Science Cafés planned in Canton, Potsdam starting tonight
Wednesday, February 8, 2017 - 5:39 pm

Local university professors are once again taking to the stage in Canton and Potsdam for a series of Science Café events.

Science Cafés bring together local university and college professors and townspeople in relaxed, informal settings, 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.

All Canton Science Cafés will take place Tuesdays at 7:15 p.m. in a new location at the Rushton Conference Room in the Best Western University Inn, 90 E. Main St.

All Potsdam Science Cafés will take place Wednesdays at 7:15 p.m. in the St. Lawrence Valley Roasters & Jernabi Coffeehouse, 11 Maple St.

Here's a rundown of this spring's topics and speakers:

• SCREAM, <cough>, whisper, <burp!>: The Science of Human Sound Production — Feb. 8 in Potsdam; Clarkson University Assistant Professor of Mechanical & Aeronautical Engineering Byron Erath will lead a discussion about the science behind the noises we make, and how an engineering approach can yield important insight into the diagnosis and treatment of vocal disorders.

• Epibiosis: The Though World of Marine Invaders — Feb. 28 in Canton and March 1 in Potsdam; join St. Lawrence University visiting assistant professor of biology Linda Auker as she discusses the impacts of epibiosis, with a focus on invasive species and the traits that allow them to compete effectively.

• What Is Mathematical Biology and Why Is It Useful? — March 14 in Canton and March 15 in Potsdam; Clarkson University assistant professor of mathematics Diana White will describe successes in this discipline, as well as her own attempts to use math to account for interesting behavior seen at the cellular level.

• From Molecules to Medicine: How Drug Design Inspires Chemical Innovation — April 4 in Canton and April 5 in Potsdam; join the discussion with St. Lawrence University assistant chemistry professor Samuel Tartakoff as he looks at the process by which new medicines are discovered, how it fuels chemical innovation, and where that leaves us as consumers.

• Unmasking Parkinson's Disease — April 18 in Canton and April 19 in Potsdam; Clarkson University Clinical assistant physical therapy professor and Parkinson’s Disease Foundation Faculty Scholar Rebecca Martin to learn more about the symptoms of Parkinson’s disease, and what the healthcare field is doing to help.

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

Email Daniel ben-Avraham at [email protected] with any comments, questions or suggestions for future Science Café topics.

Find out more about Science Cafés in general at http://www.scienceCafes.org .