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CISE's Morse to Speak on Autism at next Science Cafe

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Dr. Tim Morse

Dr. Timothy Morse, associate professor in The University of Southern Mississippi College of Education and Psychology’s Department of Curriculum, Instruction and Special Education (CISE) will present at the next Science Café at Cook Library Monday, Oct. 24 from 6-7:30 p.m.

Morse, who also serves as director of training for the Gulf Coast Autism Project at Southern Miss Gulf Coast, will present a general overview of autism and talk about important highlights in autism research including the Autism Project. The Nova Science video for the café will show how Rudy Tanzi, a pioneer in discovering genes for Alzheimer's disease, is turning his attention to autism.

Using gene chips that can scan up to a million genetic markers across the entire human genome, Tanzi and others are on the hunt for the genetic key to this disorder that affects millions of children and their families.

Held in the new Art Gallery next to the Starbucks coffee shop at Cook Library, The Science Café series offers those with minimal or no background in science the chance to meet and discuss scientific issues in layman’s terms in a relaxed social setting. A member of the Southern Miss faculty shares his or her expertise at each session with a presentation and short NOVA video.

Admission is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Tracy Englert at 601.266.6396 or via e-mail at Tracy.Englert@usm.edu. Additional information on autism can be found at the PBS Nova website. http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/body/autism-genes.html  or at The Autism Project website, www.usm.edu/gulfcoast/autism<https://golden.usm.edu/owa/redir.aspx?C=05cf47c986fb471992b10826808b24c0&URL=http%3a%2f%2fwww.usm.edu%2fgulfcoast%2fautism

For more information about the Department of Curriculum, Instruction, and Special Education, online visit www.usm.edu/cise