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Saturday Science Fun lecture series begins Jan. 21

A series of free lectures on climate change, titanic icebergs in Antarctica, asteroids and other topics will begin Saturday, Jan. 21, in Park Forest.

“The goals of the program are to give people the chances to see, hear and speak to professional scientists, to give people just a hint of the wide variety of things scientists do, and to inspire kids to take a new look at what they would like to become,” said series organizer Steven Simon, Senior Research Associate in Geophysical Sciences at the University of Chicago.

The series schedule is as follows:

Jan. 21, “Fossil Plants, Global Warming and Expeditions to the Arctic,” by Jennifer McElwaine, assistant curator of paleobotany, the Field Museum.

Jan. 28, “Titanic Icebergs of Antarctica: Climate Change or Business as Usual?” by Douglas MacAyeal, professor in geophysical sciences, University of Chicago.

Feb. 4, “Hot Rocks on Ice: Antarctic Search for Meteorites,” Paul Sipiera, professor of astronomy and geology at Harper College and President of the Planetary Studies Foundation.

Feb. 11, “Asteroids: Minor Planets to Mountains in the Sky,” Mark Hammergren, astronomer at the Adler Planetarium.

Feb. 18, “A Vision for Space Exploration,” Don Palac, manager of Future Propulsion Systems Research at the NASA Glenn Research Center in Cleveland.

The lectures will begin at 11 a.m. in Freedom Hall, 410 Lakewood Blvd., in Park Forest. See for directions.

The series, which is sponsored by the Village of Park Forest, was triggered by Simon’s participation in the Landmark Education Corp.’s Self-Expression and Leadership Program. “In this program, we develop leadership skills by creating a community project directly related to something we care strongly about. In my case it’s science and education,” Simon said.

For more information about the lecture series, call Park Forest Village Manager Tom Mick at (708) 748-1129.
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