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Release: Oct. 16, 2002

UI offers free Saturday 'Family Adventures in Science'

The University of Iowa once again is presenting a free, Saturday "hands-on" science activity series titled, "Family Adventures in Science."

Series programs, designed for children, parents and science teachers, will be from 4-5 p.m. Saturdays now through Nov. 16 in Room 70 (the basement) of Van Allen Hall, Jefferson and Dubuque Streets. Scheduled programs include:

Oct. 19, "The song of the auroras and the solar wind"

Oct. 26, "How many ways can we find energies?"

Nov. 2, "Tricks Played with Light"

Nov. 9, "Electric power lines and our household powers"

Nov. 16, "The Sky, the Stars and other Inhabitants of the Heaven"

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, a member of the U.S. High Energy Physics Advisory Panel. Her current research includes using the Stanford Linear Accelerator to better understand why matter, rather than anti-matter, is overwhelmingly present in the universe. One of the goals of particle physics is to discover the basic building blocks of matter.

For questions about the science series, contact Prof. Mallik at or at 319-335-0499. 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.