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02-26-2015

Are Mosquitoes More Attracted to Beer Drinkers? at Next Clarkson University Science Cafe

"Are Mosquitoes More Attracted to Beer Drinkers?" will be presented by St. Lawrence University Professors of Mathematics Patti Frazer Lock and Robin H. Lock at the next Clarkson University Science Café on Tuesday, March 10, 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, March 11, at 7:15 p.m. in the Potsdam Civic Center Community Room in Potsdam, N.Y.

St. Lawrence University Professors of Mathematics Robin H. Lock and Patti Frazer LockIf more mosquitoes are attracted to beer drinkers than water drinkers in an experiment, how can we tell if the difference is “significant”? The standard answer involves the p-value, a tricky concept. Lock and Lock tackle such questions through an inspired use of computer technology and modern simulation techniques.

Join them for a friendlier, more intuitive understanding of how to make sense of statistical data.

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 http://www.clarkson.edu/sciencecafe.

E-mail Daniel ben-Avraham at ScienceCafe@clarkson.edu 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 the health professions, 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.

Photo caption: St. Lawrence University Professors of Mathematics Robin H. Lock and Patti Frazer Lock.

[A photograph for media use is available at http://www.clarkson.edu/news/photos/locks.jpg .]

[News directors and editors: For more information, contact Annie Harrison, Director of Media Relations, at 315-268-6764 or aharrison@clarkson.edu.]

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