Science Café - Making Stuff Innovation Café

News item published on: 2013-10-24 18:24:00

The last Science Café this semester on the Hattiesburg campus will take place on Monday, October 28, at 6 p.m. in Cook Library Room 209 (please note the location change). This Café will be a special NOVA Innovation Café, Making Stuff Safer with Energy-Absorbing Foams in Multi-Impact Helmets, by Dr. Daniel Savin, assistant professor, and Andrew Janisse, graduate student in the School of Polymers and High Performance Materials. The Making Stuff Safer café will feature a special video segment from the NOVA television series, Making Stuff, and other themed materials.

Savin and Janisse will discuss their work to make things such as contact sport helmets and mouth guards safer with energy-absorbing foams. Also, Chase Kasper, director of the Office of Technology Development, will briefly discuss the role of his office in protecting and commercializing University research innovations.

The NOVA Innovation Café is a themed Science Café focusing on topics related to engineering, technology advancement and materials science as explored in the wildly popular NOVA series, Making Stuff. University Libraries at Southern Miss is one of forty cafés selected by Public Broadcasting Service’s NOVA Education to have an Innovation Café during fall 2013. Goals of NOVA Innovation Cafés include leveraging the grassroots nature of Science Cafés to empower communities to explore state-of-the-art science and recruiting scientist speakers whose expertise in relevant fields make each café experience a truly one-of-a-kind educational event.

The Cafés are free and open to the public. For more information, contact Tracy Englert at 601.266.6396 or Find out more about Science Cafés.