Wednesday, October 11, 2017

              If you are looking for a great opportunity to hear more about the exciting world of Deep Space Exploration, tomorrow ( 12 October ) the physics department’s Society of Physics Student’s is hosting a colloquium at 4pm in Admin 200 (near the 7th Street building). 
              MSU's Professor David Gingerich will be giving a presentation on Deep Space Exploration.  Professor Gingerich’s professional career includes work at Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company working on numerous exciting space programs, such as the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, Juno, and MAVEN.  

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Colloquium 9/28/2017: Dr. Jim Dove

Solar Physics Colloquium:   The first presentation of the Fall 2017 Colloquium Series has been scheduled for Thursday, September 28th.  Please join SPS in Admin 200 at 4:00 PM for an exciting presentation from our department's Dr. Jim Dove.    

Monday, August 28, 2017

Fall 2017 Renovation and Moving Update

The fall semester sees many changes in the physical locations and facilities for our two physics departments.

Here is a general update:

Department and Faculty Office Moves

The CU Denver Physics Department Office will be relocating to North Classroom 3109 for the fall, and Dr. Zaidins, Dr. Huber, Bruce Hines, Kristopher Bunker, and Dawn Arge will have their offices in North Classroom. The remainder of the CU Denver Physics Faculty will be moving to the Administration Building for the fall (AD on this linked map on the west end of campus - We've attached a floor plan of the second floor of the Administration Building which shows the location of the offices for your reference.

The MSU Denver Physics Department Office and faculty have moved to the Science Building for the fall. You can find all of them in a cluster near the western corner of Science (near the backside of the Library, pointing toward the PE Building). Look for a directory (perhaps on a whiteboard) near Science 1036.

Physics Student Lounge and Computational Physics Lab
The student lounge and tutoring room will be in Administration 200, and the Computational Physics Lab will be in Administration 205 (see the attached floor plan for their location).

New Physics Faculty
The CU Denver Physics Department has hired two new Assistant Professors - Dr. Amy Roberts and Dr. Anthony Villano. Dr. Roberts will joining the department this fall, and Dr. Villano will be joining the department in the fall 2018 semester. Say hello if you get the chance!

North Classroom Renovation Progress
The North Classroom Renovation Project is on schedule, and CU Denver Physics is set to occupy a bunch of new research and teaching labs! 

Spring 2018
A brief update on our future locations: The CU Denver Physics Department will move into our renovated and permanent location in North Classroom for the spring 2018 semester. The MSU Denver Physics Department will move into their renovated and permanent location in Plaza for the spring 2018 semester.

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Spring 2017 Officer Election Results

At the end of the Spring 2017 semester, officer elections were held and the following students were elected:

CU Denver Officers MSU Denver Officers
President - Courtney Fleming President - Keegan Karbach
Vice Pres. - Jamie Weiss Vice Pres. - Faye Whittier
Secretary - Phurba Sherpa Secretary - Lowell Hanson
Treasurer - Michael Burgher Treasurer - Michael Carlson

Over the summer, these officers will be working to get ready for a great year of Society of Physics Students events, activities, trips and outreach.

Friday, March 10, 2017

Colloquium 3/10/2017: Dr. Andrew Ferguson

Dr. Andrew Ferguson from the National Renewable Energy Laboratories (NREL) will be speaking about tailored thermoelectric carbon nanotube networks at 3:45pm in NC 3604. All are welcome and light refreshments will be served.
A link to the abstract is available on the calendar.

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

PhiDiP 03/08/2017: Nonlocality and Bell's Theorem

"If [a hidden variable theory] is local it will not agree with quantum mechanics, and if it agrees with quantum mechanics it will not be local."
- John Bell-

This week PhiDiP will be all about Bell's Theorem, and the seemingly spooky action at a distance that results from the violation of locality. The following reading is a thorough but accessible explanation of the theory and experimental results.

We will be meeting in Plaza 220-A3 at 2:00pm this Wednesday, March 8th and all are welcome.

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

PhiDiP 03/01/2017: Quantum Misconceptions

Quantum reality can be counter-intuitive and bizarre, even to those of us studying physics. Because of its inherent strangeness, the subject is often misunderstood or misrepresented, especially outside of the scientific community.

Here are just a few examples of the misconceptions inspired by quantum reality:

4 Common Misconceptions About Quantum Physics

PhiDiP (Philosophical Discussions in Physics) meets Wednesdays at 2:00 pm and is open to all. While NC 3405 is under construction we have been meeting in Plaza 220-A3, but please note that the location is subject to change in the future.

Thursday, February 16, 2017

SPS Zone Meeting!

Every year, the chapters in our SPS zone (CO & WY) get together at a Zone Meeting to share ideas, present research, and just have a good time! These meetings are local mini-conferences that allow students to broaden their professional network and develop into publicly-engaged scientists.

This year, the Colorado School of Mines in Golden, CO is hosting our Zone Meeting on March 4 from 9 AM - 6 PM. We are very fortunate that this meeting is FREE, is just a short drive away, and carpooling is possible! Our chapter (MSU & CU Denver) will be hosting the workshop "Let's Take Outreach to the Next Level," sharing some of our best outreach techniques and learning from others. If you have an interest in seeing the facilities at School of Mines, connecting with SPS National, getting to experience a scientific conference, or you just LOVE free food, this meeting is for you! Please join our chapter in representing our unique department!

The deadline for registration is Wednesday, February 22!
To register (it's free!), please sign up at the following link ASAP:
Zone 14 Meeting Registration

If you have ANY questions at all, please email us at or ask on the SPS #slack channel!

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

PhiDiP 2/15/2017: Philosophy Within the Classical Limit

This week in PhiDiP we will be discussing philosophy in the context of Newtonian physics. How did the Principia Mathematica influence philosophical thought in the 17th century? What were Newton's own thoughts on philosophy? How did philosophical movements such as rationalism, empiricism, and mechanistic theory arise from the scientific revelations of the time?

Here's some light background reading for your reference:
Science and Enlightenment

...and some not-so-light-but-quite-interesting reading to peruse at your leisure if you would like to learn more about the subject:
Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy: Newton's Philosophy

This discussion will be in anticipation of a three week series on Quantum Mechanics, in which we will examine how 20th century scientific discoveries have influenced modern philosophy.

PhiDiP (Philosophical Discussions in Physics) meets Wednesdays at 2:00 pm and is open to all. While NC 3405 is under construction we have been meeting in Plaza 220-A3, but please note that the location is subject to change in the future. 

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Colloquium 02/10/2017

This Friday, February 10th, Dr. Mark Siemens from the University of Denver will be presenting a colloquium on light with orbital angular momentum! The event takes place in North Classroom 3604 at 3:30 PM, but all are encouraged to come early to meet and speak with Dr. Siemens. Light refreshments will be provided.

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

PhiDiP 02/08/2017 What Makes Us Curious?

PhiDiP meets today, 02/08/2017, at 2pm in Plaza 220-A3. We will be discussing a curious little thing called curiosity and planning some topics for the semester. All are welcome!

Here's a little more on curiosity from the Harvard Business Review:
Curiosity is as Important as Intelligence

Monday, January 16, 2017

PhiDiP 02/01/2017: What is Science?

Welcome back to classes! We will be holding our first PhiDiP meeting of the semester Wednesday February 1, 2017 at 2:00pm in the Psychology Department Conference Room (Plaza 220-A3)

For our first discussion will be asking the question: What is science?

The following links provide an overview of perspectives on this question from scientists and non-scientists alike:

What Is Science? From Feynman to Sagan to Asimov to Curie, an Omnibus of Definitions

George Orwell: What is Science?

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