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Nov. 20 Café Scientifique to focus on global warming

November 8, 2007 -- From MSU News Service

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BOZEMAN -- Global warming and its consequences will be the focus of the next Café Scientifique to be held at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 20, at Ferraro's Fine Italian Restaurant in Bozeman. The public is invited to this free informal discussion of the issues.

Speaker Jonathan Patz, from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, will describe how climate change may spark extreme weather, the risk of new epidemics, why El Nino may offer a sneak preview of the future, good and bad ozone, and potential solutions to global warming.

Patz researches the effects of climate change on heat waves, air pollution and water- and vector-borne diseases. He also studies the link between deforestation and resurgent diseases in the Amazon. Patz is associate professor of environmental studies and population health sciences at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he directs a university-wide initiative on global environmental health. He is an adjunct associate professor at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and affiliate scientist of the National Center for Atmospheric Research. He has a medical degree and has written more than 50 peer-reviewed papers on the effects of global environmental change on health.

Seating for Café Scientifique is limited, so participants may want to arrive early. The event is co-sponsored by Montana's INBRE program and MSU's College of Letters and Science.

Past speakers, their topics and more information about Café Scientifique are available at http://inbre-brin.montana.edu/index.php?id=68.

Evelyn Boswell, (406) 994-5135 or evelynb@montana.edu