, will discuss research and awareness for pediatric brain cancer at the next Omaha Science Café at 7 p.m. on Dec. 11 at the Slowdown, 729 N. 14th St.

Dr. Schwartz is a pediatric neuro-oncologist who joined the pediatric brain tumor program at UNMC this summer. The program is funded by a $3 million grant from the Team Jack Foundation.

He brings a specialization in pediatric brain tumors that was previously not available to children and families in Nebraska.

Dr. Schwartz received his doctor of osteopathic medicine degree from Touro University in Nevada and completed his residency at the University of Louisville in Kentucky. He did fellowships in pediatric hematology and neuro-oncology at Children’s Hospital of Michigan at Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan.

This Science Café is being held in collaboration with the Team Jack Foundation, named after Jack Hoffman, a pediatric brain cancer survivor, from Atkinson, Neb. Hoffman’s parents, Andy and Bri Hoffman, formed the foundation in 2013 to raise awareness and funding for pediatric brain cancer research.

Science Cafés 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 Q-and-A period.

Pizza will be provided for the first 50 people. For more information about Science Cafes, go to