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September 18, 2018

Teen Science Café will cover landscape change and disease dynamics in rural Ghana

Heidi Hausermann

Anthropologist Heidi Hausermann

What does gold have to do with malaria? Heidi Hausermann from CSU’s Department of Anthropology will explore the social, environmental and health implications of gold mining in Ghana, West Africa, at October’s Teen Science Café. While observing high-resolution satellite imagery, students will be asked to speculate on the ecological and social outcomes of landscape change from gold mining. The talk will then reveal how land-use changes are impacting the everyday lives of rural people. Hausermann’s research reveals how local environmental change and health dynamics are shaped by global processes such as gold markets and financial crises.

When: 5-7 p.m., with the presentation starting at 5:30 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 10
Where: Everyday Joe’s Coffee House, 144 S. Mason St., Fort Collins
Presenter: Heidi Hausermann from CSU’s Department of Anthropology

RSVP to the Oct. 10 Teen Science Café here.

Oct. 10 Teen Science Café flier

The Front Range Teen Science Café is part of a larger national network of science cafés for teens. ESMEI’S Teen Science Café brings scientists and teens together for a conversation about science in a local coffee shop. A primary goal of the café is for teens to increase their understanding of the nature of science and to develop a realistic perception of scientists and the lives they lead, which they sometimes do not get in school.

Photo above: Boys fish in abandoned mining pits in Ghana. Photo credit: Heidi Hausermann