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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 20, 2015, 7:00pm

Science in the Dark Ages

Newton famously said that he stood on the shoulders of giants, but how many could you name? What debt might modern astronomy and chemistry owe to astrology and alchemy? Just what science was going on in Europe during the Middle Ages anyway? Join us for a casual stroll through some oft-neglected scientific history. LCC Physics Professor Dr. David Shane will be our presenter.

Schuler Books & Music
Eastwood Towne Center
Tuesday, November 17, 2015, 7:00pm

Nuclear Astrophysics: Past, Present, and Into the Next Generation

Just as four protons come together in stars to form helium, so did four enterprising scientists come together in a windowless basement room in the Caltech Kellogg Radiation Laboratory to produce the seminal paper in a field that would come to be known as nuclear astrophysics. It has been almost 60 years since Burbidge, Burbidge, Fowler and Hoyle published the 'B2FH paper' that outlined the stellar origins of the elements and the field of nuclear astrophysics is alive and well (and prospering in East Lansing!). But what exactly is 'nuclear astrophysics' in the first place? This talk will discuss the intersection of nuclear physics and astrophysics, and why we can claim that we are made of star stuff. Our presenter will be Wei Jia Ong, an MSU nuclear astrophysicist.

Schuler Books & Music
Eastwood Towne Center
Tuesday, January 19, 2016, 7:00pm

Understanding the Mysteries of the Brain

Recently President Obama announced the BRAIN (Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies) initiative, intended to be a 'moonshot' project to understand how the brain makes and shapes the mind. How do we try to measure brain activity? How does that help us understand how our minds work? What are the new technologies that the BRAIN initiative will try to advance? How likely is it that we really can understand our own brains' workings? Dr. Mark Reimers, Professor of Neuroscience at MSU will be our presenter.

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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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