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March 24-25: Workshops, talk to improve teaching, learning
March 21, 2016

Eric-MazurPULLMAN, Wash. – A Harvard physicist who has achieved success as a pioneer of interactive learning will conduct three workshops for faculty March 24-25 and present a talk at noon Friday, March 25, in Abelson 201 at Washington State University.

WSU physicists contribute to gravitational waves finding
February 11, 2016

PULLMAN, Wash. – For the first time, scientists have observed ripples in the fabric of space-time called gravitational waves, arriving at the earth from a cataclysmic event in the distant universe. This confirms a major prediction of Albert Einstein’s 1915 general theory of relativity and opens an unprecedented new window onto the cosmos.

Ask Dr. Universe: Why is space so cold?
September 29, 2015

Dr-Universe-230PULLMAN, Wash. – It is very cold in space, but it wasn’t always that way. That’s what I learned from my friend Guy Worthey, a professor of astronomy here at Washington State University.

Flyin’ high: WSU flag launched into stratosphere
May 15, 2014

By Sabrina Zearott and Joanna Steward, College of Arts & Sciences

Coug-flag-200PULLMAN, Wash. – The Washington State University flag has flown in many places around the world – from ESPN Game Day to the Great Wall of China – and now more than 18 miles into the stratosphere.

WSU joins open access effort for high-energy physics research
December 12, 2013

Open-access-logo-180PULLMAN, Wash. – Starting Jan. 1, Washington State University Libraries will join an international publishing initiative of more than 1,000 libraries, library consortia and research organizations to provide open access to articles published in high-energy physics research.

Videos: Annual pumpkin drop a smashing success
October 15, 2013

PULLMAN, Wash. – The annual dad’s weekend pumpkin drop is a gravity experiment with pumpkins (and a watermelon and…) launched from 12-story Webster Hall at Washington State University.

WSU physics and astronomy colloquium
October 14, 2013

Tuesday, Oct. 15, 4:10 p.m., Webster 17

Dr. Paula Heron, University of Washington. Please meet our guest speaker and share refreshments at 3:45 p.m. in the foyer on floor G above the lecture hall.

Is “interactive teaching” sufficient to promote conceptual development in physics?

 

Contact: Matthew McCluskey, mattmcc@wsu.edu

Kids learn physics, energy efficiency basics
July 1, 2013

Project SOS

 

Children learn some basic concepts of physics by using exhibits designed
to also teach home energy efficiency. (Photo by Kathleen Ryan, WSU)

 

PULLMAN, Wash. – An innovative collaborative project is teaching young people the basics of physics. Using simple models, an interdisciplinary team is simultaneously opening doors to more sustainable, energy-efficient homes.

Project SOS – the Science of Sustainability – is funded by a National Science Foundation grant to teach middle school students from local communities about the physics of energy transfer in their own homes.

The goals of the two-year project are … » More …

Physicists take first steps to harness antimatter
May 11, 2009

Video – “Antimatter – harnessing the power of positrons”

“This morning, NASA successfully launched the world’s first gamma ray shuttle to the galactic center of the Milky Way. Once there, geo-astronauts say they can mine and harvest enough raw antimatter to power Earth’s energy needs for the next decade. Unfortunately, they won’t be back for centuries…”
Although we won’t see that story on tonight’s six o’ clock news, Kelvin Lynn is serious when  he says it is possible to harness the power of antimatter – and that it may be conceivable to collect that antimatter from a mother-lode hiding out near the center … » More …

James Gimzewski guest for Stephenson Distinguished Lecture
March 11, 2009

The department of Physics and Astronomy’s Stephenson Distinguished Lecture will feature James K. Gimzewski, a leading authority on nanotechnology research. The lecture, Nano Tips: Exploring This Planet, Your Body and Beyond, will be on March 26 at 7 p.m. in the Webster Physical Science Building, Room 16.

Gimzewski is a distinguished professor in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at UCLA, director of the Nano & Pico Characterization lab at the UCLA California NanoSystems Institute and scientific director of the UCLA Art/Sci Center & Lab.

He pioneered research on mechanical and electrical contacts with single atoms and molecules using scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) and was … » More …