Science Café kicks off spring season in Canton Feb. 6, Potsdam Feb. 7
Friday, February 2, 2018 - 2:43 pm

CANTON – Clarkson University’s Science Café series has announced its spring schedule of presentations.

All Café events are free and open to the public.

Events in Canton are held at The Rushton Conference Room at the Best Western on Tuesdays at 7:15 p.m.

In Potsdam, Café talks are held on Wednesdays at Jernabi Coffeehouse, 11 Maple St., at 7:15 p.m.

‘Here's to the Cosmos’

“Here's to the Cosmos” will be presented in Canton Tuesday, Feb 6 and Potsdam on Wednesday, Feb 7. How did the universe begin? What is it made of? How is it going to end? How big is it? How old? How did galaxies and clusters develop? Why are we here?

In this talk, Prof. Cristian Armendariz-Picon (Physics, SLU) will describe how modern cosmology answers these questions within the Big-Bang and inflationary models. Along the way he will explain the meaning of an accelerating universe, what is meant by “dark matter” and “dark energy,” and how we appear to be the result of quantum fluctuations in the vacuum, amplified by an early state of cosmic acceleration.

‘Omelets or Wings?!’

“Omelets or Wings?! Selective Breeding and the Physiology of the Domestic Chicken” is slated for Tuesday, Feb 27 in Canton, and in Potsdam Wednesday, Feb. 28.

From its earliest days of domestication, decades of genetic selection have resulted in significant differences between breeds of chicken: in particular, fast-growing broilers and highly productive egg-layers. But what differences exist at the physiological level between these breeds? What are the implications of these differences on how young chicks develop and mature? How does the modern chicken differ from its wild ancestor, the jungle-fowl?

Join Prof. Sarah Sirsat (Biology, SUNY Potsdam) in a fun, interesting discussion of these issues and find out how there’s a lot more to the every-day chicken than meets the eye!

‘Synchronization and Desynchronization’

“Synchronization and Desynchronization: From Fireflies to Brain Waves to Power Grids” will be held in Canton Tuesday, March 13, and in Potsdam, Wednesday, March 14.

Flashing of fireflies, flocking of birds, and schooling of fish: many different animals exhibit collective, synchronized behavior. But synchronization is not just some fascinating natural phenomenon. For power grids synchronization is critical to the system’s stable operations, whereas for brains excessive synchronization can cause severe diseases and disorders.

Join Prof. of Mathematics Jie Dun (Clarkson University) as he describes how despite the fundamental differences between these and many other systems, scientists have managed to develop a unified mathematical framework for modeling synchronization in a broad range of applications.

‘Coming Back from Concussion’

The Café topic “Coming Back from Concussion” will be held Tuesday, April 3 in Canton and Wednesday, April 4 in Potsdam.

An explosion of research has transformed the way that we provide care for those who experience concussions, also known as mild traumatic brain injuries. While “return to play” protocols have improved recovery for many people, others have symptoms that linger for months or years.

Join Dr. Rebecca Martin (Clarkson University), PT, DPT and Board Certified Clinical Specialist in Neurologic Physical Therapy, for a discussion on the different types of concussion that individuals may experience and why some people recover more quickly than others.

She will provide insight on the intricate process of returning a patient to play, work, or school.

‘Hard Maples, Hard Times’

“Hard Maples, Hard Times” will be presented in Canton Tuesday, April 17 and in Potsdam Wednesday, April 18.

Wahtha to the Kanienkeha or Mohawk, senomozi to the western Abenaki, Acer saccharum to botany nerds, and sugar maple to most English-speaking folk, this potentially long-lived tree is important as an icon, as an industry, and, ecologically, as a keystone species.

Unfortunately new findings in 2017 suggest it may be in more trouble in parts of northern NY state than it is elsewhere across its range.

Join Paul Hetzler, Horticulture and Natural Resources Educator at Cornell Cooperative Extension of St. Lawrence County, as he outlines the problem as we know it, suggests probable and possible causes, and discusses how citizen-science projects might be able to provide valuable data for moving forward.

For more information about the Science Café series, contact Daniel ben-Avraham at 315-268-2378 or [email protected].