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Science Cafés

Join us the monthly during the semester for the SEBS Science Cafés. These informal get togethers offer the opportunity for you to have a conversation with a scientist and other attendees about different science topics. The dates, topics and location of the Science Cafés are listed below.

Everyone is welcome to join in the dialogue! Bring your questions and coffee and join us for an engaging conversation. Students, faculty, staff, and class groups are all invited to participate.

NOTE: All Science Cafés will take place in the Chang Science Library this semester.

Fall 2019 Schedule of Events

Why the World Needs Pest Management

Jerry Baron, Ph.D.
Plant Biology
Executive Director, The IR-4 Project
September 19, 10-11 a.m.
Chang Science Library

By 2050, the world's population is expected break the 10 billion person threshold. More people to feed, while the worlds land area utilized for farming is decreasing. Did we mention climate change? Reducing food waste in the production phase of agriculture will be discussed.

Why Rutgers is Building a Global Ocean Observing System and it is COOL!

Oscar Schofield
Distinguished Professor, Marine and Coastal Sciences
October 24, 10-11 a.m.
Chang Science Library

We live on an ocean planet which is changing, and in consequence, has profound implications for humanity. For 30 years Rutgers has been tackling this problem and has built the world's most advanced monitoring system using radars, satellites and underwater robots. We will talk about what the Rutgers University's Center for Ocean Observing Leadership (RU COOL) and how it will affect your life.

Microbes are in the Atmosphere!

Donna Fennell
Professor, Environmental Sciences
Kevin Dillon
Ph.D. Candidate, Environmental Sciences
November 14, 10-11 a.m.
Chang Science Library

Microorganisms enter the atmosphere from a variety of sources including plant surfaces, soils, and bodies of water. They are present not only in the air, but also in clouds and rain. Are these microorganisms active? How do they impact Earth's processes? We will discuss this fascinating field of study and highlight some of the research being performed at Rutgers.

What Are Science Cafés?

Science Cafés are events that take place in casual settings such as pubs and coffeehouses, are open to everyone, and feature an engaging conversation with a scientist about a particular topic.

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Sponsors

  • Dept. of Human Ecology, SEBS
  • George H. Cook Campus Dean, Undergraduate Academic Affairs
  • Office of Academic Programs, SEBS