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The science behind Tacoma’s Aroma

Post by Craig Sailor / The News Tribune on Dec. 12, 2011 at 9:21 am |
December 8, 2011 2:34 pm

The Aroma of Tacoma – it may be our city’s most time-honored pun. But, as they say, many a true word is said in jest.

While Tacoma certainly smells better now than in days of old there are still parts of Pierce County that have some of the highest levels of air pollutants than anywhere else in Washington. Fumes from the Port of Tacoma, wood burning smoke, car exhaust, dust…it all adds up.

At Pacific Science Center’s next Tacoma Science Café on Tuesday, Erik Saganic from the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency will discuss how this type of air pollution affects our health. He’ll also address what can be done to improve our air quality.

Tacoma Science Cafe
Where: The Swiss Pub, 1904 Jefferson Ave, Tacoma, WA 98402
When: 6:30-8:30 p.m. Wednesday
Cost: Free

The Tacoma Science Café, a partnership with KCTS 9 Public Television, is a monthly event where anyone can participate in topical discussions with leaders in the fields of science and technology while enjoying a glass of wine, a pint of beer or a cup of coffee. All Science Cafés are free to the public, open to all ages and no science background is required!

Each Science Café begins with a local scientist presenting a brief backbone of science related to the night’s topic, followed by a short break for table discussion and beverage refills. The highlight of the night is an extended question and answer session with the scientist.

By enlisting researchers and scientists to speak at our Science Cafes, Pacific Science Center, an independent, not-for-profit educational institution, is addressing the critical need to engage the public with the scientific community in innovative and meaningful ways.

Science Cafes are held monthly in locations across the area including the Eastside and downtown Seattle. Each café is recorded by KCTS 9 and available for online viewing. For more information on upcoming speakers, topics and future Science Cafés please visit

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