CONTACT: GARY GALLUZZO
100 Old Public Library
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 384-0009; fax (319) 384-0024
Release: Feb. 12, 2001
UI offers free Saturday "Family Adventures in Science"
IOWA CITY, Iowa - If laser light, magnetism and other phenomena interest
you or your children, you may want attend a new University of Iowa "hands-on"
science activity series titled, "Family Adventures in Science."
The free series, designed for elementary school-age children accompanied
by their parents and for science teachers, is held from 4-5 p.m. Saturdays
through May 5 in Room 70 of Van Allen Hall, Jefferson and Dubuque Streets.
Scheduled programs include:
- February 17, "Why is the sky blue during the day and red before
it turns dark? What are rainbows made of?"
- February 24, "Why do piano, violin, base, flute...all sound different,
what are the scales?"
- March 3, "The four states of matter, plasma and the secrets of lightning,
- March 24, "How to lift a big person with a finger? How does your
heart lift so much blood?"
- March 31, "Do magnets really have magnetic personalities? How does
a magnetic train work?"
- April 7, "How long ago was ...'In the beginning..., before time
started?' (Einstein thought time is bent, how about that?)
- April 14, "Magicians' secrets of optical illusions, and how the
heavens come next door with telescopes."
- April 21, "What are the BLACK Holes, Supernovae, Neutron stars,
Quasars,.....which populate the heavens?"
- April 28, To be determined.
- May 5, To be determined.
Designed to satisfy children's curiosity, the series presents basic scientific
concepts through a combination of experiments, videos, displays and desktop
experiments. The programs are offered by the UI College of Liberal Arts, department
of physics and astronomy. Additional information can be found at: http://www.physics.uiowa.edu/~umallik/adventure/adventure.htm.
The programs are organized by Physics Professor Usha Mallik, who received
her doctorate from the City College of New York in 1978, joined the UI faculty
in 1988, and is a member of the U.S. High Energy Physics Advisory Panel. Panel
members contribute to the national research effort by selecting research directions
and setting priorities, by surveying the peer review process, and by advising
the U.S. Department of Energys director of science, as well as the National
Science Foundation, on particle physics research. Panel members are selected
on the basis of contributions made to their scientific field as shown by research,
publications in scientific journals, and other scientific activities, achievements
She currently is conducting research using the Stanford Linear Accelerator
with $260,000 in annual base funding from the U.S. Department of Energy, to
better understand why matter, rather than anti-matter, is overwhelmingly present
in the universe, even though physicists theorize that the two forms of matter
were present in equal amounts when the universe was created. One of the goals
of particle physics is to discover the basic building blocks of matter.
Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all UI-sponsored
events. People requiring an accommodation in order to participate in this
program are asked to contact the Department of Physics and Astronomy in advance