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MEDIA ADVISORY: MU Bond Life Sciences Center to Host Science Café on Challenges of Diagnosing Autism Spectrum Disorder

July 15th, 2014

Story Contact: Jeff Sossamon, 573-882-3346,

By Sarah Clinton

WHAT: Science Café Columbia continues its mission to inspire informal, relaxed conversations about popular science topics. The upcoming discussion will center around “The Autism Puzzle,” a talk by Stephen Kanne, executive director of the MU Thompson Center for Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disorders. Kanne will focus his talk on the challenges associated with identifying Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and the importance of making correct diagnoses.

An offshoot of an international movement started by PBS’ “NOVA,” Science Café is a grassroots forum that takes place in a neighborhood coffeehouse, library or bar. Meant to include members of the community who may not normally get involved in the science conversation, the Bond Life Sciences Center sponsors Science Café Columbia as a means of nurturing two-way conversations between scientists and the public.

WHERE: Broadway Brewery, 816 E. Broadway, Columbia, Mo.

WHEN: 6 p.m., Monday, July 14

NOTE: This event is free and open to the public. For more information about Science Café, please visit: