Colloquim at Sac State: Measuring the Universe with Gravitational Lenses

The following colloquium is free and open to all.

Dr. Chris Fassnacht, UC Davis, will present his lecture, “Measuring the Universe with Gravitational Lenses” on Thursday, February 11, 2010, at 4pm in Mendocino Hall 1015, Sacramento State University.  This lecture is free and open to the public.

Chris Fassnacht received his AB degree from Harvard College and immediately afterward joined the Peace Corps, where he served as a secondary school math and science teacher in Ghana, West Africa.   After returning, he received a PhD from Caltech.  He held postdoctoral fellowships at the National Radio Astronomy Observatory in Socorro, NM and the Space Telescope Science Institute in Baltimore, MD.  He is currently an associate professor in the physics department at UC Davis, where he has been for the last seven years.

Prof. Fassnacht’s research involves using gravitational lenses to measure the rate at which the Universe is expanding and how galaxies such as the Milky Way are assembled.

Physics & Astronomy Colloquium
Location: Mendocino Hall 1015<>

Thursday, February 11, 2010
4:00 PM – 5:20 PM

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Department: Physics & Astronomy
Contact: Heidi Yamazaki<>
(916) 278-6518

Science on Saturday at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

Science on Saturday (SOS) is a series of science lectures for middle and high school students. Each topic highlights cutting-edge science occurring at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL). The talks are presented by leading LLNL science researchers supported by master high school science teachers. These presentations are offered in several locations. See the schedule below to find locations nearest to you.

Admission is free of charge. Seating is on a first come basis. Seats may not be reserved in advance. See the schedule for the starting times of each presentation, and a map to the venue. Seating is limited. Please come early to ensure that you will find a seat.

Students receive a “Student Notes” worksheet to record key information from the talk. The worksheet will be marked with the official SOS stamp at the end of the presentation. Many teachers use the worksheet to award “extra credit.” Students should check with their teacher in advance to determine if they will receive credit for attending SOS.

Teachers who attend the SOS presentations can receive a CD with the presentation slides. If the talk is video recorded, they can receive a DVD of the recorded talk as well. These CDs and DVDs are offered free of charge and are sent by mail after the completion of the lecture series for the year. Be sure to register when you attend to receive your copy of these valuable teaching resources.

Presented by:
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory’s Education Program
Two presentations: 9:30 a.m. and 11:15 a.m.

January 30, 2010

Fighting Super Bugs: Overcoming Antibiotic Resistance
Presenter: Paul Jackson, Teacher: Frankie Tate

February 6, 20a10

Distant Worlds: Making Images of Other Solar Systems
Presenter: Bruce Macintosh and Lisa Poyneer, Teacher: Tom Shefler

February 13, 2010

Put it Back When You are Done: Storing Carbon Dioxide in the Earth not the Atmosphere
Presenter: Roger Aines, Teacher: Ken Wedel

February 20, 2010

Understanding Climate Change: Seeing the Carbon Through the Trees
Presenter: Karis McFarlane, Teacher: Dean Reese

February 27, 2010

Harnessing Fusion Energy: The Power of Light
Presenter: Edward Moses

Complete details at:

Apollo 13 The Longest Hour

Apollo 13 Longest Hour

Reflections on the 40th Anniversary of the Apollo Program

Thursday, October 8, 2009 • 7:30PM

Flight Controller Sy Liebergot

Sy Liebergot, a former NASA flight controller, was on the job for some of the most memorable moments in space exploration, including the Apollo 13 fuel cell explosion.

Mr. Liebergot will be available for book signings before and after the talk.

National Aeronautics and Space Administration

San Mateo Performing Arts Center • San Mateo, CA

506 N. Delaware Street, San Mateo, CA 94401 • Phone (650) 400-9425 • email

Sponsored by the Northern California and Nevada American Association of Physics Teachers, NASA Lunar Science Institute, and NASA Ames Research Institute

Toy Box Physics Video Contest

Like tossing yo-yos? Ever wanted to unravel the mystery of the drinking bird? Then the Toy Box Physics video contest is for you. Take any toy you want and use it to somehow express a physics concept. Bounce, spin, jump and splash your way into physics history. The winner will receive a trophy lovingly made by APS staff from some of our favorite physics toys as well as $1,000 cash. All entries must be received by May 26th at midnight.

