CONTACT: GARY GALLUZZO
300 Plaza Centre One
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 384-0009; fax (319) 384-0024
Release: Oct. 18, 2001
UI offers free Saturday 'Family Adventures in Science'
IOWA CITY, Iowa - If the nature of light, sound and other phenomena
interest you or your children, you may want to attend a University of Iowa
"hands-on" science activity series titled, "Family Adventures
Two free series, one designed for children ages 6-10 years and another for
children ages 10-15, also welcome parents and science teachers. Programs will
be from 4-5 p.m. Saturdays beginning Saturday, Oct. 20 in Lecture Room 2 of
Van Allen Hall, Jefferson and Dubuque Streets. The series will continue through
Dec. 8, excluding Nov. 24. Scheduled programs include:
Oct. 20, ages 6-10, "Does Sound Travel the Same Way that Light
Oct. 27, ages 10-15, "Do Frogs, Grapes, or Oxygen Have Magnetic
Nov. 3, 6-10, "How Do Space Walkers Feel Gravity?"
Nov. 10, 10-15, "How to Make Things Come Alive with Magnetism."
Nov. 17, 6-10, "How Does Light Bend, Bounce, or Turn Corners?"
Dec. 1,10-15, "Technology Moving at the Speed of Light."
Dec. 8, 6-10, "Music and Moving Waves."
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 and
Sciences, 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 UI physics professor Usha Mallik, who 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 and honors.
She currently is conducting research using the Stanford Linear Accelerator
with $270,000 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. (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.
For questions about the science series, contact Mallik at 319-335-0499 or
at firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 at 319-335-1688.