Science Café: “The Unknown Sea: Flotsam Above, Snarks Below”

When: 7:00 pm, Tuesday, July 13, 2010
Where: Batdorf & Bronson Coffee House, 516 Capitol Way S. Olympia, WA, phone (360) 786-6717.
Batdorf & Bronson has three locations in Olympia. Science Café meets in the downtown coffee house on Capitol Way. On-street parking is available on Legion, Capitol Way, Columbia Street, and Water Street. After 6 p.m., there is parking available at Heritage Bank on Columbia Street between 5th and Legion.

Our topic this month is The Unknown Sea: Flotsam Above, Snarks Below.

Dr. Curt Ebbesmeyer will enlighten us with his lively discussion and colorful slide show about flotsam in the news, including the latest status of the BP oil spill, disembodied feet that wash ashore, and eight huge garbage patches, totaling an area several times the size of the U.S., floating on the ocean where much of our plastic waste end up. Lastly, but most importantly, learn how the ocean is a pointillist maze of water slabs, like an immense pile of slithering amoebas.

Curt is an internationally recognized oceanographer and has recently authored (along with Eric Scigliano) a Smithsonian book entitled, Flotsametrics and the Floating World. Editions include Audible Books, Chinese, and is now paperback. He.also worked in the oil industry for 40 years.

Coming in August: Forensic Science by Dr. Terry McAdam, Forensic Supervisor, Washington State Patrol Crime Lab and Lecturer, St. Martin’s University and Centralia College.

We welcome comments and suggestions on topics, speakers, and how we can improve our meetings. Also, please feel free to pass this notice on to like-minded friends.

Science Café of Olympia provides an informal atmosphere where people both with and without scientific background can meet to gain a better understanding of interesting topics in science and technology. After a brief presentation by an expert in the field, the meeting will be opened to discussions. Science Cafés are found nationwide and are loosely affiliated with the U.K.-based Cafe Scientifique, an international organization promoting public engagement with science. The website is produced by the Science Unit of WGBH in Boston in association with Sigma Xi. Support for Science Café of Olympia is provided in part by the Puget Sound Chapter of The American Chemical Society.

We thank Batdorf & Bronson and its staff for welcoming us into their delightful gathering spot.

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