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What's New at BYU for September 2009

Tuesday, Sept. 1

David Neilsen, of the Department of Physics and Astronomy, will be presenting “Albert Einstein’s Legacy: Big Bang, Black Holes and Gravity Waves” in 1060 Harold B. Lee Library. The presentation will be held in connection with the International Year of Astronomy. Seating begins at 7 p.m., and the lecture will commence at 7:30 p.m. running until about 8:30 p.m. A short question-and-answer period will follow. If weather permits, the telescopes on top of the Eyring Science Center will also be open after the lecture from 8:30 to 10 p.m. For more information, visit

Friday, Sept. 4

The School of Social Work will be holding an information session for its master’s degree program in 2198 Joseph F. Smith Building. School representatives will be covering information on how to apply to the program and answering questions on GPA requirements, deadlines, emphasis requirements, letters of recommendation, financial aid and statements of intent. For more information visit or e-mail

Tuesday, Sept. 8

BYU President Cecil O. Samuelson and his wife Sharon will be speaking at the campus devotional at 11:05 a.m. in the Marriott Center. The devotional will be broadcast live on the BYU Broadcasting channels. Visit or for rebroadcast and archive information.

Tuesday and Wednesday, Sept. 8-9

Kevin Hart, poet and professor, will be speaking at BYU. A poetry reading, hosted by the English Department, will be Tuesday at 9:30 a.m. in 1060 Harold B. Lee Library followed by a reception in the Special Collections classroom. A philosophy lecture, hosted by the Philosophy Department, will be Wednesday at 2 p.m., also in 1060 HBLL. For more information, contact Karen Steineckert at (801) 422-2721 or at

Wednesday, Sept. 9

Terrence James Reed, Fellow of the British Academy, The Göttingen Academy of Sciences and the Jena Collegium Europaeum, will be speaking at BYU at 2 p.m. in 238 Herald R. Clark Building. His speech, “Reversals – Enlightenment and the Movements of the Heavens,” will focus on the 18th-century history of ideas analyzing a wide range of sources from the Bible to the German poet, Bertolt Brecht. For more information, contact Cory Leonard at (801) 422-0382.

Wednesday, Sept. 9

His Excellency Prince Zeid Ra'ad Al-Hussein, Jordanian ambassador to the U.S., will be speaking at Brigham Young University at noon in 1060 of the Harold B. Lee Library. For more information please contact Cory Leonard at (801) 422-0382.

Thursday, Sept. 10

BYU faculty and staff will be participating in the United Way Day of Caring. They will be meeting at 7:30 a.m. at LaVell Edwards Stadium for a breakfast followed by a variety of service projects in the community, including painting, landscaping, general maintenance and cleaning. For more information, contact Phyllis Jensen before Sept. 4 at

Thursday, Sept. 10

John Milner from the National Cancer Institute will present a lecture titled "Personalized Approaches for Cancer Prevention: Challenges and Opportunities With the Use of Omic Technologies." The lecture will be held in 446 Thomas L. Martin Building at 11 a.m. For more information, contact the College of Life Sciences at (801) 422-2007.

Saturday, Sept. 12

To open the 2009-2010 BYU Women calendar, Carole Burr, daughter of Rose Marie Reid, will present her mother’s life story titled “Fashion Your Life After Christ: The Rose Marie Reid Story.” The presentation will be at 1 p.m. in 710 of the N. Eldon Tanner Building. BYU Women is an organization for all female faculty members and spouses of faculty and staff. It hosts monthly meetings during the regular academic year that are open to all. For more information, contact Linda Keele at (801) 224-3313.

Sunday, Sept. 13

Elaine S. Dalton, Young Women general president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, will be speaking at a CES fireside at 6 p.m. in the Marriott Center. The fireside will be broadcast live on BYU Television, BYU Radio and at Visit or for rebroadcast and archive information.

Wednesday, Sept. 16

Ken I. Kersch, founding director of the Clough Center for the Study of Constitutional Democracy at Boston College will be presenting a Constitution Day Lecture at 1 p.m. in the Gordon B. Hinckley Alumni and Vistors Center Assembly Hall. For more information contact Erica Germaine at (801) 422-4440 or at

Tuesday, Sept. 22

Neil DeGrasse, an astrophysicist at the American Museum of Natural History, will present a forum at 11:05 a.m. in the Marriott Center. The forum will be broadcast live on the BYU Broadcasting channels. Visit or for rebroadcast and archive information.

Tuesday, Sept. 29

Elder Kim B. Clark, BYU-Idaho president, will be speaking at the campus devotional at 11:05 a.m. in the Marriott Center. The devotional will be broadcast live on the BYU Broadcasting channels. Visit or for rebroadcast and archive information.

Wednesday, Sept. 30

BYU will hold its 2009 Career Fair from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Wilkinson Student Center Ballroom and Garden Court. More than 150 companies and employers are registered to attend. For more information visit

All month

Every Wednesday at 11 a.m., children ages 10 and younger can enjoy story time at the Monte L. Bean Life Science Museum, hearing stories about animals and nature read by a professional storyteller. Live animals will also be showcased. The event is free each week, and registration is not necessary. For more information, call the museum at (801) 422-5051 or visit

Kids ages 5-12 are welcome at Saturday Safari at the Monte L. Bean Life Science Museum. Each Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to noon, participants will be transported around the globe, visiting rain forests, deep ocean trenches deserts and more, while learning about the animals that inhabit each place. Registration is $12 for the first child in a family and $10 for each additional child. Register at least one week in advance as late registration is not accepted. For more information or to register, call the Bean Museum at (801) 422-5051. Additional details are also available at

The Museum of Peoples and Cultures, located at 700 N. 100 East in Provo, presents the exhibit “New Lives: Building Community at Fourmile Ruin.” This exhibit explores an ancient abandoned pueblo in Arizona that was built by native inhabitants. Another exhibit, “Kachinas of the Southwest: Dances, Dolls and Rain,” explores the Hopi religious ceremonies. The museum offers children’s programs as well as various date nights, FHEs and cultural events. Teaching kits and tours are available, and volunteers are always welcome. Museum hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays. Hours are extended until 7 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. For more information, call (801) 422-0020 or visit

The BYU Earth Science Museum features dinosaur skeletons of a camptosaurus and an allosaurus, a mural of the Utah-Colorado region in the Jurassic Period, a 150-million-year-old dinosaur egg and a preparation lab window showing museum personnel preparing fossils. Visitors may touch real fossils at the fossil touch table and see a unique diceratops skull. Admission is free. The Earth Science Museum is located at 1683 N. Canyon Road in Provo. The museum is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday from noon to 4 p.m. For more information, call (801) 422-3680.

The Royden G. Derrick Planetarium at BYU’s Eyring Science Center offers evening shows hosted by the BYU Astronomical Society. Tickets will go on sale at the planetarium door starting at 6:30 p.m. and are $2 each. For a schedule of shows and more information, visit

The Family History Library at the Harold B. Lee Library at BYU offers free family history classes the second and fourth Sunday of each month. The classes begin at 3 p.m., 4:30 p.m. and 6 p.m. The library’s family history resources and consultants are available from 10 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. on these Sundays. For more information and a complete schedule of classes, visit

Complimentary tours of the BYU campus are available weekdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Gordon B. Hinckley Alumni and Visitors Center. For more information, call (801) 422-4678.

Writer: Brandon Garrett

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