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Science Cafe' now with 2 Locations....

Wednesday evenings, 7:15 pm
Potsdam Civic Center, Community Room
2 Park Street
Potsdam, NY  13676

Tuesday evenings, 7:15 pm
The Park View Common
(above the Blackbird Cafe')
107 Main Street
Canton, NY 13617

Local university professors and other professionals facilitate informal and lively public discussions of important science-related topics as part of the Science Café series. Join the conversation and relax with a cup of coffee or tea as topics from how to combat headaches effectively and why it is so hard to predict the weather and body language and its importance in everyday communication are covered. 

Fall 2014 Series Schedule

Renewable Energy: Teaching an Old Log New Tricks
Canton: Tuesday, Sept 16,  7:15 pm
Potsdam: Wednesday, Sept 17,  7:15 pm 

The search is on for clean and renewable energy sources around the world.  While much of our country’s 
energy policy is based on finding a few large reliable energy sources, we might be better served by taking 
an evolutionary approach to securing energy.  At its core, evolution is based on adaptations to local, 
not global, conditions.  Rather than looking to centralized energy production, is it possible to sustainably 
produce energy in a more decentralized fashion?  
Join SUNY Potsdam Professor Robert Ewy as he discusses efforts in the North Country to develop 
locally grown Biofuels

Creativity: Generate New Ideas and Solve Problems Creatively!
Canton: Tuesday, Oct 7,  7:15 pm
Potsdam: Wednesday, Oct 8,  7:15 pm 

Today there is concern about the sustainability of our global society.  In order to adapt
and survive, it is necessary for us to become creative problem solvers.  Join Dr. Dana Barry
(Clarkson University, CAMP) as she discusses creativity and her international program 
to promote creative thinking, winner of a national award from the American Chemical Society in 2004.
Come participate in some exciting mental exercises and activities to help develop your creative
thinking skills!

What Do You Know When You Know a Language?
Canton: Tuesday, Oct 21,  7:15 pm
Potsdam: Wednesday, Oct 22,  7:15 pm 

Our use of language is ubiquitous (such as when one reads about the Science Cafe).  
But what is language in the first place?  What can insights from linguistics teach us about 
not only the nature of language, but the nature of our minds?  Join Jeff Maynes of the St. Lawrence University
Philosophy Department as he discusses recent work in linguistics and the philosophy of language 
to explore how best to interpret and understand our linguistic knowledge and abilities.

Autism: The Need for Early Identification and Treatment
Canton: Tuesday, Nov 4,  7:15 pm
Potsdam: Wednesday, Nov 5,  7:15 pm 
Autism prevalence is on the rise, with current CDC statistics indicating that one in sixty-eight 
children has an autism spectrum disorder. What is causing this increase and what needs to be done? 
Early identification and treatment with behavioral interventions has been known to produce more 
functional outcomes in people with autism.  Join Dr. Alisa Woods (Proteomics Lab, CU, and SUNY Plattsburgh
Neuropsychology Clinic) as she discusses current research into causes and why it is important to initiate behavioral 
treatments early and intensively, and as she shares insights from her research into the connections between 
biochemistry and behavior in autism and other neurobehavioral and psychiatric conditions.

Visualizing Nanoscopic Worlds
Canton: Tuesday, Nov 18,  7:15 pm
Potsdam: Wednesday, Nov 19,  7:15 pm 
Optical microscopy has long provided a window into the microscopic world, 
but there is always a demand to see more, especially in living cells where basic physical 
processes are regulated by proteins that live highly dynamic and interactive lives.  
Join Professor Jan Scrimgeour (Physics, Clarkson University) as he explains how 
microscopes can achieve this feat by cleverly breaking the conventional rules of optics, and 
as he delves into the history of optical microscopy, its limits, and the insights that 
produced a recent revolution.



Science Cafe


Wednesday evenings, 7:15 pm
Potsdam Civic Center, Community Room
2 Park Street
Potsdam, NY  13676

Tuesday evenings, 7:15 pm
The Park View Common
(above the Blackbird Cafe')
107 Main Street
Canton, NY 13617

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