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New 'Ask a Scientist for Kids' Program Debuts at Eau Claire Children's Museum

RELEASED: Nov. 19, 2008

EAU CLAIRE — A new "Ask a Scientist for Kids" program sponsored by the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire is slated for 2 p.m. Jan. 24, 2009, at the Eau Claire Children's Museum.

The one-hour "Ask a Scientist for Kids" program will be designed for children ages 5-10. The session will include hands-on demonstrations by Dr. David Lonzarich, associate professor of biology, and Dr. Erik Hendrickson, professor of physics.

To register for the program, contact Ross Sierer, education director at the Eau Claire Children's Museum, at 715-832-5437 or ross@cmec.cc.

The children's program will be part of UW-Eau Claire's monthly "Ask a Scientist" series. The series includes 30-minute presentations followed by 30-minute discussions led by UW-Eau Claire scientists that focus on a variety of scientific topics of current interest to the public.

The next "Ask a Scientist" talk is slated for 7 p.m. Nov. 25 at the Acoustic Café in downtown Eau Claire. Dr. Wilson Taylor, a biology professor, will present a talk titled, "Is There a Scientific Alternative to Evolution?"

There will be no presentation in December. The January session will be the "Ask a Scientist for Kids" event. The adult-oriented "Ask a Scientist" talks will resume in February 2009 and continue through April 2009.

The 2009 spring semester "Ask a Scientist" schedule is as follows:

  • Feb. 25: Dr. Scott Hartsel, professor of chemistry, will present "Natural Product Drugs."
  • March 24: Dr. Paula Kleintjes Neff, professor of biology, will present "Insects: The Little Things That Help Make the World Work."
  • April 28: Dr. James Boulter, assistant professor of chemistry, will present "Atmospheres of Other Planets."

For more information contact Dr. Paul Thomas, professor of physics and astronomy, at 715-836-3615 or thomaspj@uwec.edu.

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