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'SCREAM, <cough>, whisper, <burp!>: The Science of Human Sound Production' at Next Clarkson University Science Cafe

"SCREAM, <cough>, whisper, <burp!>: The Science of Human Sound Production" will be presented by Clarkson University Assistant Professor of Mechanical & Aeronautical Engineering Byron Erath at the next Science Cafe at 7:15 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 7, at the Rushton Conference Room in the Best Western University Inn, 90 E. Main St. in Canton, N.Y. and at 7:15 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 8, at the St. Lawrence Valley Roasters & Jernabi Coffeehouse, 11 Maple St. in Potsdam, N.Y.

Byron ErathVocal communication is one of the defining characteristics of the human race. Be it through a joyous shout of celebration, a subtle grunt of disapproval or a soft reverenced whisper, human voice is used in myriad ways to relay information, express emotion and convey individual personality and identity. Join Erath for a discussion about the science behind the noises we make and how an engineering approach can yield important insight into the diagnosis and treatment of vocal disorders.

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 educates the leaders of the global economy. One in five alumni already leads as an owner, CEO, VP or equivalent senior executive of a company. With its main campus located in Potsdam, N.Y., and additional graduate program and research facilities in the Capital Region and Beacon, New York, Clarkson is a nationally recognized research university with signature areas of academic excellence and research directed toward the world's pressing issues. Through more than 50 rigorous programs of study in engineering, business, arts, education, 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 innovation with enterprise.

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