Popular science: Why the subject is growing on people

Photo courtesy of the Homewood-Flossmoor Science Pub

When she was a student, Alba Q. Endicott hated science.

Yet, today, the retired Crete-Monee school district English teacher is among the subject’s biggest fans, as evidenced by her regular attendance at the monthly gatherings of the Homewood-Flossmoor Science Pub, a growing group of community members who turn out to hear speakers address all kinds of subjects, from the Apollo mission to B vitamin supplements.

“It’s interesting,” she said. “This is a totally different way of looking at science.”

Looking at science differently — as interesting, hands-on, doable and fun — has led to a sweeping movement as academics and policy leaders strive to promote innovation and as the general populace suddenly finds easy access to the technology it needs to be inventive and expressive…Please click here to read Donna Vickroy’s story in the Tribune/Daily Southtown.

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