Department of Chemistry

Science Cafés in the Atrium

Event Date and Time: 
Thursday, September 27, 2012, 5:30 PM to 6:30 PM
Thursday, October 25, 2012, 5:30 PM to 6:30 PM
Thursday, November 29, 2012, 5:30 PM to 6:30 PM
Portland Public Library
Contact Name: 
Jennifer Dean
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The University of Southern Maine and Cornerstones of Science announce the first in a series of Science Cafés to be held at Portland Public Library on the last Thursday of each month from 5:30-6:30 pm throughout the fall. The fall 2012 Science Cafés in the Atrium will center around the 50th anniversary of Rachel Carson’s book Silent Spring, to explain how far we have come and what challenges remain, since its publication on September 20, 1962. Researchers from USM’s College of Science, Technology, & Health will lead the discussions based on the research underway that is seeking to better understand human-environment relationships in the fields of biology, chemistry and ecology. 

Along with student facilitators from USM, the discussions will be led by:

These local scientists will share the real stories behind their research in Maine and why it’s important to us today, and in the future.  The Science Café format is an informal approach to discussing and understanding scientific research and its relevance to people in their everyday lives.

The events will be held in Portland Public Library’s open, glass-walled atrium that faces Monument Square in Portland and will offer light refreshments in an informal, casual atmosphere. Students, young professionals and anyone interested in getting the inside look at what scientists are doing – and why – are invited to attend.  The events are free and open to the public.

Sponsoring organizations:

The College of Science, Technology, and Health is a progressive unit of the University of Southern Maine that provides educational, research, and service opportunities relating to the application of science, technology, and health to the medical, industrial, educational, and business communities.  For more information, contact


Cornerstones of Science – bringing science to life in local libraries since 1999 - is the award-winning science literacy initiative based in Brunswick, Maine.  The mission of Cornerstones of Science is to connect people of all ages to science and technology through great books, programs and events at public libraries. For more information, contact


The library mission is to serve the Greater Portland Community by providing a diverse collection of books and other resources, with access to information resources worldwide. The library's services support the educational, informational, and recreational interests of all community members.  


USM Chemistry Club

The USM Chemistry Club is an ACS Student Chapter that works to educate and entertain students in K-12 about the principles of chemistry through engaging demonstrations.

In addition to performing demonstrations, the USM Chemistry Club presents chemistry research from a variety of fields at the annual national ACS conference.

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