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Science Cafe, Orlando

Monday, July 27th, 2009

Science Cafe, Orlando is hosting a meeting next week. Should be interesting.

Climate Change: The Science and the Skeptics
Presenter: Snow, Richard & Mary
When: Wednesday, 5 August 2009 7:00pm – 9:30pm
Where: 717 W. Smith Street, Orlando

Since civilization began some 6000 years ago, the mean temperature of Earth has not varied more than 1°C from the average. The change in temperature of between 1.5 and 4°C (2.7 to 7°F), forecasted for the next hundred years, has no equal in the recent history of the planet. Several natural phenomena do contribute to climate change and most of the past changes in climate can be explained by a combination of them. However, none of these natural phenomena, individually or collectively, explain today’s rapid climate changes. In the short (in terms of geologic time) period that people have inhabited Earth, we have brought about massive changes in the environment, which have had a significant impact on Earth’s climate. Dr. Richard Snow and Dr. Mary Snow examine the evidence and effects of climate change as well as the well-orchestrated attempt to create controversy and disseminate misinformation regarding global warming.

Upcoming science cafes

Monday, December 1st, 2008

On Wednesday the 3rd of December, the Orlando Science Cafe topic is “The Neanderthal Enigma”, about our species’ extinct near relative.  The presenter is Dr Libby Cowgill, a researcher in biological anthropology and assistant professor at UCF.

Then, on January 6th, they’ll start following the COPUS Year-of-Science 2009 themes, beginning with “Communicating Science”, a topic that should interest all of us who help to educate our political leaders
and legislators on science topics.

Orlando Science Cafe: Dec. Topic

Friday, November 7th, 2008

The Orlando Science Cafe’s next topic is: Neanderthals and Early Human Evolution

Presenter: Cowgill, Libby
When: Wednesday, 3 December 2008 7:00pm – 9:30pm
Where: Stardust Video and Coffee
1842 E Winter Park Rd.
Orlando, United States, 32803

Dr. Cowgill is an assistant professor of anthropology specializing in biological anthropology. Her primary research focus includes late Pleistocene human evolution, human growth and development, human variation, and functional morphology. In particular, she is interested in understanding how childhood activity patterns affect the developing skeleton during growth, and how these forces shape the adult skeleton. She received her B.A. in anthropology from the University of California at Berkeley in 2001 and a M.A. and Ph.D. in anthropology from Washington University in St. Louise in 2001 and 2008. Dr. Cowgill has done extensive field research in Europe as well as the United States and looks forward to the opportunities that UCF holds.

Café Scientifique Gainesville report

Sunday, September 14th, 2008

Florida Citizens for Science secretary Mary Bahr provided the following report on the recent Café Scientifique, Gainesville.


We had about 85 people show up for our tours of the Museum fossil hall and the following discussion that Kevin Folta, Joe Meert, and Johnathan Bloch started with their fascinating presentations.  Joe is a Geologist and he talked about deep time, Jonathan was part of the team that uncovered many of the steps of whale evolution and Kevin is a plant geneticist who talked about “real time” evolution and DNA as a mechanism for change. So we had several of the lines of evidence that support evolutionary theory.

If you have never been to a Cafe Scientifique the first half hour is a presentation by the panel followed by an hour of questions and discussion.  The crowd included out-of-towners like FCS president Joe Wolf and the star of the New York Times article David Campbell and his wife (many people were excited to meet David and Joe).  It also included a group of University students and a middle school teacher and seven of her students who were getting extra credit for attending. A great time was had by all!  Even the Cafe staff asked about attending more Cafe Scientifiques.  We plan to do it again next year – this time probably addressing Biodiversity using the museum collections (the butterfly collection numbers in the millions) as a starting point. Please let us know if any other folks need help getting started on Cafes in other parts of Florida.

