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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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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.

Visit our website:
/hs/depts/physics/clintonbford/openhouses/


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Carolyn D. Sealfon talks about 'Challenging Implicit Biases in STEM' for the Physics & Astronomy Spring Seminar Series

Please join us for a talk entitled: 'Challenging Implicit Biases in STEM' with Carolyn D. Sealfon

About scientific integrity, Richard Feynman said, “The first principle is that you must not fool yourself—and you are the easiest person to fool.”  How can we better apply scientific integrity to how we interact with and evaluate people in our fields?  Research indicates that all of us tend to make unconscious assumptions that result in inequitable treatment of people, their work, and their careers based on characteristics such as gender and race.  In this seminar, you will engage with key research findings about implicit bias and discuss strategies you can apply individually or collectively to reduce the negative effects of our subliminal prejudices.

Carolyn D. Sealfon served as Associate Director of Science Education at Princeton University for four years, and as a physics professor at West Chester University of Pennsylvania for five years. In her quest to improve scientific literacy, she is currently spending a year teaching at an inner-city high-school. She received her PhD in theoretical cosmology from the University of Pennsylvania and her BA in physics here in Ithaca, on the opposite hill.

Tues., Mar. 22, 2016
CNS 206B @ 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 as Majors in the Department of Physics & Astronomy give talks on their summer research:

Marcell Fischler ’17:
Low-temperature Physics and its Far-reaching Applications

Andrea N. Santiago-Boyd ’17:
Constraining the Surface Magnetic Field of AGB stars.

Tues., Mar. 8, 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 entitled - How to Build an Airplane - with Professor Bruce Thompson, Ithaca College Department of Physics and Astronomy

"I built an airplane. I'll talk about how I did it." - Bruce Thompson

Tuesday, Feb. 23 at 12:10 in CNS 206B

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

 


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Wolfram Technologies in Mathematical Research presents a talk on Mathematica 10

Tuesday, February 16, 2016 12:10-1:05, including Q&A CNS 204

·       Enter calculations in everyday English, or using the flexible Wolfram Language
·       Visualize data, functions, surfaces, and more in 2D or 3D
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·       Access trillions of bits of on-demand data
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·       Easily turn static examples into mouse-driven, dynamic applications
·       Access 10,000 free course-ready applications
·       Utilize the Wolfram Language's wide scope of built-in functions, or create your own
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Current users will benefit from seeing the many improvements and new features of Mathematica 10 and Wolfram Alpha Pro, but prior knowledge of the Wolfram Language is not required. All attendees will receive an electronic copy of the examples, which can be adapted to individual projects.

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


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