Science Center Launches Series with Health Care

by ekramer on November 15, 2009

This week, the Louisville Science Center is hosting a discussion about health care, and it’s just the beginning of what officials intend to become frequent conversations about science-related issues. WFPL’s Elizabeth Kramer has more.

Thursday is the first event of the series the center is calling Scientific Proofs. The center has teamed up with the University of Louisville to assemble a panel of experts in for-profit and not-for-profit health care and tapped Louisville Metro Director of Public Health Dr. Adewale Troutman to facilitate the conversation.

“We’re bringing some people together to begin a conversation and to give people a safe place to come to begin thinking for themselves, for their families, for their community about this issue in local terms,” says Science Center executive director Joanna Haas.

She says she wants to have up to eight such events during the year on subjects such as stem-cell research, genetically modified foods and robotics in manufacturing.

“I think it’s a fun, new enterprise for us and really galvanizes this role of community catalyst for science literacy and for conversations about science,” Haas says.

Besides being a destination for children and families, Haas says she wants to make the center a resource for information about science for adults.

“We as a community education entity want to help bridge the gap between those seemingly complex subjects and sort of the personal reality of them,” she says.

Thursday’s event is free but advance reservations are required. (To reserve tickets, call 502. 560.7130.)

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