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Women in Physics & Astronomy (WomPA) Social

Come hang out with us! Learn about science, make new friends, and get a free lunch!

WomPA Social Details

Date: Wednesday, January 27, 2016.
Time: 12:30-2pm
Location: The Department of Physics & Astronomy Library - 212 JFB
RSVP by emailing Dr. Pearl Sandick at:

by Monday, January 25, 2016.



About WomPA

Women in Physics and Astronomy (WomPA) strives to foster a sense of community among women in the Department of Physics & Astronomy, encourage networking and mentoring across disciplines and career stages, educate ourselves and others about issues important to the advancement of women in STEM fields, and increase the visibility of women in physics and astronomy.

Visit the WomPA website to learn more.


2015 Halloween Star Party

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Wednesday, October 28, 7:00 p.m. (weather permitting)

Come to the South Physics Observatory as we celebrate our annual Halloween Party! Come dressed as your favorite character.

Activities include:
- Ghost star viewing
- Alien planet viewing
- Monster galaxy viewing
- Free candy at each scope
- COSTUME CONTEST - We'll be giving away a copy of the book "The Martian" as one of the prizes!
- Planetary destruction games
- Shocking demos
..and MORE!

Event is free and open to the public.

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Science Night Live: Kyle Dawson

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The College of Science will present a "Science Night Live!" event next Wednesday, October 21, 2015, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Keys on Main, 242 South Main St. (next to Sam Weller's bookstore). Invite a friend, make a date, and stop by after work!

Kyle Dawson, assistant professor in the Department of Physics & Astronomy at the U, will discuss how astronomers at the U and across the world are "Mapping Cosmic History 1,000 Galaxies at a Time"

In the early moments following the Big Bang, a sea of particles and fields permeated the Universe. This sea was nearly uniform, with only the tiniest fluctuations toward higher or lower density. Over the course of 14 billion years, these tiny fluctuations grew into vast filaments of matter spanning hundreds of millions of years and littered with galaxies. The exact way in which those structures grow is dependent on the lightest of particles and the most expansive fields, most of which we do not understand. By studying the nearest and most distant of those galaxies, we can map the course of cosmic history and gain insight into the nature of the Universe. We are now building that atlas of the Universe with a telescope in New Mexico that was designed to observe millions of galaxies and quasars over a decade. In this talk, I will describe what we don't know about particles and fields and how we hope to use these new measurements to better understand our Universe.

You are welcome to mix-and-mingle from 5:30 to 7:00 at Keys on Main. A complete food menu and drink menu will be available. Join us for a stimulating discussion and social event!

Event is free and open to the public. Must be 21 or over. Call (801) 581-6958 for more info.

[Ride the UTA TRAX to the Gallivan Plaza stop. Or, there is limited street parking available on 200 South and 300 South that is free after 6:00 pm. Perhaps the easiest parking is in the Wells Fargo building lot, accessible from 300 South. See]

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Pluto Palooza: July 14 at 6pm

Come celebrate NASA’s New Horizons mission to Pluto!

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The Department of Physics & Astronomy will be showing the NASA TV live broadcast as Mission Operations receives the “phone home signal” from the New Horizons probe after its closest approach to Pluto.

Free event open to the public.

Location: Language and Communications Building (LNCO) Auditorium Room 1100, at the University of Utah
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Date: Tuesday, July 14, 2015, 6:00 - 8:00pm

Learn more about the local event here.
Learn more about the New Horizons probe from NASA's site.


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