!!!Mandatory SPS Meeting May 3rd!!!

Members, this Thursday(May 3rd) @ 12:15PM we will be having a mandatory physics club meeting. We will be discussing our spring trip to the Griffith Observatory and most importantly, we will be having officer elections for next year’s Physics Club eboard. Please be there to listen to our potential candidates speak and make a decision on who will be managing the most important club at Cal Poly Pomona. It is very important that you attend because the Society of Physics Students @ Cal Poly Pomona influences a very large part of what goes on in the Physics and Astronomy Department, including Seminars, Science Cafes, Public Lectures and Dept BBQs. Hope to see you all there exercising your right to vote!

4/19 Meeting and Trip

Members, tomorrow(4/19) we will be having a very important meeting to discuss new events and happenings in the Cal Poly Pomona SPS club! Tomorrow, there will be NO DEPARTMENT SEMINAR.  The club meeting however, will begin at noon in room 8-209. In the meeting we will be discussing the upcoming officer elections and the potential candidates for next year. The rules to run for position will be reviewed again so that campaigning and elections will be as smooth as possible. Next, we will be reminding students of all of the fundraisers we have available, this includes but is not limited to: Club shirts(old and new), club vinyl stickers and club projects. Finally we will be discussing the many trips that we will be taking this quarter to the desert for star gazing, Fresno for the SPS Zone 18 meeting and our annual Spring trip to the Griffith Observatory.

New plans have been made for our annual star gazing trip. This year, our very own Clint Hawkins has volunteered to have us at his place and allow us to star gaze in the desert. We will be meeting Saturday at 5PM in B-Lot. We and will be staying overnight for a full night of star gazing and some members will be driving back that night. If you intend to stay, be sure to bring pillows and blankets. Bring telescopes, binoculars or lasers, whatever helps with star gazing. Please remember to RSVP on the sign-up sheet on the club fridge or on our Facebook Page.

Finally, we have updated this site extensively to add pictures of our recent trip to Joshua Tree and our broomball match against KME. New eBooks have been added to our Books Page. I have added an eBook easter egg somewhere on this website if you’d like to look for it! The Events page has been updated to show the most up-to-date information on department seminars and club events. Finally, I will be restyling this website very soon to make it much more user friendly, clean and efficient. Stay tuned!

April 4 Meeting and Zzyzx Meteor Shower Trip


Members, April 4th there will be a club meeting in 8-209 @ noon. We will be discussing future club events and new updates. Shirts have finally come in and are available for purchase. There are sign-up sheets on the club fridge for Intramural sports and the upcoming trip to Zzyzx. Thanks to our contact Mark Helmlinger, we now have an in to Zzyzx for our star gazing trip! We will have a telescope available for use and we will be staying overnight to catch the peak of the Lyrid metor shower.

Also, a few projects to create a railgun and tesla coil have been started or are being planned so be sure to ask around and announce your intent/interest if you’d like to participate in these interesting projects!

Thursday Meeting/California Science Center Trip

The KME movie night(Thur, 3-5PM) will be discussed as will the Integration Bee(Friday, 2-4PM). We will making final arrangements for our trip to the California Science center this Saturday and possible drivers for the event. Broom-ball plans have been finalized and will be happening on Saturday, Feb 25th at 12:30AM-2AM at the Ontario Ice Rink. We will be playing against the Math Club so be sure to clear your schedule. At the meeting we will be discussing payment and rules to attend broom-ball. Also, if you have not seen, go to our Facebook Page and check out the new Physics & Astronomy @ CPP vinyl stickers we will be selling! Price has yet to be determined but they will go on sale soon.

The annual CPP Physics Club trip to the California Science Center is February 11th. We will be meeting in the physics club room at 10AM and be dividing passengers among the volunteering drivers. We will take off to the California Science Center at the Exposition Park no later than 10:30AM and should be there by 11AM. KME and the CSULB physics club have been invited to the event so we may have a sizable group going. After walking around the CSC we may go to the aerospace museum next door or to the natural history museum(also next door). Dinner will likely follow after Exposition Park has been entirely explored. Dinner ideas include KBBQ or a restaurant in Little Tokyo.

If you are overwhelmed with the number of events happening or just forgot when/where events are taking place, go to our Events Page where you can find all of the information you need. The events page has information from this entire year as well as information for collaborated events between the physics club and other clubs(AKA KME).

Be Updated!

Members, our new WordPress site now supports RSS and email notifications. Please be sure to go to our main page and register this website on the top right where it says Posts(RSS), By Email(Email). This will automatically route  new posts to this site straight to your RSS/email. This will save you the time of coming to this site every time a new update is made and will keep you as up to date as possible with new and continually changing events! I will be mentioning this at the coming week’s meeting to inform all of our members in person and to demonstrate how to register to the site in person.

