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Café Scientifique provides a monthly forum for debating science issues. The objective is to promote public engagement with science and to making science accountable. The program is open to anyone interested in science, and provides an opportunity for discussing their views with and asking questions of someone "in the know". No scientific knowledge will be assumed by the speakers so that everyone can participate.
Each event starts with a talk from a speaker who is usually a scientist or a writer on science followed by an opportunity for everyone to ask questions, and we welcome those which begin "This might be a stupid question, but......" These questions are invariably not stupid and often rather insightful.
The Café will be held every month, usually on a Tuesday evening starting at 6:00pm and finished by 7:30pm, but the schedule will be modified to accommodate speakers.
For specific information about activities here in Starkville, you can contact Nisreen Cain at (662) 368-2246 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Time: 6:00PM Wednesday November 16, 2011
Location: Harvey's meeting room on HWY12
Rainfall and fertile soils combine to make the Mississippi Delta one of the most important agricultural areas in the United States. It is also one of the most heavily irrigated regions where steady declines in the alluvial aquifer are occurring in both Mississippi and Arkansas. In coming decades, the soil and water resources of the Delta will only grow in importance. This presentation will provide an overview of water issues in the Delta, the approaches that are being taken to address aquifer overdraft in the region, and explain why this issue is important to all Mississippians.
Biography: Joe Massey is an associate professor (20% teaching, 80% research) in the department of plant and soil sciences at Mississippi State University where he also serves as the program coordinator for MSU's Environment and Sustainability certificate program. His research focuses on increasing irrigation efficiency in rice production and other water-related issues in agriculture. He derives great pleasure in working with students and farmers to address 21st century crop production issues.
Tuesday October 25th at 6:00PM
Gordos Peruvian Resturant on HWY 182
With the recent retirement of NASA Space Shuttle fleet, there have been many people have been asking what comes next. Is the end of our manned space program? Will NASA ever be able to field a replacement for the Space Shuttle? Why do we even have a manned space program anyway? Recent media reports and Congressional press releases have been dominated by opinions and rhetoric that have only managed to add to the overall confusion rather than addressing legitimate concerns. The future of NASA hangs in the balance, and most people seem to be unaware of what this means for our future.
In this presentation, we will attempt to shed some light on where we have been, and where we are going. We will take a brief trip down memory lane, reviewing many of the major milestone of the first fifty years of the Space Age. We will look at how our national space exploration efforts have changed over time, and how our thoughts about the future have changed with them. Through this introspection we hope to discover some of the deeper reasons for why we feel the need to explore the unknown. From there, we will take a look at where we stand and what our current capabilities are. This will serve to ground us as we look to the future, and what is likely to come in the years ahead. We hope that this program will help kick off a wider discussion about who we are and what we want to become.
Driven by a deep curiosity and inspired by the many amazing technical feats accomplished by NASA, Eric Collins developed a life-long passion for space and space-exploration. For most of his life, Eric has been following the progress of NASA and our nation's space program the way most people follow a favorite sports team. His formal studies have ranged from physics and mathematics, to computer science and aerospace engineering. After earning a BS and MS in physics, Eric came to Mississippi State in 1998 to pursue a doctorate in Computational Engineering. Upon completion of his degree in 2009, he accepted a Postdoc position at the Center for Advanced Vehicular Systems (CAVS) at Mississippi State University.
Our September Cafe Scientifique presents Nancy Woodruff a Mississippi native from Louisville whose journey includes degrees from MSU and the University of Arizona, an abrupt turnabout in diet and lifestyle 3 decades ago, a lengthy environmental illness and on-going studies in natural health. We invite you to come sample probiotic-rich, nutrient-enhanced cultured vegetables as we consider the multiple benefits that these traditional fermented foods and others have to offer.
Abstract: As environmental science studies ecological balance in the natural world, what do we know about our own 'inner ecology'? How is gut ecology related to health, especially immunity? What factors are damaging our gut ecology (and thus our immunity), and how do we rebuild a healthy balance? Sample probiotic-rich, nutrient-enhanced beet kvass, cultured vegetables and fruit coolers as we consider the multiple benefits these traditional foods have to offer. This is kitchen science applied to our daily lives to improve personal health.
