Upcoming Events

Trivia Night

Please Join SPS (Society of Physics Students) for the first build meeting of the semester. This will include a meet and greet in 281 for new members and a tour of the Physics Machine Shop where most of the building will take place. There will be pizza and soda. SPS will be attempting to enter the 2019 roboboat competition. The goal is to build an autonomous boat that can perform several tasks. More information about the challenge can be found at https://www.robonation.org/competition/roboboat​.


Third Thursday Presentation Series: Dr. Thomas Wilson!

Advancements in Solid State Physics: Developing a Hyper-Ultrasound Laser

09/20/2018, Drinko Library 402, 4:00pm – 5:00pm

As part of the Third Thursday Presentation series, the Center for Teaching and Learning will be hosting a presentation by Dr. Thomas Wilson, Professor in the Physics Department and winner of the 2017-18 MU Distinguished Artists & Scholars Award (Senior Recipient in Sciences and Technology). No registration is necessary for this presentation.

Thomas Wilson
Have you ever had an ultrasound picture taken? If you have, please thank a scientist who studies quantum mechanical phenomena. You can do that when award-winning researcher, Dr. Thomas Wilson, takes the stage at the September episode of CTL’s Third Thursday presentations. Dr. Wilson will describe how “time-reversal” of propagating acoustic waves (phase-conjugation) has surprisingly led to a hyper-ultrasound acoustic laser. Additionally, Wilson will describe the importance and potential applications of his discovery.

Colloquium Talk: Dr. Sachiko McBride – 09/19/2018!

Science Building Room 276, 2:00pm – 3:00pm

The next Colloquium talk will be Dr. Sachiko McBride, Assistant Professor of Physics Department, talking about “The High Energy Physics Frontier: Discovering the Mystery of Mass”.

Sachiko McBride
The Large Hadron Collider (LHC) is the largest particle accelerator in the world. The LHC gives us the opportunity to study the physics of fundamental particles and processes at the highest energy levels achieved by mankind. Data from LHC collisions have already allowed for the discovery of the long-searched for fundamental particle, the Higgs boson; a discovery that could open the mystery of mass generation of fundamental particles. This discovery led the Nobel Committee to award the physics prize in 2013 to the theorists that predicted this particle almost 60 years ago. This talk provides an overview of how the LHC works and the quest to understand the mass of fundamental particles.

The talk will be accessible and of interest for all majors!


The future Colloquium Talk in Fall 2018:

10/24/2019 – Dr. Thomas Wilson: Advancements in Solid-State Physics: Developing a Hyper-Ultrasound Entangled-Phonon Laser
11/14/2019 – Dr. Sean P. McBride
12/5/2019 – Dr. Que Huong Nguyen

APS Conferences for Undergraduate Women on Physics (CUWiP) at William and Mary

January 18th – 20th, 2019 at the College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, Virginia

Student applications open at https://www.aps.org/programs/women/workshops/cuwip.cfm


SPS Fundraiser – T-Shirt and Sweatshirt Sale!!

T-Shirts $15

Sweatshirts $20

Distinguished Traveling Lecturer (Dates and Times TBD)

The Marshall University Physics department is proud to announce that they have been awarded the opportunity to host Dr. Christopher Monroe as a Distinguished Traveling Lecturer (see his website: http://iontrap.umd.edu/, quantum information). This will be co-sponsored by the American Physical Society and the MU Physics Department. This will be a 2-day visit with public talks and student round-table discussions. All times for this 2-day event have yet to be determine, but will be announced on this site as soon as they are determined.

Contact Dr. Sachiko McBride (mcbridesa@marshall.edu) if you have trouble accessing the Physics Department website or experience errors. Questions about the content can be addressed to Dr. Sean McBride (mcbrides@marshall.edu).