"Triumph of the Micro-Monsters: How Parasites Shape our Natural World" will be presented by Clarkson University Assistant Professor of Biology Andrew David at the next Clarkson University Science Cafe at 7:15 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 28, at the Best Western University Inn Rushton Room, 90 E. Main St. in Canton, N.Y., and at 7:15 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 29, at the St. Lawrence Valley Roasters & Jernabi Coffeehouse, 11 Maple St. in Potsdam, N.Y.
Parasites are responsible for some of the greatest and most grotesque diseases in the animal kingdom and can remain undetected for indefinite periods of time.
Parasites and parasitism are often accompanied by negative connotations, both inside and outside of science, yet it is by far the most popular lifestyle on Earth. The billion-dollar question (quite literally) is: Why?
In this talk, David will discuss how beautiful and biologically intriguing parasites are, as he presents some his work with these creatures in Africa and now in the Adirondacks.
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.
Email Daniel ben-Avraham at ScienceCafe@clarkson.edu with any questions or suggestions for future Science Cafe topics.