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University of Maryland Department of Physics 1117 John S. Toll Physics Building College Park , MD 20742



xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxApril 2006 - Issue 46


Dear Colleagues,

I'd like to take this opportunity to remind everyone about one of our department's biggest campus' events:
Maryland Day (, where the campus will host alumni, prospective students and residents of the surrounding Baltimore-Washington metro area. We in Physics have a variety of activities for people to enjoy such as Physics demonstrations, lab tours and interactive activities. I always enjoy spending the day with students, faculty, staff and alumni, who are attending or even volunteering for the day's festivities.

I encourage everyone to stop by the Physics building where we will provide exciting hands-on demonstrations for kids of all ages. On the Physics' front lawn, we will provide demos for tots, where toddlers can come participate in interactive demonstrations sure to spark the interest of, possible, future physicists. For older kids, we're offering liquid nitrogen ice cream, a homemade Physics' specialty, as well as physics make & take demos and fun with illusions.

There will also be several lab tours and Dick Berg will host, his popular, Physics is Phun demonstrations. Also, I will be giving a talk entitled, “What We Thought We Knew, What We Know Now, What We Know Now We Don't Know: 150 Years of Physics,” where I'll talk about the mysteries explained in Physics history.

This is a great opportunity to reconnect with our alumni and their families, so it is really important that you come out. If you're interested in volunteering, visit: to register. It's a great way to meet and spend time representing our outstanding department! Even if you can't volunteer, I hope to see all of you out there enjoying in the day's festivities.


Jordan Goodman
Professor and Chair





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