Spring 2016 Update

Another long overdue update!

Our SPS has just been designated as a Distinguished Chapter by the national SPS governance for 2014-15. That's two awards in a row; let's keep the streak going!

SPS has recently hosted numerous events, including:

  • A talk from Prof Bob Leheny on anisotropic fluids
  • Our third annual Murder Mystery
  • A talk from Prof David Neufeld entitled "The Molecular Universe"
  • An undergrad research Q&A with three members of the PHA faculty
  • Our third annual Super Bowl celebration
  • A physics-themed Family Feud
  • And another biennial LAN Party!

Coming up, we have several more talks and our second annual Stargazing Formal. We're also planning a lesson for high schoolers during JHU Splash, and building a trebuchet for the annual physics fair!


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Hey SPS! It's been a while since we updated the front page of our website with upcoming meetings; lately, we've been communicating about meetings via our email list and posting resources to our website.

Here's a list of meetings and events we held so far this semester:

  • The 1st Annual Physics Olympics (congrats to Joe, Alec, and Kyle, our champions!)

  • A lecture from Prof Oleg Tchernyshyov on magnetic phenomena

  • We helped PAGS with the White House Astronomy Night

  • A talk from and a visit to the lab of Prof Stephan McCandliss

  • A series of five-minute presentations from members on their current research projects

  • A game day, including traditions like the Largest Integer Game and the SPS Scavenger Hunt

  • A start-of-the-year BBQ with the PHA faculty

This week, we'll be honoring another old SPS tradition by screening the C-list sci-fi classic Primer for Halloween. Get ready to get confused about time travel.

Check back here often for updates on our activities this semester, and don't forget to subscribe to our mailing list!


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Handbook, Revision 2

The SPS board has worked on updating the previous version of the handbook and is now proud to present revision 2!

Click here for a PDF copy.

As before:

If you've got suggestions, comments, complaints, objections, or any other sort of feedback, please feel free to get in touch with us (see the links on the right, or on this page). As we update the handbook, we'll announce it on here.

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Pictures from the California trip, again!

I have upgraded our gallery technology to something significantly better than what we had before, both admin-side and user-side. Our photos now all live here, living in the storage space provided for us by the Johns Hopkins ACM.

New galleries (including the photos from the Brookhaven trip, which should be up in a day or two) will be posted there and linked in all the right places here.

In the mean time, I have updated all of our references to the California gallery that was posted on the site previously.

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This week's meeting

The JHU Society of Physics Students and JHU JOSH will host a formal dance! There will be music and food in the Bloomberg ground floor telescope rotunda, and SPS members will take you up to the rooftop observatory for stargazing. The event is free and open to everyone, and donations will be accepted at the door.

The formal will be on 10/24 between 7:30 PM and 12 AM. See you there!

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The Handbook!

We've finally gotten far enough along in the Physics Major Handbook that we feel comfortable talking about it more here.

As I mentioned before, this is a student-created guide intended to discuss the physics major from a student perspective, providing insight we've accumulated over the years for freshmen and incoming students. The goal is to prevent each class from having to learn the same lessons over and over again.

Most of the credit goes to Vittorio Loprinzo for getting this done, but the rest of the current board provided feedback.

Click here for a PDF copy.

If you've got suggestions, comments, complaints, objections, or any other sort of feedback, please feel free to get in touch with us (see the links on the right, or on this page). As we update the handbook, we'll announce it on here.

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Applying to Graduate School, from SPS in 2004

One initiative we're currently working on over the summer is developing a student-created handbook for the physics major. Vittorio has taken the initiative here, but we're building on the work begun by the Class of 2012. Expect that to be posted relatively soon.

Why am I talking about it now, if it is not finished?

The old SPS websites contain a lot of valuable resources that nearly fell off the internet. We'll be reposting them, along with our own guides, under the "Handbook" category; click the Handbook button on the sidebar to see them all in one convenient place. (Once we have more material available, anyway).

Today's topic: Applying to Graduate School, courtesy of the 2004-2005 chapter.

Click here to read it!

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Pictures from the California trip!

So, I finally did this. Galleries are now a thing; we can add image galleries to the site and they will be rendered.

The software wanted to convert everything into a 200x200 thumbnail, which is why you see what you see below. (Click on this post to see them). Clicking on a picture will bring up the larger version.

This may seem silly to you, but believe me, I tried disabling the thumbnailer and it was much sillier. Our gallery technology may improve in the future, but hey, at least we have pictures on the site now!

(Old galleries from the old site will probably get imported soon).

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