Elected Officials, VIPs Get Sneak Peek of the Science Tunnel: World-renowned Exhibition of the Max Planck Society

January 15, 2009

Nearly 300 elected officials, business leaders, sponsors and VIPs had a sneak peek of the internationally renowned Science Tunnel before it opened to the public, at a private reception at the South Florida Science Museum. The special exhibition by Germany’s Max Planck Society, makes its U.S. debut in West Palm Beach, and runs for 10 weeks through March 29, 2009, inside a 10,000-square-foot tent on the grounds of the Museum.

Guests expressed fascination with the interactive mutimedia exhibition, which offers visitors engaging insight into the realm of scientific discoveries. Mary Sellers, CEO of the Museum; Dr. Peter Gruss, president of the Max Planck Society; and presenting sponsor Fabiola Brumley, Palm Beach market president of Bank of America made a special presentation during the evening.

Those in attendance included Florida Representative, Carl Domino; Jenni Garrison from the Governor’s Office of Tourism, Trade and Economic Development; Palm Beach County Tax Collector, Anne Gannon; Palm Beach County Supervisor of Elections, Susan Bucher; Palm Beach County Clerk and Comptroller, Sharon Bock; West Palm Beach Mayor, Lois Frankel; West Palm Beach City Commissioners, Molly Douglas and Kimberly Mitchell; Town of Jupiter Mayor, Karen Golonka and Vice Mayor, Wendy Harrison; and the Palm Beach County School Board’s Dr. Art Johnson and Bill Graham.

Business and community leaders were Rhys Williams, chairman of the board of trustees for the South Florida Science Museum; Dennis Grady, president of the Chamber of Commerce of the Palm Beaches; Kelly Smallridge, president of the Business Development Board; Ken Kahn of LRP Publications and president of the Business Development Board’s Board of Directors; Mike Jones, president of the Economic Council of Palm Beach County; Ken Kirby of TransDermal Technologies; Mike Mitrione and Meenu Sasser of Gunster; Harvey Oyer of Shutts and Bowen; Rex Kirby of Suffolk Construction; Dr. Ram Narayanan and Dr. Gary Perry of Florida Atlantic University; Bill Fleming of Palm Beach Atlantic University; Apollo 14 astronaut Dr. Edgar Mitchell; and Palm Beach supporters Howard and Julie Rudolph, and Matt and Helene Lorentzen.

Now open, the Science Tunnel features video stations and hands-on exhibits designed to spark interest in science and a deeper understanding of science research among even the youngest minds. Visitors can observe dancing atoms and molecules at work; discover the roots of human culture; fight a virus before it infects the body; or race through the city of Tübingen, Germany on a bicycle, at the speed of light.

Most of the unique pictures, videos, computer simulations and exhibits within the Science Tunnel come from the 80 Max Planck institutes in Germany and abroad. CERN, the world’s largest particle physics laboratory, the European Space Agency (ESA), the European Southern Observatory (ESO), the Fraunhofer Society and other institutions have also loaned valuable components.

Debuted in Ludwigshafen, Germany in 2005, the Science Tunnel has traveled to some of the great cities of the world including Tokyo, Singapore, Shanghai, Brussels, Johannesburg, Seoul, and Berlin. Palm Beach County, Fla. – home to the new Max Planck Florida Institute – is its first U.S. location.

Admission is $15 for adults and $10 for children ages three to 12. Prices include access to the South Florida Science Museum. The Museum is located at 4801 Dreher Trail North in West Palm Beach, Florida, and is open seven days a week. Exhibition times may vary. Contact 561.832.1988 or www.sfsm.org for more information.