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03-18-2009

Environmental Risk in Daily Life at Next Clarkson University Science Cafe March 25

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"Assessing Environmental Risk in Daily Life" will be discussed by Clarkson University Environmental Health Science Professor Michelle Crimi at the next Science Cafe at Jack & Wezzie’s Coffee House (formerly Fields Coffee House) in Potsdam Wednesday, March 25, at 7:30 p.m.

Join Crimi for an interactive discussion about risk taking, with a focus on our exposure to environmental contaminants in air, water and soil. michelle crimi science cafe

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 her presentation, Crimi says, "What significant risks do you take every day without even realizing? Which of these risks are acceptable and why? How do the decisions of others (e.g., governments, businesses) impact your every day level of risk? Every action we take and decision we make involves some degree of risk, or probability that something will go wrong. Our perceptions of risk, however, do not always match reality. Gain insights into governmental approaches for minimizing risks associated with environmental contaminants, as well as personal approaches for reducing such risks."

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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