Saturday, December 11th will showcase and celebrate many of the things, both past and present, that have excited faculty, students, and alumni over the years at the University of Michigan Department of Physics. The Department will be offer public programming throughout the day to celebrate the achievements.
9:45 AM American Physical Society Presentation – Chemistry Building Room 1800
From 1928-1941, Michigan Physics played host to some of the country’s greatest minds -- Fermi, Bohr, and Oppenheimer, for example -- for the annual Michigan Summer Symposium in Theoretical Physics. The American Physical Society will be designating Physics’ Randall Laboratory as an historical site in honor of the work conducted at Michigan during that time.
10:30 AM Ta-You Wu Lecture: Nobel Laureate Dr. Samuel C. C. Ting
Chemistry Building Room 1800
University of Michigan Physics Alumnus Samuel C. C. Ting (BSE ’59, PhD ’63) of M.I.T. will present the 2010 Ta-You Wu Lecture in Physics. This lecture is among the most prestigious events hosted by the Department of Physics each year.
11:30 AM Q&A with Dr. Ting – (Same Place as Above)
12 PM Break
Enjoy various hot dog choices along with refreshments available for purchase from the hot dog cart in back of the Dennison Low-Rise Building. Outdoor activities as weather permits.
1:30 PM We Own Frictionless Surfaces: The Physics of Hockey
170 & 182 Dennison Building Low-Rise
As a prelude to the biggest show on ice, come learn about the physics of shooting, skating, and checking. Chair of the Physics Department Brad Orr and lecturer David Winn--both recreational hockey players themselves--will give this dynamic public lecture about the world’s fastest sport complete with many visual experiments!
3:00 PM The Big Chill Simulcast – Dennison Building, Rooms 170 and 182
The Department is offering a warmer, more comfortable alternative to the Michigan Stadium bleachers for watching the Big Chill as the University of Michigan and Michigan State University hockey teams set the world record for attendance at a hockey game. The game will be shown to the public in the Dennison Building lecture halls.
The celebration will continue on Sunday with the opening of a scientific conference presenting the results from the first year of operation of the LHC: the world’s largest particle accelerator.