Friday, February 29, 2008

Coffee Talk: Extra Dimensions!

Tonight's first ever Phys Soc Coffee Talk featuring Bruce Campbell went swimmingly and was received well by all! I think it's safe to say that this will become a regular occurrence. Keep posted for the next chance to meet a faculty member, other physics-enthusiasts, and learn about something you won't learn in lectures.

Here are some pictures from tonight (courtesy of Sam Dejong, applied phys).

This first one is of some of the students who attended the talk. From left to right there is Hass AbouZeid (applied phys), Alex Weekes (math), Mauricio Buschinelli (aerospace eng), and Renée Yoxon (that's me, experimental phys).

This is Dr. Bruce Campbell at the beginning of the talk giving the motivation for studying extra dimensions.

If you have any questions about the coffee talk or would like to e-mail us some feedback please contact us at the info on the right. Thanks to Dr. Bruce Campbell for taking the time to give us this great talk and thanks to everyone who came out to enjoy it.

See you all tomorrow at the CAP lecture and the squash tournament!

Monday, February 25, 2008

February/March Update

Hi everyone,

Now that reading week is over the physics society has many events underway. Here is an exhaustive list of planned events for the rest of February and into March.

Phys Soc Coffee Talk: On Thursday, February 28th, the physics society will be sitting down with Bruce Campbell, a member of the Carleton Theory team, to host a discussion entitled "Things That We Don't Know". The discussion will be held at Rooster's on the 4th floor Unicentre from 6 to 8pm.

Canadian Association of Physicists Lecture: On Friday, February 29th, Eldon Emberly from Simon Fraser University will be giving a talk entitled 'How cells measure space and time'. This will take place in Unicentre 180 at 10am. Don't miss it!

You don't have to look far to see the sophisticated technology that we have developed to measure space and time, whether it be the complex inner-workings of a watch or the GPS equipped compass that you might use on a backcountry expedition. But what about microorganisms? How is a microorganism, which calculates via biochemical reactions, able to make accurate measurements of time and space? In this talk I will highlight some of the amazing biological circuitry that cells use to keep time, showing how physical modeling can be used to gain insight into how these clocks function. But cells are also capable of measuring space - it's essential
that developing organisms put tissues where they are meant to be. I will discuss how cells measure their spatial location and how they overcome the complications of living in a noisy chemical environment.
Squash Tournament: The annual tournament will be held on February 29th and March 6th from 4 - 7pm . To sign up, talk to Steven Crane, visit HP 2221, or e-mail It's not too late to sign up! There is a 5$ registration fee.

Hockey Tournament: This will also be held in March. If interested in playing in this tournament talk to Mike Cunningham or Hass AbouZeid, visit HP 2221, or e-mail us. Dates also TBA.

Sudbury Neutrino Observatory: The plans for our annual trip to snow are underway. Please send us an e-mail early if you are interested. Priority will be given to upper year students who have not visited SNO yet. Plans will be finalized once we have an idea of how much interest there is.

Upcoming Phys Soc Executive Elections: It's that time of year to elect the exec members for the coming academic year. If interested in being nominated or nominating someone else drop by HP 2221 or send us an e-mail.

Hope to see you all on Thursday!