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Cafe Scientifique

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You are cordially invited to come and chat with a scientist about an interesting and/or controversial science topic.  Patterned after the International Cafe Scientifique, the Science Department has initiated an outreach program to promote public interest in science.
Our goal is simply to have regularly scheduled sessions for informal discussions of scientific topics.

Schuler Books & Music
Eastwood Towne Center
Tuesday, October 18th, 2016, 7:00pm

The Honey Bee: Past, Present, and Future

The world of the U.S. honey bee has been impacted by the introduction of five diseases and parasites from overseas in the last 45 years. Along with these pests there has been an increase in pesticide use, and long range migratory pollination services. In essence these factors have lead to, or contributed to, the condition know as CCD (Colony Collapse Disorder). However the wide-ranging need for pollination services from apple to almonds to zucchini makes the loss of honey bee colonies all the more troubling. Join us with Dr. Roger Hoopingarner as we discuss the wide-ranging implications of the fate of the honey bee.

Schuler Books & Music
Eastwood Towne Center
Tuesday, November 15th, 2016, 7:00pm

Shaken Baby Syndrome: Facts and Fiction

Dr. Robert M. Reece, retired clinical professor of Pediatrics at Tufts Medical Center in Boston, Massachusetts, will discuss this form of abusive head trauma. The talk will address the kinds of injuries these infants sustain, how they occur, the effect of these injuries on the victims, the outcomes of the injuries, and some proposals about how these injuries might be prevented. After the presentation of the scientific aspects, Dr. Reece will discuss his novel "To Tell The Truth", a fictional case about Luke Talbot, a seven-month-old infant who sustained a brain injury while in the care of an 18-year-old babysitter. The novel takes the reader from the infant's injury through the trial of the babysitter with medical experts for the defense offering their version of the truth.

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Please join us.  If you have any questions, please contact Alan O'Keefe by phone at (517) 483-1110 or e-mail at

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Arts & Sciences Building, Room 301
Phone: (517) 483-1092
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