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An Evening with Joe Palca

NPR Science Correspondent Comes to UWF
By Jennie McKeon

You’ve heard him in your car on your way to work or school, talking about the effects women’s tears have on men and other fascinating studies in science. Now, here’s your chance to match the voice with the face and learn about the future of our fragile environment.

As part of WUWF’s 30th anniversary, NPR Science Correspondent Joe Palca will be at the University of West Florida, Thursday, Jan. 27 at 7 p.m. to discuss the long-term effects of the BP oil spill, as well as the environment in general.

“We like to invite NPR representatives to the campus every year,” said WUWF outreach director, Lynne Marshall. “At the time when we asked Joe Palca to speak, the oil was still gushing; everything in the media was a downer.”

There are still lessons to learn from the oil spill, including how to protect our environment.

“It’s important for people to think about how much energy they consume,” Marshall said. “I think about it all the time. What we breathe, drink and eat can all be affected by the environment. We need to take it much more seriously.”

Palca has been a science correspondent for NPR since 1992, and is an occasional guest on “Talk of the Nation: Science Friday.” Palca has won several awards which include the National Academies Communications Award, the Science-in-Society James T. Grady-James H. Stack Award for Interpreting Chemistry for the Public, the American Association for the Advancement of Science Journalism Prize and the Victor Cohn Prize for Excellence in Medical Writing.

Palca will also be sharing stories from his journalism experiences, which will make the evening a fun, learning environment.

“There will be some entertainment value,” Marshall said. “Joe Palca seemed to be very amiable and humorous in the few conversations I had with him.”

The event will be held at the UWF Music Hall in the Center for Fine and Performing Arts (Building 82). Prior to the lecture, you can explore the School of Science and Engineering (Building 4) from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

“It’s a great opportunity to get a tour of the new building and then come on over across the street for the lecture,” Marshall said.

The UWF Music Hall holds 300 people, so seating will be limited. Since there are no tickets, be sure to get to the event early and bring an open mind.

“Hopefully, the audience will gain some optimism for the future, as well as knowledge,” Marshall added. “I hope young people get inspired and start to think about how we’re going to clean up our future.”

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NPR SCIENCE CORRESPONDENT JOE PALCA
WHEN: 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 27
WHERE: The University of West Florida, 11000 University Parkway, Bldg. 82
COST: Free
DETAILS: 474-2787, or wuwf.org