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02-20-2012

"Puzzle of Left-Handedness" at Clarkson University Science Cafe February 29

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“The Puzzle of Left-Handedness: Separating Fact from Fiction” will be discussed by St. Lawrence University Psychology Professor Alan Searleman at the next Clarkson University Science Café at the Potsdam Civic Center Community Room, 2 Park St. in Potsdam, on Wednesday, February 29, at 7:15 p.m. (note date change).

St. Lawrence University Psychology Professor Alan SearlemanPlease note that the Potsdam Civic Center Community Room is the new location for the Science Café.

For centuries, myths about left-handedness have abounded. Left-handers have often been viewed with suspicion, faced prejudice and discrimination -- the very word “left” in English derives from the Anglo-Saxon word “lyft,” meaning “broken” or “weak.”

Join Searleman for demonstrations and a dynamic discussion of handedness, including sighting eye dominance, and how hand and eye preferences can have a major impact on our ability to play various sports.

Science Cafes bring together engineers, scientists and townspeople in a relaxed, informal setting, such as coffeehouses and pubs. The speaker makes a short presentation about a topic in his or her field, and then opens up the floor to discussion.

Find out more about Clarkson's Science Cafe at http://www.clarkson.edu/sciencecafe.

E-mail Daniel ben-Avraham at ScienceCafe@clarkson.edu with any questions or suggestions for future Science Cafe topics.

Clarkson University launches leaders into the global economy. One in five alumni already leads as a CEO, VP or equivalent senior executive of a company. Located just outside the Adirondack Park in Potsdam, N.Y., Clarkson is a nationally recognized research university for undergraduates with select graduate programs in signature areas of academic excellence directed toward the world’s pressing issues. Through 50 rigorous programs of study in engineering, business, arts, sciences and health sciences, the entire learning-living community spans boundaries across disciplines, nations and cultures to build powers of observation, challenge the status quo, and connect discovery and engineering innovation with enterprise.

[News directors and editors: For more information, contact Michael P. Griffin, director of News & Digital Content Services, at 315-268-6716 or mgriffin@clarkson.edu.]

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