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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 in Science."

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 Does?"

• Oct. 27, ages 10-15, "Do Frogs, Grapes, or Oxygen Have Magnetic Properties?"

• 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:

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 Energy’s 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 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.