Bio: Nancy Woodruff is a Mississippi native from Louisville with degrees from MSU and the University of Arizona. An abrupt change in diet and lifestyle many years ago, a lengthy environmental illness and several certifications in natural health inform her passion for wellness rooted in home care. She affiliates with Gaining Ground Sustainability Institute of Mississippi, Winston County Self-Help Cooperative and other food, farming and health efforts. Read her 'inside-out' philosophy at www.ggsim.org/heal-restore
Black Rock - A City of Front Porches
A review of the geography, community, structures and opertations of Burning Man
6:00pm Tuesday, August 30, 2011
[Please note the date change from 08/23 to 08/30, due to scheduling conflicts]
Zorba's Greek Tavern
Café Scientifique will meet Tuesday, August 30, at 6:00pm at Zorba’s Greek Tavern in downtown Starkville. Dr. Ronald Cossman will present "Black Rock - A City of Front Porches: A review of the geography, community, structures and operations of Buring Man"
The talk focuses on the study of how is it that 50,000 people can live together on a dry lakebed for a week and FUNCTION as a city? One reason is geography. The city is laid out in a semi-circle with streets and boulevards. Every camp faces a street and every participant is there to engage others, in art, music, discussion and learning from each other. Thus, every camp has a “porch” that is designed to draw in and engage residents of this walking and cycling community. Participation is one of the 10 Principles of Burning Man and is core to its senseof community. Dr. Cossman will touch on the art, fire, nudity, fire, music, art cars, fire as art, mutant vehicles and burning of The Man.
Dr. Ronald Cossman is a health and economic geographer by trade. He has also attended Burning Man twice (’08 & ’10), assisting with the Black Rock Census of the residents. When he isn’t pushing for bike lanes, sidewalks and other “radical” notions in Starkville he is seeking out geographic patterns of health and musing on the interaction between “place” and “people”.
For more information contact Nancy Cain at 662-312-8080 or email@example.com.
It’s free and open to everyone.
"Bioremediation of Environmental Pollution (including oil)" by Dr. Susan Diehl, Professor of Forest Products, Mississippi State University6:00pm Tuesday, October 26, 2010
Zorba's Greek Tavern
Dr. Diehl will discuss:
What are bioremediation and phytoremediation?
What is the nature of environmental pollutants?
Why and when does bioremediation work?
Why and when does bioremediation not work?
Could bioremediation work for the Gulf oil spill?
Dr. Susan Diehl is a Professor in the Department of Forest Products. She did her undergraduate work at University of Florida, Masters atUniversity of South Florida and PhD here at MSU in Plant Pathology. She began working at Forest Products in 1993 and was hired to work onbioremediation of wood preservatives in soil and water. She currently still has a few bioremediation projects but mostly is focused on the effects of wood preservatives on the wood decay process (on wood).
For more information contact Ron Palmer at 325-8242 or firstname.lastname@example.org.It’s free and open to everyone.
The Café Scientifique will meet Tuesday, August 24, at
6:00pm at Zorba’s Greek Tavern in downtown Starkville. Lynne Cossman will present "Health Care Reform and Mississippi."
Dr. Cossman will describe aspects of health care reform that
will be implemented this year and show how insuring all of our citizens might
exacerbate physician shortages. For people who are curious about what
Health Care Reform really means or what's included in the Affordable Care Act,
this talk will explain how we might expect access to health care to shift
within Mississippi. Dr. Cossman is a Professor of Sociology and Director
of the Mississippi Center for Health Workforce at the Social Science Research
Center at Mississippi State University.
It’s free and open to everyone.
Looking forward to seeing you there!
For further information, contact Ron Palmer at 325-8242 or email@example.com
The Café Scientifique will meet Tuesday, April 27, at 6:00pm upstairs at the State Theatre in downtown Starkville. John W. O’Hear will present "Excavations and Other Investigations at the Feltus Mound Group in Jefferson County, Mississippi, 1846-2010"
John is Senior Archaeologist and Curator of Research Collections for the Cobb Institute of Archeology at Mississippi State University.
Beginning in 2005, the Feltus Mound Group near Natchez has been the focus of large scale excavations by a collaborative project of the Research Laboratories of Archaeology at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill and the Cobb Institute of Archaeology at MSU. Mound construction at Feltus dates between A.D. 700 and A.D. 900, and the excavations have revealed the basic construction sequences of the three extant mounds, along with the uncovering of large and unusual features in non-mound portions of the site. After discussing the Feltus Mounds place in the overall spatial and temporal scheme of mound building in the Southeast US, this presentation will focus on the findings of the excavations.
It's free and open to everyone. For further information contact Ron Palmer at 325-8242.