Livermore Laboratory Presents Spotlight On Science

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory will launch its fourth year of community lectures with a talk showcasing the pictorial history of nuclear testing.

Peter Kuran, who has produced five documentaries on the subject of nuclear testing, will discuss "Nuclear Testing: A History Told in Images," at 7 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 16, at Livermore High School. This talk is free and open to the public.

The lecture series, "Spotlight on Science," is designed to address current topics in science and present them in an understandable way to the community.

Kuran’s talk will focus on the importance of film preservation and restoration and how it applies to the history of nuclear testing. He will also present a pictorial history of nuclear testing, including some highlights of Livermore’s contribution as culled from his five documentaries on the subject, including "Trinity and Beyond."

"Our government, as well as those who have been entrusted with the responsibility of maintaining these historical images, must make it a priority to preserve these images for future generations," Kuran said.

The Laboratory’s Spotlight on Science series will present six lectures during the 2002-2003 school year that range from evolution to earthquakes to terrorism. Speakers will discuss their research, present leading-edge information and follow their presentations with a question-and-answer period.

The lectures will be offered once a month (except December) through March 2003. The lectures, which are geared toward the general public, begin at 7 p.m. and are free of charge. Four of the talks will be held at Livermore High School, 600 Maple St., and two will be held at Amador High School in Pleasanton, 1555 Santa Rita Road.

This year’s Spotlight on Science speakers are:
• Peter Kuran, VCE Inc., "Nuclear Testing: A History Told in Images," Monday, Sept. 16., Livermore High School.

• Terry Turchie, LLNL, "In Pursuit of Justice: The War on Terror," Oct. 24, Amador High School.
• David McCallen, LLNL, "Computer Modeling: Predicting Effects of Major Earthquakes," Nov. 14, Livermore High School.

• David Seaborg, evolutionary biologist, "The Current Status of Evolutionary Biology," Jan. 23, Livermore High School.

• Wayne Morris, Wackenhut Services, "Protecting What’s Ours: The Loss of U.S. Technology to Competitors," Feb. 20, Amador High School.

• Tammy Jernigan, LLNL, "Blast Off to the International Space Station," March 27, Livermore High School.

For more information or maps, please go to or call (925) 422-4599.

Founded in 1952, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory is a national security laboratory, with a mission to ensure national security and apply science and technology to the important issues of our time. Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory is managed by the University of California for the U.S. Department of Energy's National Nuclear Security Administration.

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Sept. 12, 2002


Elizabeth Rajs
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