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04-07-2009

The Science of our Connected World at Next Clarkson University Science Cafe April 15

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"The Science of our Connected World" will be discussed by Clarkson University Mathematics Professor Takashi Nishikawa at the next Science Cafe at Jack & Wezzie’s Coffee House (formerly Fields Coffee House) in Potsdam Wednesday, April 15, at 7:30 p.m.

Join Nishikawa for an interactive discussion tracing the history of the science of networks and exploring our world from a "network" viewpoint.nishikawa

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.

In describing his presentation, Nishikawa says, "Have you ever been surprised by how small our world is? The idea that any two persons in the world may be connected by "six degrees of separation" has inspired many scientists who try to model networks of connected things commonly found in our world - from food webs, to power grids, to Facebook.

"The science of networks helps us understand not only how we are connected in the network of people in this society, but also how the network of biochemical reactions coordinates their activity to make life possible and how viruses spread over the network of computers in the Internet."

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

This is the last Science Cafe of the spring semester.

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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