University of South Alabama, Office of Public Relations
March 19, 2012
Contact: Alice Jackson, USA Public Relations, (251) 460-6639

USA Archaeology Museum Launches Science Café on March 29

Dr. Phil Carr  
Dr. Phil Carr

Dr. Phil Carr, associate professor of anthropology at the University of South Alabama, will speak at the first Science Café, an innovative program open to the public, on Thursday, March 29, at True Midtown Kitchen in Mobile.

“Human Evolution and Technology – from Stone Tools to Cyborgs!” will be Carr’s topic at the 7 p.m. event, which is sponsored by the USA Archaeology Museum and co-sponsored by True Midtown Kitchen, located at 1104 Dauphin St.

Science Cafes are designed to take place in casual and lively venues in order to welcome interested people who may, or may not, typically get involved with scientific discussions. They are not exclusive club meetings with long lectures aimed at scientists or science majors.
In the first Science Café, Carr will focus on ways that the origins of humanity and technology were linked -- from stone tools to the present situation of pervasive technology – and explore the future of human evolution and technology.

“I am excited to be the first speaker in a lively series to bring the latest scientific findings out of the ivory tower and into culinary hotspots,” Carr said. “I especially value the opportunity to explore the role of technology in human evolution – past, present, and future – with our local residents as the USA Archaeology Museum begins this new venture.”

The Science Café format has spread around the globe, successfully adapting to different cultures and audiences.

The Mobile Science Café is part of the Archaeology Museum’s initiative to increase community interaction with members of the University’s faculty.

On Saturday, April 7, the Archaeology Museum will partner with Mobile Botanical Gardens for a didactic bike tour where experts from the fields of archaeology, geology, biology and botany will talk about highlighted local features during the ride, followed by lunch and a sneak peep at the Archaeology Museum’s progress in preparation for the opening in October.

For more information about the Science Café, call Barbara Filion at (251) 460-6106, e-mail, or visit

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