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Saturday Morning Physics


Physics is a fundamental science and provides the foundations for solving both cosmic mysteries and practical problems. In 1995, the University of Michigan Department of Physics began sharing some of the latest ideas in the field with the public in the Saturday Morning Physics lecture series.

Designed for general audiences, the lectures are an opportunity to hear physicists discuss their work in easy-to-understand, non-technical terms. The multimedia presentations include hands-on demonstrations of the principles discussed, along with slides, video, and computer simulations.

We are pleased to present
Fall 2021 Saturday Morning Physics virtually!

Note: Talks will be aired on YouTube on the following dates at 10:30 a.m. Click below to access each lecture's specific YouTube link.

October 23: Christine A. Aidala – Professor (U-M Physics)
The Physics of Music
Livestreamed Lecture and Q&A
Professor Aidala's profile
YouTube Lecture

November 6: James Wells – Professor (U-M Physics, Leinweber Center for Theoretical Physics (LCTP))
On Deciding the Next Big Science Experiments
Livestreamed Lecture and Q&A
Professor Wells' profile
YouTube Lecture

November 20: Jens-Christian Meiners – Professor (U-M Physics and Biophysics)
Physics of “The Bends” – The Mechanics Behind Decompression Sickness
Livestreamed Lecture and Q&A
Professor Meiners profile
YouTube Lecture

December 4: Oliver Kripfgans – Professor (U-M Applied Physics, Biomedical Engineering, and Radiology)
How Ultrasound May Be Useful for You!
Livestreamed Lecture and Q&A
Professor Kripfgans profile
YouTube Lecture

Event Details
The Saturday Morning Physics lecture series is free to all. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Saturday Morning Physics is presenting virtual lectures for the Fall 2021 season.

How to Receive Information about Upcoming Programming

If you would like updates on this series, sign up to be placed on the Saturday Morning Physics mailing list. Due to monetary constraints, we would like to send you programming information via email only.


The Saturday Morning Physics program is sponsored by: 
The Dr. Mary Lois Tiffany Endowment by Dr. O. Lyle Tiffany and Dr. M. Lois Tiffany who were the first to support the Saturday Morning Physics program in May, 2000.

The Hideko Tomozawa Endowment in memory of Hideko Tomozawa in recognition of her interest and loyal participation in the Saturday Morning Physics program.

The Van Loo Family Endowment to support outstanding University students who present public lectures at Saturday Morning Physics.

Friends of the Program-Donations of all sizes are needed to keep this program alive!

How to Donate

Donations to the Saturday Morning Physics Program help fund these informative academic presentations. Show your support for the program by donating online.

U-M Staff and Faculty can donate to Saturday Morning Physics by using University Payroll Deduction on Wolverine Access. Please use designation #365045.

You may also make cash, check, or credit card donations at each Saturday Morning program. Please stop by the back greeting table to pick up a donation slip.

Remember, donations to SMP are tax-deductible in the year in which they are given.

View SMP Lectures

Learn how to view the Saturday Morning Physics talks after the lecture date

Information about previous SMP talks can be found in the Past Events section of this website.