Fermilab Hosts Virtual Ask-a-Scientist on December 18, 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 December 18, 2003 from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Central Time. Physicists Matt Malek of Fermilab’s Particle Physics Division and DZero experimenter Vivek Jain, Brookhaven National Laboratory, 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 string theory?” to “Why does Fermilab have buffalo?” 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 December 18, 2003 by clicking on a link on the Fermilab homepage (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 browsers may also be used. (Netscape is not recommended for Macintosh users.)

For more information about Virtual Ask-a-Scientist and a calendar of future chat sessions, 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.