Monday Morning Memo

Here's a brief synopsis of what's going on this week in regards to Physics... and beyond.

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Tuesday Sept. 13:

Please join the Ithaca College department of Physics & Astronomy for a talk by Dr. Steven Penn, Department of Physics at Hobart and William Smith Colleges entitled: How LIGO Detects Gravitational Waves

The detection of gravitational waves — 100 years after Einstein predicted their existence — is a major milestone in Physics.  The observation of the coalescence of two black holes marks the dawn of Gravitational Wave Astronomy.  Yet equally as impressive is the confluence of experimental techniques that allows LIGO to achieve a length precision that is 10,000 times smaller than a proton.  I will discuss the GW detection, how LIGO works, and why we must increase its sensitivity another factor 10.  

Steven Penn is a Professor of Physics at Hobart and William Smith Colleges.  He received his PhD in nuclear physics from MIT, and then migrated to gravitational physics as a postdoc.  He has been a member of the LIGO Science Collaboration (LSC)  since its founding  He currently chairs the LSC’s research on mirror coating thermal noise.  

7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
CNS 112  
Cookies and coffee provided. Please bring your own cup. Remember to reuse, reduce, and recycle.

Friday September 16:

Annual Picnic! 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM at the Upper picnic shelter at Buttermilk Falls State Park

Food, Games, FUN!!

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Jared Saltzman, '17: Neutral post-instruction responses on the Maryland Physics Expectation Survey

Tues., April 26, 2016
CNS 204 @ 12:10 p.m.

Pizza and Refreshments will be available for $1.
Please bring your own cup.
Remember to Recycle, Reuse, Reduce.

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Please Join us for a talk with John Miles, Integration and Test Lead at the Giant Magellan Telescope entitled:

Adventures in Astronomical Instrumentation, from Ground, Air, and Space

Dr. Miles learned about telescopes and science instruments at Cornell. In 1993 he left Ithaca to seek his fortune in the world of space telescopes and science instruments. The path he found has led him (so far!) through five large telescope projects. He will describe the interesting new technologies he found at each telescope, and what new science was enabled by them. He will talk about why he went to each one, how he convinced the people at those telescopes that they needed him, and what he learned there. He will give his perspective on the variety of talent and expertise that are needed to make these large projects possible and successful.

Dr. John Miles is currently the integration and test lead at the Giant Magellan Telescope. His experience is in space mission systems engineering, science instrument integration and test, mission architecture, and mission operations. Formerly, he was the science instrument development manager for the SOFIA airborne observatory, integration and test manager for the NIRCam science instrument on the James Webb Space Telescope, and systems engineer on the Solar Dynamics Observatory and the Spitzer Space Telescope. He carried out his Ph.D. work in the Cornell Astronomy Department, where he built an infrared spectrograph for the Palomar 200 inch telescope.

Tuesday April 19 at 12:10 in CNS 206B
Pizza & refreshments available for $1
Remember to bring your own cup - Reuse, reduce, recycle

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Tuesday April 5:

Please join us as Majors in the Department of Physics and Astronomy give talks on their summer research:

Jonathan Smucker ’16: Measuring the Temperature of the Ithaca College MOT

Amy Parker ‘17: Creating a Recipe for Strontium Titanate 110 

Duncan Allen

Tues., April 5, 2016
CNS 204 @ 12:10 p.m.
Pizza and Refreshments will be available for $1.
Please bring your own cup.
Remember to Recycle, Reuse, Reduce.

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Wednesday, March 30:

Come view the night sky at the Clinton B. Ford Observatory!

Public Viewing night, Wednesday, March 30th from 8:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.

You are invited to join the Ithaca College Department of Physics & Astronomy for a Public Viewing of the night sky at the Clinton B. Ford Observatory on Wednesday, March 30 from 8:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.

To attend a Public Night
Wait at the vehicle 'turn around' in front of the entrances of Smiddy Hall and CHS (F lot side).  A shuttle van will make regular runs to convey people up to the observatory and back down.  Please note that there is NO parking available up at the observatory and that the access road is NOT lighted.  For your own safety, please do not walk up.

Bad Weather Plan
The "go/no-go" decision for any public night will be made at 3:30 pm on the scheduled date.  Our web page and the recorded message at the observatory will be updated shortly thereafter to reflect the decision for that evening.  So if you check our website or call the observatory at 607-274-3012 after 4:00 pm you will get the final decision for that evening.

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