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'Ask a Scientist' to feature two geologists Nov. 24

RELEASED: Nov. 18, 2009

EAU CLAIRE — The "Ask a Scientist" series will continue this month with a presentation by two faculty members from the department of geology at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.

Dr. J. Brian Mahoney, professor of geology, and Lori Snyder, senior lecturer of geology, will present "The Future of Fossil Fuels" at 7 p.m. Nov. 24 at the Acoustic Café in downtown Eau Claire.

The 30-minute presentation will address issues such as: how long fossil fuels will be available to power our civilization; what areas of the earth hold the greatest promise for finding new deposits of oil, coal and gas; and what technologies will replace fossil fuels.

A 30-mintue discussion period will follow the presentation.

"Ask a Scientist" debuted in March 2007 and proved to be a popular monthly event. Geared toward the educated layperson, it features presentations on a variety of scientific topics. The talks typically are held at 7 p.m. the fourth Tuesday of each month at the Acoustic Café.

No presentations will be held in December.

A special "Ask a Scientist for Kids," hosted by the Children's Museum of Eau Claire on Jan. 23, 2010, will feature hands-on demonstrations and participation for children 5-10.

"Ask a Scientist" talks will resume in February 2010 at the Acoustic Café.

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

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