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UBC Physics & Astronomy Outreach Newsletter

IN THIS NEWSLETTER: We start the new year by introducing you to the new outreach website! The new site is nice and clean and mobile friendly. We are looking for your help - let us know if there are broken links, difficult to find content, and make sure to update all your bookmarks for future reference.

We have some great public lectures coming up - The TRIUMF Saturday Morning Lectures on Feb 21/28 will be on MRI and on monitoring radiation. Think you know Albert Einstein? Come to the PiTP talk about his life's work. Don't forget we also have a few local and national science competitions in the line up - the Michael Smith Challenge (National, Feb 24), the UBC Physics Olympics (BC, March 7), and 
the CAP High School Prize Exam (National, Apr 14) . All the sunny days in Vancouver (surprise eh?) remind you that summer is not far away? Save the date for our summer camp registration, scheduled to open on March 2 this year.

Please read on for more information on these upcoming events. If you have any question, please don't hesitate to contact us any time!

Don't forget to check out our website for more info, or like us on facebook! Looking for more hands-on activities to do at home? See our pinterest page for more! 

Saturday Lecture Series (BC)
10am/11:10am on Sat @ Triumf or SFU Surrey

These public lectures will be at a level appropriate for high school students and members of the general public. The next two lectures are on Feb 21 (TRIUMF) and Feb 28 (SFU Surrey)
  • Using MRI to look inside the human body (Alex Mackay, UBC)
  • Monitoring BC Radiation Exposures from Fukushima (Kris Starosta, SFU)

Visit the Triumf Saturday Morning Lecture website for the complete series schedule. Directions to TRIUMF. These talks are free but registration is required

One week away!
2015 Michael Smith Challenge (Canada)

The Michael Smith Science Challenge is a bilingual (English/French) national competition written by students in Grade 10 Science or lower. The upcoming challenge will be held on Tuesday, February 24, 2015.  It emphasizes logical thinking, and covers material in the science curriculum common to all provinces - last year more than 1700 students across the country participated!

Visit the website for past exams and more information. Feel free to contact us at if you have any questions.

PiTP Lectures (BC/Canada) - The Collected Papers of Albert Einstein
Upcoming: 7:30pm on Wednesday, Feb 25

The Pacific Institute of Theoretical Physics is back with their public lecture series on Quantum Phenomena. The next lecture will be on probably the most known figure in Physics - Albert Einstein. "In His Own Words: the Collected Papers of Albert Einstein" will be presented by Dr. Diana Kormos-Buchwald from California Institute of Technology on Wednesday, February 25 at 7:30 in the Fairmont Lounge at St. John's College on UBC campus. The lecture after, "Quantum Black Holes" presented by Dr. Steve Carlip (UC Davic), will be on April 1.

Can't make it to the talks? Lectures will be archived online - you can find them here.

Save The Date!
Phenomenal Physics Summer Camps
Registration scheduled to open : March 2, 2014

The Phenomenal Physics Summer Camps will be running again this year on the UBC campus from July 6th to July 31st. We are scheduled to open our registration on March 2nd. Mark your calendar - our camps are very popular and usually full by the end of April! In the mean time, you can check out the descriptions of our camps from 2014. We are introducing new camps this year and camp descriptions will be updated when registration opens.

UBC Physics Olympics

Register for your team!
The 37th UBC Physics Olympics (BC)
Saturday, March 7, 2014 @ UBC Campus

This popular annual event attracts grade 11 & 12 physics students from around the province for a fun-filled day of physics challenges including pre-build events, a quiz show, and many other hands-on activities. Each school team consists of 5 people and should be accompanied by a chaperone/coach. Register now for your team's spot!

Contact Dr. Marina Milner-Bolotin if you have questions about registration.

Physics Prize Competition for Senior Students
CAP High School Prize Exam (Canada)
Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Every year, the Canadian Association of Physicists puts together a physics examination targeted at upper year high school physics students across Canada. It stresses logical and creative thinking, by asking questions that go beyond the expectation of the classroom. Prizes are awarded to the top students both provincially and nationally.

Interested teachers and students should contact the provincial coordinator. For past exams or more information, visit our website.

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