Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) will bring its popular lecture series, "Science on Saturday," to Tracy for a second year on Nov. 8 and 15. Each of the free, one-hour presentations will begin at 9:30 a.m. in the Grand Theatre at 715 Central Ave. in Tracy.
The series of lectures and demonstrations highlighting current research conducted at LLNL is targeted at middle and high school students and teachers. Each lecture is developed through a collaboration of a Lab scientist and a science teacher to create a presentation in the form of a science lesson.
The talks include:
- Nov. 8 -- "Protecting the Nation's Livestock: Corralling Foreign Diseases," by Pam Hullinger of LLNL and Erin McKay, teacher, Tracy High School. This talk will explain how scientists at Lawrence Livermore are working to develop tests and computer disease models to detect toxins and keep our national livestock safe from foreign diseases.
- Nov. 15 -- "A Tale of a Comet's Tail: Clues to the Origin of Our Solar System," by Hope Ishii of LLNL and Tom Shefler, teacher, Granada High School, Livermore. This lecture will look at how comets are formed, their role in the Earth's history and the clues we are finding about what happened over 4 billion years ago.
The talks are aligned with the California Science Standards and are sponsored by LLNL's Science Education Program. Seating is first-come, first-served. No pre-registration is required. For more information about Science on Saturday, go to the Web at http://education.llnl.gov/sos or contact Richard Farnsworth at (925) 422-5059.