Tuesday, September 29, 2015

This Week's PhiDiP - Thursday, Oct. 1 @ 12:15PM

It's week two of our Quantum Mechanics series, and we have a few articles to get you prepped for our discussion this week on the various Interpretations of Quantum Mechanics. Also, I've included an article from Julia about Archaea (which we touched on when discussing the possibilities of astrobiology) in case anyone wants to dig a little deeper there.

"Tom's Top 10 interpretations of quantum mechanics"
This article briefly goes over 10 (you guessed it) interpretations of QM and includes links to scholarly articles and other resources for each interpretation listed. A good place to start!

"How Quantum Suicide Works"
A longer article covering the Copenhagen interpretation, with links, in very accessible language. Nice one, Alex!

"Do parallel universes really exist?"
Another one from Alex, this article (with videos and links) is on the Many Worlds interpretation.

🌟"The Most Embarrassing Graph in Modern Physics"
Just for fun, here are the results of a poll taken of modern quantum physicists to see which interpretation they "prefer." VERY interesting... ;)

And last, but not least:
"Archaea Are More Wonderful Than You Know"
A fairly in-depth take on Archaea and the implications of their biology. Enjoy!

See you this Thursday, Oct. 1 @ 12:15PM in NC 3405!

Monday, September 21, 2015

Colloquium Series: Dr. Jennifer Kitaygorsky

Please join us this Friday, Sept. 25 at 3PM in NC 3405 for our next colloquium speaker. Dr. Kitaygorsky is a CU Denver Physics alum who is here to share her work in aerospace with us.

Electromagnetics in Practice:
How Airplanes Survive Lightning and Other Electromagnetic Environments



In this talk, I will discuss how the field of electromagnetics applies to aircraft and spacecraft design and aircraft certification. I will focus on electromagnetic environmental effects such as lightning, precipitation static, high intensity radiated fields, spacecraft charging, and the broader field of electromagnetic compatibility. I will also cover what it's like to be a scientist and a consultant for the aerospace industry.



Jennifer Kitaygorsky received a B.S. in Physics from the University of Colorado at Denver in 2001, and a Ph.D. from the University of Rochester Electrical Engineering Department in 2008. As an undergraduate, she was a recipient of the National Institute of Standards and Technology Professional Research Experience Program (PREP) Fellowship. It was followed by a fellowship from the Civilian Research and Development Foundation (CFDR) Junior Scientist Program when Jennifer was attending the University of Rochester. Jennifer currently works for a consulting company, Electro Magnetic Applications (EMA), as a scientist

Jennifer specializes in validation and verification of computational electromagnetics codes, making use of her extensive experimental experience. She is also an expert in measuring electromagnetic properties of anisotropic composite materials and nanomaterials. In addition, Jennifer has consulted for major civilian and military aerospace prime integrators, as well as evaluated inductive interference coupling on railroad tracks from high voltage power lines. She has developed full-wave computational electromagnetic (CEM) simulation, converted CAD drawings to sophisticated numerical models, and performed measurements of RF shielding and EM properties of novel and mission-critical materials. Jennifer has been with EMA since 2008.

Sunday, September 13, 2015

REUs and Internships: Make It Happen!

If you missed our colloquium last Friday on getting into these career-boosting programs, you still have access to all the tips and resources that we shared. Simply visit our Google Slides presentation to get caught up on the process, and as always, find us in NC 3405 if you ever have questions while you work on your applications this fall. You're welcome! ;)

Friday, September 4, 2015

Coming up!

Wed, September 9, 6:30pm – 7:30pm
Science 1115
Women in STEM is a (non-SPS) club meant to promote and foster the continuing education and careers of women in the sciences at CU Denver. From their announcement: First meeting of the Fall 2015 semester! To engage in thoughtful and intellectual conversations with our peers about how women are impacting the STEM fields. Also, meet new people with the same like-minded goals. We also want to get to know everyone and take some suggestions on what the WiSTEM community would like to talk about this semester. Plus there will be tasty pizza!

