Dark Matter Rock Hunt TODAY 9am-4pm on SMU Campus

October 31 from 9am-4pm on the SMU Campus: The Department of Physics has hidden "Dark Matter Rocks" all across the SMU campus. If you discover one of the dark matter rocks, bring it to Fondren Science Building 102 (the Physics Main Office) and get a special prize. All SMU students, faculty, staff, and community members are welcome to join in the search. In the spirit of science being a pursuit open to all, we are excited to welcome all members of the SMU family to become dark matter hunters for a day. Explore your campus in the search for dark matter rocks, just as physicists are exploring the cosmos in the hunt for the nature of dark matter itself.

By | 2017-10-31T00:36:30+00:00 October 31st, 2017|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Events, Physics, Undergraduate News|Comments Off on Dark Matter Rock Hunt TODAY 9am-4pm on SMU Campus

The Department of Physics is hosting a Dark Matter Day celebration- events open to the public.

“In the spirit of science being a pursuit open to all, we are excited to welcome all members of the SMU family to become dark matter hunters for a day.” — SMU physicist Jodi Cooley  Read More Dark Matter Day events at SMU: Sunday, Oct. 29, 4 p.m., McCord Auditorium — Maruša Bradač, Associate Professor at the University of California at Davis, will give a public lecture on dark matter. A reception will follow the lecture from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. in the Dallas Hall Rotunda with beverages and light snacks. This event is free and open to the public, and is designed to be open to the widest possible audience. Monday, Oct. 30, 4 p.m., Fondren Science Building, Room 158 — SMU Associate Professor Jodi Cooley will [...]

By | 2017-10-25T11:11:57+00:00 October 25th, 2017|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Faculty News, Physics|Comments Off on The Department of Physics is hosting a Dark Matter Day celebration- events open to the public.

SMU Dark Matter Day celebration culminates in a dark matter rock hunt on Halloween

SMU Research Originally Posted: October 23, 2017 "In the spirit of science being a pursuit open to all, we are excited to welcome all members of the SMU family to become dark matter hunters for a day.” — SMU physicist Jodi Cooley This Halloween, people around the world will be celebrating the mysterious cosmic substance that permeates our universe: dark matter. At SMU, the Department of Physics in Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences is hosting a Dark Matter Day celebration, and students, faculty, staff and DFW residents are invited to join in the educational fun with events open to the public. To kick off the festivities, two speaking events by scientists in the field of dark matter will familiarize participants with the elusive particles [...]

By | 2017-10-23T18:40:12+00:00 October 23rd, 2017|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Events, Physics|Comments Off on SMU Dark Matter Day celebration culminates in a dark matter rock hunt on Halloween

Flashback: SMU alum won Nobel Prize

Dallas Morning News Originally Posted: October 8, 2017 Editor's note: Take a look back at The Dallas Morning News archives. In October 1980, Dallas-raised James Cronin became the first SMU graduate to win a Nobel Prize. Although Cronin's prize-winning physics work was done while working at Long Island, N.Y.'s Brookhaven National Laboratory, he credited his Dallas education for inspiring him to pursue a life of scientific study. Teachers at Highland Park High School remembered him fondly. SMU's Dr. Harold Jeskey recalled that his colleague, physics department chairman Frank C. McDonald, made it clear that "one of his great, great prides was Jimmy Cronin." The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences noted that while Cronin's work was "without direct practical applications," it held "great importance for the understanding of elementary matter [...]

By | 2017-10-10T17:52:08+00:00 October 10th, 2017|Chemistry, Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Faculty News, Physics|Comments Off on Flashback: SMU alum won Nobel Prize

Did y’all hear about SMU physics professor Jeff Chalk?

