Past Events

  • Dissertation Defense: "Black Holes and Conformal Symmetry"

    David Rittenhouse Laboratory, 2N36

    Zain Saleem (University of Pennsylvania)

  • Dissertation Defense: "Magnetic Fields in Molecular Clouds: The BLASTPol and BLAST-TNG Experiments"

    Singh Center, Glandt Forum

    Nicholas Galitzki (UPenn)

  • The Science Carnival at Penn's Landing

    Penn's Landing

    For the second year in a row, the department of Physics and Astronomy has been awarded one of Penn's six booths at the Carnival. We will talk to the public about the size and scale of planets and how big we think planet X might be. We will explore how large amounts of matter can gravitationally lens objects behind them giving us unique insight into far away galaxies and to explore the mass that is causing these disturbances and a few more demos


    For more information on the day's activities and what to expect, visit this link:

  • Science After Hours: Nerd Olympics at Franklin Institute

    The Franklin Institute

    Physics and Astronomy grad students will join the Franklin Institute to put on an evening of fun and science! We will be looking at spectral lines, learning about standard candles (how we measure how far away things are in astronomy) 


    To register and purchase tickets follow this link:

  • Robert Maddin Lecture in Materials Science: "Finding New Electronic Materials"

    The Glandt Forum Krishna P. Singh Center for Nanotechnology

    Robert J. Cava (Princeton)

    “New materials give new properties” is a phrase that I think best describes the goal of our research program.

  • Department Colloquium: "Wave Piloting in the Marshall Islands"

    David Rittenhouse Laboratory, A8

    Professor John Huth (Harvard) Hosted by: Professor Joe Kroll

    Of all the Pacific Island navigation cultures, the practice of wave piloting in the Marshall Islands is perhaps the most curious. Navigators observed the patterns of ocean swells to find their way among atolls and islands in outrigger canoes.  Over a century of colonial occupation stretched this tradition to near extinction. Captain Korent Joel is the only living Marshall Islander with the traditional credential of rimeto (navigator).

  • High Energy Theory: "TBA"

    David Rittenhouse Laboratory, 2N36

    Matthew Schwartz (Harvard)

  • "Close Up and Far Away"

    David Rittenhouse Laboratory and the Singh Center

    A large group of Physicists will host an event called "Close Up and Far Away" where the public will have access to tour Physics and Astronomy Professor Mark Devlin's High Bay, see the clean room at the Singh Center as well as talk to various researchers about the projects they work on.

    In addition, researchers from CERN in Switzerland will show off condensed matter labs, and several astronomy projects will be presented to illustrate various features of their experiments. 


  • Clark Park Discovery Day

    Clark Park Philadelphia (4398 Chester Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19104)

    Join Physics grad students as they do demos ranging from making comets, to exploring how optics work, making a scale (volume) model of the solar system and more. 


  • Physics & Astronomy Outreach for Wavelength: Astronomy Night

    The Hawthorne Cultural Arts Center (beginning on 9th and Carpenter Streets) 1200 Carpenter St, Philadelphia, PA 19147

    Physics Graduate students will lead observing sessions around the city as part of the Astronomy Night for the Science Festival.