On March 18, University Distinguished Professor Brad Sherrill was the featured guest at the local meeting of Cafe Scientifique, a loosely organized international effort to promote public engagement in science outside of the academic context. Sherrill's 45-minute talk, available here, covered some of the basic principles and big questions in nuclear science. Sherrill, NSCL's associate director for research, has long been a leader in shaping the future direction of the field. Most recently, he served on the writing committee of "The Frontiers of Nuclear Science," the Nuclear Science Advisory Committee (NSAC) long range plan (PDF, 12 MB), published in December 2007. NSAC provides official advice to the Department of Energy and the National Science Foundation on the national program for basic nuclear science research.