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!
Adding to our list of resources (the "Handbook" category has been renamed
to "Resources"), here's a collection of things research opportunities and
internships. More will almost certainly be added here in the future.
First, this page, which is
also linked in our sidebar, is from the NSF and is a large list of possible
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.
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.
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.
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).
On Wednesday 4/30 at 4pm in Bloomberg 462, we’ll be having our annual Feedback Session - an opportunity to tell the faculty what you’d like to see changed around the department. If you have feedback you’d like to voice, please reply to this email - all of our comments have been organized by the SPS board. Sigma Pi Sigma inductions will also happen then, and we’ll have lots of free food.
On Friday 5/2 at 5pm in Bloomberg 478 (PUC Lab), we’ll be holding our semesterly LAN Party. We’ll have tons of video games, plus food! This event is open to EVERYONE, so please bring your friends! Don’t forget a computer and any games you’d like to play! The event will probably last a very long time, so don’t worry about being late.
Thanks to our webmaster, Ben, I can now post announcements here, so you should begin to see them fairly regularly. Check back often!
Our next meeting will be Friday 3/28, at 4:00pm in Bloomberg 462. As you may know,
a team of physicists last week announced that they've detected evidence of gravitational
waves. This is kind of a big deal, so we've got Professor Marc Kamionkowski coming to
our meeting to give a talk on the subject. He's been all over the news lately, since this
experimental evidence supports many of his theories. This talk should be right on the cutting
edge of physics, so please attend!
Also, just an aside: SPS went on a department-funded trip to California last week to visit
some national labs. We went to SLAC, LBL, and many interesting sites around the San Francisco
area. If you attended the trip, please gather your photos and receipts and bring them to the
First off, our next meeting will be tomorrow, Friday 3/7, at 4pm in Bloomberg
462. I know I said Professor Reich would be coming to give a talk, but he can’t
make it, so instead, Professor Mihai Tohaneanu of the math department will be
coming to give a talk. It should be interesting - his research focuses
primarily, to my understanding, on mathematical black holes, and I’m looking
forward to hearing what he has to say. Please attend, as he’s a PHA guest!
He also says:
Next up, our Physics Fair is coming up soon-ish (it’s during Spring Fair),
and the people organizing it would like volunteers to sign up as soon as
possible! I really expect every SPS member to pitch in - this is a huge effort
by the department every year and we’re always a major part of it.
So, sign up! Look at the jobs spreadsheets to see what kinds of jobs there are;
if you don't have any idea what you want to do, write 'anything'.