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Physics, astronomy department to host public events

Fri, 08/29/2014

LAWRENCE — The University of Kansas Department of Physics & Astronomy is hosting two events this fall, inviting citizen scientists to explore the world and the ever-expanding universe. Events are open to the public and include the following:

“From the Smallest to the Biggest: How Our Inward Search Sheds Light on the Earliest Moments of the Universe”

Thursday, Sept. 4, 7:30 p.m., Eldridge Extended, Bliss Room - 201 W. Eighth St.

“Everyone Loves Science”

Monday, Oct. 20, 7:30 p.m., Lawrence Public Library Auditorium, 707 Vermont St.

The first event, “From the Smallest to the Biggest,” is a presentation by Brookhaven National Laboratory scientist Paul Sorensen. He will discuss everything from the smallest bits of matter created via particle colliders to the largest depths of the expanding universe.

The second event, “Everyone Loves Science,” encourages community members to have fun with science and not be intimidated by it. The event is designed for attendees to ask questions and participate. Physics professor Mats Selen will lead hands-on, educational physics activities designed to engage attendees and improve learning. Selen and his colleagues at the University of Illinois developed these programs as part of student outreach efforts, showcasing the fun of science through a Physics Van.

The Department of Physics & Astronomy is part of the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences, which encourages learning without boundaries in its more than 50 departments, programs and centers. Through innovative research and teaching, the College emphasizes interdisciplinary education, global awareness and experiential learning. The College is KU's broadest, most diverse academic unit. 



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