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03-17-2010

Why Did the Turtle Cross the Road and Not Make It to the Other Side at Next Clarkson University Science Cafe March 24

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"Why Did the Turtle Cross the Road and Not Make It to the Other Side" will be discussed by Clarkson University Professor of Biology Tom Langen at the next Science Cafe at Jack & Wezzie’s Coffee House in Potsdam this Wednesday, March 24, at 7:30 p.m.Why Did the Turtle Cross the Road and Not Make It to the Other Side

In describing his presentation, Langen says, "There is no spot in the continental U.S. that is more remote than 22 miles from a road. In fact, roads and road rights-of-ways cover a land area within the U.S. as large as the state of South Carolina. What are the major environmental impacts of roads and road traffic, and what can we do to reduce these impacts?"

Join Langen in a wide-ranging discussion about the field of road ecology and how biologists are working with transportation agencies to reduce the environmental harm caused by roads.

Science Cafes bring together engineers, scientists and townspeople in a relaxed, informal setting, such as coffeehouses and pubs. The speaker makes a short presentation about a topic in his or her field, and then opens up the floor to discussion.

Be sure to arrive early to get a good seat, or to place your food or drink order.

Find out more about Clarkson’s Science Cafe at http://www.clarkson.edu/sciencecafe.

E-mail Daniel ben-Avraham at ScienceCafe@clarkson.edu with any questions or suggestions for future Science Cafe topics.

Clarkson University launches leaders into the global economy. One in six alumni already leads as a CEO, VP or equivalent senior executive of a company. Located just outside the Adirondack Park in Potsdam, N.Y., Clarkson is a nationally recognized research university for undergraduates with select graduate programs in signature areas of academic excellence directed toward the world’s pressing issues. Through 50 rigorous programs of study in engineering, business, arts, sciences and health sciences, the entire learning-living community spans boundaries across disciplines, nations and cultures to build powers of observation, challenge the status quo, and connect discovery and engineering innovation with enterprise.

[News directors and editors: For more information, contact Michael P. Griffin, director of News & Digital Content Services, at 315-268-6716 or mgriffin@clarkson.edu.]

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