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IN THIS NEWSLETTER: Fall is here again! We know it is wet out, but it's the perfect time for warm pumpkin-flavored drinks & joining the Physics and Astronomy Department (indoor) for an exciting season of events! Curious about quantum physics and gravity? The Pacific Institute of Theoretical Physics is having a public lecture on Wednesday, November 9. Also, Dr. Scott Oser from the department will speak about neutrinos & the 2015 Nobel Prize at the next TRIUMF Saturday Morning Lectures on November 12 and 26. Finally, mark down December 11 for the Annual Faraday Science Show!

If you missed Dr. Kip Thorne's visit a few months ago, his talk "100 Years of Relativity: From the Big Bang to Black Hole, Gravitational Waves and Interstellar" is now online!

Are you a teacher? We have a new program that could benefit your students.

More information about these can be found below. Read on!


Don't forget to check out our website for more information, and like us on Facebook. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact us at any time.









Free Public Lecture
Gravity and Quantum Entanglement
7:30pm on Wednesday, November 9

Quantum mechanics is a basic set of rules for how our universe works at a fundamental level. In the 1970's, Stephen Hawking argued that gravity and black holes may actually be inconsistent with quantum mechanics. Dr. Mark van Raamsdonk (UBC Physics & Astronomy) will speak about the intersection of gravity and quantum entanglement in this upcoming PITP public lecture "Gravity and Quantum Entanglement." 

The event is on November 9 at 7:30pm, at the Fairmont Lounge at St. John's College, 2111 Lower Mall, UBC. To learn more about his research, visit Dr. van Raamsdonk's research website.







Free Public Lecture
TRIUMF Saturday Morning Lectures
10:00 am and 11:10am on Sat, November 12 @ SFU Surrey
10:00 am and 11:10am on Sat, November 26 @ TRIUMF
  • Solar Neutrinos and the 2015 Nobel Prize - Scott Oser (UBC)
  • Materials for the Future – Eundeok Mun (SFU)
These lectures are free to attend but registration on Eventbrite is required. Can't make it in person? Live webcast is now available - visit the Eventbrite page for more information.







Save the Date!
2016 Faraday Show 
2-3:30pm on Sunday, December 11, 2017

The annual Faraday Show is a lecture designed for children, with a special theme each year. Children of all ages and adults who are young at heart are all welcome! We are still working on the theme for this year's show, but you can save the date now - more to come.







Video from Dr. Kip Thorne's talk is now available! 
Big Bang, Black Holes, Gravitational Waves, and Interstellar

Last year, Dr. Kip Throne visited Vancouver and gave a wonderful talk about his involvement with the movie "Interstellar" and the measurement of gravitational waves - almost exactly 100 years after Einstein published his theory that predicts their existence. The event was sold out in a couple of days, but you can now watch the video online!

Photo by Sherry Lu, Science World.






Hands-on physical science learning boxes available to borrow
LEx: Lend an Experiment

The lack of funding to purchase supplies for hands-on activities is a significant barrier for teachers to teach the physics of real world issues like energy and climate change in their classrooms. A new program we are starting this year is “Lend an Experiment” – 25 hands-on kits have been assembled and put into boxes for local teachers to borrow.The kits we have available and their curriculum connection (draft for Grade 10-12) are:
  • Circuit Building: Gr 7 (electricity and magnetism), 9 (circuit building), 11 Physics (electric circuits), and 12 Physics (electrostatics and electric potential).
  • Light Bulb Efficiency: Gr 5 (power and simple machines), 7 (electricity and magnetism), 9 (sustainability of systems),10 (conservation of energy and energy transformation), 11 Physics (power and efficiency), 11 Environmental (humans as agents of change), and 12 Physics (conservation of energy).
  • Energy: Gr 9 (circuits and current), 10 (transformation of energy), and 11 Physics (power and efficiency).
  • Climate: Grades 7 (natural selection and climate change), 9 (sustainability of systems), 10 (impacts of energy transformations), 11 Environmental, and 12 Environmental.







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