Science Café - Making Stuff - Nov. 28, 2011

News item published on: 2011-11-15 11:28:32

The University of Southern Mississippi Libraries is partnering with WGBH/NOVA, the Materials Research Society and Dr. Robert Lochhead, Director of the University of Southern Mississippi's School of Polymers & High Performance Materials to present MAKING STUFF on Monday, November 28, 2011 from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m.

Almost everything around you—the clothes you wear, the dishes you eat from, the computer you use, the bike you ride or the car you drive—is made of "stuff". Materials science is the study of stuff—what it's made of, how it works, and what we can do with it. For thousands of years, humans have been manipulating the elements and the world's raw materials. Now, scientists are generating new materials that function differently and are stronger, smaller, cleaner, and smarter than ever. Expected to revolutionize medicine and technology, these innovations are likely to result in an unprecedented trove of nifty new stuff that is sure to transform the way we live, work, and play. Join us for an exploration of these new materials with Dr. Lochhead. Doors open at 6:00 pm. 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 . For more information on science cafes, visit