Department of Physics and Astronomy

University of Mississippi

Events

  • Tue
    15
    Oct
    2019
    4:00 pmLewis Hall 101

    Department Students
    Department of Physics and Astronomy
    University of Mississippi

    Reports on Summer Research

     

  • Tue
    15
    Oct
    2019
    6:00 pmUptown Coffee, 265 North Lamar Blvd, Oxford, Mississippi

    Dr. James Cizdziel
    Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry,
    University of Mississippi

    Microplastic Pollution: What’s the BIG deal?

    Plastics are everywhere! We are living in an age of plastics, much like the Bronze and Iron Ages. Whereas plastics are cheap and useful, they are also carelessly discarded and mismanaged. Unfortunately, this has resulted in widespread plastic pollution, including the infamous ocean garbage patches. Worse, plastics degrade by UV-radiation, microorganisms, and mechanical action (e.g. waves), yielding smaller and smaller particles called micro- and nano-plastics. These small plastic particles accumulate in the food chain and have even been detected in rain! They also accumulate contaminants, including toxic heavy metals, persistent organic pollutants, and pathogens. I will introduce microplastics as an emerging global pollutant, discuss its sources and impacts, and highlight potential solutions and things we all can do to reduce plastic waste.

     

    See this page for details.

  • Fri
    01
    Nov
    2019
    7:00 pmLewis Hall

    Frights, food and fun are the order of the evening when the University of Mississippi Department of Physics and Astronomy presents "Spooky Physics Demonstrations" from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday (Nov. 1) in Lewis Hall.

    The program will include a stage show at 8 p.m. Hands-on activities for the public through the evening include freezing objects in liquid nitrogen (at minus 320 degrees), generating sound waves with Bunsen burners and tubes, and levitating magnets with superconductors. Other fun presentations include optical illusions with mirrors, a Van de Graaff generator (a literally “hair-raising” electrical device), a bed of nails and other contraptions.

    Physics department personnel also will prepare ice cream with liquid nitrogen and award prizes for the most original, scariest and cutest costumes to kids aged 12 and under.

  • Sun
    03
    Nov
    2019
    5:15 pmKennon Observatory

    We are offering astronomy open houses and viewings with our telescopes:

    • November 3, 2019 on Sunday 5:15 - 7:00 PM

    We plan to observe the Moon, double stars, Jupiter, and Saturn though our telescopes.  All these events are weather permitting. Admission is free.
    Children are welcome!

    See this page for the full schedule.