Physics Majors’ Month
Physics Department at CCNY
October - November 2018
• A Celebration of Feynman’s 100th Anniversary
Wednesday October 10th
o Projection of one of Richard Feynman’s lectures
12:00 pm to 1:30 pm - MR 418N
Join us for the projection of one of Feynman’s celebrated lectures. Pizza will be served!
o "100 Years of Feynman and 30 without him: reminiscences from his last year"
Talk by Prof. Alexios Polychronakos (CCNY)
4:00 pm to 5:00 pm - MR 418N
Abstract: 2018 marks the 100th anniversary of the birth and 30 years since the passing
of Richard Feynman, a brilliantly creative physicist and a legendary personality in
science and society at large. During the last year of his life at Caltech Feynman became
fascinated by integrable models, his involvement and enthusiasm inspiring and
motivating both experts and novices in the field. I will attempt to give a glimpse into
Feynman's thinking and personality through the lens of personal memories and mementos
from that last year.
• Cosloy-Blank Lecture
Wednesday October 17th - 4:00 pm - NAC 0/201
Speaker: Prof. Sean Carroll (Caltech)
Title: "Our Preposterous Universe"
Dr. Sean Carroll is a Professor of Physics at the California Institute of Technology. Dr. Carroll
is a well-known scientist working in general relativity and cosmology. He is the author
of several books and you might also know him from his blog as well as various television
Thursday, October 18 (MR-329) 11.30 - 12.30 PM:
Dr. Sean Carroll (this year's Cosloy-Blank lecturer) meets with students and answers their questions (lunch served):
Thursday, October 18 (MR-418N) 12.30 - 1.30 PM
Dr. Carroll presents a seminar, "Extracting the Universe from the Wave function."
• Physics Outreach Event
Friday October 19th - 3:30 pm to 5:00 pm - MR 3
Over the past three years, students at CCNY have shared the joy of physics with students
ranging from elementary school to high school, from several local institutions. Come and
join them as they show some exciting demonstrations to 6th graders from Hamilton
Grange Middle School.
• Movie Night
Thursday October 25th - 6:15 pm - MR 418N
Sci-fi movie and dinner followed by discussion of the feasibility of the physics in the
• Welcome to Physics Day – An event aimed at prospective Physics majors
Friday, November 2nd, all day
If you are interested in Physics and might be considering signing as a Physics major or
Physics minor, join us for an entire day full of exciting activities aimed at freshmen and
beginning sophomores. We will have:
o Open Labs Morning
10:00 am to 11:30 am - CDI and Marshak
Meet at the entrance of CDI at 9:45 am. Visits to the labs of: Profs. Alfano
(Institute For Ultrafast Spectroscopy And Lasers), Menon (Laboratory for Nano
and Micro Photonics) and Meriles (Spin Physics, Nanoscale Metrology and
Quantum Information Science).
o Introduction to the Physics Department at CCNY
Talk by Lisa Chan, President of CCNY’s Undergraduate Physics Club
12:00 pm to 12:30 pm - MR 418N
o Talk by a Physics Department faculty member (TBD)
12:30 pm to 1:30 pm - MR 418N
o Physics Department Party
1:30 pm to 2:30 pm - MR 418N
Everyone is invited.
• Student Research Symposium
Thursday November 8th – 3:00 pm to 4:30 pm - MR 418N
This will be the fifth installment of the highly successful symposium in which
undergraduate and graduate students involved in research present their work to their peers
and faculty. Refreshments will be served.
• Star Gazing Night
Friday November 16th - 8:00 pm on lawn in front of Architecture building
Open to all majors.
• The 2018 Nobel Prize in Physics
Talk by Prof. Vinod Menon (CCNY)
Tuesday November 20th - 3:30 pm to 4:30 pm - MR 418N
This year’s Nobel prize was awarded to:
- Arthur Ashkin for optical tweezers and their application to biological systems.
- Gérard Mourou and Donna Strickland for their method of generating high intensity,
ultra-short optical pulses.
Date TBD - MR 10
Watch a planetarium short movie.