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'Ask a Scientist' continues with children's program on skeletons

RELEASED: Jan. 12, 2011

Dr. David Lonzarich
Dr. David Lonzarich

EAU CLAIRE — The "Ask a Scientist" series continues this month with a presentation for children by Dr. David Lonzarich, professor of biology at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. The event will take place from 2-4 p.m. Jan. 22 at the Children's Museum of Eau Claire

Lonzarich will have a vast array of skeletal models available for children to see and touch. The main purpose of the models is to let children compare and contrast the different forms present in the skeletons. The various forms lead to explanations and descriptions of the ways that animals function in the real world. For example, how are the "fingers" of a bat similar and yet different from human fingers and why? Does the size and structure of the jaw bone of an animal tell us anything about what the animal might eat? Participants will be amazed at what the creatures' bones can tell us.

Organizers of the "Ask a Scientist" series are open to suggestions from the community for future topics. Ideas for interesting or even controversial scientific presentations are welcome. The popular monthly event is geared toward the educated layperson and is typically held at 7 p.m. the fourth Tuesday of each month at the Acoustic Café. The presentations are free and open to the public.

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

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