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USU's Science Unwrapped Probes "Fact, Fiction" in New Series

Thursday, Jan. 19, 2017

Children enjoy science activities

Hosted by USU's College of Science, Science Unwrapped features family friendly presentations and hands-on learning activities all ages can enjoy together.

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Science Unwrapped launches its new 'Science Fact, Science Fiction' series, Friday, Jan. 27, at 7 p.m. in the Eccles Science Learning Center auditorium. Each gathering is free and all ages are welcome.

With access to so much information on the Web, on TV and in print, it’s hard to determine what’s fact and what’s fiction.

Utah State University’s Science Unwrapped offers guidance in seeking information about a number of popular science topics in its new spring 2017 “Science Fact, Science Fiction” series. The fun kicks off Friday, Jan. 27, with scholars from a variety of disciplines.

“We’re very excited to welcome the public to this fascinating series,” says Nancy Huntly, Science Unwrapped chair, director of USU’s Ecology Center and professor in the Department of Biology. “This spring, we’ll hear from scientists from a variety of fields, who’ll dispel some common myths and help us be more discerning knowledge seekers.”

Hosted by USU’s College of Science, Science Unwrapped welcomes inquiring minds of all ages to its family friendly presentations.

At a glance, upcoming “Science Fact, Science Fiction” presenters include:

  • Friday, Jan. 27
    Paleontologist Ben Burger, assistant professor in USU’s Department of Geology, USU Uintah Basin
  • Friday, Feb. 10
    Physicist Maria Rodriguez, assistant professor in USU’s Department of Physics, Logan
  • Friday, March 17
    Ornithologist Kimberly Sullivan, associate professor in USU’s Department of Biology, Logan
  • Friday, April 7
    Wildlife ecologist Dan MacNulty, assistant professor in USU’s Department of Wildland Resources, Logan

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

At Science Unwrapped’s Jan. 27 event, guests are invited to bring their ‘mystery rocks’ for identification by USU geologists.

Initiated by the college in February 2009, Science Unwrapped introduces 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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