• Home
  • Cherry Picked - Event will highlight careers of black physicists

Event will highlight careers of black physicists

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

LAWRENCE – An event hosted by the University of Kansas will explore the careers of black physicists.

The public is invited to attend “An Evening with Black Physicists,” sponsored by the departments of Physics & Astronomy and African & African-American Studies. The event will take place Feb. 29 at The Commons. A reception featuring coffee and desserts will start at 7 p.m.; the presentations will begin at 7:30 p.m.

The evening offers an opportunity to hear the stories of several black physicists and engineers and to learn about their passion for their careers. Vera Loggins, a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Illinois, is the keynote speaker. Loggins is studying the hottest matter ever created, i.e., a soup of quarks and gluons produced by colliding very high-energy lead nuclei together at the Large Hadron Collider. She is also working on building detectors for a new accelerator that will use electrons to look deep inside protons.

Other speakers include Christopher Bruner, a teaching postdoctoral fellow in KU’s Department of Physics & Astronomy; Kevin Reynolds, a mechanical engineer working  with NASA; Theresa Amante, a KU graduate student in environmental engineering; and David Menager, a KU graduate student in computing engineering.

Attendees will also have the opportunity to meet with the speakers and discuss their different paths to physics and engineering.

Additional support for the event is provided by KU’s Office of Multicultural Affairs and the National Society of Black Engineers.

For additional information, contact Michael Murray, professor in physics, at mjmurray@ku.edu or 785-864-3949.

The co-sponsors of the event are both part of the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences, KU’s broadest and most diverse academic unit.

Read the latest MUSE News!

Find out what KU's Museum Studies Program and our alumni are up to:

September 2017 Newsletter
January 2017 Newsletter


Museum Events

Red Hot Research: Graduate Edition
Friday, November 17 | 4 p.m.-5:30 a.m.
The Commons, Spooner Hall, 1340 Jayhawk Blvd.
Red Hot Research brings together scholars from all disciplines, speaking for six minutes each in Pecha Kucha–inspired presentations. Audience members are encouraged to connect with the speakers and each other during breaks. This session features graduate student research.

Slow Art Sunday: Amida Buddha (Amitabha) 
Sunday, November 19 | 2 p.m.-3 p.m.
Spencer Museum of Art, Gallery 407, 1301 Mississippi St
Slow down at the Spencer and spend time getting to know one great work of art. Slow Art Sunday features one work for visitors to contemplate and converse about with Museum staff. In November, get to know Amida Buddha (Amitabha).

Performance: Aspects of Liszt 
Sunday, November 19 | 4 p.m.-5:30 p.m.
Spencer Museum of Art, Gallery 317, Sam and Connie Perkins Central Court, 1301 Mississippi St
Distinguished Emmy-winning author, critic, radio and film producer David Dubal joins KU international concert artist Steven Spooner in an afternoon of piano music from the era of the Spencer Museum’s origins and fascinating commentary on the legendary Franz Liszt. This concert is part of the Museum’s centennial celebration of our collection.

Day After Thanksgiving Program: Magic Marbles 
Friday, November 24 | 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
The National Museum of Toys/Miniatures, 5235 Oak St. Kansas City, MO
It’s a day of marble magic with fun for the entire family. Explore the museum’s special exhibit Playing for Keeps: The VFW Marble Tournaments, 1947-1962, and try your hand at “knuckling down” during a marble lesson. Then, pick out your own marble and turn it into a piece of wearable art to take home with you. Included with museum admission.

Global Film Festival
Thursday, November 30 | 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m.
Spencer Museum of Art, Rm. 309 1301 Mississippi St
Curated by first-year students, the Global Film Festival features four films exploring ideas in Spencer Museum exhibitions. This film is presented in conjunction with the exhibition Power Clashing: Clothing, Collage, and Contemporary Identities. The film will be announced on the Museum’s website.

Home to 50+ departments, centers, and programs, the School of the Arts, and the School of Public Affairs and Administration
KU offers courses in 40 languages
No. 1 ranking in city management and urban policy —U.S. News and World Report
One of 34 U.S. public institutions in the prestigious Association of American Universities
44 nationally ranked graduate programs.
—U.S. News & World Report
Top 50 nationwide for size of library collection.
23rd nationwide for service to veterans —"Best for Vets," Military Times