Dallas Morning News Originally Posted: September 22, 2017 If everybody had a physics teacher like Jeff Chalk, we might already have flying cars and moon colonies. The SMU professor who died earlier this month at age 87 was famous for zany demonstrations in class designed to get non-majors jazzed about science. Lying on a bed of nails while another prof took a sledge hammer to a concrete block on his chest, drinking liquid nitrogen, his students surely remember the physics principles he set out to teach. But he wasn't just a showman. Chalk endeavored to learn the names of all his students, even those in his online classes, and worked hard to help undergrad scientists get into grad school. Cheers to a life well-lived. READ MORE

By | 2017-09-22T10:45:53+00:00 September 22nd, 2017|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Faculty News, Physics|Comments Off on Did y’all hear about SMU physics professor Jeff Chalk?

Watch: Dedman College and the Department of Physics host a Solar Eclipse 2017 viewing party

WATCH Thousands of students, faculty and townspeople showed up on campus Monday, Aug. 21, to view the Great American Solar Eclipse at a viewing hosted by Dedman College and the Physics Department. https://youtu.be/6fjYGPNy8tY  

By | 2017-08-22T11:07:34+00:00 August 22nd, 2017|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Events, Faculty News, Physics|Comments Off on Watch: Dedman College and the Department of Physics host a Solar Eclipse 2017 viewing party

No need for glasses to safely view the eclipse tomorrow — thanks to Dedman College & the Department of Physics

Dallas Morning News Originally Posted: August 20, 2017 Can't find solar eclipse glasses? Here are some Dallas-area events where you can get them Southern Methodist University Can't make any events to get free eclipse glasses? The SMU physics department will make viewing the solar eclipse without glasses a little easier. The department will use mirrors to safely project the eclipse into the rotunda of Dallas Hall, eliminating the need for eclipse glasses. The event will be from 11:45 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dallas Hall is at 3225 University Blvd. in University Park. READ MORE

By | 2017-08-20T18:21:43+00:00 August 20th, 2017|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Events, Faculty News, Physics, Undergraduate News|Comments Off on No need for glasses to safely view the eclipse tomorrow — thanks to Dedman College & the Department of Physics

Dedman College and Physics will project solar eclipse into Dallas Hall Rotunda on Monday, Aug. 21, 2017

SMU Forum Originally Posted: August 18, 2017 SMU physics professors have devised a remarkable way to watch next Monday’s historic solar eclipse: They will use mirrors to turn the historic Dallas Hall Rotunda into a giant viewing chamber. Weather permitting, Associate Professor of Physics Stephen Sekula will host for students and the public a homebrew viewing tunnel attached to a telescope on the lawn of Dallas Hall. The total eclipse of the sun will take place on Monday, Aug. 21, 2017. The Rotunda event is sponsored by SMU’s Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences and the Department Physics. The Rotunda image and the viewing tunnel will provide crisp images of the eclipse, and also correspond to NASA’s recommendation to avoid looking directly at the sun, Sekula said. Both methods eliminate the [...]

By | 2017-08-18T19:33:08+00:00 August 20th, 2017|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Events, Faculty News, Physics, Undergraduate News|Comments Off on Dedman College and Physics will project solar eclipse into Dallas Hall Rotunda on Monday, Aug. 21, 2017

Construction begins on international mega-science experiment to understand neutrinos

SMU Research Originally Posted: July 24, 2017 SMU is one of more than 100 institutions from around the world building hardware for a massive international experiment — a particle detector — that could change our understanding of the universe. Construction will take years and scientists expect to begin taking data in the middle of the next decade, said SMU physicist Thomas E. Coan, a professor in the SMU Department of Physics and a researcher on the experiment. The turning of a shovelful of earth a mile underground marks a new era in particle physics research. The groundbreaking ceremony was held Friday, July 21, 2017 at the Sanford Underground Research Facility in Lead, South Dakota. Dignitaries, scientists and engineers from around the world marked the start [...]

By | 2017-07-24T10:27:36+00:00 July 24th, 2017|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Faculty News, Physics|Comments Off on Construction begins on international mega-science experiment to understand neutrinos
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