LLNL’s Saturday science lectures travel to the Central Valley

March 6, 2007

LLNL’s Saturday science lectures travel to the Central Valley

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory’s (LLNL) popular lecture series, “Science on Saturday” will be offered at locations in the Central Valley from March 17 through May 19. This year’s talks explore a wide range of topics, including diet and cancer, the energy crisis, DNA, astrophysics and biodefense.

Each presentation in the series is aligned with the California Science Standards. The lectures are sponsored by LLNL’s Science and Technology Education Program.

Kicking off the lecture series on March 17 is “Diet and Cancer: Are Cooked Meats Involved?” by Mark Knize, a biomedical research scientist at LLNL, to be presented at Delhi High School, 16881 Schendel Ave., Delhi and hosted by Merced College.

The lecture will explore the latest areas of research on cancer causes, from atoms and molecules to experiments in humans. This “diet and cancer” project combines the traditional disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics to investigate a human health problem.

The series of five free lectures with demonstrations is targeted at middle and high school students. Topics are selected from the forefront of science and technology research in a variety of disciplines. In addition to the March 17 lecture, the following talks are offered:

  • April 21 – “Energy Crisis: Will Technology Save Us?” John Ziagos, LLNL. Location: Buhach Colony High School, 1800 Buhach Road, Atwater. Hosted by: Merced College.
  • April 21 – “Repairing DNA: Our Best Defense Against Cancer,” John Hinz, LLNL. Location: Enochs High School, 3201 Sylvan Ave., Modesto. Hosted by: Enochs High School.
  • April 28 – “Our Universe: Watch Out!”  Wil van Breugel, LLNL. Location: CSU Fresno, 5241 N. Maple Ave., Fresno. Hosted by: CSU Fresno, College of Science and Mathematics, and CSM Science and Mathematics Education Center.
  • May 19 – “Biodefense: Detection to Protect the Nation,” Frank Y.S. Chuang, M.D., National Science Foundation. Location: Los Banos High School, 1966 S 11th St., Los Banos. Hosted by: Merced College.

All lectures begin at 9:30 a.m. and end at 10:30 a.m. Seating is on a first come, first served basis and there is no pre-registration.

The lectures are presented by LLNL Science & Technology Education Program, Merced College, Merced County Office of Education, Merced Union High School District, Los Banos Unified School District, Delhi Unified School District, Modesto City Schools, CSU Fresno and UC Merced.

Click here for more information about the Science on Saturday lectures and directions to each location, or contact Richard Farnsworth at (925) 422-5059.

Founded in 1952, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory has a mission to ensure national security and to 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.