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A menu-full of science

A menu-full of science

Dear Editor:

I would like to announce a wonderful new opportunity for intellectual engagement in our community! As part of the Roaring Fork Leadership class of 2010, my team is organizing a local chapter of the worldwide organization, Cafe Scientifique (Cafe Sci, for short), in the Roaring Fork Valley. We will be holding free monthly Cafe Sci’s where gatherers can discuss a variety of scientific topics in a relaxed atmosphere. At these Cafe Sci’s, a scientific expert will give a brief overview of a topic and then a casual discussion where attendees can ask questions and share ideas will follow. Our RFL team recognized an opportunity to create a comfortable forum for community discussions about science, where participants can enjoy a stimulating conversation, along with some dinner or a drink.

The first Roaring Fork Cafe Sci will be held at the Malibu restaurant in El Jebel at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, April 7. John Katzenberger, co-founder and executive director of the Aspen Global Change Institute, will be leading a discussion on Tinkering with Earth: the Power and Peril of Geoengineering. Geoengineering is the intentional large-scale modification of Earth systems, most notably the climate system, to achieve a goal such as preserving Arctic sea ice, or slowing the rate of sea-level rise.

Cafe Sci will be held the first Wednesday of every month with a different topic and presenter. The event is free and open to the public. If participants would like to dine at the restaurant, we suggest you come early to eat before the presentation and dialogue begins. For additional information please go to http://www.rfcafeci.com or call Lynn Carlisle at (970) 310-6328. I hope you’ll come take advantage of this unique and enjoyable community event!

Michelle Belgar

Roaring Fork Leadership Class 2010

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