Mary Bahr

Gainesville event: Evidence for Evolution

Thursday, September 11th, 2008

Café Scientifique Gainesville presents …
Evidence for Evolution:
A Tour of Fossil Hall and Panel Discussion

Saturday, September 13
1:30 pm to 4:30pm

Florida Natural History Museum and Harn Art Museum Café

Dr. Bruce MacFadden, Florida Museum Curator of Vertebrate Paleontology, and graduate students will lead a tour of the new Fossil Hall at the Florida Natural History Museum from 1:30 pm to 2:30 pm.

A panel discussion on Evidence for Evolution will follow next door from 2:30 to 4:30pm in the Harn Art Museum Café (lower level).

Panel members will include Jonathan Bloch, Professor of Geology and Zoology and Assistant Curator of Vertebrate Paleontology at the Museum; Kevin Folta, Professor of Horticultural Science; and Joe Meert, Professor of Geological Science.

The panel discussion will start at 3:00pm with brief presentations by the panel members followed by questions and discussion. Refreshments will be served.

Free parking is available on Saturday at the museums, which are located on the University of Florida Cultural Plaza on Hull Road east of SW 34th Street in Gainesville. Driving directions here.

Sponsored by:
Florida Citizens for Science
University of Florida Chapter of the Sigma Xi Research Society
Adult Education Committee of the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Gainesville

Science Cafe Orlando tomorrow

Tuesday, August 5th, 2008

From the Science Cafe Orlando folks:

Though Florida Citizens for Science aims at promoting all sciences, it’s generally only evolution that has found a lot of friction in Florida, and so I hope you won’t mind me offering a breath of fresh air on our “favorite” topic.  Instead of the tired jabber-fest with/against IDiots about the very existence of evolution, we will hear from and talk with a researcher who relies on evolutionary theory to do her work.  Though it touches a hot topic, this event is academic, apolitical, and most of all, fun.

“Evolutionary Antecedents of Obesity”
2 July, 2008 – 23:33 — chadmiller Presenter: Lieberman, Leslie Sue
When: Wednesday, 6 August 2008 7:00pm – 8:30pm
Stardust Video and Coffee
1842 E Winter Park Rd.
Orlando, United States
Evolutionary medicine provides insights into why we are experiencing a global pandemic of obesity, and what we might do about it.

The presenter, Leslie Sue Lieberman, Ph.D., is a Professor of Anthropology and the founding Director of the Women’s Research Center at the University of Central Florida. She is a biomedical anthropologist with research specializations in type-2 diabetes, nutrition, and obesity. She has co-authored or edited 11 books, and published over 70 journal articles and book chapters. Her research has been supported by NIH, NSF, HRSA, NIMH, and others.

Science Cafe, Orlando

Sunday, July 13th, 2008

The next meeting for Science Cafe Orlando:.

“Evolutionary Antecedents of Obesity”

Stardust Video and Coffee
1842 E Winter Park Rd.
Orlando, FL 32803

2008-08-06 19:00 – 20:30

Evolutionary medicine provides insights into why we are experiencing a global pandemic of obesity, and what we might do about it.

The presenter, Leslie Sue Lieberman, Ph.D., is a Professor of Anthropology and the founding Director of the Women’s Research Center at the University of Central Florida.

I’ve added the two Florida science cafes I know of in Florida to our links page.

Orlando Cafe Scientifique

Tuesday, June 24th, 2008

Cafe Scientifiques are blooming in Florida. Another one has popped up in Orlando! Their inaugural meeting will be July 2 at 7 p.m. at Stardust Video and Coffee, 1842 E Winter Park Rd., Orlando, FL 32803. The subject will be Mars:

Come to our first event, where we’ll hear about our new exploration of the red planet. Mars has gotten a lot of skygazers’ attention lately, now that we have technology to explore it in far more depth than we could have thought possible even a few years ago.

Admission is free. Get a bite to eat and glass of wine or mug of beer, and join in the discussion.

More info about what a Science Cafe is, is here.