Contact: Diane Greenberg, or Mona S. Rowe

Mailed 6/11/98




Upton, NY - This summer, the U.S. Department of Energy's Brookhaven National Laboratory has expanded its Summer Sunday tours to offer visitors an inside look at a different Laboratory facility each week. In addition, the "Whiz Bang Science Show" - popular with both adults and children last summer - will be shown every Sunday during the summer program.

The Lab will be open for tours on eight consecutive Sundays, from July 12 to August 30. Tour hours are between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. Admission is free and no reservations are needed. Guided bus tours of the Laboratory site will run continuously throughout the day. Some of the sites viewed on the narrated tour will be the Laboratory's biology, chemistry, medical and physics facilities.

In addition to the bus tour, mini-tours will also run continuously each Sunday. The mini-tour schedule follows:

The "Whiz Bang Science Show" will be offered at 10:30 a.m., noon, 1:30 p.m., and 3 p.m. in the Lab's Berkner Hall. Both children and adults will enjoy lively interactive demonstrations of basic scientific principles. How does a "Bernoulli blower" float a beach ball in thin air?What's a corrugaphone and how does sound travel through it? How fast can you freeze ice cream with liquid nitrogen? These are just a few of the intriguing items to be covered in the show.

In addition, various exhibits will be on display in Berkner Hall, including a tabletop model of Long Island's groundwater aquifer, which shows the potential impact of pollution.

For more information about Brookhaven's free Sunday tours, call the Lab's Public Affairs Office at (516)344-2345. Brookhaven Lab is located on William Floyd Parkway (County Road 46), one-and-a-half miles north of Exit 68 of the Long Island Expressway.

The U.S. Department of Energy's Brookhaven National Laboratory creates and operates major facilities available to university, industrial and government personnel for basic and applied research in the physical, biomedical and environmental sciences, and in selected energy technologies. The Laboratory is operated by Brookhaven Science Associates, a not-for-profit research management company, under contract with the U.S. Department of Energy.