- Thursday, 1/28: The Department of Physics Presents: Frontiers in Science. Cal-Bridge and CAMPARE: Engaging Underrepresented Students in Physics and Astronomy with Dr. Carol Hood from CSU Long Beach. Cal-Bridge and CAMPARE are two California-wide,
multi-institutional programswith the common mission of increasing participation of
underrepresented minorities and women in astronomy and physics through summer research
opportunities, in the case of CAMPARE, scholarships in the case of Cal-Bridge, and
significant mentoring and professional development in both programs, leading to an
increase in their numbers completing bachelor’s degrees, and successfully pursuing
a PhD in these fields. CSU San Marcos is a member of both CAMPARE and Cal-Bridge.
12-1PM in SCI 2, Room 242.
- January 27 - February 2: Homecoming Week! Visit the website to view activities and purchase tickets to the game on Saturday,
- Tuesday, February 5: Student Org Fair. Over 150 recongized student organizations to choose from, including those affiliated
with the College of Science and Mathematics. 11AM-1PM in the USU Ballroom.
- Wednesday, 2/13: CSM Presents: STEM on Tap, hosted by Wavelength Brewing Co. in Vista Village. Heroics, Villainy, and Science: Trivia from Comic Books with Dr. Stephen Tsui, Associate Professor, Department of Physics. All ages welcome! 7PM at Wavelength Brewing Co.
- Thursday, 2/27: The Department of Physics Presents: Frontiers in Science. Habitable Worlds Around Dark Stars: How TRAPPIST-1 Changes the Search for Life Beyond
Earth with Dr. Adam Burgasser, UC San Diego. The search of life beyond Earth is one of
the “big goals” of astronomy and astrobiology today, and is made possible by our ability
to find exoplanets orbiting other stars. Transit surveys have demonstrated that terrestrial
worlds are more likely to be found among the lowest-mass stars, which are themselves
the most common and longest-lived stars in the Milky Way Galaxy. The recent discovery
of seven terrestrial worlds orbiting one of the lowest-mass stars known by the TRAPPIST
survey has emphasized the importance of these systems, and spurred new efforts to
hunt for planets around these small, dim stars. In this talk, I will motivate the
search for terrestrial worlds around small stars, and the projects now underway to
find them. I will summarize what we have learned about the TRAPPIST-1 system, and
the ongoing theoretical and observational work aimed at determining how this system
formed and whether habitability is even a possibility for its planets. 12-1PM in SCI 2, Room 242.
- Thursday, 2/28: The Reid Lecture Series. TBA. Dr. Talithia WIlliams, mathematician/statistician at Harvey Mudd and host on NOVA Wonders. Reception with light appetizers at 5:30PM, with presentation from 6:00-7:00PM in the
- Saturday, 3/9: Super STEM Saturday! 10:00AM-4:00PM with activities taking place across campus.
- Thursday, 3/28: The Physics Department Seminar Series, co-hosted by Arts & Lectures, and the American Physical Society. Fire, Blood and Phyics: The Science of Game of Thrones, with Dr. Rebecca Thompson, Head of Public Outreach for th e American Physical Society. The book series, A Song of Ice and Fire, and the associated TV show, Game of Thrones, takes place in a fantasy world with ice walls, fearsome medieval weapons, unpredictable
seasons, and dragons. Though a fictional world, many of the more fantastical aspects
have a basis in science. Come listen to Dr. Thompson's talk about the heat of dragon
fire, the metallurgy of weapon-grade steel, th e science of seasons, th e biology
of a beheading, and many more science topics! Co-hosted by Arts & Lectures, the Department
of Physics, and The Society of Physics Students. 6:00-8:00PM, USU Ballroom.