Science Café explores H1N1 pandemic

News Release Date: 
01.05.10

The Ohio State University at Marion invites the community to the Infinity Restaurant in the historic Harding Hotel, 267 West Center Street, downtown Marion, Tuesday, January 5, 7 p.m., for a free monthly community dialogue on science entitled, Science Café.

January’s Science Café welcomes Marion County Health Commissioner, Dr. Kathy Dixon, who will present a timely discussion entitled, H1N1: The Swine Flu Pandemic.

Pandemic, seasonal flu, H1N1—what do they all mean? This edition of Science Café will attempt to shed light on the definition and process of declaring a disease a pandemic. Dixon will also delve into the difference between seasonal influenza and H1N1 influenza, provide an update on the numbers of suspected cases currently, and discuss where we are locally with the H1N1 vaccine and the Marion County response to H1N1.

Science Cafés involve lively conversations with scientists about current science topics. Science Cafés are free and open to everyone, and take place in casual settings like pubs and coffeehouses. At a café you can learn about the latest issues in science, chat with a scientist in plain language, meet new friends, speak your mind, and talk with your mouth full. The overriding goal of Ohio State Marion’s Science Café is to overcome reluctance to learning about science and to make science less mysterious.

For more information on Science Café visit:  http://www.marion.ohio-state.edu/sciencecafe or contact Ohio State Marion professor of mathematics, Dr. Brian McEnnis at: mcennis.1@osu.edu.