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USU Science Unwrapped Shows Off 'Science Superpowers' in New Series

Thursday, Jan. 09, 2014

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Back from winter break, Science Unwrapped resumes with the new 'Science Superpowers' series, Friday, Jan. 24, at 7 p.m. in the Eccles Science Learning Center auditorium. Each gathering is free and all ages are welcome.

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Now in its fifth year, Science Unwrapped features family friendly presentations and hands-on learning activities all ages can enjoy together.

Science yields amazing discoveries about curious aspects of our universe, but how do scientists find this knowledge?

To explore this question, Utah State University’s College of Science presents “Science Superpowers,” Science Unwrapped’s new series for spring 2014. Inquiring minds of all ages are invited to hop aboard as scientists from a variety of disciplines tell us about their journeys and the cutting-edge tools they use for scientific inquiry.

“We have a blockbuster lineup of speakers for spring 2014,” says Nancy Huntly, Science Unwrapped chair, director of USU’s Ecology Center and professor in the Department of Biology. “Our presentations offer something for everyone.”

At a glance, upcoming “Science Superpowers” presentations include:

  • Friday, Jan. 24, Kepler and the Exoplanet Revolution. Astrophysicist Lucianne Walkowicz, professor and 2012 Senior TED Fellow, Princeton University.
  • Friday, Feb. 21, Chasing the Northern Lights, Sprites and Other Mysteries of the Night Sky. Physicist Mike Taylor, professor, Utah State University.
  • Friday, March 21, CSI Chemistry: ‘I Know Where You’ve Been and What You Ate.’ Chemist/Biologist Lesley Chesson, president, IsoForensics, Inc., Salt Lake City
  • Friday, April 18, How We Know What We Know About Dinosaurs. Paleontologist Mary Schweitzer, professor, North Carolina State University

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. Presentations begin with a brief lecture, followed by learning activities and refreshments. Each event draws several hundred guests, with attendees ranging from preschoolers to senior citizens.

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

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USU College of Science

Contact: Nancy Huntly, 435-797-2555,

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

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