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COC physics presentation to address natural phenomena

Posted: October 6, 2009 2:23 p.m.
Updated: October 7, 2009 10:30 a.m.
The College of the Canyons Mathematics, Sciences and Engineering Technologies (MSET) division will host a special physics presentation designed to shed scientific light on natural phenomena including rainbows, thunder and lightning.

The basic aim of physics is the study of nature at its most fundamental level in order to discover and apply the general laws that govern force and motion, matter and energy and space and time.

It is with that principle in mind that physicist Dr. Antonio Nassar will present "Light, Electricity and Sound: Understanding Recent Discoveries About Lightning, Thunder and Rainbows," from 7:30 to 9 p.m., Oct. 16 Aliso Lab 104, located on the college's Valencia campus.

Featuring visual demonstrations using the college's audio/visual equipment, this presentation is intended to both inform and entertain general audiences and will be appropriate for all ages.

"Only a handful of physicists are really good and enthusiastic about explaining their discipline and presenting difficult concepts in simple language-and in an exciting manner," said Dr. Ram Manvi, dean of the MSET division at the college. "Dr. Nassar definitely belongs to that select group."

Dr. Nassar holds a Ph. D., a master's degree in physics and a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering and has been published in several top peer-reviewed physics journals. In addition, Nassar received the Harvard-Westlake School Justin Rascoff Teaching Award for recognition of teaching excellence in 1998, the UCLA Extension Dean's Distinguished Instructor Award in 2006, and most recently an MIT nomination and recognition for excellent teaching in 2008.

Admission to this event is free. However, a limited number of seats are available.


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