Jefferson Lab Fall Lecture: Exploring Our World With Particle Accelerators

NEWPORT NEWS, Va., Nov. 9, 2010 – Jefferson Lab's 2010 Fall Science Lecture Series concludes on Tuesday, Nov. 23, with James E. Brau, University of Oregon, presenting "The Mysterious Universe: Exploring Our World with Particle Accelerators."

The universe is dark and mysterious, more so than even Einstein imagined, Brau says. While modern science has established an understanding of ordinary matter, scientists now know that previously unidentified elements (dark matter and dark energy) dominate the structure of the universe, its behavior and its destiny. Brau will discuss how researchers are working to address these unknowns with experiments at particle accelerators. Results of this research may revolutionize our view of nature as dramatically as the advances of Einstein and other quantum pioneers, according to Brau. He will introduce the questions being advanced, the research facilities being used to study these mysteries and discuss our current understanding of the underlying science. The presentation will be at an introductory level, appropriate for anyone interested in physics and astronomy.

The lecture is free and open to students and adults with an interest in science. It begins at 7 p.m. in the CEBAF Center auditorium, located at 12000 Jefferson Ave., Newport News. The program will last about an hour. Seating in the auditorium and overflow area is available on a first-come, first-served basis and is limited to about 300 people. People arriving once capacity has been reached will be turned away.

All those under age 16 must be accompanied by a parent or responsible adult. For security purposes, enter at Jefferson Lab's main entrance (Onnes Drive.). Everyone over 16 is asked to carry a valid photo ID. Security guards may perform ID, parcel and vehicle checks. For directions and additional information about this and future Jefferson Lab public lectures, visit http://education.jlab.org/scienceseries/index.php, or contact Christine Wheeler, e-mail wheelerc@jlab.org or call 757-269-7560.

Jefferson Lab is one of 17 U.S. Department of Energy national research laboratories and facilities. It is managed and operated by Jefferson Science Associates, LLC for the DOE’s Office of Science.

Brief:
Lecture: Exploring Our World With Particle Accelerators
On Tuesday, Nov. 23, James E. Brau, University of Oregon, will present a public lecture titled "The Mysterious Universe: Exploring Our World with Particle Accelerators" beginning at 7 p.m. in the Jefferson Lab CEBAF Center auditorium, located at 12000 Jefferson Ave., Newport News, Va. The lecture is free and open to students and adults with an interest in science. It begins at 7 p.m. in the CEBAF Center auditorium, located at 12000 Jefferson Ave., Newport News. The program will last about an hour. Seating in the auditorium and overflow area is available on a first-come, first-served basis and is limited to about 300 people. People arriving once capacity has been reached will be turned away. More information about this lecture and future lecture is posted at: http://education.jlab.org/scienceseries/index.php

All those under age 16 must be accompanied by a parent or responsible adult. For security purposes, enter at Jefferson Lab's main entrance (Onnes Drive.). Everyone over 16 is asked to carry a valid photo ID. Security guards may perform ID, parcel and vehicle checks. For directions and additional information about Jefferson Lab public lectures, visit http://education.jlab.org/scienceseries/index.php, or contact Christine Wheeler, e-mail wheelerc@jlab.org or call 757-269-7560