November 2, 2012
From the group of Harlan Lefevre
At Seattle’s Living Computer Museum which opened in October, one of the oldest exhibits at the is a PDP-7 made by Digital Equipment Corporation. Designed in the mid-1960s, it is believed to be the only working model of this machine in the world. The computer operated in Harlan Lefevre’s lab for many years.
September 9, 2012
From the group of Dean Livelybrooks
The Oregon Department of Education recently awarded $450,000 to the University of Oregon and the Eugene School District to improve high school and middle school students’ performance in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. The partnership between the Eugene School Disctrict and University of Oregon, as well as industry, is co-directed by Dean Livelybrooks, senior instructor at the Department of Physics.
- “UO boosts high school STEM studies with state grant” – UO News
- “Real-World Lessons: A grant will help educators bring science and technology to life” – Register-Guard
July 9, 2012
From the group of Jim Brau
Physicists on experiments at the Large Hadron Collider say that they have observed a new particle, but they remain uncertain that it is the predicted Higgs boson.
The UO’s contingent at the ATLAS experiment comes from the Center for High Energy Physics, which is headed by Brau. Other involved faculty members are David Strom, who currently is the ATLAS trigger coordinator, Ray Frey and Eric Torrence.
- “University of Oregon physicists help discover elusive particle” – Oregon Live
- “New boson has the heaviest mass ever seen, says UO physicist” – UO Media Relations
February 28, 2012
From the group of John Toner
Neither births nor deaths stop the flocking of organisms. They just keep moving, says theoretical physicist John J. Toner of the University of Oregon.
January 17, 2012
From the group of Steve Hsu
An interview with Steve Hsu explores the role of IQ in physics and other fields.
- Blog: Finding the Next Einstein at Psychology Today
March 31, 2011
From the group of Jim Brau
Eight hundred turned out at UO on March 22, 2011 for the first physics slam in North America. The slam was hosted in concert with the American Linear Collider Physics Group Workshop ( ALCPG11) held at UO. The overflow crowd filled Columbia 150 and Pacific 123 to hear five physicists from around the world compete with their explanations of dark matter, extra dimensions, neutrinos and astrophysics, particle detectors, and superconducting cavities for particle acceleration. The event was recorded by various news media:
- ILC Newsline
- Register Guard
- Eugene Weekly
- ALCPG11 particle slam page
- facebook page
- A recording will appear soon on the ILC YouTube page
March 2, 2011
From the group of Richard Taylor
The BBC is filming a three-part series called “The Code” hosted by Marcus du Sautoy, a professor of mathematics at Oxford. The program is about the structural systems that determine the form of everything from beehives and bubbles to music, computer animation and the weather. Richard Taylor was featured to explain how the mathematical “code” behind one of Pollock’s drip paintings was unique enough to expose counterfeits. In the picture, Richard Taylor and Marcus du Sautoy discuss the physics behind the fractal “code” found in nature and in Pollock’s poured paintings, while Rick Montgomery operates the Pollockizer, a driven pendulum whose paint-filled bob splatters paint in patterns reminiscent of Jackson Pollock.