From the Amazon to Pittsburgh – Café Scientifique at Carnegie Science Center – Oct 3

Posted on September 26, 2011 by


A Café Scientifique is where you go to have a lively discussion about science with a scientist. The concept was born in the UK, but has been enthusiastically taken up all over the world, including here in Pittsburgh at the Carnegie Science Center.

 The idea is that a scientist or expert is invited to give an engaging, jargon-free talk that is followed by an informal question and answer session. The key is that the discussion is considered as important as the talk, so the public are encouraged to ask as many ‘stupid’ questions as they like.

On Monday night, Oct 3, the discussion will be led by Leelavati R. Murthy, a Professor of Biology and Biotechnology at CCAC Boyce Campus. Her talk is called

From the Amazon to Southwest PA: A First-Hand Account of the Rainforest’s Global Impact on the Environment

and will use her trip to the Amazon as a focus to talk about a number of environmental issues, including the Marcellus Shale controversies.

The event is free, but parking costs $5 and you will need to RSVP.

Frog silhouette, Amazonia, Ecuador. Beautiful photo from Flickr by ggallice.