What’s the Matter with Antimatter; Science Book Fair; La Noche de la Ciencia; Science and International Understanding

MEDIA ADVISORY: This Week at Snowmass, July 9-13

What’s the Matter with Antimatter; Science Book Fair; La Noche de la Ciencia; Science and International Understanding

SNOWMASS VILLAGE—Why do we live in a universe made of matter instead of antimatter? Natalie Roe of California’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory discusses “What’s the Matter With Antimatter?” on Wednesday, July 11, highlighting another week of events making science accessible to everyone during “Snowmass 2001: A Summer Study on the Future of Particle Physics.”

Roe is a member of the BaBar collaboration at the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center, which recently announced the strong confirmation of CP Violation, the asymmetry between matter and antimatter, in another category of subatomic particles.

Roe will speak at 8 p.m. in Paepke Auditorium, 1000 N. 3rd Street in Aspen. Her talk, which is free and open to the public, leads off the Heinz R. Pagels 2001 Summer Lecture Series of the Aspen Center for Physics. The Pagels Lectures are popular talks designed for a general audience, and speakers are available for discussion following the lectures.

The three-week Snowmass 2001 conference, bringing together some 1,100 of the top scientists in this field, is being held at the Snowmass Conference Center through July 21. Here are events of special interest to the media this week; all are open to the public except The Physics of the Universe Town Meeting on Friday night.

Monday, July 9

Lunchtime Lecture: “The Future of Microelectronics Technology,” Yuan Taur, IBM Watson Research Center; 12:30-1:30 p.m., at the Anderson Ballroom of the Snowmass Conference Center. Free and open to the public.

Science Book Fair: Nobel Laureate Leon Lederman (The God Particle), L.A. Times science writer K.C. Cole (The Hole in the Universe), Dallas Morning News science writer Tom Siegfried (The Bit and the Pendulum), National Science Foundation Office of Legislative and Public Affairs Director Curt Suplee (Physics in the 20th Century), University of Michigan physicist Gordon Kane (Supersymmetry), Berkeley Lab physicist Michael Barnett (The Charm of Strange Quarks); all signing their books at Explore Book Sellers in Aspen, 4-5:30 p.m. Free and open to the public.

La Noche de la Ciencia: Lederman and many Hispanic scientists attending Snowmass 2001 offer a Spanish-language science presentation. Included are a talk on high-energy cosmic rays by Prof. Arnulfo Zepeda of Mexico’s CINVESTAV, and a panel discussion on the benefits of basic science. At Carbondale Community School, 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Free and open to the public. Contact Linda Froning, Science Outreach Center of Carbondale, 970-379-9069.

Tuesday, July 10

“Science Museums for International Understanding:” Renowned museum director Ronen Mir discusses his experiences and his approach to science communication. Mir is executive director of SciTech Hands-On Museum in Aurora, Illinois; designer of the Clore Garden of Science in Israel; former curator of the “What is the Universe?” exhibit at Israel’s Weizman Institute of Science; and a collaborator in the U.S.-Israeli- Palestinian project to build the first the first Palestinian science museum in Al Quds, near Jerusalem. At the Aspen School District Theater, 8 p.m. Free and open to the public.

Wednesday, July 11

“What’s the Matter with Antimatter?” Natalie Roe of Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory leads off the Wednesday night Heinz R. Pagels 2001 Summer Lecture Series of the Aspen Center for Physics. Free and open to the public, at 8 p.m. in Paepcke Auditorium in Aspen, 1000 N. 3rd St., behind the Music Tent. Contact the Aspen Center for Physics at 970-925-2585, or visit http://www.aspenphys.org.

Friday, July 13

The Physics of the Universe—A Town Meeting (for researchers): Michael Turner, chairman of the Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics at the University of Chicago, believes that outer space is “a window to the earliest moments of creation and to the unification of the forces and particles of Nature.” Turner also chairs the National Research Council Committee on the Physics of the Universe, meeting in conjunction with Snowmass 2001 on July 13-14. (A working session, not a public event; but media can contact Turner through the press room.)

“Snowmass 2001: A Summer Study on the Future of Particle Physics” represents a unique opportunity to gain new insights into the world around us, and to meet the people behind the ideas shaping the future. For more information on Snowmass 2001, visit http://snowmass2001.org or call the Press Room at 970-823-8313.

Fermilab, providing organizational support for Snowmass 2001, is operated by Universities Research Association, Inc., under contract with the U.S. Dept. of Energy.

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