Science Cafe kicks off Sept. 13 at Pub 56 in Canton
Monday, September 12, 2016 - 8:54 am

POTSDAM -- The Fall 2016 season of Science Café, an informal discussion series led by university professors and other professionals, has been announced. Each Science Café event will be held in Canton and Potsdam.

Canton events will take place at Pub 56, St. Lawrence University Campus, on Tuesdays at 7:15 p.m. Potsdam events will take place at St. Lawrence Valley Roasters & Jernabi Coffee House, 11 Maple St., on Wednesdays at 7:15 p.m.

The schedule is as follows:

Why You Can’t See the Forest for the Beech - Canton, Sept. 13; Potsdam, Sept. 14.

Dr. Mariann Johnston of SUNY ESF's Wanakena campus leads a discussion about beech bark disease, the insects and fungi that cause it and current research efforts on the subject.

Conservation in Protected Areas: From Central Africa to the North Country - Canton, Sept. 27; Potsdam, Sept. 28.

SUNY Potsdam Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies Jessica Rogers discusses the state of protected areas in Central Africa and around the world along with what we can do in our own backyard.

You're Probably Wrong! -- The Unintuitive Nature of Randomness - Canton, Oct. 18; Potsdam, Oct. 19.

Professor Natasha Komarov, SLU Mathematics, analyzes the concepts of randomness and probability, including interesting examples where intuition alone fails us spectacularly.

Statistics and Data Analysis? Ignore us no More! - Canton, Nov. 1; Potsdam, Nov. 2.

Clarkson University Professor of Mathematics Sumona Mondal deciphers the lingo of statistics to help us learn about the strengths and utilities of statistics in every aspect of our lives.

Whales to Wings: The Hydrodynamics of Humpback Whale Flippers - Canton, Nov. 15; Potsdam, Nov. 16.

Mechanical and Aeronautical Engineering Professor Doug Bohl, Clarkson University, explores how a natural adaptation may have led to the surprising agility of the humpback whale. Bohl will then discuss what humans can learn about aerodynamics from the mighty humpback and how we may apply that knowledge.

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