Feb 9 2011 | 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Science Café: Water, Oil, and Energy
Conor O'Neill's Traditional Irish Pub - 318 S. Main St.

Sponsored by: Exhibit Museum of Natural History, Water Semester
Presenters: Steve Hamilton, Andrew Maynard

Recent oil spills have made the risks of oil extraction and use to our aquatic ecosystems very clear. What are the real results of these accidents and how do they affect us? What can be done to reduce the risks in the future? Are there realistic alternatives? We will discuss these issues on both a local and global level. Join Steve Hamilton, of the Michigan State University W. K. Kellogg Biological Station and Andrew Maynard of the University of Michigan School of Public Health as we discuss the science and policy resulting from recent events. Steve Hamilton was part of the emergency response to the Kalamazoo River oil pipeline rupture, and has been a member of the EPA’s Environmental Advisory Group for that cleanup effort. Andrew Maynard is the Director of the U of M’s Risk Science Center, and his work includes assessing and managing risks to human health and the environment. Prof. Maynard will be recently returned from the World Economic Forum in Davos, where he chairs the Global Agenda Council on Emerging Technologies.

Science Cafés are an opportunity to discuss science topics with experts in an informal setting. Hors d’oeuvres at 5:30 are followed by a brief presentation at 6:00 pm, then by discussion. Everyone is welcome and invited to purchase additional food and beverages. Participants must be 21 to purchase alcoholic beverages.

More information at www.lsa.umich.edu/exhibitmuseum