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Interactions News Wire #06-05
28 January 2005  http://www.interactions.org
Source: Jefferson Lab
Content: Press Release
Date Issued: 28 January 2005

Jefferson Lab Celebrates 2005: World Year of Physics

Newport News, Va. — This year marks the 100th anniversary of Albert
Einstein’s “miraculous year,” in which he wrote five papers that changed
the way we look at physics. The International Union of Pure and Applied
Physics (IUPAP) and the United Nations Educational, Scientific and
Cultural Organization (UNESCO) have declared 2005 the World Year of
Physics, and the Department of Energy’s Jefferson Lab is joining the
international physics community in this celebration.

Einstein’s ideas not only shaped the field of physics, they also made
the research being conducted at Jefferson Lab possible. The Lab will
celebrate the year with a number of events open to the public, including
the biennial Open House, a World Year of Physics Lecture Series, public
colloquia and other events to be announced as plans are finalized.

Current Schedule of JLab's 2005 World Year of Physics Events
(as of Jan. 24, 2005)

A Science Series Lecture February 8
From Slave to Scientist: A Dramatization of the Life of George
Washington Carver

CEBAF Center Auditorium, beginning at 7 p.m.

This dramatization takes the audience through George Washington Carver's
early struggles to get an education, his quest for a career as an
artist, and his years as a teacher and inventor. The audience “meets”
Dr. Carver during a concert tour. A gifted singer and pianist, he
traveled throughout the South giving performances to raise money for
Tuskegee Institute, where he taught and lived until the end of his life.

"From Slave to Scientist" was written, produced, and directed by Robin
Lane of Robin Lane Productions.

February 16
Orbiting the Sun with Qubits: An Overview of Science & Technology at
the Applied Physics Laboratory

A World Year of Physics Colloquium by Victor McCrary, Johns Hopkins

CEBAF Center Auditorium, beginning at 4 p.m.

In seven years, NASA plans to send a probe to orbit the sun. This probe
will be subjected to a solar flux that will heat the probe’s surface to
temperatures in excess of 3500° F. In 10-20 years, the U.S. will have a
quantum computer that can break any code or solve today's toughest gene
sequence in fractions of the time it takes now. Challenges like these
are being met by scientist and engineer investigators at the Johns
Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (JHU/APL). For over 60
years, JHU/APL has provided critical contributions in the areas of
national defense, space science and exploration, and homeland security.
This talk will provide an overview of basic and applied research
projects that are poised to answer tomorrow's critical challenges
through today's research.

March 16
Einstein's Biggest Blunder: A Cosmic Mystery Story

A World Year of Physics Series Lecture by Professor Lawrence Krauss,
internationally known theoretical physicist from Case Western Reserve
University and best-selling author

CEBAF Center Auditorium, beginning at 7 p.m.

Within a decade of adding a "Cosmological Constant" to his triumphant
General Theory of Relativity in 1915, Einstein denigrated the addition
as his "greatest blunder." In the last
decade, however, new observations have led to a revolution in cosmology
and a rethinking of Einstein's alleged blunder and its implications for
understanding nature and life. In this World Year of Physics Lecture
Series talk, Lawrence Krauss, director of the Center for Education and
Research in Cosmology and Astrophysics at Case Western Reserve
University, explains new data from a variety of independent cosmological
and astrophysical observations and reveal the strangest theoretical
possibility one can imagine.

March 22
A Visit with Marie Curie

A Science Series Lecture

CEBAF Center Auditorium, beginning at 7 p.m.

This one-woman, living history exposes the struggles and triumphs of
Madame Marie Curie — an academically impassioned, vehemently private,
fervently Polish scientist, mother and teacher. She was the first woman
to receive a Nobel Prize when she and her husband, Pierre, earned the
Nobel Prize in Physics in 1903. Then in 1911, Marie Curie became the
first person to win a 2nd Nobel; this time the recognition was a Prize
in Chemistry for her discovery of radium and radioactivity. This
40-minute presentation covers her childhood through scientific
discovery, 10-minute Q&A with "Marie Curie" and then a 10-minute Q&A
with the presenter. Visit web page for downloadable study guide. By
Susan Marie Frontczak, Storysmith.

April 16
Jefferson Lab Open House

Free, public parking will be at Canon Virginia, 12000 Canon Blvd,
Newport News, with free shuttle busses ferrying visitors to Jefferson Lab

9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (the last shuttle bus will bring guests on site
promptly at 2 p.m. The last bus returning to Canon Virginia parking lot
will depart JLab at 4 p.m.)

Bring the family, bring a friend and plan on spending the day with us!
Take in the latest physics research and technology developments underway
at Jefferson Lab. The Lab is opening its R&D areas, accelerator,
experimental halls, and Free-Electron Laser. Hands-on activities from
local museums, universities and federal agencies and cryogenic shows
will show the public how nuclear physics impacts the lives of many.

The event will be free of charge, open to the public, and held rain or
shine. Visiting the exhibits and facilities will take about two hours
and involve a fair amount of walking.

For more information about Einstein’s papers and how his scientific
discoveries form the basis for the technologies used and the research
conducted at Jefferson Lab, please visit www.jlab.org/.

For more information about events, please contact:

Linda Ware
(757) 269-7689

Debbie Magaldi
(757) 269-5102