Thursdays every week 
12:15 NC 3405          
Topic this Week: "What is Math?"
How deep does the rabbit hole go? Please join us for weekly discussions on the philosophy of physics! Email sps.metro.ucd@gmail.com to join our PhiDiP email list to receive our weekly topic (with accompanying background articles,etc.). See you there! (Snacks provided!)

Colloquium Series: REUs and Internships with Evan Shapiro & Rosa Wallace
Fri, September 11, 3pm – 4pm
NC 3405
Want to get the most out of your undergraduate experience? Join us for a how-to session on undergraduate physics research opportunities and internships: we'll show you how to track down and apply for the programs that interest you, and share our tips for success. (Snacks provided!)

Mon, September 21, 7pm – 9pm
Regis University Denver Tech Center Campus


Dr. Mitchell Wayne of University of Notre Dame is coming to Denver to discuss the implications of the Higgs Boson. Please contact us at sps.metro.ucd@gmail.com so we can reserve seats for our group. Public event!

Deadlines this Month:

MSU: Undergraduate Research Student Mini-Grant Deadline
Monday, Sep 28, 2015 5:00 pm

Some Cool Resources for All!!

The AAPT Films Page

Nine Original Videos starring Anna Spitz and writer/director James Lincoln provide examples of experiments you can perform immediately with just the cell phone in your pocket or the computer in front of you. Many of these demos have never been seen or explained anywhere else! (Click on them to see!)

See Your Retina Teaches you how to look at the blood vessels in the back of your eye! 
Hear Ultrasonic Connects you to an easy test to the upper limit of human hearing 
Easy Beats shows how simple it is to demonstrate soundwave interference 
Up Down Dizzy teaches about the inner ear and a new way to experience dizziness 
Audio Triangulation shows that the speed of sound in air is slower than you think 
Sing Happy Birthday reveals why Americans always start that song on the same note 
Hear Your Muscles a fun and easy way to find out what muscles sound like 
Newton’s Eye Poke a little known classic experiment from the master himself 
Credit Card Diffraction the easiest diffraction experiment you will ever do! 

Free Webinar on Seizing Value from Scientific Conference Participation

Join us for this indispensable webinar detailing how to maximize the value of attending an academic or industry conference. Topics include how to behave with speakers, how to meet the most important people at the conferences, and how to identify the most valuable sessions, events, and other experiences available. Conference etiquette (proper behavior and dress) and follow-up will also be discussed. Register for this free event, being held on September 17, 2015 at 2PM ET and co-sponsored by AAPT.


Starting an SPS Chapter from Scratch

Whether your SPS chapter is well established or brand new, if you're looking for new ideas to build community and increase engagement, this article from the SPS Observer is a great start! Share with your new 2015-2016 leadership team.


APS Conference for Undergraduate Women in Physics Registration Open

Calling all women physics majors/enthusiasts!

Registration is now open for the 2016 Conference for Undergraduate Women in Physics, which will be held January 15-17, 2016 (the weekend before spring semester starts). APS covers your cost of attendance (hotel, some meals), though registration is ~$25 and it is likely we will need to apply for APS travel grants to cover our flights (which usually is not problematic).

The APS CUWiP goal is to help undergraduate women continue in physics by providing them with the opportunity to experience a professional conference, information about graduate school and professions in physics, and access to other women in physics of all ages with whom they can share experiences, advice, and ideas. You don't have to be a physics major to register.

A typical program will include research talks by faculty, panel discussions about graduate school and careers in physics, presentations and discussions about women in physics, laboratory tours, student research talks, a student poster session, and several meals during which presenters and students interact with each other.
This year's location for Colorado-based students is Black Hills State University in South Dakota. Let's represent CU Denver and MSU Denver there this January!
Please email us at sps.metro.ucd@gmail.com if you are interested in attending, or go to http://www.aps.org/programs/women/workshops/cuwip.cfm to get more information and apply. A short statement is necessary to be accepted to the conference, so be prepared to express why you'd like to go.