• Science Coffee Shop set for March 20

    Posted: March 05, 2014

    Author: Public Relations

     The University of West Alabama’s College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics invites the public to the next in its series of Science Coffee Shop on March 20 at 6 p.m. at the Coffee Shop on Monroe in Livingston, Ala. Dr. Gabriela Mángano, a professor at the University of Saskatchewan, will present a discussion entitled “Trace Fossils of the Cambrian Explosion.”

    Mángano is a world-known paleontologist who has published three books on trace fossils. The Association for Women Geoscientists is supporting her travel to Alabama as a distinguished speaker.

    Science Coffee Shop is designed to give the public exposure to the world of science. The event highlights relevant, interesting or current science topics in a casual and relaxed setting with UWA’s faculty and staff.

    “The first four science coffee shops have shown a very interesting topics that draws a number of attendees from the community and UWA faculty, staff and students,” Dr. Mustafa Morsy, UWA assistant professor, said. “We have seen increased interest in the program; therefore, we are excited to host an internationally known scientist at this event.”

    “We appreciate the financial support we received from the Association for Women Geosciences and the Department of Biological and Environmental Sciences that enabled us to host Dr. Mángano,” Morsy said.

    The College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics provide a similar workshop to area students called Science Saturday, and Morsy reveals that Science Coffee Shop is basically an “adult version of Science Saturday.”

    Each Science Coffee Shop should last 45 minutes but can be extended based on the debates and discussion.

    Paleontologist Dr. Andrew Rindsberg, associate professor of biological and environmental sciences at UWA, will host Mángano during her stay in Livingston, which will include visits to regional museum collections and fossil outcrops. Biology and environmental science students are encouraged to participate in these trips.

The event is free and open to the public and light refreshments will be served. For more information, please contact Dr. Mustafa Morsy or call 205-652-5541. 

    Picture: Dr. Gabriela Mángano, a professor at the University of Saskatchewan and world-known paleontologist

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