Science of fear and risk is focus of Science Cafe

by Lisa Spellman, UNMC public relations | October 07, 2013

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Joseph Brown, Ph.D.
The science of fear and risk is the focus of the next Omaha Science Cafe at 7 p.m. on Tuesday at the Slowdown, 729 N. 14th St.

Joseph Brown, Ph.D., a professor of psychology at the University of Nebraska at Omaha, will discuss how human beings assess risks and how this can lead people to overestimate some risks and underestimate others.

Dr. Brown received his Ph.D. in cognitive psychology from Michigan State University and has published articles on attention, skilled performance and memory. He has been awarded the UNO Award for Excellence in Teaching and currently holds the Schumacher Chair of Ethics.

Science Cafes involve a face-to-face conversation with a scientist about current science topics. They are open to everyone (21 and older), and take place in casual settings like pubs and coffeehouses. Each meeting is organized around an interesting topic of conversation. A scientist gives a brief presentation followed by a question-and-answer period.

Pizza will be provided by The Nebraska Coalition for Lifesaving Cures for the first 50 people.

This Science Cafe is presented by The Durham Museum in conjunction with their latest exhibit, "Goose Bumps! The Science of Fear."

The Durham Musem and UNMC team on the Time Travelers partnership program. The program provides free museum admission for medical center employees, students and their immediate family with a valid identification badge, while also offering lectures, workshops and other events on the medical center campus.

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