Complete details here:

International Summer School for Young Physicists

Dear Educator,

Thank you to those of you who have already shared the news about our free summer physics camps for students and teachers at Canada’s Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics.

Application deadlines are fast approaching:

  • For your students – the deadline to apply for the International Summer School for Young Physicists is Thursday, March 19, 2009. Program Dates: August 8 to August 22 -online applications available at
  • For your teachers – the deadline to apply for the Einstein Plus Teachers Workshop is Tuesday, March 31, 2009. Program Dates: August 2 to August 8 – online applications available at

If you have not already done so, we hope you will share this information with other  students and teachers by:

  1. Forwarding this email to interested students and groups;
  2. Printing and hanging the downloadable poster that is available  here;
  3. Adding the following short description to your blogs, websites or any newsletters  you may be involved in:
    1. Canada’s Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics (PI), is now accepting applications for their free summer science camps for students and teachers with a keen interest in modern physics.  All expenses are paid within Canada. For detailed information regarding these camps please visit or

What teachers to 2008 Einstein Plus say about their experience at Perimeter:

  • Lots of sharing, new ideas, new strategies, stretching of the mind… I am very excited about this coming year in my classroom.
  • This has been an amazing, memorable, and motivating experience. I would highly recommend it. This has exceeded my expectations.
  • Very intellectually stimulating program, good for both getting me informed and excited about modern physics, but also giving me ideas of how to bring this into the classroom.
  • A fantastic opportunity.

What past students to ISSYP say about their experience at Perimeter:

  • I attended ISSYP three years ago and now my summer job is cosmology research! I give credit to this program for giving me the self-confidence to believe I could become a physicist and putting me on the path I am on. It showed me that there is no reason not  to try.” – Tyler August, Canada, Laurentian University, 2005 ISSYP Participant
  • ISSYP was a great adventure for me. I met wonderful people in there; both students from around the world and researchers. It involved some heavily mind-stretching activities, but also gave a lot of valuable insight into actual working life of theoretical physicists. The experience of ISSYP gave me a lot of motivation, which still helps with studying and working for the University of Oxford.” – Krzysztof Ilowiecki, Poland,  University of Oxford, 2006 ISSYP Participant

Additional information is available online at

If you have any questions, please contact:
Julie Taylor (519) 569-7600 ext.  5080

We look forward to receiving applications from your school.

Best Regards,
Perimeter Institute Outreach Team

Summer opportunities: California State Summer School For Mathematics & Science (COSMOS)

Student COSMOS summer program

It’s time for talented teens to apply for COSMOS, a math and science summer program.

Students that love math and science and do well in them have a chance to spend four weeks at UC Davis, UC Irvine, UC Santa Cruz, or UC San Diego this summer learning about astronomy, biomedical sciences, engineering, computer game design, robotics and more.

The California State Summer School for Mathematics & Science (COSMOS) is a four-week residential program for talented and motivated students who are completing grades 8-12. Students work side-by-side with outstanding university researchers and faculty exploring advanced topics that extend beyond the typical high school curriculum.  COSMOS courses are hands-on and lab intensive emphasizing current research underway at the Universities of California.

Students are invited to apply to one of the four campus programs. The application must be completed online at by March 15.

Our flyer can be downloaded at:

Teacher Fellow Opportunity:

In addition to the student applications, some of the campuses are now in the process of identifying teachers to participate as a COSMOS Teacher Fellow. Each Fellow works with a team of university faculty to implement the academic portion of COSMOS. The commitment would be to participate in all classroom and laboratory work as well as field trips, typically a Monday ­ Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. It is a paid position, but housing is not provided. As an added bonus, we have graciously been giving funds to provide our Teacher Fellows with grants to purchase materials and equipment to help enhance teaching in their own personal classrooms. Deadlines are rapidly approaching. Please visit our website for more information.

The California State Summer School For Mathematics & Science (COSMOS)


Melina Duarte

University of California

Office of the President

p. 510.987.9711