Eight, Arizona PBS opens Dr. Krauss hangouts to community groups

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Eight, Arizona PBS and Arizona State University physicist join forces examining the universe on Google Plus and open the hangouts to community groups

WHAT:  Eight, Arizona PBS offers viewers the unique opportunity to gain deeper insight into the inner workings of our universe, exploring everything from the latest technological advancements and scientific discoveries to questions on the minds of many science enthusiasts, including whether invisibility cloaks could really work, and whether light (or humans!) can enter other dimensions, during its exclusive Web series In Space and Time with Dr. Lawrence Krauss, September 16 at 6 p.m., on Google Plus.

WHO:  Eight, Arizona PBS’s “Nerd-in-Chief” Bob Beard and Dr. Lawrence Krauss, internationally renowned theoretical physicist, explore modern macrocosm conundrums and scientific theories, presenting viewers with the chance to ask their burning questions about dark matter, relativity and more.

WHERE:  Google Plus Hangout On Air https://plus.google.com/events/cd5lcqbjmajd2sgub34e3okq7hc or visit Eight’s event page from their Google Plus main page at plus.google.com/+AZPBS  

WHEN:  Thursday, September 16 at 6 p.m.

This time around, Dr. Krauss and Eight have opened up a space in the Google Plus Hangout to provide community groups more direct access to the conversation. The Maricopa County Library District has added the Hangout to a series of STEM-related community events they are hosting, and will be directly connected to Dr. Krauss and Eight, Arizona PBS through Google’s online streaming, allowing the group’s participants to be seen by Dr. Krauss and by other attendees watching the hangout online over Google Plus or YouTube, as they pose their questions. Future hangouts with Dr. Krauss hosted by Eight will make this type of opportunity available to other groups, as well.  Interested groups should contact [email protected] and include “Hangout with Dr. Krauss” in the subject line.

“The STEM programs offered by the Maricopa County Library District this past summer have been wildly popular,” says Adult Services Supervisor at the Southeast Regional Library Robin Salthouse.  “The opportunity Arizona PBS, Channel 8 and ASU are providing to discuss the science of space with an eminent scientist like Dr. Krauss is a wonderful community collaboration. At the same time we are providing an example of how new technologies are allowing us to communicate in new and exciting ways.” “Public media has always opened doors to new worlds,” says Beard, promotions and events coordinator for Eight. “Now with the interactivity of Google Plus Hangouts On Air, Eight can not only unlock those doors, but also invite Arizona viewers and visitors from all over the Web inside for an intimate conversation with one of the world’s most interesting thinkers.”

“It is a pleasure to partner with Eight, Arizona PBS on this series,” Dr. Krauss says. “I enjoy the questions and the opportunity to interact directly with viewers.”

Dr. Krauss is a frequent guest on Eight’s Arizona Horizon public affairs program with his monthly recurring segment “A Matter of Science.” Archives of his appearances on the show are available online on Eight’s YouTube channel: www.youtube.com/user/AZPBS.

Lawrence M. Krauss is an American theoretical physicist and cosmologist who is Foundation Professor of the School of Earth and Space Exploration at Arizona State University and director of its Origins Project.

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