Contact: Diane Greenberg or Mona S. Rowe
In celebration of its 50th anniversary, the U.S. Department of Energy's Brookhaven National Laboratory will bury two time capsules on its site. The specially designed flame-sealed, glass time capsules, containing documents, photographs, scientific objects and other memorabilia, will be buried in a polymer concrete vault, to be opened in the year 2047. A ceremony will include an introduction by Brookhaven's Interim Director Peter Bond and the placement of chosen objects in the time capsule. Because of space limitations, the general public is not invited to the event, but the media are welcome.
Tuesday, December 16, from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. Refreshments will follow the ceremony.
Berkner Hall, Brookhaven National Laboratory. The Laboratory is located on William Floyd Parkway, 1.5 miles north of LIE Exit 68.
To celebrate its legacy of world-class science, Brookhaven National Laboratory will place in the time capsules a variety of items that, a half-century from now, will most likely be historically interesting. For example, included will be: Brookhaven Lab's 1997 salary schedule; a piece of superconducting cable from Brookhaven's newest accelerator now under construction, the Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider; hybrid cotton seeds and hybrid pea seeds from a Biology Department experiment; and two bottles of Long Island wine.
Eventually, a monument will be placed at the time capsules' burial site. The December 16 ceremony will take place entirely indoors. Photographs and videotape of the time capsules can be taken earlier in the day by appointment, and Barry Lafler, Brookhaven's scientific glassblower, who originated the idea of the time capsules and created them, will be available for interviews before the event, also by appointment.
If the media are interested in covering the event, call Brookhaven Lab's Public Affairs Office at (516)344-2345.