On last Tuesday (Feb 22, 2011), Dr. Jason McLachlan, an assistant professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at Notre Dame talked about Conservation and Climate Change at our monthly Science Cafe. It was the biggest crowd I’ve seen at a Science Cafe (I’ve been co-organizing the Cafe since September of 2010), with approximately 90% of the audience being first time attendees. The Science Cafe organizers were really excited about this turnout and the level of interest in the audience – Jason wasn’t able to get through all of his slides because the discussion between the speaker and the audience was so stimulating.
In case you haven’t been able to attend some Cafe’s due to scheduling conflicts, don’t worry – you can watch every Science Cafe from the comfort of your living room. On NDiTunes, there is a Science Cafe podcast which allows you to download audio-vizual files of previous science cafes. I just posted the podcast from Dr. McLachlan’s cafe (apologies for the audio, there was some distortion in the microphone so the quality isn’t the best) and I also posted a podcast from Dr. Ed Bensman’s talk about modelling climate change that he presented in October (we thought that this had been posted a long time ago, but it is now finally available!)
If you’re hoping to watch a podcast, you can do so by following this guide:
0. Install iTunes
1. Access the iTunes store (don’t worry, the podcasts are free)
2. Click on the tab for iTunes U at the top of the iTunes store
3. Click on the Universities & Colleges iTunes U quicklink at the top right of iTunes
4. Click on the University of Notre Dame link
5. Click on the Science Link under the Categories tab (approximately 1/4 of the way down the page)
6. Click the Science Cafe thumbnail
7. Select which podcast you want to watch and click play (or you can subscribe to the podcast to automatically receive updates).
Please let me know (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you have any questions or concerns regarding the podcasts or the Science Cafe in general.
Also, I am going to be starting a personal blog with a different username (ajreisinger) but am still having some difficulties posting on multiple blogs with this username, so keep an eye out for my other blog.
Have a great weekend.
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