Carolina Science Cafe

EXPLORE science topics making national and international headlines.
MEET the experts behind the headlines.
KNOW more about your world!

Morehead's current science awareness program, Carolina Science Cafe, is a FREE monthly educational program for adults, offering a behind-the-scenes look at cutting-edge research. You don't need to register ... just show up!

Each Carolina Science Cafe features an expert presentation and informal discussion. Listen, share and learn! These unique programs are held at Top of the Hill restaurant's "Back Bar," offering a relaxed environment to explore fascinating science topics. (Beverages are available from Top of the Hill's menu, and free appetizers -- while they last -- are provided by Sigma Xi.)

Carolina Science Cafe is presented by the North Carolina Science Festival, which Morehead founded and administers. Ongoing program support for Carolina Science Cafe is provided by Top of the Hill and by Sigma Xi. Morehead thanks these contributors for supporting science education.

Coming to Carolina Science Cafe:

Poisons in the Powerhouse: Mitochondria and Environmental Toxins
Dr. Joel Meyer
Aug. 6, 6 p.m.

Mitochondria play many roles in our cells -- generating most of the energy we use and performing other fascinating functions (such as helping cells kill themselves!). They even have their own genome. So what happens when there are mutations in that genome? What happens when chemicals poison mitochondria?

Dr. Joel Meyer, an environmental toxicologist at the Nicholas School of the Environment at Duke University, will describe how environmental exposures may cause disease by targeting mitochondria. He is director of graduate studies and an assistant professor of environmental toxicology for the environmental sciences and policy division.

A graduate of Duke University and of Juniata College, Dr. Meyer lived and taught in Guatemala for five years before completing three years of postdoctoral research at the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences. He received the Outstanding New Environmental Scientist Award from NIEHS in 2011.

Curious about previous Carolina Science Cafe programs?
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