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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
Winter 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.

February 20 - Maria Elidaiana da Silva Pereira – Research Fellow (U-M Physics)
Live Lecture/Live Q&A. 
Virtual Presentation Link:
Maria Elidaiana da Silva Pereira's profile

March 6 - Tim Chupp - Professor (U-M Physics)
Pre-recorded Lecture/Live Q&A.
Virtual Presentation Link: 
Professor Tim Chupp's profile
Demonstration Lab Manager Monika Wood's profile

March 20 
- Oveta Fuller - Associate Professor (Microbiology & Immunology, U-M Medical School)
Pre-recorded Lecture/Live Q&A. 
Virtual Presentation Link: 
(Link will be active at 10:30 am on 03/20/21.)
Oveta Fuller's profile

April 3Ariana Bueno - Grad Student (U-M Climate and Space Sciences and Engineering & Applied Physics)
Ariana Bueno's profile
Ryan Hubbard - Grad Student (Biomechanical Engineering & Applied Physics)
Pre-recorded Lecture/Live Q&A.
Virtual Presentation Link:
(Link will be active at 10:30 am on 04/03/21.)
Ryan Hubbard's profile

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 Winter 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.