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Saturday Morning Physics

Click on this link to the Fall 2023 Saturday Morning Physics schedule to discover stimulating and educational family-friendly scientific events!

NASA Astronaut Josh Cassada Returns

The Physics Department will be kicking off the new semester with a very special edition of Saturday Morning Physics in partnership with NASA: a live and in-person  presentation and Q&A with astronaut Josh Cassada. Astronaut Cassada was featured on a Saturday Morning Physics event earlier this year live from the International Space Station. He is now back on earth and will join us  on October 7th at 10:30, in the Central Campus Classroom Building room 1420 (the large auditorium on the ground floor).

Astronaut Cassada is a Michigan native and graduate of Albion College who earned a Ph.D. in experimental high energy physics from the University of Rochester.

For more information, please contact us at: (734) 764-4437 and follow the prompts to Saturday Morning Physics!

About 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.

Saturday Morning Physics is back with in-person lectures!

Lectures are held in 170 & 182 auditoriums in Weiser Hall (low-rise)

500 Church Street, Ann Arbor, MI 48109

Parking is available at the Church Street Parking Structure for $6.00/car with only credit cards accepted.

Event Details
The Saturday Morning Physics lecture series is free to all. We are hoping that the talks will be in-person and virtual this fall. Please join our mailing list for more information.

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.