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Spectacular light and laser show beamed into western regional schools

Victoria University journeys to western regional Victoria this week to treat students to a spectacular and educational light and laser presentation.

The special shows, A Celebration of Light advancements with LASERS and Optics in Life Sciences, are being toured as part of National Science Week, which runs from August 14-22.

The term laser stands for Light Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation. Since its discovery 50 years ago by American Theodore Maiman, the laser has become an indispensable tool in our daily lives.

Equipped with her "James Bond'' Optics suitcase, VU Biomedical Science Research Fellow Dr Nicoleta Dragomir will travel to western regional schools to present exquisite hands-on experiments involving light.

Her shows highlight the science of lasers from phasers to X-ray lasers, as well as examples from today's extraordinary uses of lasers in life sciences.

"Lasers are used when we communicate using our mobile phones, watching a video or needing medical help,'' Dr Dragomir said.

"Lasers are simply cool. One hundred years ago these possibilities were unheard of. The future is awaiting more scientists to discover and invent new ways to use light and its properties. It is very important to improve the quality of life through technology.''

Dr Dragomir said she was thrilled to be able to show students the physical brilliance of lasers, as well as educate students about their important practical applications.

"This will be an entertaining and engaging show that will no doubt encourage more young people to follow science as a career.''

The shows will be presented inside VU's Mobile Gateway Vehicle and will run for about 30-50 minutes.

Program dates:

19 August: 9.15am, Sunbury Downs Secondary College – two presentations

19 August: 1.30pm, Sacred Heart College, Kyneton – two presentations

20 August: 9.30am, Ballarat Secondary College (Barkly Campus) – two presentations

20 August: 2pm, Ballarat Secondary College (Wendouree Campus) – two presentations


Photo opportunities at each presentation. Contact Dr Dragomir in advance to notify her of your attendance.

For interview: Dr Nicoleta Dragomir, Victoria University, on 9919 4635 or 0402 373 149


Media contact:

Daniel Clarke, Media Officer, VU Marketing and Communications Department, Ph: 9919 9491 or 0407 771 072

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