April 15, 2008

April 22 Science Café – ‘Infectious Disease: Truth & Consequences’

LITTLE ROCK – The Science Café Little Rock, co-sponsored by the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS), will hold its next public forum, “Infectious Disease: Truth & Consequences, on April 22. UAMS researchers will describe their study of  Staphylococcus bacteria, viruses and tick-borne diseases in Arkansas. Methods of infection and health impacts also will be discussed.


Science Café was created in partnership with UAMS, the University of Arkansas at Little Rock (UALR), Southwestern Energy, Central Arkansas Section of the American Chemical Society, Arkansas Biosciences Institute and the Arkansas Academy of Sciences.


This month, panelists from the UAMS College of Medicine’s Department of Microbiology and Immunology, as well as the UAMS College of Pharmacy’s Pharmacy Practice Department, will lead the discussion. The moderator is Dorothy Miles, Ph.D., UAMS Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute research associate and KUAR FM89 public radio news anchor/reporter.

Held from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Laughing Moon Café in Little Rock’s Hillcrest area at 722 N. Palm St., the Science Café is a relaxed opportunity for monthly exchanges with various experts. Admission is free and no reservations are needed, though seating and handicap access are limited. Food and beverages are available for purchase.


Science Café forums are held the fourth Tuesday of the month except for July, August and December. Future topics include: Chemistry of Chocolate; Ecotourism; Modern Exercise: Not Just Jogging Anymore; and What’s the Big Deal about Nanotechnology? Check out the Web site for information on monthly speakers and topics at www.sciencecafelr.com.


For more information on future Science Café events, contact Linda Williams at 501-686-7418 or send an e-mail with “subscribe” in the subject field to sciencecafelr@gmail.com.


UAMS is the state’s only comprehensive academic health center, with five colleges, a graduate school, a medical center, six centers of excellence and a statewide network of regional centers. UAMS has 2,538 students and 733 medical residents. Its centers of excellence include the Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute, the Jackson T. Stephens Spine & Neurosciences Institute, the Myeloma Institute for Research and Therapy, the Harvey & Bernice Jones Eye Institute, the Psychiatric Research Institute and the Donald W. Reynolds Institute on Aging. It is one of the state’s largest public employers with about 9,600 employees, including nearly 1,150 physicians who provide medical care to patients at UAMS, Arkansas Children’s Hospital, the VA Medical Center and UAMS’ Area Health Education Centers throughout the state. UAMS and its affiliates have an economic impact in Arkansas of $5 billion a year. Visit www.uams.edu.