The Centennial Celebration
for OU's Homer L. Dodge Department of Physics and Astronomy!
The Department of Physics was founded in 1909 when William Peter Haseman, with a Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania, became the first Professor and Chair of the department. We have celebrated this anniversary with several events during the 2010-11 academic year.
- Performance of the play Copenhagen took place at OU's Weitzenhoffer's Theatre September 9-12, 2010. The final matinee performance was be followed by a panel discussion by a distinguished group of OU scholars. More information...
- Board of Advisors meeting took place on September 10-11, 2010. The Board of Advisors consists of Chun Lin, Neal Lane, A.T. Stair, and G. Ward Paxton. More information...
- Centential Celebration for alumni took place on September 10-12, 2010. More information...
- 56th Midwest Solid State Conference occurred October 9-10, 2010. The plenary speaker was A. J. Leggett, 2003 Nobel Laureate in Physics.
- Tony Leggett gave a public lecture on Friday, October 8, 2010, at 8pm in the auditorium at the Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History. Sir Anthony J. Leggett is John D. and Catherine T MacArthur Professor and Center for Advanced Study Professor of Physics at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. The title of his talk was "Does the everyday world really obey quantum mechanics?" More information...
- Public Lecture and Colloquium by noted cosmologist Andrei Linde (Stanford), member of the National Academy of Sciences. The colloquium took place at 4pm on Thursday, October 21, 2010, in Nielsen Hall 170. The Public Lecture, on the "Inflationary Multiverse" took place in the auditorium of the Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History at 8pm on Wednesday, October 20. More information...
A video link to the Andre Linde lecture is now active on the Linde lecture page, while that for Tony Leggett should appear soon.
- We also note that the History of Science Collection is hosting an exhibit "Jens Rud Nielsen and the 20th Century Revolution in Physics," which opened on the 5th Floor of Bizzell Memorial Library on September 7. Please see the History of Science Collections blog, which contains a list of Nielsen's students, and a digital version of Bohr's 1957 lecture at OU.
Funding graciously provided by:
- H.L. Dodge Department of Physics and Astronomy, Greg Parker, Chair
- College of Arts and Sciences, Dean Paul Bell
- Vice President for Research, Kelvin Droegemeier
- President of the University of Oklahoma, David L. Boren