'Science on Saturday' lecture takes a walk down the periodic table and explores Livermorium

sos (Download Image) Lawrence Livermore scientist Dawn Shaughnessy is one of four LLNL researchers teaming up with area science teachers for the 2016 Science on Saturday lecture series.

WHO: Lawrence Livermore scientist Dawn Shaughnessy and Katherine Huang, a Dougherty Valley High School teacher, will present "Behold Livermorium: A Quest for New Elements," the kickoff lecture for the 2016 Science on Saturday series featuring women in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).

WHAT: The talk will focus on the science aspect of STEM. Shaughnessy and Huang will discuss how scientists create new elements and how their nuclear and chemical properties compare to their naturally-occurring counterparts. They also will discuss the journey from element discovery to element naming, culminating with the official naming of element 116 as Livermorium, in honor of the scientists and research that has been done at LLNL since its discovery.

WHEN: Saturday, Feb. 6, 2016

Session I: 9:30 a.m.

Session II: 11:15 a.m.

WHERE:  Bankhead Theater, 2400 First St., Livermore, California, 94550.

NOTE: Lectures are free and no pre-registration is required. Seating is limited and on a first-come basis. Directions, maps and a complete list of lectures are available on the LLNL Education program website. Science on Saturday is a series of lectures for middle and high school students and is presented by LLNL's Science Education Program.