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September 29, 2015

Physics Professor Graham Kribs new theory of ‘stealth dark matter’ featured in ‘Around the O’ article:

‘The imprint of dark matter on the evolution of the universe is unmistakable, physicists say, but dark matter itself continues to evade direct detection. That may soon change.’

You can read the full article here:

Or the public news release here:

August 4, 2015

Patent granted for UO-led effort on fractal-based nerve connections

Physics professor, and director of the UO Materials Science Institute, Richard Taylor’s pioneering work on fractal based nerve connections is featured in the August 3rd issue of ‘Around the O.’ You can read the full article here:

July 6, 2015

Brau public lecture July 15

Jim Brau will be giving a free public lecture at the Eugene Public Library on Wed July 15 at 6 PM. Click here to see the poster.

May 22, 2015

Ursell in CASCADE

In case you missed it, in addition to the SLP update in the most recent CASCADE, there is a nice writeup on Tristan Ursell. Get it here.

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.

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