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May 13, 2010
Astronauts from space visit SFU
Bob Thirsk and Frank De Winne, two astronauts just back from the International Space station (ISS), will give a free public presentation about their research on colloids aboard the ISS, on Friday, May 14 at 2 p.m. in Saywell Hall at the Burnaby campus, lecture hall 10081. SFU Physics Chair Barbara Frisken has been collaborating with the astronauts on the project from her Earthly-bound office. Frisken can explain how their research on colloids—mixtures in which microscopic particles of one substance disperse evenly throughout another—could radically change our food, pharmaceutical and personal care products.

Barbara Frisken, 778.782.5767;

Firing up the world’s first laser – photo op
A gathering of experts in Vancouver to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the world’s first laser and how it impacts our lives will culminate on Saturday, May 15 with a test of the original device – fired up exactly 50 years to the day it was first tested. The laser, created by the late Theodore Maiman, will be taken out of a Vancouver bank vault and demonstrated to symposium participants (media are welcome) following a talk by Maiman’s wife, Kathleen, which starts about 2:30 p.m. The symposium is being held at the Wosk Centre for Dialogue. SFU engineering science professor Andrew Rawicz, a symposium organizer, was a close friend of Maiman and is currently writing a book on the inventor.


Andrew Rawicz, 778.782.3819;


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