Nobel Prize-winner Leon Lederman highlights La Noche de la Ciencia at Carbondale Community School, Monday, July 9, from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.

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SNOWMASS VILLAGE—Leon Lederman, winner of the Nobel Prize for Physics in 1988, leads a group of distinguished physicists in a Spanish-language presentation at Carbondale Community School on Monday, July 9 from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.

“La Noche de la Ciencia,” which is free and open to the public, begins at 6 p.m. with lively science demonstrations by the traveling Physics Van of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Spanish-speaking physicists will be on hand to offer translations.

During a refreshment break at 7 p.m., Dr. Lederman and many other physicists—including those speaking Spanish—will be available for informal conversations. At 7:30 p.m., Prof. Arnulfo Zepeda of CINVESTAV in Mexico, a member of the Pierre Auger Cosmic Ray Observatory, will speak on “Ultra-Energetic Cosmic Rays: A New Window to Our Universe. At 8 p.m., a panel will discuss “What Does Basic Science Have to Offer Us: Questions and Responses.”

Among the panelists who have confirmed their participation:

  • Gabriela Barenboim (Argentina), of Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory in Batavia, Illinois near Chicago;
  • Gustavo Burdman (Argentina), of Boston University and California’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory;
  • John Ellis (Colombia), of CERN, the European Particle Physics Laboratory in Geneva, Switzerland;
  • Belen Gavela (Spain), of the University of Madrid;
  • Ramon Miguel (Spain), of the University of Barcelona;
  • Mayda Velasco (Puerto Rico), of Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois;
  • Luis Manuel Villasenor (Mexico), of the University of Michoacan;
  • Arnulfo Zepeda (Mexico), of CINVESTAV;

…and many more.

To reach Carbondale Community School, take route 82 to 133 and turn left; go to Doloras Way and turn right; after passing the rental equipment store, turn right and look for the school sign.

La Noche de la Ciencia is a community outreach effort of the Science Outreach Center in Carbondale, and of “Snowmass2001: A Summer Study on the Future of Particle Physics.” The three-week conference is being held at the Snowmass Conference Center. For more information, see the website: