October 1, 2017 at 7:45 pm

Science Cafe | Harvest the Past, Feed the Future: Reviving the Legacy of Ancient Appalachian Crops, Oct. 18

Science Café presents Dr. Paul Patton discussing “Harvest the Past, Feed the Future: Reviving the Legacy of Ancient Appalachian Crops” on Wednesday, Oct. 18, at 5 p.m. at the Baker Center Front Room.

Patton is Assistant Professor of Anthropology and Food Studies and Director of OHIO Archaeological Field School.

Ever wonder what prehistoric people who lived in southeastern Ohio ate? Assume it was just corn or squash? Think again.

Dr. Paul Patton

Dr. Paul Patton

Patton his team of students conduct archeological digs in Appalachia Ohio and collect fragments of prehistoric crops grown thousands of years ago. Many would just assume that these plant remains are just weeds, but they have much more meaning. These fragments tell the story of agriculture in the region that predates maize or corn by thousands of years. Patton believes that understanding these ancient food systems, including how prehistoric populations cultivated and subsisted on these crops, could help solve some of the food insecurity issues we face in southeast Ohio.  Many of these ancient crops evolved to adapt to our region, and reintroducing these plants could allow more sustainable and productive agricultural practices.

Sciencé Cafe events are held on Wednesdays at 5 p.m. in the Front Room at Baker University Center. They are free and open to students, faculty and staff. Science Café is a venue for students to share their interests informally during a conversation exchange in a friendly setting.

The Science Café is hosted by Dr. Sarah Wyatt, Professor of Environmental & Plant Biology and Vice President of the Ohio University Chapter of Sigma Xi, and Roxanne Malé-Brune, Director of Grant Development and Projects in the Office of the Vice President for Research and Creativity.

Science Café and Café Conversations are sponsored by the Office of Vice President for Research and Creativity and the Ohio University Chapter of Sigma Xi.

Fall 2017 Science Café & Café Conversations

Sept. 20, Lisa Crockett, Professor, Biological Sciences | Watch on A&S TV

Café Conversation: Sept 27: Colin Gabler, Assistant Professor, Marketing | Watch on A&S TV

Oct. 11, Julie Suhr, Professor, Psychology | Watch on A&S YV

Oct. 18, Paul Patton, Assistant Professor, Anthropology and Food Studies | Watch on A&S TV

Nov. 1, Srdjan Nesic, Professor, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering; Director, Institute for Corrosion Multiphase Technology

Nov. 15, Zach Meisel, Assistant Professor, Physics

Dec. 6, Nancy Stevens, Professor, Biomedical Sciences

Spring 2018

Jan. 24

Feb. 7, Kim Rios, Associate Professor, Psychology

Feb. 21 Jana Houser, Assistant Professor, Geography

March 7

March 21, Ken Walsh, Associate Professor, Civil Engineering

April 4, Morgan Vis, Professor and Chair, Env. & Plant Biology

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