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02-18-2009

Flocks and Swarms, Birds and Bugs at Next Clarkson University Science Cafe February 25

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"Flocks and Swarms, Birds and Bugs" will be discussed by SUNY Potsdam Professor of Biology Bill Romey at the next Science Cafe at Jack & Wezzie’s Coffee House (formerly Fields Coffee House) in Potsdam this Wednesday, February 25, at 7:30 p.m.

Join Romey for a discussion of the evidence that shows how individual movement rules can lead to coordinated group movements in birds, bugs and fish, and that we can benefit from understanding these phenomena.romey

Science Cafes bring together scientists and townspeople in a relaxed, informal setting, where a guest scientist makes a short presentation about a topic in his or her field, and then opens up the floor to discussion.

In describing his presentation, Romey says, "The undulation of a flock of starlings seems to be tightly choreographed, or is it? Recent research shows that complex self-organization of a group can arise from the simple rules of individuals who are unaware of the rest of the group. These collective decisions can lead animals to the best ways to find food and avoid predators."

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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