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PPPL presents Science-on-Saturday talks this winter

The Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory will offer a series of "Science-on-Saturday" talks this winter geared toward high school students but open to all.

Students, teachers, parents and community members are invited to attend the free lectures, which begin at 9:30 a.m. on the Forrestal campus.

The talks will be given by scientists and other professionals who are leaders in their field. Here is the schedule:

 Feb. 2 -- "The Problem of Longitude and the Beginnings of Classical Mechanics in the 17th Century," Michael Mahoney, Princeton Department of History.

 Feb. 9 -- "What Do Studies of the Solid Earth Tell Us About Life on Planets?" Charles Langmuir, Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, Columbia University.

 Feb. 16 "Who Wants To Be a Scientist? A Game About the Expansion of the Universe," Jean-Marc Perelmuter, Challenger Center for Space Science Education, Alexandria, Va.

 March 2 -- "How the Brain Got Its Folds: Learning About Function by Looking at Structure," Samuel Wang, Princeton Department of Molecular Biology.

 March 9 -- "The Science of Radiowave and Microwave Probing of Ionospheric and Fusion Plasmas," Raffi Nazikian, Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (laboratory tour following lecture).

 March 16 -- "Bioinformatics in the Post-Genomic Era," Mona Singh, Princeton Department of Computer Science.

Heightened security measures are presently in effect at the laboratory because of the events on Sept. 11. For more information about the series or the forms of ID required for entrance to the laboratory, call the Science-on-Saturday Hotline at (609) 243-2121 or click here .

Contact: Marilyn Marks (609) 258-3601

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