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Science on Saturday lectures continue until March 20

The Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory's annual "Science on Saturday" program, a series of talks geared toward high school students, runs through March 20.

The talks, with topics ranging from hydrogen fuel cells to the "dark side of the universe," begin at 9:30 a.m. on designated Saturdays and usually finish by 11:15 a.m. Students, teachers, parents and community members are invited to attend the lectures in the Gottlieb Auditorium on the Forrestal Campus.

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. Directions and further information are available from the Plasma Physics Lab .

This year's series includes the following lectures:

  • Jan. 31: "Hydrogen and Fuel Cells -- What's New and What's Now" by Kaye Kamp, science education advisor, U.S. Department of Energy.
  • Feb. 7: "The World of Structural Biology and the Protein Data Bank" by Helen Berman, professor of chemistry and chemical biology, Rutgers University.
  • Feb. 14: "Grid Computing" by Manish Parashar, professor of electrical and computer engineering, Rutgers University.
  • Feb. 21: "Glass, the Canvas for Science: From the Scientific Glassblower's Perspective" by Michael Souza, department of chemistry, Princeton University.
  • March 6: "Fusion at PPPL: Scientific Research on a New Energy Source" by Robert Goldston, director, Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory.
  • March 13: "The Dark Side of the Universe" by Neta Bahcall, professor of astrophysical sciences, Princeton University.
  • March 20: "Nanotechnology: Fact and Fiction, Fantasy and Reality" by Paul Burrows, laboratory fellow, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.
  • Contact: Lauren Robinson-Brown (609) 258-3601

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