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'Ask a Scientist' Events to Continue This Spring at Acoustic Café

RELEASED: Feb. 10, 2009

EAU CLAIRE — This spring University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire scientists will once again share their expertise with the Chippewa Valley through a series of free community events called "Ask a Scientist."

"Ask a Scientist" debuted last March and proved to be a popular new monthly event at the Acoustic Café in downtown Eau Claire. Geared toward the educated layperson and featuring 30-minute presentations on a variety of scientific topics of current interest, the talks typically are held at 7 p.m. the fourth Tuesday of each month at the Acoustic Café. A 30-minute discussion period will follow each presentation.

Dr. Scott Hartsel
Dr. Scott Hartsel

On Feb. 24 Dr. Scott Hartsel, professor of chemistry, will present "Natural Product Drugs." Around the world and more recently in the United States, consumers are turning to herbal remedies for a variety of health problems, sometimes with unreasonable expectations. There is a general impression based partly on fact and partly on mysticism that these remedies are completely safe and at least as effective as "Western medicine." Is this true? Hartsel will discuss common misconceptions.

Other upcoming "Ask a Scientist" talks are as follows:

  • March 24: Dr. Paula Kleintjes Neff, professor of biology, will present "Insects: the small things that make the world work."
  • April 28: Dr. Jim Boulter, 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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