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PPPL’s Ronald E. Hatcher Science on Saturday Lecture Series kicks off Jan. 14 with a banquet of cutting-edge science

The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL) will once again offer a wide variety of cutting-edge science talks as it kicks off its popular Ronald E. Hatcher Science on Saturday Lecture Series for high school students and science lovers of all ages on Saturday, Jan. 14, at 9:30 a.m. at the Laboratory, 100 Stellarator Road, Princeton, New Jersey.

This is year 33 of the free nine-week lecture series, which features cutting-edge science talks by top experts in their fields that are aimed at a general audience. The DOE’s Office of Science funds the program. This year’s talks by scientists from Princeton University and other institutions include discussions of the physics of cancer, emerging diseases, and the challenge of responding to climate change.

The program was renamed “The Ronald E. Hatcher Science on Saturday Lecture Series” two years ago in honor of the late PPPL engineer who spent 20 years organizing the series and serving as the unofficial master of ceremonies.

“Putting together the list of speakers is always a delight and I learn something new at every lecture,” said Andrew Zwicker, head of the Office of Communications and Public Outreach, who hosts the event. “There is nothing more rewarding than seeing the auditorium full of people of all ages who are curious about the world around them and are fascinated by how scientists are helping to make our world a better place.” 

Complete schedule available

The series begins with a talk by Princeton University and PPPL physicist Egemen Kolemen entitled “Plasma Control for Energy.”  A complete schedule is available at https://pppl.princeton.edu/sites/pppl/files/basic_pages_files/ScienceOnSaturday_poster_12.2016.pdf.

The lectures begin at 9:30 a.m. and the doors open at 8:15 a.m. with light refreshments for early birds. Plan to come early to the lectures because seats fill up quickly. (There is no lecture on Feb. 25 due to the U.S. DOE’s New Jersey High School Science Bowl®).  Adult visitors must show a photo ID such as a license or passport.

You can also stream the lectures live from home at https://mediacentral.princeton.edu/id/1_wdp1m3et and you can view archives of the lectures at http://www.pppl.gov/sos-listing. If Science on Saturday is canceled due to inclement weather or other emergency, an announcement will be posted on the PPPL website at www.pppl.gov  and a message will be left on the Science on Saturday Hotline, (609) 243-2121.

PPPL, on Princeton University's Forrestal Campus in Plainsboro, New Jersey, is devoted to creating new knowledge about the physics of plasmas — ultra-hot, charged gases — and to developing practical solutions for the creation of fusion energy. The Laboratory is managed by the University for the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Science, which is the largest single supporter of basic research in the physical sciences in the United States, and is working to address some of the most pressing challenges of our time. For more information, please visit science.energy.gov.

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