Stephen Colbert's Spiderman, Jason Bond, to Weave a Web of Science at Inaugural Science Café

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Jason Bond, a biologist at East Carolina University, who named a spider after Stephen Colbert, host of the Colbert Report on Comedy Central, will present at an inaugural science café in Greenville, N.C. Science cafés are live events that involve a face-to-face conversation with a scientist about current topics. They are open to everyone and take place in casual settings like pubs and coffeehouses.

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Jason Bond, a biologist who named a spider after Stephen Colbert, is leading a discussion on the importance of preserving our planet's biodiversity at an inaugural science café on April 13 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Ham's Restaurant located at 701 Evans St. in Greenville, NC.

A science café is a live event in a casual meeting place where scientists talk about current topics using plain language and inclusive conversation. This creates a welcoming and comfortable atmosphere for people with no science background. Each cafe is organized around an interesting topic of conversation. A scientist gives a brief presentation and sometimes shows a short video clip to kick off the discussion.

"Science Cafes are a great way to engage the public in science and technology in a way that is accessible and relevant to their everyday lives," says Roger Conner, Executive Director of GO-Science. Mr. Conner notes, "We live in an increasingly complex and changing world and science cafes can help us make sense of complex topics and issues by talking about them with scientists in an informal setting."

Jason Bond named a newly discovered species of trapdoor spider, Aptostichus (ap-TAHS-tih-kus) stephencolberti, after Stephen Colbert and was featured several times on the Colbert Report. Jason Bond will be a featured speaker at the inaugural science café along with his associate David Chalcraft. Together they will present and lead an informal discussion on the value of saving our planet's biodiversity.

GO-Science, a nonprofit science center, is teaming-up with East Carolina University, The North Carolina Biotechnology Center, and Sigma Xi to organize science cafes to help improve public access to scientific information. They plan to hold science café's every other month at local venues while livecasting the events online.

To pre-register for this free event visit http://www.go-science.org/sciencecafe

About GO-Science:

GO-Science, a nonprofit organization established to bring informal science education programs to the public through hands-on exhibits, recently announced the development of a Science Center in Greenville, NC. Currently, GO-Science offers the public an opportunity to participate in a variety of IYA events, astronomy and space science outreach programs, as well as a summer science camp that fills over 400 slots for children of all ages to experience the wonder of science.

For more information about this event or other GO-Science programs visit http://www.go-science.org

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