Wednesday, September 12, 2007

A Science Cafe in Susanville?

I just received my E-newsletter from American Scientist and saw that WGBH Boston and Sigma Xi have teamed up to help promote the idea of Science Cafes:

The joint venture is the product of an ongoing partnership that began in 2004. That's when Sigma Xi chapters around the country started holding informal public discussions in restaurants, pubs, coffee shops, science museums and other venues, drawing on themes presented in the PBS television series NOVA scienceNOW, produced by WGBH.

At Science Caf├ęs, scientists and engineers share their expertise in a relaxed, friendly setting. Topics have been wide-ranging, from bird flu, human space flight, chaos and global warming, to the Irish Potato famine, green building, the ivory-billed woodpecker, honeybees and dark energy/dark matter.

I'm thinking it might be a good idea to get one of these going here in Susanville (I'm thinking Starbucks...). More information on organizing and maintaining a science cafe can be found at the Science Cafe website.

3 comments:

Roger Harris said...

Hi Chris,

I am delighted that you are on board with our effort to promote Sigma Xi Science Cafes.

It's consistent with our mission and serves to unite people who share an interest in science.

Do let me know if you need any resources. Sigma Xi offers a free one-stop shopping Science Cafe Kit, which can be ordered through your chapter officer. See details on our website: http://www.sigmaxi.org/programs/public/cafe.shtml

Once again, thank you for your interest!

Roger Harris
Director, Membership and Chapters

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