is an international movement of scientists and interested citizens who organize informal monthly discussion groups. Our goal is to provide a place for public discussion of interesting and controversial issues in contemporary science.
we are currently meeting at the Outlook Hotel 800 28th Street (frontage road) Boulder, CO 80303 (303) 443-3322
Refreshments begin at 5:30 pm and the talk starts at 6:00 pm. Traditionally the presenter will speak for 15 - 25 minutes, which is followed by a question and answer period that lasts until ~7:00 pm. We then brake, however, the speaker usually stays around for individual discussion and questions with audience members that wish to talk further. In October, we will restrict attendance to fifty people. The Outlook will provide a limited food menu (meat and veggie options) for the event, and full drink service. We recommend that those wishing to order food plan on arriving by 5:30. Anyone that wants to partake of the full menu, can eat in the adjacent restaurant before or after Café Sci. To RSVP for this month's café click here. We usually meet on the second Tuesday of the month (check the website for exact dates as this sometimes varies).
The University of Colorado Chapter of Sigma Xi, and is organized by Carol Kearns and PJ Bennett. For more information or to be added to our email list for monthly notifications of Café Sci events, click here.
For more information on international Café Sci venues and the history of Café Sci, visit:
There is also a Café Sci in Denver:
June 11, 2013
"Laura Schafer brings to her talk 10 years experience with hydraulic fracturing including practical engineering, onsite execution, frac fluid design and testing. She has been involved with fracturing operations around the globe. She holds 3 US patents and has published papers on sand control, scale remediation and hydraulic fracturing."
When did you first hear the term ‘hydraulic fracturing’? The technique, dubbed ‘fracking’, entered social consciousness in 2010 and polarized the nation: simultaneously a vision of US energy independence and of ecological disaster. For the concerned citizen, finding factual information on the process can be a challenge as the internet is littered with emotional content from both sides. I was a hydraulic frac engineer for 10 years and have worked both conventional and unconventional plays around the world. I will share both the design process and practical considerations for successful hydraulic fracturing treatments.
To RSVP for this month's café click here.