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What's the Value of a Human Life? at Next Clarkson University Science Cafe

"What’s the Value of a Human Life?" will be presented by Clarkson University Economics & Financial Studies Associate Professor Mark R. Frascatore at the next Science Café on Tuesday, March 25, at 7:15 p.m. in the Park View Common Room, above the Blackbird Cafe, 107 Main St. in Canton, and on Wednesday, March 26, at 7:15 p.m. in the Potsdam Civic Center Community Room in Potsdam, N.Y.

Mark R. FrascatoreNo society places an infinite value on a statistical human life. We can’t afford it. Human lives are routinely risked and sometimes lost in efforts to achieve other goals. Understanding these trade-offs can improve how we determine things like speed limits, drug safety standards, toxic waste clean-up and so on.

Join Frascatore as he discusses how studies have estimated the dollar value that societies place on a statistical human life, and how this information might be used to better allocate the finite resources we have.

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.

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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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