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An Adult Conversation: Duquesne Researcher to Discuss Chronic Pain, Science Literacy

Adults interested in science-particularly those who are feeling the effects of chronic pain-have the opportunity to talk face-to-face with a Duquesne University researcher at the Carnegie Science Center.

Dr. John A. Pollock, associate professor of biological sciences and a co-founder of Duquesne's Chronic Pain Consortium, will present the Monday, March 10, edition of science center's Café Scientifique at 7 p.m.

The free, monthly event is geared for adults curious about the latest science and technology. In a fun, informal setting, Pollock will tell two stories:

  • Ouch! Let Me See Where It Hurts, which explores aspects of the basic biology of chronic pain and how, in some cases, it arises from a dynamic interplay of the nervous system and the immune system
  • So This Is How We Learn, which focuses on the importance of science literacy and how Pollock uses stories to reveal fundamental principles of science in museum exhibits, video games, digital-dome animated shows and television dramas for kids.

After a brief introduction by Pollock, creator of the Scientastic! TV show, the evening will be dedicated to informal discussion, mingling and refreshments.

For the audience, it's an opportunity to talk, first-hand, with experts and get a reasonable answer. Pollock is hopeful that the café event will nudge people to find out more about a topic by online or library research-as well to take advantage of the opportunity to tap the knowledge of scientists who share their city.

"There is a richer scientific community here than there is in many, many areas across the country," Pollock said. "Because of how Pittsburgh works, scientists are really accessible here

The event is a way also for scientists to show that they are "regular people doing a job and their job is figuring out how things work," Pollock said, stepping beyond the geeky, stereotype of TV and movies.

Café Scientifique is free and open to the public. Doors open at 6 p.m. with the program beginning at 7 p.m. More information is available on the Carnegie Science Center's website.

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