Jefferson Lab 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.

Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility’s (Jefferson Lab’s) basic mission is to provide forefront scientific facilities, opportunities and leadership essential for discovering the fundamental structure of nuclear matter; to partner in industry to apply its advanced technology; and to serve the nation and its communities through education and public outreach. Jefferson Lab, located at 12000 Jefferson Avenue, is a Department of Energy Office of Science research facility managed by the Southeastern Universities Research Association.