Dept. of Physics and Astronomy
102 Natural Science Bldg.
University of Louisville
Louisville KY 40292
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Spring Celebration 2009


The UofL Department of Physics and Astronomy announces Spring Celebration Week 2009, and invites you to participate in the public events. This week offers an opportunity to celebrate the accomplishments of our Department, to recognize the many individuals who have been responsible for these accomplishments, and to look forward to a bright future for Physics, Astronomy, and Atmospheric Science at the University of Louisville!

  • Wednesday, April 15, 2009
    • ACADEMIC PROGRAM KICKOFF PARTY. For Alumni and invited guests. RSVP requested by April 3. Alumni should receive invitations via email by Wednesday, March 25. We apologize if you do not receive your invitation. All Alumni are invited and may contact us directly if an invitation was not received. This dinner and party celebrates our new degree programs - the Ph.D. in Physics and the B.S. in Atmospheric Science. It is also our opportunity to thank those who helped make the programs a reality.
  • Thursday, April 16, 2009
    • ATMOSPHERIC SCIENCE LAB RIBBON CUTTING. 10-10:30 a.m. All invited, but please let us know if you will attend. This ceremony opens our new Atmospheric Science lab for public viewing, and marks the start of the day's events - particularly the Departmental Open House.
    • PHYSICS AND ASTRONOMY OPEN HOUSE. 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. All invited, but please let us know if you will attend. Come to the west wing of the first floor of the Natural Science Building (Building 34 on this map) to receive a map of open house stops and join a tour group if you wish. Stops will include the Atmospheric Science lab, John Dillon Room for tea and cookies, Belknap Research Building, Remote Astronomy classroom, Rauch Planetarium, and others. The Open House takes place from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and will involve some walking between buildings.
    • FIRST ANDREW CHAMBLIN MEMORIAL LECTURE. 7:30 p.m. Free and open to the public. This lecture forms the focal point of our Celebration Week. Frank Wilczek will speak on "Anticipating a New Golden Age". Wilczek received the 2004 Nobel Prize in Physics and has published popular books on Science. He will be available after the lecture for a book signing. Lecture and book signing will be held in the Rauch Planetarium and Gheen's Science Hall. Parking is available nearby.
  • Friday, April 17, 2009
    • RECOGNITION OF MERIT and CLOSEOUT. All invited, but please let us know if you will attend. Join us at noon as we recognize award-winning students, faculty, and staff. We will also hear about the future of the Department. Natural Science Building, room 104.

To let us know you will attend any of these events, please phone 1-502-852-6790 Monday through Friday between 9:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. EDT or send us an email at physics ( at ) physics (dot) louisville (dot) edu and let us know which events you will attend. We need to know of your intent by April 10 at the latest.

For visitors to campus for the open house, please print out our Parking Flyer and place it in your windshield. Directions to designated parking can be found on the flyer.

For those traveling from out of town, please note that Saturday, April 18, is "Thunder Over Louisville." This is a large air- and fireworks-show held at the Ohio River each year to kick off Derby Festival - the two week march toward the Kentucky Derby. You may wish to take advantage of this event while you are in town. Do note, however, that this will make accommodations harder to come by for the weekend.

The Department of Physics & Astronomy has grown in numbers of faculty, staff, students, grants, publications, and more. Such heightened productivity puts a strain on budgets, particularly in times like these. To help us continue to make progress as a Department, we look to our alumni and friends for support. Please consider making a gift to the Department of Physics & Astronomy by visiting the University Giving Page and specifying a gift to "G0443:Gifts-Physics". Thank you.