Sept. 4, 2008
CONTACT: Gordon Ovenshine:
Physics majors study at Brookhaven National Laboratory
SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. �- Slippery Rock University physics majors Bradley Kirkwood, Brock Lauer and Joseph Yarzebinski recently conducted liquid crystals research at Brookhaven National Laboratory, a prestigious Upton, New York facility that specializes in biomedical and environmental sciences research. Access to the lab is usually granted only to Research 1 faculty and post-doctoral students.
The three conducted x-ray diffraction studies on liquid crystals and proteins. Liquid crystals are substances that exhibit properties of liquids and solids. The students were granted access to Brookhaven because SRU operates a liquid crystals lab on campus.
Rizwan Mahmood, SRU professor of physics, arranged for the students to work at the laboratory, which required a security clearance. It is the second consecutive year SRU physics students have been invited to Brookhaven. Kirkwood is from Kittanning, Lauer from Ebensburg and Yarzebinski from Wampum.
Brookhaven National Laboratory is one of 10 national laboratories overseen and primarily funded by the Office of Science of the U.S. Department of Energy. Aside from research, it builds and operates scientific facilities available to university, industry and government researchers.
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