A sampling of our activities:
Amit Lath and Eugenia Etkina run the Physics Education Summer Training Program
for teachers of high-school, Honors, and AP physics. The program was designed in collaboration between the Department of Physics & Astronomy
and the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. For more information about the program, visit
Steve Schnetzer, Yuri Gershtein, Eva Halkiadakis, and Amit Lath run and maintain the very active and productive Rutgers QuarkNet Center. The group has distributed cosmic ray detector kits supplied by QuarkNet to high school physics teachers throughout New Jersey. Now for the 10th year, the group is hosting the Quarknet-supported Summer Research Program for High School Students.
Rutgers Quarknet website
- Physics Support Specialist David Maiullo
gives numerous physics demonstration shows at schools,
libraries, fairs and senior centers. He is included in the
NJ State Library Performer list. He also conducts many
demonstration workshops for school teachers as well as
college faculty. Dave's public service has been recognized
with a Lifetime Achievement Award from the NJ section of the
American Association of Physics Teachers and with the
Rutgers Ernest McMahon Award and
for Outstanding Service. In 2006 Dave did an all-day show at
a science street fair in Manhattan, seen by thousands of
people and featured on CBS. Watch Dave demonstrate standing waves in
this NY Times video. Dave is also the star of the Off-Broadway hit, "That Physics Show", where his educational and entertaining
Physics demonstrations are delighting sold-out crowds. UPDATE: "That Physics Show" is now on Broadway!
At the 2016 Drama Desk Awards on Jun 5, 2016, Dave took home the award for "Most Unique Theatrical Production" of the year for Broadway/Off Broadway.
Gateway Program Director Suzanne Brahmia who is also the Associate Director
of the Rutgers Math and Science Learning Center (MSLC) does weekly physics
educational activities that she developed with New Jersey's school groups. Approximately 1000
NJ school children from mostly inner city school districts visit the University every year and get a taste of physics thanks to her initiative.
In addition, Suzanne Brahmia helps develop the physical science curriculum for the MSLC's traveling science bus that visits middle schools in NJ and Lecturer Baki Brahmia provides computer support for the bus. See http://sciencebus.rutgers.edu
- Public observing sessions are held twice each month with the
Observatory 20-inch telescope. These sessions are led by an astronomer
and give you an opportunity to look through the telescope in the
dome above the Physics and Astronomy building in Piscataway.
schedule and for cancellation notices.
- The Henry R. and Gladys V. Irons Lecture in Physics and Astronomy is an annual talk intended
for the general public. The lecture is free and open to the public, and is held at
the Physics Lecture Hall on Busch Campus in Piscataway, NJ. The
2009 Lecture by Greg Boebinger (Director, National High Magnetic Field Laboratory) Levitation, Superconductivity and the World's Largest Magnets will take place on Saturday, March 7th, at 2PM.
More info about the Irons
Lecture is available.
Prof. Mark Croft (left) and David Maiullo (right and inset)
Here are some sample video clips CLIP1(Real Media) CLIP2 (Real Media) CLIP3 (Real Media) CLIP4 (mpeg video)
More demonstration clips (Windows Media): dishes.wmv, massresacc.wmv, forcereact-fireex.wmv, balloon.wmv, rot-fireext.wmv
- Professor Steve Schnetzer, under the auspices of the
Fermilab-based QuarkNet program, held three workshops on
cosmic rays and their detection for high school physic
teachers from throughout New Jersey. Several teachers are
reporting that their students have been excitedly designing
and carrying out their own experiments. Steve Schnetzer and
Joe Spaccavento, one of the lead teachers gave a
presentation at the New Jersey Science Teachers Convention.
They are also planning a demonstration at the annual New
Jersey American Association of Physics Teachers meeting in
March and another workshop in spring. Also as part of the
QuarkNet program, a teacher and three high school students
conducted research in the high energy physics lab in summer
Students at work during an ASI summer workshop
Prof. Matilsky is also involved with the extensive Chandra education website that allows you to analyze X-ray satellite data.
Prof. Sang-Wook Cheong (firstname.lastname@example.org) has trained
several high school students in his laboratory, focusing on quantum physics
on nano-structured materials, as a continuing contributor to the Partners in
Science Program at the Liberty Science Center.
- Prof. Mohan Kalelkar, Director of The Undergraduate Physics Program,
gives physics talks to high school students at their science clubs. He can be
reached at email@example.com. He also participated in the
experimental particle physics outreach program called QuarkNet that reaches
out to NJ's high school physics teachers. Prof. Steve Schnetzer
program in cooperation with the NJ Chapter of the American Association of
Physics Teachers (AAPT) and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Prof. Kalelkar also showcases Rutgers' physics undergraduate program during the University Open House in early April every year (to be held on Saturday, 8 April 2006 this year). Those considering a physics bachelor's degree are advised to attend.
- Prof. Piers Coleman (email@example.com) gives
public talks on the frontier physics of condensed matter
(http://www.physics.rutgers.edu/~coleman/aspen/aspentalk.htm), and with his
musician brother Jaz Coleman conveys the beauty and challenge of correlated
matter through combined live music and physics concerts. The animated
website "Music of the Quantum"
features music and interviews with prominent physicists.
- Professor Jolie Cizewski, also the Vice Dean of the Rutgers-New Brunswick Graduate School, is committed to enhancing the access to opportunities in the physical sciences for early career scholars from diverse backgrounds by encouraging participation in summer research, graduate school, or postdoctoral positions at Rutgers. She recently carried out physics demonstrations in a shopping mall in Hawaii to popularize physics!
- Professor Ted Williams gave a 1-week summer introductory astronomy program at the Montgomery High School for a group of ten 9th grade students in July 2006.
- Joel L. Lebowitz, the George William Hill Professor of Mathematics and Physics, has a distinguished history of International Human Rights activism and co-chairs the Committee of Concerned Scientists. See http://www.math.rutgers.edu/~lebowitz/
- Professor Jolie Cizewski was highlighted by the American
Institute of Physics on its
Physics Central website in
April 2006. Click
see her People
in Physics profile.
- Professor Sunil Somalwar is a former chair of the
Sierra Club for New Jersey, a grassroots environmental group with
approximately 23000 members in NJ. He also co-chairs Saving Wild Tigers, an international nonprofit dedicated to
saving threatened tigers in the wild. He teaches about global warming and
runs a campaign to promote use of energy efficient devices such as
Fluorescent light bulbs
- You can download a brochure
describing our Department (pdf format, 10pp, 3MB)
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