Nov. 11: Science Café returns to Newark
Tom Hanson


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3:33 p.m., Nov. 4, 2009----The Science, Ethics, and Public Policy Program (SEPP) at the University of Delaware will bring its Science Café program back to downtown Newark this fall, for more informal monthly discussions among scientists and community members.

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Gatherings will be held at Iron Hill Brewery, 147 E. Main St. in Newark, at 5:30 p.m.

On Wednesday, Nov. 11, Tom Hanson, associate professor of marine biosciences at the University of Delaware and the Delaware Biotechnology Institute, will present “It's a Microbial World.”

On Dec. 9, Eric Wommack, associate professor of plant and soil sciences at the University of Delaware and the Delaware Biotechnology Institute, will answer the question, “What Do the Thousand, Billion, Billion, Billion Viruses on Earth Do for Me?”

“Through conversations at Science Café, Delaware's scientists and engineers can share aspects of their research with the public and talk about how the work they do benefits us all,” said organizer Tom Powers, an assistant professor of philosophy and SEPP director.

Science Cafés began in the United Kingdom as an informal way for scientists to share basic information about their research and its public benefits. At least 35 cafés now exist in the U.S.

The series, supported by Delaware's National Science Foundation EPSCoR program, is free and open to the public. Food and refreshments will be served.