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Science Cafe' now with 2 Locations....

Potsdam:
Wednesday evenings, 7:15 pm
Potsdam Civic Center, Community Room
2 Park Street
Potsdam, NY  13676

Canton:
Tuesday evenings, 7:15 pm
The Park View Common
(above the Blackbird Cafe')
107 Main Street
Canton, NY 13617

Local university professors and other professionals facilitate informal and lively public discussions of important science-related topics as part of the Science Café series. Join the conversation and relax with a cup of coffee or tea as topics from how to combat headaches effectively and why it is so hard to predict the weather and body language and its importance in everyday communication are covered. 

Spring 2014 Series Schedule

When the Nose Knows Not ...

Canton: Tuesday, Feb 4

Potsdam: Wednesday, Feb 5

When the sense of smell is lost, people worry about detecting smoke or bad odors, food does not taste right and the more subtle aspects of life are missing. Join David Hornung, Professor of Biology at St. Lawrence University, as he discusses smell disorders, their diagnosis and treatment, and their effect on our lives.

Sticks and Stones…How Bullying Affects Physical Health

Canton: Tuesday, March 4

Potsdam: Wednesday, March 5

What is bullying? And does being bullied really affect people? We have learned that being bullied does have serious short- and long-term effects on children, adolescents, college students, and adults.  Join Clarkson University Psychology Professor Jennifer M. Knack as she discusses the physical health effects of being bullied, what factors influence the impact of bullying (e.g., personality, social support, mental health, physiological functioning), and why bullying is a complex issue that needs to be considered from multiple perspectives and disciplines.

What's the Value of a Human Life?

Canton: Tuesday, March 25

Potsdam: Wednesday, March 26

No society places an infinite value on a statistical human life. We can’t afford it. Human lives are routinely risked and sometimes lost in efforts to achieve other goals. Understanding these tradeoffs can improve how we determine things like speed limits, drug safety standards, toxic waste cleanup, and so on.

Join economist Dr. Mark Frascatore (Clarkson University) as he discusses how studies have estimated the dollar value that societies place on a statistical human life, and how this information might be used to better allocate the finite resources we have.

Cold Plasmas: A Hot New Technology!

Canton: Tuesday, April 8

Potsdam: Wednesday, April 9

Plasmas, the "4th state of matter," make 99% of visible matter in the Universe and are extremely hot.  On Earth, plasmas occur naturally within lightning, the ionosphere, and in the auroras (Northern and Southern Lights).  Plasmas can also be made in a laboratory. You probably heard of plasma TV, fluorescent light bulbs and neon signs, but did you know that plasmas can also be used to decontaminate drinking water, convert graphite into diamond, coagulate blood, and even sterilize teeth?!

Join Professor Selma Mededovic Thagard (CU, Chemical Engineering) to a fascinating discussion of plasmas and their chemical processing, and their application in medicine, chemistry and engineering.

The Bioengineering of Gender and the Prozac Nation

Canton: Tuesday, April 22

Potsdam: Wednesday, April 23

The neuroscientific turn in psychiatry can be understood as an adoption of a bioengineering stance toward mental illness.  In this Cafe event Prof. Jennifer Hansen (Philosophy, SLU) will argue that on treating depression, the bioengineering stance inculcates a cognitive bias that promotes status quo gender norms and social values that have traditionally harmed both women and men.  Moreover, it constrains debate over biotechnological treatments of mood, such as Prozac, Paxil, and Pristiq, in a way that avoids the social consequences of medicating low moods among certain classes of women.

 

Science Cafe

 

Potsdam:
Wednesday evenings, 7:15 pm
Potsdam Civic Center, Community Room
2 Park Street
Potsdam, NY  13676

Canton:
Tuesday evenings, 7:15 pm
The Park View Common
(above the Blackbird Cafe')
107 Main Street
Canton, NY 13617

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