News From Terre Haute, Indiana

February 21, 2013

Science Café Saturday at Clabber Girl

The Tribune-Star

TERRE HAUTE — Indiana State University is planning a Science Café on Saturday as part of its Community Semester.

The Community Semester, which focuses on the theme “Our Town,” is a way for the College of Arts and Sciences to showcase what it does best and to encourage faculty and students to share with the community what they are learning. It is also a way to bring innovative ideas in the science, humanities, liberal and creative arts to the area.

ISU biogeochemist Jennifer Latimer will lead a presentation called “Science Café-Urban Legend: The Legacy of Leaded Gasoline, Lead-Based Paint, and Coal” from 9:30 to 11 a.m. at Clabber Girl.

Latimer will focus on the Wabash Valley and other areas that have elevated lead concentrations in the surface soils from a combination of lead paint, fuel additives and emissions from coal-fired power plants.

“Terre Haute is not the only city that has this problem. This presentation will teach people how know if you have to much lead, what to do when you have to much lead and we are offering free soil testing for people,” said Latimer, an assistant of geology.

A complete list and description of the Community Semester’s activities may be found at