Science on Saturday returning to Tri-Valley

'Biomolecular Action Movies' kicking off lab's lecture series

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory is bringing back its Science on Saturday lecture series this month, with presentations geared toward middle and high school students highlighting work taking place at the laboratory under the series' theme "Marvelous Machines."

The one-hour presentations, which start this Saturday with "Biomolecular Action Movies: Flash Imaging with X-ray Lasers," feature leading LLNL science researchers supported by master high school science teachers.

Admission is free, with seating on a first-come, first-served basis. Seating is limited, but seats cannot be reserved in advance.

This month's lectures will take place at the Bankhead Theater, 2400 First St. in downtown Livermore, at 9:30 a.m. and 11:15 a.m. the next four Saturdays.

Students receive a "Student Notes" worksheet to record key information from the talk. The worksheet will be marked with the official "SOS" (Science on Saturday) stamp at the end of the presentation, as some science teachers in the area offer extra credit for the worksheet completion.

For more information, visit This month's schedule features:

* "Biomolecular Action Movies: Flash Imaging with X-ray Lasers." Feb. 3, with Matthias Frank and Megan Shelby joined by Tracy High School teacher Erin McKay.

* "Biomedical Accelerator Mass Spectrometry: Improving Human Health One Atom at a Time." Feb. 10, with Mike Malfatti joined by Katherine Huang of Dougherty Valley High School.

* Laser-Plasma Accelerators: Riding the Wave to the Next Generation X-ray Light Sources." Feb. 17, with FĂ©licie Albert joined by Dan Burns of Los Gatos High School.

* The Evolution of Computing Technologies: From Following Instructions to Learning." Feb. 24, with Katherine Lewis joined by Rodger Johnson of Monte Vista High School.

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