LOGAN – Utah State University’s College of Science announces the new Science Unwrapped series “Modern Scientific Marvels” for fall 2011. The free, monthly presentations, offered in a family friendly format for all ages, focus on varied aspects and disciplines of science. The popular Friday evening gatherings, which paused for a summer break, resume Sept. 2, on USU’s Logan campus. “In our new series, we celebrate scientific discoveries that defy the imagination and spotlight the creativity of science,” says Shane Larson, Science Unwrapped committee chair and assistant professor in USU’s Physics Department. “We’ll explore how these discoveries touch our lives in marvelous ways.”Initiated by the college in February 2009, Science Unwrapped is designed to introduce science in a relaxed, entertaining manner. The presentations begin with a brief lecture, followed by hands-on activities and refreshments. Previous gatherings have drawn several hundred participants to each event, with attendees ranging from preschoolers to senior citizens.”We want to get people excited about science and get them asking questions,” Larson says.The fall series begins Friday, Sept. 2, with “Hearing Empowered: Scientific Developments in a Silent Revolution” with featured speaker Karl White, professor USU Department of Psychology and founding director, National Center for Hearing Assessment and Management.Friday, Oct. 7, physicist Gabriela González of Louisiana State University, national spokesperson for the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory or “LIGO,” presents “Catching Einstein’s Waves: Exploring Ripples in Space-Time.”Molecular biologist Randy Lewis, USTAR professor in USU’s Synthetic Bio-Manufacturing Center, presents “Spider Silk: An Ancient Biomaterial for the Future” Friday, Nov. 4.Each presentation begins at 7 p.m. in the Emert Auditorium, Room 130, of the Eccles Science Learning Center. Admission is free.For more information, call 435-797-3517, visit www.usu.edu/science/unwrapped or view the ‘Science Unwrapped at USU’ page on Facebook.
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