Public Invited to Walk Through Time at College's New Science Center

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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass., Jan. 12, 2001 — The two hundred and seven-year history of Williams College might pale in comparison to the history of the universe, but Williams College’s new Science Center will do its part to chronicle the universe’s history with its new exhibit “A Walk Through Time … from Stardust to Us: a Five Billion Year Walk.” The walk is a mile-long through the corridors of The Science Center where the story of life will be told in 88 panels arranged such that each foot of the walk represents one million years of Earth’s history.

The text of the exhibit brings a scientific understanding of the significant stages in the development of life on Earth. The exhibit provides a feeling of awe and inspiration for the complexity and beauty of the systems that have made life possible over billions of years. It offers a greater appreciation for the growing impact humans are having on the future of all the myriad forms of life, including our own.

The exhibition opens Thursday, Jan. 18 at 4 p.m. and features a welcome by Charles M. Lovett, director of The Science Center and professor of chemistry. Professor’s Lovett’s introduction will take place in room 123 of the Thompson Chemistry building. The event is free and open to the public.

On Wednesday, Feb. 7, at 4 p.m., Markes Johnson, professor of geology and Lois Banta, visiting associate professor of biology, will interpret five billion years of Earth’s history as presented in the newly acquired panels on display in the Science Center from January 18 to February 14. Again, this event is free and open to the public.