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The University of Chicago, Argonne and Fermilab to participate in Chicago Science in the City 2007

Sept. 24, 2007

The University of Chicago, Argonne National Laboratory and Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory, in collaboration with a dynamic group of businesses, civic, cultural and community organizations, will participate in Chicago’s second annual Chicago Science in the City 2007 event. Chicago Science in the City is a compilation of two weeks of events, designed to encourage Chicagoans to explore and experience the various fields of science.  Since most of the events are free to the public, participants will have the opportunity experience science first hand.

Chicago Science in the City runs from October 2 - 13 in universities, laboratories, museums, office buildings, parks and public spaces throughout the Chicagoland area. More than 85 Chicago science events for children and adults are planned including three neighborhood science carnivals, museum exhibits, demonstrations, hands-on activities, lectures, films and workshops.

The event kicks off at the Daley Plaza, 50 West Washington, on October 2nd from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.. Highlights include the unveiling of the top ten scientific achievements in Chicago chosen by a panel of scientists and educators; hands-on science and technology activities; an interactive robotics competition; and presentations by specialists in the fields of science and technology.

The University of Chicago is an official sponsor of the event and, along with Argonne and Fermilab, will host a number of events during the event’s two-week time period.

Activities offered by the University, Argonne and Fermilab include:

Hands on activities at the Daley Plaza kick-off event and subsequent neighborhood Science Carnivals.  The following lists participating organizations:

  • Argonne National Laboratory
  • Chicago Public Schools | The University of Chicago Internet Project
  • Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory
  • Joint Institute for Nuclear Astrophysics
  • Project Exploration
  • The University of Chicago
  • The University of Chicago ASC/Alliance Center for Astrophysical Thermonuclear Flashes
  • The University of Chicago Cancer Research Center
  • The University of Chicago Celiac Disease Center
  • The University of Chicago Materials Research Center 
  • The University of Chicago Howard T. Ricketts Regional Biocontainment Laboratory

Science talks given by University faculty members to Chicago Public School teachers:

  • Neil Shubin, Robert R. Bensley Professor, Chair and Associate Dean of Organismal Biology and Anatomy; Professor, Committee on Evolutionary Biology; and Provost, The Field Museum: “First Steps on Land: Finding an ancient link between fish and amphibian”
  • John Frederick, Professor, Department of the Geophysical Sciences and the College; Master, Physical Sciences Collegiate Division; and Associate Dean, Division of the Physical Sciences and the College: “Underlying physics of “green roofs”
  • Sidney Nagel, Stein-Freiler Distinguished Service Professor in Physics: “Physics of familiar phenomena”
  • Jun Yin, Assistant Professor in Chemistry: “Mining drugs from natural resources - the future of drug discovery”
  • Don York, Horace B. Horton Professor of Astronomy and Astrophysics, Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics, Enrico Fermi Institute, and the College: “The Universe: Why is it so hard to get it right?”

Other events open to the public:

Tuesday, October 2:

  • Chicago Science in the City Daley Plaza Kick-off Event, 50 W. Washington St., 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

    See the unveiling of the top ten scientific achievements in Chicago, chosen by a panel of scientists and educators; participate in hands-on science and technology activities; witness an interactive robotics competition; and listen to specialists in the fields of science and technology. All ages event.
  • The University of Chicago Center for Integrative Neuroscience and Neuroengineering Research Seminar Series, BSLC, 924 E. 57th St., Room 205

    Join D. James Surmeier, Nathan Smith Davis Professor and Chair, Department of Physiology, Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University, for a talk entitled, “Calcium, Neural Rejuvenation and Parkinson’s Disease.”
    http://cns.bsd.uchicago.edu
  • Paul Sereno, professor of Organismal Biology & Anatomy, The University of Chicago on “Dinosaur Science” at the Chicago Cultural Center, 1st floor Garland Room, 76 East Washington,  6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

    Some dinosaur skeletons may be dusty and put on display more than a century ago, but dinosaur science is alive and well. From DNA to feathers, dinosaur fossils are yielding some of the most interesting clues as to how life evolves on Earth. Follow this breaking science and expeditions as Paul Sereno details his current research.
    www.illinoisscience.org

Wednesday, October 3:

  • Fermilab Tour, Pine Street and South Kirk Rd., 1st Floor Wilson Hall, Batavia, IL, 10:30 a.m. - noon

    Visitors interested in taking a look behind the scenes are welcome to join Fermilab docents for a guided tour of the Laboratory.  The 90-minute program will take visitors from the viewing area of Fermilab’s Wilson Hall to the Linear Accelerator complex at Fermilab.
    http://ed.fnal.gov/programs/ask   
  • Ken Alexander, Chief of Pediatric Infectious Diseases of The University of Chicago Comer Children’s Hospital on “Cancer Causing Viruses” at Uncommon Ground Restaurant, 1214 W. Grace at Clark Street, 6:00 p.m. -7:30 p.m.

    Doctor Alexander will explain how viruses are implicated in causing some cancers. How contagious are these viruses? What can we do to protect ourselves? What can the research tell us? Dr. Alexander’s lab specializes in the study of the human papillomavirus (HPV) infections.
    www.illinoisscience.org

Thursday, October 4:

  • The University of Chicago Division of Biological Sciences and the Pritzker School of Medicine Committee on Neurobiology Seminar Series
    BSLC, 924 E. 57th St., Room 205 

    Wade Regehr, Ph.D., Department of Neurobiology at the Harvard Medical School, will be the speaker. Registration required: call 773-702-2979 by 9/28.  Persons with disabilities who may need assistance, please call in advance.

