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IN THIS NEWSLETTER: When did the fall sneak up on us? Worry not, as we have plenty of events to keep you warm and indoors! Learn about laser and medical isotopes at the upcoming TRIUMF public lectures (Oct 18). Have a question about space, the cosmos, black holes, astronomy, or about Einstein? Join Dr. Bill Unruh (UBC and Dr. Bob Wald (U of Chicago) on Oct 22nd as they answer your questions - everyone is welcome! Know any keen grade 11/12 students interested in physics and astronomy? Our Metro Vancouver Physics Circle is starting again (Oct 29). And, don't forget to save the date for our Annual Faraday Science Show on Dec 7th! Last but not the least, make sure to check out events hosted by our friends in Chemistry "Beyond the Magic (Oct 25)" and in Education "2014 Math & Science Family Day (Nov 1)."
Please read on for more information about these upcoming events. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact us at any time.

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Free Public Lecture
TRIUMF Saturday Morning Lecture Series
Next lectures: 10:00am on Saturday, October 18th at TRIUMF

Laser, medical isotopes, supernovae, and earthquakes - some of the interesting topics to be covered in the TRIUMF Saturday Morning Lecture Series. They are presented by faculty members from TRIUMF, UBC and SFU, on topics in Modern Physics. These lectures are appropriate for the general public and high school students interested in the subjects. The lectures are free but RSVP is required  - visit the webpage to register and to view the full lecture series schedule.

The next lectures are on October 18th at TRIUMF. Lasers, LED's and Photonics: Where Light has (and will) take us by Drs David Jones and Kirk Madison, UBC and Medical Isotope Research at TRIUMF: Why should we care? by Dr Tom Ruth, TRIUMF.

Lectures are held in the TRIUMF auditorium (4004 Wesbrook Mall) or at SFU Surrey (room 2740 250-13450 102 Avenue). 

Free public talk / Q&A for any age!
100 Years of Space Time & Gravity
Wednesday, October 22nd 7:30pm

Have a question about space, the cosmos, black holes, astronomy, and of course about Einstein - or about anything else? Bring your questions to Dr. Bill Unruh (UBC) and Dr. Bob Wald (U of Chicago) at the next PITP public lecture on October 22nd. This talk will have a Q&A format, and the audience (aged 9-99!) are invited to ask questions. They will also give a brief intro on Einstein, curved space, black holes, and related topics at the beginning of the talk.

This lecture will be held on October 22nd, 7:30-9:30 pm, at Buchanan Building Block A (1866 Main Mall), on UBC campus. For more information, visit the PITP Public Lectures on Quantum Phenomena website. 

Metro Vancouver Physics Circle
Next session: Wednesday, October 29, 5-7pm

The Physics Circle is a program that provides a unique opportunity for high school students to receive training and preparation for physics competitions and to become aware of the exhilarating world of physics. The Circle is run by current Physics & Astronomy students, and will consist of two and a half hour long sessions that include lectures by UBC Physics professors, challenge problem solving sessions, and physics lab activities. There is no cost to participate in the program.

To register or if you have any questions, contact organizer Nasr Ashkan (nasr[at] For more information about the talk, visit the event webpage.

UBC Physics Olympics

Save the date!
11th Annual Faraday Science Show
2pm on Sunday, December 7 at the Hebb Theatre

Mark your calendar now as the next Faraday Show will be on Sunday, December 7th! We are working on the them and some details and will make an announcement when they become available. Presented by students and faculty of the Department of Physics & Astronomy, this lecture is suitable for children of all ages, and for adults who are young at heart. 

For information about the Faraday Science Show, visit the Outreach Program website for photos and videos from previous years. The event will be held in the Hebb Theatre (2045 East Mall on UBC campus).

From our friends at UBC Chemistry
Beyond the Magic
12-5pm on Saturday, October 25

Explosion, face-painting, slime, and liquid nitrogen ice cream! Beyond the Magic gives chemists a chance to share the science we are most passionate about with members of the community of all ages. With demonstrations shows, hands-on activities, prizes, and of course liquid nitrogen ice-cream, this is a day not to be missed! 

Get your free ticket at

From our friends at UBC Education
2014 Math & Science Family Day
10am-12:30pm on Saturday, November 1

Participate in exciting hands‐on and minds‐on math and science activities suitable for all those with curious and inquiring minds. Parents, children and teachers are welcome to attend! The event is FREE but registration is required as attendance is limited to 250 people.

Save the Date
2015 Michael Smith Challenge 

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 1600 students across the country participated!. 

Sign up to receive specific updates about the challenge at For more information or if you have any questions, email us at mschall[at]phas.ubc.caVisit the website for past exams and more information.

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