JLab announces two Spring Science Series events

Topics include 'scale of universe' and 'how things work'

Jefferson Lab's 2006 Spring Science Series kicks off at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 21, in the CEBAF Center auditorium with astronomer, teacher and author Jeffrey Bennett from the University of Colorado (Boulder) presenting "The Scale of the Universe." If you could hold the Sun in your hand, where would we find the planets and other stars? Bennett will take a virtual trip across the universe, in both space and time, which will fascinate and amaze his audience.

One of the many projects Bennett has been involved in is "Voyage: A 1-to-10 Billion Scale Model Solar System" that opened in 2001 on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. (just outside the northeast corner of the National Air and Space Museum). For more information about Bennett and his work, visit www.jeffreybennett.com/. Also, available for purchase following the lecture will be autographed copies of Bennett's latest children's book "Max goes to Mars."

Then on Tuesday, March 21, Louis Bloomfield, professor of physics at the University of Virginia, will examine "How Things Work." He will offer the audience an introduction to the physics and science found in everyday life; and examine objects from our daily lives, focusing on their principles of operation, histories, and relationships to one another. For additional information about Bloomfield, visit http://rabi.phys.virginia.edu/HTW/.

The presentations begin at 7 p.m. in Jefferson Lab's CEBAF Center auditorium, located at 12000 Jefferson Ave., Newport News. The programs are free and open to anyone interested in learning more about science; they last about one hour and include a question and answer period at the end. For security purposes during Science Series events, enter at Jefferson Lab's main entrance (Onnes Dr.). Everyone over 16 is asked to carry a photo ID and security guards may perform ID, bookbag and purse and vehicle checks. For more information and directions, visit http://education.jlab.org/scienceseries/currentseries.html. Or call 269-5102 for more information.

###

Jefferson Science Associates, LLC, a joint venture of the Southeastern Universities Research Association, Inc. and PAE, manages and operates the Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility, or Jefferson Lab, for the U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Science.

DOE’s Office of Science is the single largest supporter of basic research in the physical sciences in the United States, and is working to address some of the most pressing challenges of our time. For more information, visit science.energy.gov.