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Join Us for New Mexico’s Biggest Science Party of the Year

January 13, 2016

The National Museum of Nuclear Science & History will host the 19th Annual Einstein Gala, New Mexico’s biggest science party of the year, at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 19, 2016, at the Sheraton Albuquerque Uptown Hotel.

The Museum’s largest fundraising event will introduce intricate science experiments performed by Museum junior volunteers, a unique silent auction, dinner among some of the most brilliant minds in science, local entertainment throughout the evening and an opportunity to honor an exceptional individual with the 19th Annual National Award of Nuclear Science & History.

The award - celebrating the wide scope of achievement and commitment to furthering scientific endeavors made by individuals in areas of leadership, technology, government, energy and education - will be awarded to Barry Siegel, M.D., Professor of Radiology and Medicine at Washington University School of Medicine, Director of the Division of Nuclear Medicine at Mallinckrodt Institute of Radiology and a member of the University’s Alvin J. Siteman Cancer Center.

“Dr. Barry Siegel is a pioneering medical professional in the nuclear medical field, and we are honored to acknowledge the professional work of medical advancement and those who practice in the field,” said Jim Walther, Museum Director. “In the 19 years we have presented this award, only one other medical professional has been honored and recognized for the National Award of Nuclear Science & History.”

Proceeds from the Einstein Gala fundraising event will help support the Museum’s STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) educational programs for K-12 students as well as professional development workshops for science and math teachers. The Einstein Gala, a black-tie event, is the largest fundraising event for the Museum each year.

This year’s event will also welcome a special group of Albuquerque Public Schools (APS) students and teachers. Through the sponsorship of Hal Behl and Judith Mead, Museum Foundation Trustees Emeriti, the Museum has invited six exceptional APS students and educators, along with their guests, to be a part of the evening’s celebration.

The 19th Annual Einstein Gala is sponsored by Lockheed Martin/Sandia National Laboratories and URENCO, USA.

The evening, beginning at 5:30 pm, includes dinner and dancing as well as a silent auction. Tickets are $125 each and can be purchased on the Museum’s website at nuclearmuseum.org through March 11. Table sponsorships are also available. For information, contact Jessica Tonjes, Director of Development, at 505-245-2137, extension 110.

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Discover STEM Day - Saturday, February 10

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Einstein Gala - Saturday, March 31

The Einstein Gala is New Mexico’s biggest science party of the year! This prestigious black-tie event is the Museum’s most important fundraising event and features a cocktail reception with an amazing silent auction filled with the most unique items in Albuquerque, a delicious dinner experience among some of the most brilliant minds in science and history and thrilling entertainment featuring science experiments that will knock your socks off!

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