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Scientia Pro Publica will be here shortly… but check out Valley Cafe Sci in the meantime!

Just a quick note to say that I am compiling the 18th edition of Scientia Pro Publica as promised… but have been held up with distractions such as grade submissions, grant applications, needy grad students, preparing a paper for presentation at SICB in two weeks, planning Café Scientifique, plus a broken vehicle – some things that kind of took a higher priority. Also something about doing the job I’m paid for rather than all this bloggity-blog-blog blogosity, if you can believe it?!

But, fear not – I am back on this job as I settle into the comfy couch listening to the gentle drumming of rain on the roof as we get doused by another round of winter rains. Enjoying reading the subsmissions, and will have a round up for you by tomorrow.

Meanwhile, if you haven’t got anything special planned for the evening of the first Monday of the new year (that’ll be January 4th), and happen to be in the neighborhood, why not partake of the next event from the Central Valley Café Scientifique, where Paul Mills of the UCSF Fresno Medical Educational Program will talk about the epidemiology of lung cancer in the Central Valley. And we’ll be at a nice new venue, the Peruvian fusion joint Limón in the River Park area of Fresno.

I myself will have to miss it, however, because I will be in Seattle presenting the above mentioned paper at the SICB meeting that week. But do go – the Café is a lot of fun!

Now I better get back to reading those blog submissions…

“OMG!! Is that GMO in my dinner?” at tonight’s Valley Café Scientifique

We resume the Central Valley Café Scientifique tonight after a prolonged summer hiatus – and at a new venue too! My colleague Dr. Alejandro Calderón-Urrea will start the new season with a talk about GMOs and suicidal worms! You know where to find the details, don’t you? The Café’s website, of course! And you’ve always had our Google Group to get email updates. But now there are a couple of new ways for you to keep up with the Café: join us on our new Facebook page, and follow us on twitter too! And soon, if we manage to master the technology, we may start podcasting the talks afterwards! So watch this space (and all the above spaces too) for that development.

Most importantly, of course, I hope to see you in person tonight!

The forensics of investigating meth labs at tonight’s Café Scientifique!

Tonight we — i.e., the Central Valley Café Scientifique — present what appears to be (barring some last minute surprise) the final talk of the academic year – on methamphetamine labs. Before we go on our summer hiatus, Dr. Eric Person, my colleague in the Chemistry Department here who had law enforcement experience up in the Washington area prior to joining academia, will tell us about the forensics of pursuing meth labs in answering the question “Why is it so hard to buy Sudafed?“. The Café will be at the usual time (6:30-8:30 PM) and place (Lucy’s Lair), and you can get all the details, including map and directions, at our website.

And no, we did not deliberately time this talk about meth labs just days before finals week!!