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MEDIA ADVISORY: MU’s Bond Life Sciences Center’s Science Café Hosts Discussion on the History and Observation of Comets

September 8th, 2014

Story Contact: Jeff Sossamon, 573-882-3346,

By Diamond Dixon

WHAT: Science Café Columbia continues its mission to inspire informal, relaxed conversations about popular science topics. For this month’s topic “Cosmic Rendezvous,” Angela Speck, professor of astrophysics and director of astronomy in the College of Arts and Science at MU, will discuss the nature of comets and current observation efforts by the European Space Agency. Speck also will discuss her role in developing the analysis instruments used to study comets.

An offshoot of an international movement started by PBS’ “NOVA,” Science Café is a grassroots forum that takes place in a neighborhood coffeehouse, library or bar. Meant to include members of the community who may not normally get involved in the science conversation, the Bond Life Science Center sponsors Science Café Columbia as a means of nurturing a two-way conversation between scientists and the public.

WHERE: Broadway Brewery, 816 E. Broadway, Columbia

WHEN: 6 p.m., Monday, Sept. 8

NOTE: This event is free and open to the public. For more information about Science Café, please visit: