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The Daily Planet Café Announces July 2013 Science Café Events

Rocky Top Hospitality’s Downtown Raleigh Restaurant Hosts Summer Science Talks in Conjunction with North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences

Raleigh, NC, July 04, 2013 --( Dean Ogan, owner of Rocky Top Hospitality (, has announced that The Daily Planet Café will host three science café discussions in conjunction with the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences during the month of July. The science café discussions will engage audiences on the topics of mathematics education, the origins of ice cream and innovative renewable energy options. Each event will be led by experts in their respective fields and will conclude with a question-and-answer session, in which attendees will be encouraged to ask specific questions to learn more.

The first event, entitled “Adventurous Math for the Playground Crowd” will be held Thursday, July 11 at 7 p.m. Dr. Maria Droujkova, curriculum developer and mathematics education researcher, and Yelena McManaman, blogger and education consultant, will lead the discussion on helping students learn advanced math. Directly impacting many of today’s leading industries and technologies, the talk will help parents and teachers discover more effective ways to teach mathematics in the earliest stages of a child’s life. For more information, visit

Marking the height of summer, The Daily Planet Café will host “Ice Cream Science: From Cow to Cone” on Thursday, July 18 at 7 p.m. Knowing that ice cream is the quintessential summer dessert, leaders of the café discussion will explore the sweet origins of this frozen delight, how it goes from cow to cone and whether there are healthy alternatives to one of America’s most beloved desserts. The café discussion will be led by Dr. Keith Harris, an associate professor of food, bioprocessing and nutrition science at N.C. State. For more information, visit

To conclude discussion in the July science café series “Energy’s Future” will be held Thursday, July 25 at 7 p.m. The discussion will be led by David N. McNelis, professor for N.C. State’s department of nuclear engineering. McNelis will take a closer look at innovative renewable energy options and discuss the slow rate of progression behind many of these options. In addition, attendees will learn what to expect in terms of future climatic effects and how we may be able to mitigate these effects or learn to adapt to them. For more information, visit

“We are excited to present the July science café discussions this month in conjunction with the North Carolina Museum of Natural Science,” said Ogan. “The café events are a great way to bring the local community together to discuss topics that impact each of us directly and relate to science in a way that we never have before.”

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About Rocky Top Hospitality
Rocky Top Hospitality restaurants have consistently rated among the Triangle’s most popular local dining choices since its first restaurant opened in 1998. The Rocky Top Hospitality name includes a variety of unique restaurant concepts under its umbrella, such as Dean’s Seafood Grill & Bar, The Daily Planet Café, Twisted Fork and Rocky Top Catering, a thriving events facility and catering business. Dedicated to supporting the North Carolina economy, all Rocky Top Hospitality restaurant menus items are made with local beef, seafood, poultry, pork, dairy and organic produce, whenever possible. Dishes are made fresh daily, in house by the chefs and never come out of a box, and all beef and pork used are free of growth hormones, additives, antibiotics or chemicals. Named one of the Triangle’s Top Corporate Philanthropist by the Triangle Business Journal, Dean Ogan, owner of Rocky Top Hospitality, and his employees are actively involved in giving back to the community and supporting its local efforts. Ogan was named the 2011 Restaurateur of the Year by the North Carolina Restaurant and Lodging Association (NCRLA). For more information on Rocky Top Hospitality, visit

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