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08-30-2012

"Red Fish, Blue Fish, Round Fish ... Flatfish?" at Next Clarkson University Science Cafe

“Red fish, Blue fish, Round fish … Flatfish?” will be discussed by St. Lawrence University Biology Professor Alexander Schreiber at the next Science Café on Wednesday, September 12, at 7:15 p.m. in the Potsdam Civic Center Community Room in Potsdam, N.Y., and on Tuesday, October 9, at 7:15 p.m. in the Park View Common Room, above the Blackbird Café, 107 Main St. in Canton, N.Y.

St. Lawrence University Biology Professor Alexander SchreiberFlatfish (flounder, sole, halibut) begin life as typical fish that swim with an upright posture, but soon develop asymmetrically, as one eye migrates to the opposite side of the head and the fish swims on one side for the rest of its life.

Join Schreiber as he explores fascinating examples of such curious asymmetries, their reasons and advantages, and their evolutionary and developmental bases.

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.

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 five 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.

[A photograph for media use is available at http://www.clarkson.edu/news/photos/aschreiber.jpg .]

[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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