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University of Iowa News Release

Sept. 30, 2005

UI Offers October Family Adventures In Science -- Commemorating Einstein

If black holes, fusion, stars and galaxies interest you or your family, you won't want to miss a University of Iowa "hands-on" science activity series scheduled on five consecutive Saturdays in October, "Family Adventures in Science -- Celebrating the World Year of Physics." All programs are free and open to the public.

The first program "Maxwell and Einstein" will be from 4-5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 1 in Lecture Room 1 of Van Allen Hall, Jefferson and Dubuque Streets in Iowa City.

Designed to satisfy children's curiosity, the series presents basic scientific concepts through experiments, videos and displays. The programs are offered to children ages 7-14, along with their parents, grandparents and science educators, with all programs scheduled from 4-5 p.m. on Saturdays in Lecture Room 1 of Van Allen Hall.

Other programs include:

Oct. 8 -- "Light, The Absolute, and Its Speed."

Oct. 15 -- "Basic Principles Behind Lasers, Einstein on Stimulated Emission."

Oct. 22 -- "Uses of Lasers, from Mundane to Magnificent."

Oct. 29 -- "Einstein's Vision into Symmetry in All Things."

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. Usha Mallik, professor of physics and astronomy, is the coordinator of the series. Additional information can be found 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.

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