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'Ask a Scientist' presentation to examine astrobiology

RELEASED: March 9, 2011

EAU CLAIRE — The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire's "Ask a Scientist" series will continue this month with a presentation by Bev Pierson, an earth sciences teacher at Memorial High School in Eau Claire.

"Astrobiology — The New Science of Life in the Universe" will begin at 7 p.m. March 29 at the Acoustic Café in downtown Eau Claire.

Pierson will share her experiences from a science and curriculum institute for high school science teachers that she attended last summer. The workshop, "Astrobiology Summer Science Experience for Teachers," was sponsored by the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence. The event is free and open to the public.

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.

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

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