[local physicists] W&M PhysicsFest, Saturday October 18 (incl. photo/video competition)

Wouter Deconinck wdconinc at jlab.org
Thu Oct 2 15:08:32 EDT 2014

Dear science enthusiasts,

On October 18 the William & Mary Physics Department is organizing its
yearly PhysicsFest open house.  The theme of this year's PhysicsFest is
"Physics in the Movies" and we promise that it will be a blockbuster!  In
line with this theme we have expanded our photo contest with cash prizes to
allow for short video submissions as well.

Schedule of events on October 18:

* At 10am we start the day with poster presentations by our undergraduate
students. Come and see what the next generation scientists and researchers
are up to.

* From noon to 4pm the doors are open to our research labs with guided
  Prof. Seth Aubin - Bose-Einstein condensates and quantum optics
  Prof. Todd Averett - Polarized helium glass targets at Jefferson Lab
  and several others...

* Starting at noon we open the observatory on the roof of Small Hall for
daylight astronomy (weather permitting).

* The schedule for the public science lectures is:
  Prof. Ale Lukaszew: "The Invisibility Cloak: Now in a physics lab near
you!" (working title)
  Nobel lecture (we are awaiting the announcement with excitement!)
  and several others...

* Alternating with the lectures we have interactive demonstrations
scheduled at 12:30pm, 1:30pm, 2:30pm, and 3:30pm.

* Throughout the day we will have a physics play room with hands-on science
for everyone, young and old.

* And, of course, there will be liquid nitrogen ice cream through-out the
day to cool down!

More details about the event at http://www.physics.wm.edu/PhysicsFest/.
For printing and further distribution the flier can be downloaded at


As part of PhysicsFest we are organizing a physics photo and video
competition, open to everyone. Are you feeling artistic (or even didactic)?
Why not submit a photo of physics in action? Or even film a physics
experiment or phenomenon? You make a chance of winning one of the cash
prizes! For more details, see


Best regards,

PS: Please distribute this message to others who may be interested.
Wouter Deconinck
Assistant Professor of Physics
College of William & Mary
Office: Small Hall 343D
Phone: (757) 221-3539
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