Science Café - Autism - Oct. 24, 2011

News item published on: 2011-10-18 14:40:10

Dr. Timothy E. Morse, Associate Professor in the College of Education and Psychology's Department of Curriculum, Instruction and Special Education (CISE) & Director of Training of the Gulf Coast Autism Project at the University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast, will lead the next Science Café at Cook Library on Monday October 24 from 6 to 7:30 p.m.

Dr. Morse will present a general overview of autism and talk about important highlights in autism research including the Autism Project. The Nova Science video for the café will show how Rudy Tanzi, a pioneer in discovering genes for Alzheimer's disease, is turning his attention to autism. Using gene chips that can scan up to a million genetic markers across the entire human genome, Tanzi and others are on the hunt for the genetic key to this disorder that affects millions of children and their families

Held in the Art Gallery next to the Starbucks coffee shop at Cook Library, The Science Café series offers those with minimal or no background in science the chance to meet and discuss scientific issues in layman's terms in a relaxed social setting. A member of the Southern Miss faculty shares his or her expertise at each session with a presentation and short NOVA video.

Admission is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Tracy Englert at 601.266.6396 or . Additional information on autism can be found at the PBS Nova website, or at The Autism Project website.