CORVALLIS - The College of Science at Oregon State University will present its 11th annual "Visual Cascade of Science" on Saturday, April 26, for high school students, their parents and teachers from across Oregon.

Topics at the popular event will include everything from cryptography to forest management, to optics, officials say.

The program will begin with registration at 9 a.m. in Gilfillan Auditorium, at Arnold Way and Monroe Street, on the OSU campus. It is free, and the morning session is open to the public.

"Our goal is to stimulate interest in science through a morning of highly visual, short presentations of cutting-edge science," said Richard Thies, associate dean of the college. "We try to cover a wide range of science which helps students see new possibilities."

The program is one part of the university's recognition of National Science Week, Thies said, and tries to encourage high school students to consider pursuing careers in mathematics and science.

During the morning, five leading OSU researchers will make presentations based on some of their recent research or courses they teach. In the afternoon, students may tour university laboratories that do work in such areas as motor behavior, geographic information, pharmacy, anatomy, entomology and other fields. A free lunch will be provided to students and teachers.

More information about the program, registration and activities can be obtained by contacting Thies at (541) 737-4811; or write OSU College of Science, 128 Kidder Hall, Corvallis, OR 97331-4608.

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Richard Thies, 541-737-4811