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Contact: Kristin Tutino, WXXI, (585) 258-0253

WXXI AND ROCHESTER MUSEUM & SCIENCE CENTER HOST FREE SCIENCE CAFÉ FEATURING NOVA’S MAKING STUFF
February 5th Event is Free and Open to the Public

Rochester, New York (January 24, 2011) – WXXI and the Rochester Museum & Science Center (RMSC) host a NOVA Making Stuff Science Café on Saturday, February 5 from 7 to 9 p.m. at RMSC. The event is in conjunction with the new NOVA four-part series, Making Stuff, which explores the material world we live in. Making Stuff Science Café guests will view clips from the series, and participate in a community conversation with the University of Rochester’s scientists Lewis Rothberg and Todd Krauss, and facilitated by RMSC Director of Education, Calvin Uzelmeier. The event is free, and open to the public (recommended for high school students and adults), but reservations are required. Register online at http://wxxi.org/makingstuff or by phone at (585) 258-0200.


Lewis Rothberg teaches and conducts research in the area of organic electronics, and has been a professor of Chemistry at the University of Rochester since 1996. His research group investigates the science of light emission, charge photo generation and charge transport in conjugated, process able materials with an eye to future applications in flexible displays, solid-state lighting, electronic paper and organic solar cells.


Todd Krauss is Director of the University of Rochester Materials Science Program and Professor of Chemistry and Optics. His main research interest focuses on understanding fundamental chemistry and physics properties of nanometer scale semiconductor materials, and how these materials can be used for potentially revolutionary applications. (Nanometer scale materials are ten-thousand times smaller than the width of a human hair.)


Calvin Uzelmeier is the Director of Education at the RMSC, where he leads all education initiatives at the museum.  In addition to his graduate research in materials science, he has worked as a chemical researcher with Rohm & Haas Chemical Company, and the Department of Energy at Oak Ridge National Laboratories.  He is an adjunct professor at Monroe Community College, and has served as a science education consultant for Time Publications "Find Out Why" Magazines for children, and Disney Animation for their Saturday morning cartoon series.


Uzelmeier and Krauss will also be guests on 1370 Connection on Tuesday, February 1 at 12 noon on AM 1370. The two scientists will talk with show host Bob Smith about the Making Stuff series, as well as their own research. Listeners are encouraged to call in with their questions, at 585-263-9994.


NOVA’s Making Stuff series is hosted by award-winning New York Times technology writer David Pogue, who takes viewers on a behind-the-scenes look at scientific breakthroughs that are leading to a new generation of materials that are stronger, smaller, cleaner, and smarter than anything ever seen before. Making Stuff premiered Wednesday, January 19 and continues Wednesdays, January 26, February 2 and 9 at 9 p.m. on WXXI-TV (DT 21.1/cable 1011 and 11).
To learn more about Making Stuff and WXXI’s outreach around it, visit <http://wxxi.org/makingstuff/>.

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