Saturday, October 6:

  • Tour of Argonne National Laboratory, 9700 S. Cass Avenue, Argonne, IL, 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

    Argonne National Laboratory, 25 miles southwest of Chicago, will host a tour of its research facilities.  The first national laboratory, Argonne is one of the nation’s leading centers of federally funded research and development. Registration required: call (630)252-5562. Ages 16 and over.
    www.anl.gov
  • Lego Engineering Juniors at Fermilab, Pine Street and South Kirk Road, Batavia, IL, 9:30 a.m. - noon

    Learn mechanical and architectural principles building with Legos, then test your structures.  Instructors will demonstrate principles and help you to try new strategies based upon what you learn. This event is geared to 4th and 5th graders.  Advanced registration and payment are required: call 630-840-8258.
    http://ed.fnal.gov/programs/adventures

  • Neighborhood Science Carnival, North Park Village Nature Center, 5801 N. Pulaski Road, 10 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

    Participate in hands-on science and technology activities at the City’s first neighborhood science carnivals. Witness an interactive robotics competition; learn about science activities that you can do at home; and listen to specialists in the fields of science and technology.

  • The University of Chicago Celiac Disease Center Free Screening and Expert Panel
    Discussion, Duchossois Center for Advanced Medicine (DCAM), 5758 S Maryland Ave, 4th Floor, 11:15 am - 12:30 pm

    Panel Discussion, Blood Screening, Exhibits, Booths, Free samples, Children's Activity The Celiac Disease Center is expanding their annual screening program to include a panel discussion, exhibits, food samples, and activities for children. Although designed for referring physicians, the panel discussion is open to the public. Dr. Guandalini, Dr. Bana Jabri and nutritionists will discuss celiac disease and then open the floor to questions.

Sunday, October 7:

  • Ask a Scientist Talk and Tour at Fermilab, Pine Street and South Kirk Rd., 1st Floor Wilson Hall, Batavia, IL, 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

    Visitors interested in taking a look behind the scenes are welcome to join Fermilab docents for a guided tour of the Laboratory. The three-hour program will take visitors from the viewing area of Fermilab’s Wilson Hall to the Linear Accelerator complex at Fermilab. Each session starts with a presentation by a scientist.  Fermilab scientists will answer additional questions on the 15th floor.  Please register online.
    http://ed.fnal.gov/programs/ask
  • Film Premiere: “Iran: Seven Faces of a Civilization,” A Membership and Public Event, Oriental Institute, Breasted Hall, 1155 East 58th Street Chicago, 2:00 p.m. – 4:00, p.m.

    The University of Chicago Oriental Institute is hosting a free United States premiere showing of “Iran: Seven Faces of a Civilization,” a major documentary film that uses the latest technology to showcase the celebrated art and archaeology of Iran over 7,000 years. This cinematic adventure features spectacular graphic reconstructions superimposed on images of actual architectural remains to recapture the ancient treasures of Iran in ways never before possible. The institute is also participating in the Chicago Science in the City Passport Program that encourages children and their parents to visit and get a special “passport” stamped by at least three science-related museums from amongst the 10 major institutions participating all across the city. For more information go to http://oi.uchicago.edu.

Monday, October 8:

  • Neighborhood Science Carnival, Garfield Park Conservatory, 300 N. Central Park Ave., 10 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

    Participate in hands-on science and technology activities at the City’s first neighborhood science carnivals. Witness an interactive robotics competition; learn about science activities that you can do at home; and listen to specialists in the fields of science and technology.

Wednesday, October 10:

  • Fermilab Tour, Pine Street and South Kirk Rd., 1st Floor Wilson Hall, Batavia, IL, 10:30 a.m. - noon

    Visitors interested in taking a look behind the scenes are welcome to join Fermilab docents for a guided tour of the Laboratory.  The 90-minute program will take visitors from the viewing area of Fermilab’s Wilson Hall to the Linear Accelerator complex at Fermilab.
    http://ed.fnal.gov/programs/ask

  • The Nature Conservancy in Illinois and The University of Chicago Graham School Present Conservation Colloquium, University of Chicago Graduate School of Business Gleacher Center, 450 North Cityfront Plaza Drive, 5:00 p.m.

    Attend a series of discussions on critical issues affecting conservation. The thought-provoking exchanges will bring together scholars, business leaders and concerned citizens. The series begins October 10 with “Our Future on a Warming Planet,” followed on October 25 with “Making Economic Growth Sustainable,” and concluding on November 6 with “The Future of Conservation.” $25. Call (312) 580-2167 to register.
    www.nature.org/Illinois

Thursday, October 11:

  • The University of Chicago Division of Biological Sciences and the Pritzker School of Medicine Committee on Neurobiology Seminar Series, BSLC, 924 E. 57th St., Room 205

    Geoffrey S. Pitt, M.D., Ph.D., Department of Medicine & Pharmacology at Columbia University, will be the speaker. Registration required: call (773) 702-2978 by 10/4. Persons with disabilities who might need assistance, please call in advance.

Friday, October 12:

  • The University of Chicago Committee on Cell Physiology Seminar, BSLC,  924 E. 57th St. Room -205, 12:30–1:30 pm

    Join guest speaker, Karl Matlin, PhD, Professor of Surgery and Vice Chairman of Research, Department of Surgery, University of Chicago for a talk entitled, “Laminins and morphogenesis of polarized epithelial cells.”  http://cmp.bsd.uchicago.edu

Saturday, October 13:

  • Neighborhood Science Carnival, Kennedy King College, 6343 S. Halsted (W Building), 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

    Participate in hands-on science and technology activities at the City’s first neighborhood science carnivals. Witness an interactive robotics competition; learn about science activities that you can do at home; and listen to specialists in the fields of science and technology.

For a complete listing of Chicago Science in the City 2007 events, please visit www.chicagoscienceinthecity.org.


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