Ohio Flowers Topic of November Café

News Release Date: 
11.02.10

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, November 2, 7 p.m., for a free monthly community dialogue on science called, Science Café.

In this café event, Robert Klips of the Department of Evolution, Ecology, & Organismal Biology
at The Ohio State University will lead a discussion entitled, "Making Sense of Flowers: Ohio's Plant Families and How to Know Them."

What exactly do we mean when we say that clover is a legume or that big bluestem is a grass?
The flower is a centerpiece of plant reproduction. Variation in flower structure and fruit type form the basis for traditional plant classification. Ohio State Marion botanist Bob Klips we will discuss the key features used to differentiate plant families, describe the 9 families that, taken together, comprise more than 50% of Ohio's flowering plants, and consider ways that citizen-scientists can contribute to our knowledge of Ohio's diverse flora.

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://osumarion.osu.edu/sciencecafe/or contact Ohio State Marion professor of mathematics, Dr. Brian McEnnis at:  mcennis.1@osu.edu.