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SoCal Science Cafe: Founder's Notebook

From: Dr. Brian H.
Sent on: Wednesday, August 11, 2010 8:15 AM
Dear SoCal Science Cafe members,
Hello!  My name is Dr. Brian Hart, and I am the Founder of SoCal Science Cafe!  I want to thank Dr. Paul Shin and our Science Ambassadors team for keeping this great group going!  Thanks also to our hard-working Student Ambassador, Hana Kang, for all she does behind the scenes to help manage our event postings and get input from our partners.  She is a L.A. Community College student and I want to specially recognize her for her volunteer service to the SoCal Science Cafe!
One of the events we have coming up is a "Packing for Mars" book tour by author, Mary Roach.  Space is a world devoid of the things we need to live and thrive: air, gravity, hot showers, fresh produce, privacy, beer. How much can a person give up? How much weirdness can they take? What happens to you when you can't walk for a year? What happens if you vomit in your helmet during a space walk? Is it possible for the human body to survive a bailout at 4,000 miles per hour? To answer these questions, space agencies set up all manner of quizzical and startlingly bizarre space simulations -- making it possible to preview space without ever leaving Earth. From the space shuttle training toilet to a crash test of NASA's new space capsule (cadaver filling in for astronaut), "Packing for Mars" takes us on a surreally entertaining trip into the science of life in space and space on Earth.  This event is being held Wednesday, August 11, at 7:00 PM at Vroman's Bookstore in Pasadena (695 East Colorado Blvd.).
In other news, thanks to the Orange County Astronomers for coming on board as a Regional Science Ambassador, represented by its Vice President, Mr. Reza Amirarjomand.  We really appreciate their collaborating with us to bring us great events and insights into the fascinating world of Astronomy.  Be sure to look for their events coming up!

That's all I have for now.  Thank you for being with us on the journey of discovery, and have a pleasant day.

Very Respectfully,

Brian Hart

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