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Feb. 14, 2005

UI Promotes Family Adventures In Science -- Commemorating Einstein

If black holes, fusion, stars and galaxies interest you, or your family, you won't want to miss this University of Iowa "hands-on" science activity series titled "Family Adventures in Science -- Commemorating the 100th Anniversary of Einstein's Groundbreaking Discoveries."

Albert Einstein was one of history's most influential scientists, as well as an interesting individual. In 1905, he published three groundbreaking papers, one of which earned him the Nobel Prize. Today, we celebrate the 100th anniversary of these groundbreaking events in physics.

Designed to satisfy children's curiosity, this series presents basic scientific concepts through experiments, videos and displays. Designed for children ages 7-14, along with their parents, grandparents and science educators, the four consecutive programs run from 4-5 p.m. on Saturdays beginning Feb. 19 in Lecture Room 1 of Van Allen Hall, Jefferson and Dubuque Streets in Iowa City. The schedule includes:

--Feb. 19: Einstein, His Life and His Legacy in Science.

--Feb. 26: The Expanding Universe, Black Holes, and AGN's (active galactic nuclei).

--March 5: The Energy from Fusion, in Galaxies, in Stars, and on Earth.

--March 12: The Physics of the Extremely Small and Extremely Big: Yin & Yang.

To register for the series, or each program individually, or for questions, please call the alumni association at 800-469-2586 or 319-335-3294. Or register online at www.iowalum.com/lifelonglearning/register/index.html

The Family Adventures in Science series is sponsored by the UI College of  Liberal Arts and Sciences, Department of Physics and Astronomy and the UI Alumni Association. Professor Usha Mallik in the Department of Physics and Astronomy is helping coordinate this series.

More information can be found at http://www.physics.uiowa.edu/~umallik/adventure/.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 371, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500.

MEDIA CONTACT: George McCrory, 319-384-0012, george-mccrory@uiowa.edu.