Science Cafe Continues with "Communities and Housing" Program

scafe(STILLWATER, OKLA. / May 28, 2014) — The Science Café OSU community series is offering the second of four programs on June 5 at 6:30 p.m. in the Stillwater Public Library Auditorium. The series “Potential Impacts of Oil and Gas Exploration” features OSU professors providing basic information about their research.

“We had an outstanding turnout at the first program,” said Karen Neurohr, OSU Library and program coordinator.  “Community members are hungry for credible information on this important topic, and we are proud to be providing it.”

According to Neurohr, the series of community programs was designed to help fulfill an expressed need for information from attendees at Science Café in April. The purpose for the series is to provide information grounded in science, have civic discussions, and increase knowledge.

The first program in the series explored drilling basics, while the second will provide information about community and housing issues related to oil and gas exploration.  Speakers include Dave Shideler and Gina Peek.

Shideler is an assistant professor and Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service community development specialist. He works with rural communities to identify and pursue economic opportunities and resolve challenges. His expertise in strategic planning and community development can aid communities in preparing for and enduring through the hydraulic fracturing boom.

Peek is an assistant professor and OCES housing and consumer specialist at Oklahoma State University. She focuses on the role of built and natural environments in people’s lives. Her interests include the impact of hydraulic fracturing on housing and communities.

The series continues June 12 with “Costs and Benefits” presented by Drs. Larry Sanders and Shannon Ferrell who will offer basic facts about state and federal environmental laws that have implications for industry, communities and consumers.

On June 19, the series concludes with a forum of information about Oklahoma agencies and resources.

Science Café OSU highlights interesting, relevant and current research and features brief presentations followed by discussion and questions. No science background is assumed or required.

Sponsors for the Science Café OSU, Stillwater community series include the OSU Library, Stillwater Public Library, OSU Chapter of Sigma Xi Scientific Research Society and OSU Vice-President for Research and Technology.

All events are free and open to the public.  For more information, contact the OSU Library at 405-744-2376 or send a message through, or visit the Stillwater Public Library web site at, email or call 405-372-3633

The Stillwater Public Library is located at 1107 S. Duck St. (the corner of Duck and 12th Ave.).