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May 4, 2015

Chronicle features UO Science Literacy Program

Nice feature article in the Chronicle of Higher Education centered on the UO Science Literacy Program: Link. Kudos to the SLP team!

April 30, 2015

New funding for Science Literacy Program

The Science Literacy Program, which is co-operated under CAS with Physics, Biology, Chemistry and Biochemstry,
Geological Sciences, and Human Physiology, has been named a recipient of long-term recurring funding under the UO’s 2015 Strategic Initiative.
This award will provide stable funding for between 16 and 24 graduate SLP Fellows per year to work alongside faculty to co-develop and co-teach science courses for non-science majors.
Congratulations to SLP co-directors Michael Raymer (Physics) and Judith Eisen (Biology), and associate director Elly Vandegrift!

April 13, 2015

Award for Physics of Bread

A first: An award to a UO physicist from a national food society. Read all about it here — the award and the course Miriam Deutsch co-taught on “Bread 101.”

March 23, 2015

Physics Slam! April 8, 7 PM

Six UO Physics faculty members will compete in a “Physics Slam” event, hosted by the Center for High-Energy Physics. The event is free and open to the public. It will take place April 8, 7 PM in Straub Hall 156. Read all about it here.

March 11, 2015

Kip Thorne public talk

Kip Thorne, Feynman Professor of Physics at Caltech, retired, will be giving a free public talk Friday Mar 13 at 7 PM in Columbia 150. Click here for the flier.

February 4, 2015

Public Talk with Nobel Laureate Dr. William Phillips: Time, Einstein and the Coolest Stuff in the Universe


  • Tuesday, February 10, 2015
  • 7:30 PM
  • 1215 EAST 13TH AVE
  • Free Admission

Dr. Phillips won the 1997 Nobel Prize in Physics for development of methods to cool and trap atoms with laser light.  He is a Fellow of the Joint Quantum Institute at the National Institute for Standards and Technology and the University of Maryland, and group leader of NIST’s Laser Cooling and Trapping Group. He will present a lively, multimedia presentation, including experimental demonstrations and down-to-earth explanations about some of today’s most exciting science.

Description: At the beginning of the 20th century, Einstein published three revolutionary ideas that changed forever how we view Nature. At the beginning of the 21st century, Einstein’s thinking is shaping one of the key scientific and technological wonders of contemporary life: atomic clocks, the best timekeepers ever made. Such super-accurate clocks are essential to industry, commerce, and science;they are the heart of the Global Positioning System (GPS). Today, atomic clocks are still being improved, using Einstein’s ideas to cool the atoms to incredibly low temperatures. Atomic gases reach temperatures less than a billionth of a degree above Absolute Zero, without solidifying. Such atoms enable scientists to make clocks that are accurate to better than a second in 80 million years, as well as to test some of Einstein’s strangest predictions.

May 7, 2014

DoE Early Career Award for Stephanie Majewski

More on Stephanie Majewski’s early career award from the Department of Energy:

Around -the-O story

UO news item

DoE web page

May 6, 2014

Richard Taylor brings innovation to the White House

Richard Taylor recently won a competition for proposals on new technologies for life sciences research and was invited to the White House to share it. Read all about it here.

April 22, 2014

“Particle Fever” panel photo

Photo from last night’s panel Q&A session in the Tap Room following last night’s sold out showing of “Particle Fever.”ParticleFeverTapHouse

Photo credit: Dean Walton, Science Librarian

April 15, 2014

Schofield featured in new LIGO documentary

There is a new, short (20′) documentary film which focuses on the people working at the LIGO Hanford Observatory. I think the interest and audience for the film are both pretty limited, but there is a nice episode at about the 11′ mark which features UO physicist Robert Schofield doing an impromptu demonstration of how pendula provide isolation from noise sources and identifying sources of seismic noise. Link to Film

For those interested, here is an older documentary focusing more on the science of LIGO: Einstein’s Messengers

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