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Science Café to spotlight influential female scientists 

Ohio University’s Science Café series will wrap up its 2010-11 schedule with a special guest lecture by Rutgers University nuclear physicist Jolie Cizewski. She will give a public talk at 5 p.m. Wednesday, April 27, at the Ohio University Baker Center Front Room.

Cizewski, a fellow of the American Physical Society and the American Association for the Advancement of Science, will give the talk “The Magic Numbers of Maria Goeppert Mayer: From the Manhattan Project to the Future.” Maria Goeppert Mayer, known as “the prettiest girl in Goettingen” in the late 1920s, received the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1963 for the shell model of atomic nuclei. Cizewski will discuss Mayer’s contributions to nuclear science and the nuclear shell model, the impact of her work today and how it is guiding future research.

“This discussion should have broad appeal to those interested in the physical sciences, the history of science, social sciences and gender studies,” said Roxanne Malé-Brune, an organizer of the Science Café series.

Cizewski was a first-generation college student and is one of only a few female scientists in a field traditionally dominated by men. “She is a very dynamic person and speaker, both about science in general and women’s contribution to science,” Malé-Brune said.

During her visit to Ohio University, Cizewski also will meet with the student organization Women in Science at noon on Wednesday in Room 105, Building 21, The Ridges, and at 2:30 p.m. with the Russ College of Engineering and Technology. For more information, please contact Beth Gierlowski-Kordesch at gierlows@ohio.edu (Women in Science) or Valerie Young at youngv@ohio.edu (engineering). Cizewski also give a seminar on her research at the Institute of Nuclear and Particle Physics at 4:10 p.m. Tuesday, April 26, in the Edwards Conference Room.

Ohio University’s Science Café series launched in 2009 to provide a venue for students interested in the sciences and engineering to informally share a conversational exchange with faculty, staff and the community in a friendly setting. All cafes start promptly at 5 p.m., and free coffee is offered to the first 50 people. For more information on the series, visit: http://www.ohio.edu/sigmaxi/sciencecafe/.

For more about Cizewski: http://www.physicscentral.com/explore/people/cizewski.cfm.