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Look Ahead: USU's Feb. 1 Science Unwrapped Explores 'Water' in New Series

Thursday, Jan. 24, 2013

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Back from winter break, Science Unwrapped resumes with the new 'Water' series, Friday, Feb. 1, at 7 p.m. in the Eccles Science Learning Center auditorium. The gathering is free and all are welcome

young people completing activity at USU's Science Unwrapped

Science Unwrapped features family friendly presentations and hands-on learning activities all ages can enjoy together.

Water, water, everywhere, nor any drop to drink,” cries out the ancient mariner in Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s epic poem. Steeped in irony as with all elements, too little or too much water spells disaster. Water is essential for life yet has the power to destroy. It simultaneously unites and divides us; especially in the arid American West.

Inquiring minds of all ages are invited to explore the many facets of this essential substance as Utah State University’s College of Science presents “Water,” Science Unwrapped’s new series for spring 2013.

“USU has amazing prowess in many areas of water research and this series allows us to catch a glimpse of exciting developments,” says Shane Larson, Science Unwrapped committee chair and assistant professor in USU’s Department of Physics. “What we’ll learn will give us a fresh, new perspective on the science of water and how it impacts our environment and society.”

Offered in a family friendly format for all ages, the free, monthly presentations feature hands-on learning activities. The popular gatherings, which paused for a winter break, resume Friday, Feb. 1, on USU’s Logan campus.

At a glance, upcoming “Water” presentations include:

  • Friday, Feb. 1, “My Big, Fat Russian Adventure,” Jeff Hazboun, theoretical physicist in USU’s Department of Physics, wildlife biologist and nature conservationist, recounts his National Geographic-sponsored kayaking expedition to Russia’s far eastern Kamchatka Peninsula to explore pristine, yet imperiled, salmon habitat.
  • Friday, March 29, “The Colorado: A River Run Through,” Jack Schmidt, head of the U.S. Geological Survey’s Grand Canyon Monitoring and Research Center and professor in USU’s Department of Watershed Sciences, discusses his experiences in helping to design, conduct and monitor high-flow experiments aimed at saving and restoring habitat along the West’s celebrated, and much-diverted, Colorado River.

An additional presentation, speaker and topic to be announced, is planned for Friday, April 26.

Each presentation begins at 7 p.m. in the Emert Auditorium, Room 130, of the Eccles Science Learning Center. Admission is free.

Initiated by the college in February 2009, Science Unwrapped is designed to introduce science in a relaxed, entertaining manner. The presentations begin with a brief lecture, followed by activities and refreshments. Previous gatherings have drawn several hundred participants to each event, with attendees ranging from preschoolers to senior citizens.

“We want to get people excited about science and get them asking questions,” Larson says.

For more information, call 435-797-3517, visit the Science Unwrapped website or view the ‘Science Unwrapped at USU’ page on Facebook.

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USU College of Science

Contact: Shane Larson, 435-797-8838,

Writer: Mary-Ann Muffoletto, 435-797-3517,

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