Children's lecture, demonstrations explore science of germs

A holiday science lecture for parents and children ages 7 and up will explore the science behind germs at 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 19, in McCosh 10.

Titled "Germs! A Detective Story," the event will examine how germs were discovered, how they behave and how scientists continue to create new methods to fight the spread of infections.

The event will feature live experiments and interactive demonstrations with audience members as well as a look at bacteria that grow in exotic environments. The lecture will be led by Howard Stone, the Donald R. Dixon '69 and Elizabeth W. Dixon Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering.

The show is sponsored by the Princeton Center for Complex Materials and the Princeton Institute for the Science and Technology of Materials. It is free and open to the public, but to guarantee a seat audience members are asked to register in advance by contacting Erin Metro at or (609) 258-5144.