11/10 Seminar and Club Meeting

Hello fellow members, on Nov 10th, the physics department will be having a seminar by Dr. Knutson from Caltech about planetary atmospheres outside our solar system. The seminar will be discussing the atmospheres of planets outside our solar system and how we are able to detect/predict the behaviors of those atmospheres from earth. The seminar begins at 11am in room 8-241, refreshments and snacks will be provided prior to beginning the seminar. This is expected to be a full house seminar so be sure to grab an early seat.

Immediately following the seminar, there will be a physics club meeting in 8-209. This week we will be discussing the science cafe on Nov 15th, where Dr. Bhavsar will be talking to us about the multiverse. And we will also be discussing our trip to the Griffith Park Observatory on the 19th of this month. We will also be having a movie night this Thursday at 7pm in 3-2011. If you have any other topics you would like to discuss please be sure to mention them during the club meeting.

10/13 Club Meeting and Physics Seminar


Hello everyone, on Thursday, October 13th we will be having Christoph Haselwandter from CalTech and USC presenting at this week’s physics seminar at 11am. We will also be hosting a Physics Club meeting immediately afterward in 8-209 during u-hour.

The seminar, Towards a Mechanistic Understanding of Cell Membranes, by Christoph Haselwandter will be about the physical understanding of cell membranes and how we can continue to learn about them to use them to our advantage when fabricating new medicines and improving our general understanding on how cells work. For the physics club meeting we will be discussing get togethers(bowling, hiking, outings) that our members may be interested in as well as our physics club shirt designs. Remember, the designs for the physics club shirts must be submitted by the end of October to be eligible for our voting decision. The winner of our shirt design will win a FREE shirt so get those ideas and designs brewing!

On a LARGE note, the physics club room MAY be getting a ground up redesign with new table/computer/gaming system layout and new posters to make the room more easy to get through when gaming tournaments are being held and to look brighter in general. The E-Board will be discussing this possibility and will be announced at Thursday’s meeting. See you all at Thursday’s seminar!

P.S. Remember to pay your club fees before the end of October 31st to get your annual SPS membership! Fees are $30 which may sound excessive, but remember, for that you get use of our room, refrigerator, free snacks(when provided), use of a color printer, access to movie nights and club trips and most importantly, access to conferences around the country for reduced rates and in some cases, absolutely free.

Welcome Back Reception, WWoP Demo & 10/4 Club Meeting

Hello SPS students! On Tuesday Oct 4 the Physics and Astronomy department will be having their 3rd Annual Welcome Back reception in Bldg 4-314 at 11am-1pm. The reception will allow new and continuing students to speak amongst each other and professors about anything that has been on your mind. There will be food, students, professors and jokes so be sure to make it early and grab a good seat!

On Thursday Oct 6th of this week the Physics department will also be hosting their annual Wonderful World of Physics Demonstration in Bldg 8-241 at 11am-noon. The demonstration will be a magic show aided with the use of physics to move things along. Nitrogen ice cream may be served pending the acquisition of  some cream, sugar and liquid nitrogen.  The demonstration will have a full house as is usual so be sure to grab a front row seat early! After the demonstration, the physics club will have their 2nd Club Meeting of the year in room 209B. We will be discussing news about what’s new with the physics department and other interesting topics related to the club and this year’s events.

First Physics Club Meeting of 2011-2012 School Year!

Hello all, on Thursday Sept 29th we will be having the first physics club meeting of the 2011-2012 school during U-hour(12-1pm).  The club meeting will be preceded by a physics seminar on superconductivity by Pei-Chun Ho from CSU Fresno from 11-12 in Building 8-241. Refreshments/snacks will be made available before the seminar begins and is open to students of all majors with interest in physics. The club meeting will be held in 8-209 and will be discussing potential trips to grad schools, club activities and information on joining the club. See you there!

SPS Meeting

SPS Meeting

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We are having our next physics club meeting this Thursday in room 8-209 at noon.  We will be discussing the upcoming camping trip to Big Sur during spring break since we are about to make reservations.  We will also be announcing dates for the committee that is helping to coordinate the regional Society of Physics Students meeting that we are hosting, so if you want to be involved in something big-come join!  The meeting will also be immediately following the seminar by Joseph Rhee from the Dept. of Physics and Astronomy, UCLA. His topic of discussion will be “Searching for Warm Excess Stars, the First Step to Meet the Extra-Terrestrial”

Feel free to come to both to expand your knowledge!

Hope to see you all this Thursday,
April Hankins
Physics Club Secretary