UAMS Co-sponsors Monthly Science Café at Little Rock Coffeehouse

By todd

LITTLE ROCK – The Science Café Little Rock, a monthly forum to exchange intellectual ideas, will be held at Sufficient Grounds Coffeehouse starting March 20 in partnership with the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS), University of Arkansas at Little Rock (UALR), Southwestern Energy, Little Rock Zoo, and the Arkansas Biosciences Institute.


The Science Café Little Rock was founded by scientist and best-selling science author Linda D. Williams (Nanotechnology Demystified, McGraw Hill 2006), dean’s research liaison in the UAMS College of Medicine. The forum will be held from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. March 20 at the Hillcrest area restaurant at 722 North Palm Street. Admission is free and no reservations are needed, though seating is limited. Food and beverages will be available for purchase.


The Science Café (Café Scientifique) got started in Europe in the early 1990s to offer a relaxed place for the exchange of ideas in a friendly setting where people could come and sharpen their knowledge of the modern sciences. Today, there are science cafés around the world. Cafés, pubs and restaurants serve as venues for scientists and other experts to give short presentations followed by open discussion with audience members.


The first topic will be Drinking Water: Protection and Progress. Panel speakers from Central Arkansas Water, UALR, and Ouachita Baptist University will lead the discussion. Dorothy Miles, Ph.D., a research associate with UAMS’ Arkansas Cancer Research Center and news anchor/reporter for KUAR FM89, will moderate. 


Future Science Café Little Rock forums will be held the fourth Tuesday of the month at Sufficient Grounds. Monthly topics will include:  Zoos: Crucial Conservation, Art and Healing, Nanotechnology, Fayetteville Shale Play, Mathematics and Music, Distance Health/Telemedicine, and Ecotourism.


The Science Café Little Rock offers a chance to meet new people, learn new things and discuss current scientific research and applications. It will provide community members with direct access to experts in their areas of interest, as well as introduce them to other community members who have similar interests.


For more information, contact Linda Williams at 501-213-5627 or


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