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Feb 25 2014

Glad you couldn’t make it

I just got back from our Cafe Scientifique meeting, and it was a fabulous success: attendance was over 60 (which is why I’m glad you couldn’t make it — it was standing room only as it was) and we had a good representative sampling of the Morris community.

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I don’t know what the secret of drawing everyone in was. We did make much flashier signs this month, but also the topic might have been it: Carrie Eberle from the USDA lab in town gave a talk on foraging crops for bees that hit the sweet spot in appealing to farmers, gardeners, science people, and everyone who likes honey. And it was a very good talk.

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  1. 1
    Ophelia Benson

    Nice! That sounds like an interesting talk.

  2. 2
    Travis

    That is a lot of people for a town the size of Morris. Wikipedia says the population of the town is about 5300, so 60 is a pretty significant fraction of the population, though I suppose some may live outside of Morris itself. Still very impressive, I do not remember the meetings in Vancouver being that size.

  3. 3
    atheistblog

    Why everyone is Grandma and Grandpa like PZ ? No younglings ?! So Pharyngula’s majority audience are aged PZ and above I suppose.

  4. 4
    atheistblog

    And did I say there is a wonderful mix of people of color and ethnicity in PZ cafe meeting ? This give an idea of who’s PZ’s majority audience are.

  5. 5
    David Marjanović

    atheistblog, are you trolling again?

    I’m writing this from Germany. It was seven o’clock a few minutes ago – in the evening.

  6. 6
    ChasCPeterson

    This give an idea of who’s PZ’s majority audience are.

    No it do not
    It give an idea of who’s Morris Minnesota resident’s is.

  7. 7
    David Marjanović

    ^ You’re great at learning grammar. If the job market weren’t even worse in linguistics than in biology, I’d say give it a try… :-)

  8. 8
    PZ Myers

    Did you read the post where I sait it was a representative sampling of the Morris community? About a third of the attendees were roughly college- age, about a third were gray-haired, and the rest were in between. That’s about as diverse as a small rural Midwestern town can be.

    Oh, also, not all white — there were 4 or 5 Hispanic gentlemen there, as well.

  9. 9
    Tony! The Queer Shoop

    atheistblog:

    This give an idea of who’s PZ’s majority audience are.

    Trolling 2.0. Now with less logic.

  10. 10
    Melissa Engleman

    Nice turnout! And the food at that place is great.

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