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10-09-2008

St. Lawrence River Ecology at Next Clarkson University Science Cafe Wednesday

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Ecological and social concerns on the St. Lawrence River will be discussed by Clarkson University Prof. Michael Twiss at the next Science Cafe at Jack & Wezzie’s Coffee House (formerly Fields Coffee House) in Potsdam this Wednesday, October 15, at 7:30 p.m.

Science Cafes bring together scientists and townspeople in a relaxed, informal setting, where a guest scientist makes a short presentation about a topic in his or her field, and then opens up the floor to discussion. twiss

In describing his presentation, titled " Size Matters: Life in the St. Lawrence River," Twiss says, "Our northern border here in the North Country is a globally significant river. Surprisingly, we know relatively little about the ecology of this section of the St. Lawrence River despite our concerns regarding invasive species, water levels and water quality issues. The St. Lawrence River will be presented from the view point of limnology (freshwater oceanography) that will set the stage for an informed discussion of ecological and social concerns regarding this impressive natural wonder."

Be sure to arrive early to get a good seat, or to place your food or drink order.

Here’s a rundown of upcoming Science Cafe topics and speakers:

October 29: The Rule of 1000 Determines Our Exposure to Environmental Pollutants, Andrea Ferro

November 12: Coffee, Gossip, and Math; Kathleen Fowler

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 six 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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