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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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Tuesday, Oct 11, 2016:

Please join us for a talk about The Ithaca College Integrated Outdoor Learning Environment and Naked-Eye Observatory with Professor Matthew Price, Ithaca College Department of Physics & Astronomy

I will be presenting the concepts behind the Ithaca College Integrated Outdoor Learning Environment and Naked-Eye Observatory. The concept for a modern Naked-Eye Observatory was introduced at Middle-Tennessee State University and the “Uranidrome”. We are proposing a multi-functional integrated learning environment that could be used by the IC community as a non-traditional outdoor classroom, an outdoor performance space, a Naked-Eye Observatory, or some other novel use.

Dr. Price is an Assistant Professor in the Ithaca College Department of Physics and Astronomy. He studies how to teach students in non-traditional classroom settings.

Tues., Oct. 11, 2016
CNS 206B
12:10 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Pizza & refreshments will be provided for $1 Please bring your own cup. Remember to Recycle, Reuse, Reduce.

 


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Friday, October 7, 2016:

Come View the Night Sky with the Ithaca College Department of Physics & Astronomy 

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 Friday, October 7 from 8:00 p.m. to 10:00 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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Tuesday September 27, 2016:

You are invited to join the Ithaca College Department of Physics & Astronomy for a talk by Zachary R. Robinson, Department of Physics at SUNY Brockport entitled :

The Surface Science of Graphene Growth

Graphene, which is an atomically thin layer of graphite, was first isolated in 2004 by a research group at the University of Manchester. The discovery initiated a massive research effort into 2-dimensional materials, which have the potential to enable significant improvements in fields like high speed electronics, flexible electronics, transparent conductors, biological sensors, and others. Key to enabling future technology is understanding the physical properties and growth processes of the 2-dimensional materials. Graphene, for instance, can be grown by a variety of different techniques. Sublimation of Si from SiC and chemical vapor deposition on Cu are two such growth techniques, both of which are promising due to their ability to be scaled up to a manufacturing environment. In this talk, I will introduce some of the techniques used by surface scientists as they apply to my research studying the physical properties of the 2-dimensional material graphene.   

CNS 112
12:10 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Pizza & refreshments will be provided for $1 Please bring your own cup. Remember to Recycle, Reuse, Reduce.


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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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