The Daily Planet Café Announces August 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, August 02, 2013 --( Dean Ogan, owner of Rocky Top Hospitality (, has announced that The Daily Planet Café will host five science café events in conjunction with the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences during the month of August. The science café events are scheduled to take place each Thursday in August as part of the museum’s science programming. Featuring such diverse topics as science-inspired poetry and superhero science, this month’s events are sure to engage and captivate audiences. For more information as each week’s event approaches, visit

This month’s first Science Café event is August’s installment of Science Trivia! Held in The Daily Planet Café on the first Thursday of each month, Science Trivia is a fun opportunity to mingle with friends and compete for prizes and bragging rights as you battle to answer questions about science facts, current events, pop culture and scientific discoveries. This event will take place Thursday, August 1 at 7 p.m. For more information, visit:

“Poetry Scope” is an evening of science through the lens of poetry. Five Triangle-area poets will read and discuss their science-inspired poems, which were selected based on their scientific content, connection to the museum and diverse representation of the natural sciences. Poetry Scope will take place Thursday, Aug. 8 at 7 p.m. For more information visit

“Captain America’s Shield, Wolverine’s Claws and the Future of Materials Science and Engineering” will explore the connection between superhero lore and the field of materials science and engineering. This event, led by Dr. Suveen Mathaudhu, will offer a unique glimpse into the rich history of materials science and current research designed to make materials stronger, lighter, smarter and altogether worthy of comic book heroes and science fiction warriors. This event will be held Thursday, Aug. 15 at 7 p.m. For more information visit

“Into Africa: Science From a New Perspective” is a discussion that will explore how non-scientific influences – art, history, religion, politics, culture, philosophy – shaped the speakers’ decision to pursue careers in science and how these variables impacted their research. Presented in partnership with the North Carolina Humanities Council, this event is scheduled for Thursday, Aug. 22 at 7 p.m. For more information visit

“Listening to the Land and Honoring Traditional Knowledge” is a look at the special relationship with the environment from the perspective of Native American and indigenous communities. As forested lands are gradually disappearing, our challenge is to sustain these resources and the numerous benefits they provide. Join the conversation as USDA Forest Service scientific thought leader Dr. Robert Doudrick explores the benefits of traditional knowledge and its application to the complex forest challenges we face today. This event will take place Thursday, Aug. 29 at 7 p.m. For more information visit

“We are excited to present the August science café events in conjunction with the North Carolina Museum of Natural Science,” said Ogan. “These events offer a unique way to bring the local community together and encourage them to experience science in bold new ways.”

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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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