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Science salon for the general public moves to Menlo Park

Cafe Scientifique Palo Alto, the informal monthly salon in which the public can listen to and talk with scientists and technologists, is getting a new name -- Cafe Scientifique Silicon Valley -- and a new home at SRI International in Menlo Park.

The next scheduled speaker, Terry Root of Stanford University's Woods Institute for the Environment, will talk on global warming and how protecting biodiversity can limit climate change. The free event, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, January 9, will take place at SRI's International Building at 333 Ravenswood Ave.

Over the past three years, Cafe guest speakers have explained aspects of many phenomena, including tsunamis, the chemistry of chocolate, the science of weather, human biology and nanotechnology.

Ms. Root, who holds a Ph.D. in biological sciences and is a senior fellow at the Woods Institute, is also active practitioner of making scientific information accessible to decision makers and the public, according to her online profile.

"As science impacts so many aspects of our lives, it is wonderful to have a venue where researchers can engage in dialogue with Silicon Valley residents," said Walter Moos, a Cafe board member and vice president of SRI's Biosciences Division.

The event's sponsor is Roxro Pharma Inc. of Menlo Park. For more information on Cafe Scientifique Silicon Valley, go to http://www.cafescisv.org

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