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Faraday Holiday Physics Lecture Will Dazzle the Adults, Amaze the Kids

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Wednesday November 25, 2015

Faraday Holiday Physics Lecture Will Dazzle the Adults, Amaze the Kids

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The annual holiday season show features demonstrations that excite the imagination and emphasize the fun in science
Editor’s Note:

Attention calendar, community event editors: Mark Croft can be reached at 848-445-8746, 732-322-4644 or croft@physics.rutgers.edu.

Media Contact:
Patti Verbanas
848-932-0551

WHAT: 18th annual Rutgers Faraday Christmas Children’s Lecture

WHEN:

Friday, Dec. 4, pre-show lobby demonstration 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.; show 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Saturday, Dec. 5, pre-show lobby demonstration 2 p.m. to 3 p.m.; show 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Sunday, Dec. 6, pre-show lobby demonstration noon to 1 p.m.; show 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

WHERE: Physics Lecture Hall, 136 Frelinghuysen Road, Busch Campus, Piscataway. Free parking will be available in nearby lots 53 and 53A.

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Physics professor Mark Croft sends himself rolling across the room with a blast from a fire extinguisher.
BACKGROUND: The shows are based on the tradition of famous British physicist Michael Faraday, whose work in the early 1800s laid the foundation for the electric motor and electrical generation. His children’s Christmas lectures at London’s Royal Institution, which continue today, were designed to communicate to youngsters the excitement of scientific discovery during a season of joy and celebration.

In keeping with the spirit of those lectures, Mark Croft, a professor of physics at Rutgers, and physics support specialist Dave Maiullo present a physics demonstration and lecture show for children of all ages each December and on special occasions, like Rutgers Day. This year, Jon Mays, who has nearly a decade of experience in physics demonstrations and education, will stand in for Maiullo while he performs in his off-Broadway show, “That Physics Show.”

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Physics demonstrator Dave Maiullo explains fluid dynamics with a smoke-ring cannon.
The demonstrations presented are routinely used in university physics courses not just to inform students but also with an eye toward humor, exciting the imagination and emphasizing the fun in science.

The shows are open to the public and free of charge. Early arrival is advised to ensure seating. Overflow seating will be available in an adjacent classroom with a video link to the show.

The lectures also will be streamed live via YouTube.

Further information, including images from past performances, driving directions and weather-related rescheduling, can be viewed at www.physics.rutgers.edu/~croft/FARADAY.HTML.

EXTRA: This holiday season Dave Maiullo is taking his popular experiments to the NYC stage. Read more about his off-Broadway debut here

Editor’s Note:

Attention calendar, community event editors: Mark Croft can be reached at 848-445-8746, 732-322-4644 or croft@physics.rutgers.edu.

Media Contact:
Patti Verbanas
848-932-0551
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