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"Dead Men Tell No Tales?" at Next Clarkson University Science Cafe

"Dead Men Tell No Tales?" is the title of the next Science Café to be presented by St. Lawrence University Anthropology Professor Mindy Pitre on Tuesday, April 16, at 7:15 p.m. in the Park View Common Room, above the Blackbird Cafe, 107 Main St. in Canton, N.Y., and on Wednesday, April 17, at 7:15 p.m. in the Potsdam Civic Center Community Room in Potsdam, N.Y.

St. Lawrence University Anthropology Professor Mindy PitreHuman bone found at archeological sites has the potential to provide anthropologists with a plethora of information about an individual, including their sex, age at death, genetic ancestry, stature and whether they suffered from traumatic injuries or from disease. But, what happens when bone is contaminated with microbial growth, or, even worse, by a complex microbial aggregate known as a biofilm?

Join Pitre as she explores the inner workings of human bone, the information that can be lost when bone has been penetrated by a biofilm, and the research and ethical implications of this loss. 

Science Cafes bring together engineers, scientists and townspeople in a relaxed, informal setting, such as coffeehouses and pubs. The speaker makes a short presentation about a topic in his or her field, and then opens up the floor to discussion.

Find out more about Clarkson's Science Cafe at

E-mail Daniel ben-Avraham at with any questions or suggestions for future Science Cafe topics.

Clarkson University launches leaders into the global economy. One in five alumni already leads as a CEO, VP or equivalent senior executive of a company. Located just outside the Adirondack Park in Potsdam, N.Y., Clarkson is a nationally recognized research university for undergraduates with select graduate programs in signature areas of academic excellence directed toward the world’s pressing issues. Through 50 rigorous programs of study in engineering, business, arts, sciences and health sciences, the entire learning-living community spans boundaries across disciplines, nations and cultures to build powers of observation, challenge the status quo, and connect discovery and engineering innovation with enterprise.

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