'Science-on-Saturday' lectures offered
Posted December 22, 2008; 05:01 p.m.
The Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory's annual Science-on-Saturday program -- a series of eight talks on topics ranging from microplasmas to contact lens care -- is scheduled for Jan. 10 through March 14.
The talks begin at 9:30 a.m. on designated Saturdays and usually run about two hours. The program is geared toward high school students, but all campus and local community members are invited to attend the free lectures in the Gottlieb Auditorium on the Forrestal Campus.
The series is marking its 25th anniversary this year. "It continues to grow every year in popularity," said James Morgan, a PPPL science education program administrator who organized the series with Ronald Hatcher and Kathleen Lukazik. "Science on Saturday is a way for the lab to introduce the community to various science topics and research in a range of disciplines."
This year's series includes the following lectures:
• Jan. 10 -- "Learning Differences in a Digital World: A New Vision" with Gordon Sherman, executive director of the Newgrange School and Education Center in Princeton.
• Jan. 17 -- "Is God a Mathematician?" with Mario Livio, senior astrophysicist at the Space Telescope Science Institute in Baltimore.
• Jan. 24 -- "Polysaccharides: From Waste Products to Smart Materials " with Caroline Schauer, assistant professor of materials science and engineering at Drexel University.
• Jan. 31 -- "Microplasmas" with José Lopez, assistant professor of physics at St. Peter's College.
• Feb. 7 -- "Left-Right Asymmetry in the Universe" with Dilip Kondepudi, the Thurman D. Kitchin Professor of Chemistry at Wake Forest University.
• Feb. 14 -- "Mapping the Universe" with Michael Strauss, professor of astrophysical sciences at Princeton.
• Feb. 21 -- "Illusion and Reality: At the Boundary of Art and Science " with Susana Martinez-Conde, director of the Laboratory of Visual Neuroscience at the Barrow Neurological Institute in Phoenix.
• March 14 -- "Outbreak of Contact Lens-Related Fusarium Keratitis in 2006: A Lesson in Microbial Keratitis and Contact Lens Care" with David Chu, assistant professor of ophthalmology and associate director of the Institute of Ophthalmology and Visual Science at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey-New Jersey Medical School.
Registration is on-site prior to each session. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. Security measures at the lab require adult visitors to show government-issued photo identification upon arrival. Directions and further information are available from the PPPL website.