Fall Science Cafés Held in Portland to Recognize 50th Anniversary of Silent Spring | Community Spirit

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Fall Science Cafés Held in Portland to Recognize 50th Anniversary of Silent Spring

The University of Southern Maine and Cornerstones of Science, the science literacy initiative based in Brunswick, announce the first in a series of “Science Cafés” to be held at the Portland Public Library on the last Thursday of each month from 5:30-6:30 p.m. throughout the fall.

The “Science Cafés in the Atrium” will center on the 50th anniversary of Rachel Carson’s “Silent Spring,” the book credited with inspiring the environmental movement. The series will explore how far we have come since the book’s publication on September 20, 1962, and what challenges remain. Professors from USM’s College of Science, Technology, & Health will lead the discussions based on the research underway that is seeking to better understand human-environment relationships in the fields of biology, chemistry and ecology. 

Along with student facilitators from USM, the discussions will be led by:

·      Professor Dave Champlin, Biology, on September 27;
·      Professor Travis Wagner, Environmental Science, on October 25;
·      Professor Lucille Benedict, Chemistry, November 29.

These local scientists will share the real stories behind their research in Maine and why it’s important to us today, and in the future.  The Science Café format is an informal approach to discussing and understanding scientific research and its relevance to people in their everyday lives.

The events will be held in Portland Public Library’s open, glass-walled atrium that faces Monument Square in Portland.  The events are free and open to the public, and will include light refreshments in an informal, casual atmosphere. Students, young professionals and anyone interested in getting the inside look at what scientists are doing – and why – are invited to attend. For more information, please contact Jennifer Dean of USM at 780-4149 or jdean@usm.maine.edu.



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