Sept. 26, 1996

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    Exploring misconceptions about nuclear science: Compton Lectures

    "Prometheus' Return: Myths and Misconceptions About Nuclear Science" is the title of this year's Compton Lectures, a series of free public lectures beginning Saturday, Sept. 28. The series of 10 lectures will be presented at 11 a.m. on Saturday mornings through Dec. 7 (except Nov. 30), in Kersten 115.

    The lectures will be given by physicist James Connell, who will focus on dispelling some of the popular myths and misconceptions that surround nuclear science and radiation in the public's imagination and in the media.

    "I hope people will come away with a better understanding of what has become an important public-policy issue, and also of the many small ways that nuclear science plays a role in our lives every day," he said.

    Connell will discuss topics ranging from the physical structure of the nucleus of an atom to the energy released when it is split to generate nuclear power. Related topics include nuclear safety, radioactive waste and nuclear weapons.

    Connell received his Ph.D. in physics from Washington University in 1988. A Research Scientist in the University's Laboratory for Astrophysics & Space Research, Connell studies cosmic rays and the chemical evolution of the galaxy.

    The lectures are intended to make science accessible to a general audience and to convey the excitement of new discoveries in the physical sciences. For more information, call 7027823.