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Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory is hosting Quark Matter 2004, a large international physics conference, on January 11-18, 2004, at the Oakland Marriott City Center. This conference attracts leading researchers from around the world, who will present experimental results and theoretical work discussing the state of matter at a trillion degrees. Matter at such enormous temperatures existed about 10 microseconds after the Big Bang and may be present today in a neutron star's core. Perhaps we are creating it in laboratory experiments.

In association with this conference, there will be a half-day workshop for Bay Area high school and community college science teachers on Sunday, January 11, from noon to 5:00 pm, at the Oakland Marriott City Center in downtown Oakland. The workshop, which is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, will consist of lectures by prominent researchers on modern particle and nuclear physics, together with an introduction to Quark Matter. We have selected speakers who are known for their ability to communicate science to non-experts. Following the lectures there will be a round table discussion with current and recently graduated students attending the conference, to discuss their science education and their day-to-day experiences as scientists. We invite the teachers workshop attendees to the opening reception of the Quark Matter conference on Sunday evening.

The program, which includes ample time for discussion, is:

Open for registration
Lunch for all participants


  • From the Greek elements to modern physics– Horst Stöcker,Professor of Physics, University of Frankfurt, Germany
    - PowerPoint | PDF
  • Modern Particle Accelerators and Detectors: A Household Survey – Carl Gagliardi, Professor of Physics, Texas A & M University
    - PowerPoint | Web Pages | PDF
  • Particles, nuclei and the cosmos – Gary Westfall, Professor of Physics, Michigan State University
    - Powerpoint | Web Pages
  • The nucleus at a trillion degrees - David Morrison, Staff Scientist, Brookhaven National Laboratory
    - PowerPoint | Web Pages
  • Round table discussion with graduate students and recent Ph.D.'s - Jennifer Klay, Eugene Yamamoto, Sevil Salu
Program concludes
Quark Matter reception

We invite all Bay Area high school and community college science teachers who are interested in this workshop to attend. Each teacher who attends may invite one or two students whom he/she feels will benefit from this program. Please feel free to forward a copy of this invitation to interested colleagues. Please register early as there are a limited number of spaces.

Last Modified - 12/19/07