Where can you see the most powerful human-made magnet in
the Galaxy? Or a photon-torpedo launcher as big as a barn, that can zap germs
with laser-like beams of X-rays? How about a room full of computers that let you
explore the heart of the cosmos?
You don't have to take a time-trip to the spaceship Enterprise in the
twenty-third century; all this and more will be on display right here on Earth
this coming October 18. The public will be welcome to peer and sometimes poke
at wonderful scientific gadgets, meet the people who use them to investigate
nature, and learn about the latest scientific research at the Ernest Orlando
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory's Open House on Saturday, October 18,
from 10 am to 4 pm.
During the Open House, the history-making Berkeley Lab will offer a program
featuring hands-on exhibits -- including high-speed Internet surfing and the
chance to control scientific instruments by computer -- along with tours of its
major facilities. Complete details are available in the
online program of the day's
events and activities.
At Family Science Tents, kids 6 through 12 can learn the science of ice cream,
wiggle like an electron, or hear from high-school students what it was like for
them to work alongside researchers on real scientific investigations. All day
long there'll be live music, food, and souvenirs available on the Lab's scenic
grounds in the hills above the UC Berkeley campus.
In a special noontime ceremony, Glenn Seaborg, Berkeley Lab's Associate
Director at Large and a 1951 Nobel Prize laureate, will be honored for his
contributions to science, notably his discoveries and investigations of
elements heavier than uranium. Recently element 106 on the periodic table was
officially named seaborgium in his honor, the only element to be named after a
Throughout the day award-winning scientists will talk about their research,
with topics including the future of computing, new approaches to the possible
treatment of breast cancer, using X-rays to photograph the invisible, one
woman's experience in the world of high-energy physics, and the fate of the
The Berkeley Lab, a multiprogram national research institute managed by the
University of California for the U.S. Department of Energy, employs a staff of
nearly 3,500 people and has an annual budget of over $340 million. The Lab is
dedicated to performing nonclassified research in biological, physical,
materials, chemical, energy, environmental, and earth sciences. It also
operates national user facilities, including the Advanced Light Source (ALS),
which produces the world's brightest x-rays for research; the National Center
for Electron Microscopy (NCEM), which houses the country's most powerful
microscopes; and the National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center
(NERSC) which, with the Energy Sciences Network (ESNet) headquartered at the
Lab, forms the most powerful combination of unclassified computing and
networking resources in the United States.
Berkeley Lab is located in the East Bay Hills directly above the campus of the University of California at Berkeley. For Open House, the Lab will be running free shuttle bus service from the downtown Berkeley BART station every ten minutes. A wheelchair-accessible van will be on call all day. Due to extremely limited space, no parking will be permitted on the Lab site, but free parking will be available at four nearby university parking lots, which also will be served by frequent shuttle buses.
Berkeley Lab is a U.S. Department of Energy national laboratory located in
Berkeley, California. It conducts unclassified scientific research and is
managed by the University of California.