Fermilab Hosts Virtual Ask-a-Scientist on June 5, 2003

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BATAVIA, Ill. – The Department of Energy’s Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory will host the next Virtual Ask-a-Scientist on June 5, 2003 from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Central Time. Physicist Mike Clements, of Fermilab’s DZero experiment, and Tunnel Engineer Chris Laughton, of Fermilab’s NuMI-MINOS experiment, will respond to questions live online.

Virtual Ask-a-Scientist is an online chat session with Fermilab scientists that gives participants the opportunity to ask questions about high-energy physics from: “What is a black hole?” to “How do neutrinos travel thousands of miles through the earth?” Featuring a Fermilab engineer for the first time, this Virtual Ask-a-Scientist will allow participants not only to ask physics questions but also to learn more about the construction of a 4,000-foot tunnel on the Fermilab site. Fermilab invites people of all ages and all science backgrounds to participate. Previous chat sessions have involved participants from as far away as Saudi Arabia and Vietnam.

Interested participants may join the Virtual Ask-a-Scientist chatroom on the evening of June 5, 2003 by clicking a link on the Fermilab homepage (http://www.fnal.gov) and following the directions to log in and ask questions. Java enabled browsers are required. Internet Explorer version 4 or higher is recommended, but Netscape’s browsers may also be used. (Netscape is not recommended for Macintosh users.)

For more information about Virtual Ask-a-Scientist, please visit http://www.fnal.gov/pub/inquiring/virtual/.

Fermilab is a national laboratory funded by the Office of Science of the U.S. Department of Energy, operated by Universities Research Association, Inc.