Morrill Hall's 'Sunday Scientist' goes viral Nov. 20

Released on 11/11/2011, at 2:00 AM
Office of University Communications
University of Nebraska–Lincoln

WHEN: Sunday, Nov. 20, 2011

WHERE: NU State Museum, Morrill Hall, south of 14th and Vine Streets

Lincoln, Neb., November 11th, 2011 —
Anisa Kaenjak Angeletti
Anisa Kaenjak Angeletti
Peter Angeletti
Peter Angeletti
Model of the human papillomavirus (HPV)
Model of the human papillomavirus (HPV)
"Sunday with a Scientist" logo

         The University of Nebraska State Museum's next Sunday with a Scientist program for children and families will explore viruses. The program will take place from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. on Nov. 20 Morrill Hall. Morrill Hall is south of 14th and Vine streets on the UNL City Campus. Museum Sunday hours are 1:30-4:30 p.m.

            What is a virus? Viruses come in all shapes and sizes. Some can harm us, while others can help us. With help from scientists in UNL's Nebraska Center for Virology, visitors will explore how viruses develop, multiply, interact with hosts and affect our lives.

            The event will be led by virologists Anisa Kaenjak Angeletti, whose research focuses on human herpes simplex virus, and Peter Angeletti, who specializes in the research of human papillomavirus.

            Sunday with a Scientist is a series of presentations that highlight the work of State Museum scientists and those from other UNL departments and institutions, while educating children and families on a variety of topics related to science and natural history. Presenters will share scientific information in a fun and informal way through demonstrations, activities, or by conducting their science on site. Sunday with a Scientist programs are the third Sunday of each month. The next is Dec. 18 -- rocks and minerals.

Established in 1871, the University of Nebraska State Museum is celebrating its 140th anniversary with public events and educational programming throughout the year. Hours are 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday-Wednesday and Friday-Saturday, 9:30 a.m.-8 p.m. Thursdays, and 1:30-4:30 p.m. Sundays. Admission is $5 for adults (19 and over), $3 for children (5-18 years, 4 and under are free), and $10 for families (up to two adults and children). UNL staff, faculty and students are admitted free with valid NU ID. There is an additional charge for planetarium shows. Parking is free.

Writer: Dana Ludvik, Public Relations Coordinator, NU State Museum, 402-472-3779