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Konrad Kmetz, left, and Gary Simon will speak at the Oct. 31 Science Cafe.

Science Cafe fall series

Innovation, ancient life, robotics will be explored at informal gatherings

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10:12 a.m., Oct. 14, 2011--The Science, Ethics and Public Policy Program (SEPP) at the University of Delaware kicks off this year’s Science Café program with a presentation on Monday, Oct. 31, entitled “What Business Does a University Have Marketing Inventions?” 

The event will be held 5:307 p.m. at the Deer Park Tavern, 108 W. Main St., in Newark.

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Konrad Kmetz, a consultant for the Technology Transfer Center, and Gary Simon, a business analyst for the Delaware Small Business and Technology Development Center, both part of UD’s Office of Economic Innovation and Partnerships, will speak at the event.

SEPP will host two more Science Cafés as part of the fall series, both from 5:307 p.m. at the Deer Park. On Nov. 22, Clara Chan, a geological sciences assistant professor, will present “Ancient Life: Finding Your Microbial Ancestors on Earth and Beyond.” 

The last café of the fall series will be held Dec. 7 and is entitled “Robots, Robots, Everywhere: Ocean Exploration in the Age of Robotics, Recent Examples and Future Challenges.” The guest speaker will be Art Trembanis, UD assistant professor of geological sciences.

The Science Café program will return for a spring series with three presentations by UD faculty members Kelvin Lee, Cole Galloway and Dan Leathers. Times and locations for these events will be announced at a later date.

Science Cafés began in the United Kingdom as an informal way for scientists to discuss their work with the public. At least 35 cafés now exist in the U.S. The SEPP series, supported by Delaware's National Science Foundation EPSCoR program, is free and open to the public. Food and refreshments will be served.

Article by Brittany Barkes

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