Szczerbinska to speak at Sanford PROMISE Community Lecture Series

Dr. Barbara Szczerbinska, associate professor of physics at Dakota State, presents Thursday, September 13th as part of the Sanford PROMISE Community Lecture Series. Szczerbinska’s presentation, Angels & Demons – Antimatter in Film & in Science, will be held at 5:30 p.m. at the Sanford Center in Sioux Falls, S.D.

Angels & Demons is a 2009 American movie directed by Ron Howard and based on a 2000  bestselling mystery-thriller novel written by American author Dan Brown. Antimatter is stolen from Large Hadron Collider at CERN (Geneva, Switzerland) and hidden in Vatican City. The countdown to Vatican annihilation begins along with a race through Rome to avert death and destruction. But is it possible to steal antimatter from CERN? How much antimatter would be needed to destroy Rome? How much time would it take to produce it? Does antimatter actually exist? Szczerbinska will take us on a journey to answer these and many more questions on September 13th.

The monthly seminar series aims to educate the community on research initiatives in their own backyard. Lectures are presented by leading academic and industry scientists within the region. The lecture is held on the second Thursday of each month starting at 5:30 p.m. central time and lasts for one hour.

If you would like to attend Szczerbinska, or any other lecture in the PROMISE series, please RSVP by emailing or call 605-312-6590. More information on the lecture can be found at

Last Updated: 9/7/12