February 12, 2010

February 23, Science Café – ‘Social Networking & IT’

LITTLE ROCK – The Science Café Little Rock, co-sponsored by the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS), will hold its next public forum, “Social Networking & IT,” on Feb. 23. Panelists will discuss the skyrocketing use of social networks and why people use them, as well as computer science connectivity research.

Held from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Vieux Carré Restaurant/Afterthought Bar
in Little Rock’s Hillcrest area, the Science Café is a relaxed opportunity for monthly exchanges with various experts. Admission is free and no reservations are needed. A variety of food and beverages are available for purchase.

This month, panelists from Ouachita Baptist University, the University of Arkansas at Little Rock (UALR) and UAMS will lead the discussion. The moderator is Dorothy Graves, Ph.D., assistant research professor at the Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute.

Graves also will host the corresponding live call-in program, “Science Cafe Little Rock,” on NPR-affiliate radio station KUAR FM89. This month’s guest speaker from the Science Café panel will be Chris Long, Ph.D., assistant professor in the Department of Psychology at Ouachita Baptist University. The science talk show is aired just prior (6:05 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.) to the live monthly Science Café event.

Science Café forums are held the fourth Tuesday of the month except for July, August and December. Future topics include: The Warped Side of the Universe, Fisheries/Aquaculture, Lung Cancer in the 21st Century, Sports Science & Medicine, and Acoustics: The Physics of Sound. Check out the Web site for information on monthly speakers and topics at www.sciencecafelr.com.

For more information on future Science Café events or to suggest topics/speakers, contact the Science Café Director, Linda Williams, M.S., Dean’s Research Liaison, UAMS College of Medicine at 501-686-7418 or to join the list serve and receive news on monthly speakers/events send an e-mail with “subscribe” in the subject field to sciencecafelr@gmail.com.

Science Café was created in partnership with UAMS, Arkansas Biosciences Institute, UALR College of Science and Mathematics, Southwestern Energy, Arkansas INBRE, Central Arkansas Section – American Chemical Society, UAMS-Graduate School, KUAR-FM89, Vieux Carré/The Afterthought, and the Arkansas Academy of Sciences.

UAMS is the state’s only comprehensive academic health center, with colleges of Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, Health Related Professions and Public Health; a graduate school; a 540,000-square-foot hospital; six centers of excellence and a statewide network of regional centers. UAMS has 2,775 students and 748 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 the state’s largest public employer with more than 10,000 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. Visit www.uams.edu or uamshealth.com.