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Cafe Scientifique

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You are cordially invited to come and chat with a scientist about an interesting and/or controversial science topic.  Patterned after the International Cafe Scientifique, the Science Department has initiated an outreach program to promote public interest in science.
Our goal is simply to have regularly scheduled sessions for informal discussions of scientific topics.

Schuler Books & Music
Meridian Mall, Okemos
Tuesday, September 17, 2019, 7:00pm

Big Data and Big Brother

Big data is quickly changing our lives, both for good and ill. Precision medicine draws on analysis of millions of patients to identify those most similar to you, to guide your treatment. Amazon tries to identify books we may like based on comparing our history with those of millions of others, often leading us to unexpected pleasures. Nevertheless Amazon, Facebook and Google are watching our consumer choices like hawks, trying to sell us more. Individually tailored political messages may have played a significant role in the recent US election.

Dr. Mark Reimers will describe briefly some of the methodology behind big data analytics and present some of the major uses and abuses of big data in our daily lives now. Finally we will look ahead ten years, and fifty years, to the world we (or our grand-children) might live in.

Schuler Books & Music
Meridian Mall, Okemos
Tuesday, October 15, 2019, 7:00pm

Environmental Stewardship and Place-Based Learning

When students understand the purpose of their actions; are allowed to make a difference by being directly involved; have their results validated and used by professionals: excitement and a life long learning experience are the end result. Place Based Education allows this to happen. K-12 students can become stewards of the environment by learning about nature in their local community context, the surrounding where it occurs. We invite you to join us with Michael Fields of the Northeast Michigan Great Lakes Stewardship Initiative to learn how place-based education is benefiting school-community partners across northeast Michigan, where youth are engaged in a variety of environmental stewardship projects to make a positive difference in their local communities and become stewards of Michigan's Waterways.

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Please join us.  If you have any questions, please contact Alan O'Keefe by phone at (517) 483-1110 or e-mail at

Science at Lansing Community College

Science Department
Arts & Sciences Building, Room 3203
Phone: (517) 483-1092
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