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CWU Treats Community to Free Evening Science Series


September 6, 2012

ELLENSBURG, Wash. -- If you’re interested in finding out about rattlesnakes in Washington State, the Higgs boson, or stars in the night sky, then come to Central Washington University's fall Science is Central series. Presented by the CWU College of the Sciences, all events are free and open to the public.  From September 10 through 14, there will be an evening presentation at 7:00 p.m., in Lind Hall 215. These presentations are an extension of the daytime program presented to local elementary and middle school students. 

Faculty, staff, and students in the College of the Sciences at CWU are excited to kick off the start of the academic year by hosting this fun-filled series. From lectures on the geology of Washington to physics demonstrations and viewing the night sky, this series has something for everyone. Each program gives a glimpse of some of the science being taught and researched at Central and allows the community to experience the fun side of science. 

This event is sponsored by the College of the Sciences, the Center for Excellence in Science and Mathematics Education, and the Washington Space Grant Consortium.

Schedule of events:

The Night Sky

Monday, 7:00 p.m., Sept. 10.
Lind Hall, Room 215

Presented by Professor Bruce Palmquist, physics and science education.  This program will start with an indoor presentation about the possibility of intelligent life on other planets.  A rooftop observing session will follow with telescopes available for participants to look at the night sky.  Audience: All ages.

The Higgs Boson and More!

Tuesday, 7:00 p.m., Sept. 11
Lind Hall, Room 215

Presented by Professor Michael Braunstein, physics.  This lecture will discuss our understanding of matter and the elements, from the classic elements through the Standard Model and the Higgs boson.  Audience: Adult.

How to Appreciate What We Fear: a Lesson from Rattlesnakes in Washington

Wednesday, 7:00 p.m., Sept. 12
Lind Hall, Room 215

Presented by Professor Dan Beck, biology.  This presentation will discuss the rattlesnakes of Washington State.  Audience: All ages.

The Geology of Washington: Disneyland for Geologists

Thursday, 7:00 p.m., Sept, 13
Lind Hall, Room 215

Presented by Professor Nick Zentner, geological sciences.  Learn about the geology of Washington State.  Audience: All ages.

Electricity, Magnetism, and a Little Bit of Color

Friday, 7:00 p.m., Sept. 14
Lind Hall, Room 215

Presented by the Department of Physics.  Watch and discuss physics demonstrations related to electricity and magnetism, with a few on light and color.  Audience: All ages.

Parking at CWU is free after 4:30 p.m., except where specifically designated. Lind Hall is located at the corner of Chestnut and University Way.

For more information on this science series, please contact Mike Jackson, professor and chair, physics, at 509-963-2914 or  For more information about the College of the Sciences at CWU, visit

Media Contact: Mike Jackson, CWU College of the Sciences, 509-963-2914,

Valerie Chapman-Stockwell, CWU Public Affairs, 509-963-1518,