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Discovery to Understanding: The National Superconducting Cyclotron Laboratory
  Location: HC 3027
  Date: Tuesday, Aug.2
  Time: 1:15 PM -3:15 PM
  Author: Michael Thoennessen
National Superconducting Cyclotron Laboratory
5173336323, thoennessen@nscl.msu.edu
  Co-Author(s): None
  Abstract: The National Superconducting Cyclotron Laboratory (NSCL) is a world leader in rare isotope research and education. Broadening the impact of scientific discovery and enhancing the public understanding of science are among the main objectives of the laboratory. Every year more than 4000 visitors participate in tours of the facility and we developed hands-on demonstrations for open houses and science fairs. For example, the Marble Nuclei Project offers a hands-on approach to learning about matter on the atomic and subatomic scale by comparing and contrasting different isotopes. This project helps visitors and students understand the various types of decay associated with different isotopes, and become aware of the goals of nuclear science and how it is applied in everyday situations.
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