January 20, 2014 at 9:24 am

Science Café: Grounded by Gravity, Jan. 22

Science Cafe on Jan. 22

Dr. Sarah Wyatt, Professor of Environmental and Plant Biology, explores gravity—through the perspective of plants—in a Science Café on Jan. 22 at 5 p.m. in the Baker Center Front Room.

Gravity is responsible for keeping life on Earth grounded, literally, and with the advent of space travel we now have an inkling of what microgravity is like. But what does gravity do to plants? Wyatt and her students conduct research on the effects of gravity on plant growth and development. Wyatt’s Earth-based experiments are used to predict how plants might grow in a micro- and zero-gravity environments for future space endeavors. Next year, she will have the opportunity to send plants into space. During her Café, she is planning to involve the audience in her exploration of gravitational effects on plants through demonstrations and examples of these effects on live plants.

“I hope the audience leaves with a better appreciation of how amazing, unique and important plants really are to our lives,” Wyatt says.

Attend the event or watch on A&S TV.

Science Cafés and Café Conversations are held at 5 p.m. on Wednesdays in the Baker Center Front Room. Café events are free and open to students, faculty and staff. Both cafés are venues for students to share their interests informally during a conversation exchange in a friendly setting. The Science Cafe is hosted by Dr. Sarah Wyatt, Professor of Environmental and Plant Biology and Vice President of the Ohio University Chapter of Sigma Xi. The two series are sponsored by the Ohio University chapter of Sigma Xi and the Office of the Vice President for Research. Find the Science Café on Facebook and Twitter.

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