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PPPL's Science on Saturday lecture series begins Jan. 18

Princeton Plasma Physics Lab's annual Science on Saturday lecture series, with topics ranging from cryptography to climate change, begins this Saturday, Jan. 18.

The series of seven talks, which run through March 15, are geared toward high school students, but are open to anyone. In recent years, the lectures each have drawn more than 300 students, teachers, parents and other community members.

The lectures begin at 9:30 a.m. and are usually finished by 11:15 a.m. There is no preregistration; registration takes place on site before each session. Seating is on a first-come first-served basis. Heightened security at the lab requires that all adult visitors show government-issued photo identification. See the Plasma Physics Lab's Web site for directions and more information.

This year's series includes the following lectures:

  • Jan 18: "How Evolution Engineered a Brain" by Dmitri Chklovskii of Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory.
  • Feb. 1: "Mobile Wireless Networking: From Planes to Tanks to Robots" by Jason Redi of BBN Technologies.
  • Feb. 8: "The Science and Ethics of Human Experimentation" by Andrew Post-Zwicker of the Princeton Plasma Physics Lab.
  • Feb 15: "Homo Erectus from Africa to Asia" by Susan Anton of Rutgers University.
  • Feb. 22: "Cryptography: Secret Codes, Spying and E-Commerce" by Edward Felten of Princeton University.
  • March 8: "The Search for Supersymmetry" by Edward Witten of the Institute for Advanced Study.
  • March 15: "Global Climate Change and Land-Atmosphere Interactions" by Kirsten Findell of the Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Lab.

More information as well as notification of weather-related cancellations is available by calling the Science-on-Saturday hotline at (609) 243-2121.

Contact: Lauren Robinson-Brown (609) 258-3601

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