For more information, contact:
Diane Greenberg, 631 344-2347
Mona S. Rowe, 631 344-5056

June 8, 2001

Free Summer Sunday Tours at Brookhaven Lab, July 8 - August 26 

UPTON, NY - This summer, Sunday tours of the U.S. Department of Energy's Brookhaven National Laboratory will feature exciting, new interactive exhibits and an inside look at a different Laboratory facility each week.

A brand new, hands-on exhibit will engage participants in the scientific method; and robots, including those built by local high school students, will be demonstrated.

The Lab will be open for tours on eight consecutive Sundays, from July 8 to August 26. Tour hours are between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. Admission is free and no reservations are needed. Guided bus tours will run continuously throughout the day. In addition, the "Whiz Bang Science Show" - popular with both adults and children - will be shown at 10:30 a.m., 12 noon, 1:30 p.m. and 3 p.m. every Sunday during the summer program.

Both children and adults will enjoy lively interactive demonstrations of basic scientific principles offered in the "Whiz Bang Science Show," which will be shown in the Lab's Berkner Hall. How does a "Bernoulli blower" float a beach ball in the air? What's a corrugaphone and how does sound travel through it? These are just a few of the intriguing items to be covered in the show.

Visitors are also welcome to see the Camp Upton Historical Collection. Camp Upton was a U.S. Army training camp during World War I and induction center during World War II, before Brookhaven Lab was established on the site in 1947.

The tour schedule is as follows: 

July 8 
Chemistry Department Explore chemical reactions that govern the body, brain and environment. See how chemicals are part of everyday life.

July 15 
Biology Department Take a fascinating look into the world of biology and the important role it plays in gene sequencing and vaccine and drug development. Also, visit the greenhouses.

July 22 
National Weather Service Visit the National Weather Service office where all of the day-to-day observations, forecasts and warnings are issued. See the Doppler radar and computer technology that makes it possible. Attend a live launch of a weather balloon at 1:30 p.m.

July 29 
Waste Management Facility Tour this state-of-the-art facility, which was constructed with many unique environmental protection features. See what it's like to suit up in personal protective equipment.

August 5 
Brookhaven National Laboratory Fire Station Visit the firehouse and see demonstrations of emergency response equipment.

August 12 
National Synchrotron Light Source See the light! Discover how infrared, ultraviolet, and x-ray "light" produced in the NSLS is used for scientific research in physics, chemistry, biology, medicine and many other fields.

August 19 
Medical Department Learn about Brookhaven's clinical research on addiction, osteoporosis, obesity, and aging. Meet researchers who are helping NASA find out about the safety of extended space travel for humans.

August 26 
Atmospheric Sciences Check out the sophisticated instruments used to study atmospheric aerosols, which are major contributors to both climate change and air pollution.

For more information about Brookhaven's free Sunday tours, call (631) 344-2651. 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 conducts research in the physical, biomedical, and environmental sciences, as well as in energy technologies. Brookhaven also builds and operates major facilities available to university, industrial, and government scientists. The Laboratory is operated by Brookhaven Science Associates, a partnership led by Stony Brook University and Battelle, a nonprofit applied science and technology organization.