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Dear Colleagues,

It’s that time of year again, and I’d like to take this opportunity to remind all of you about Maryland Day, one of our department’s biggest campus events. On April 28, 2007 the campus will host alumni, prospective students and residents of the surrounding Baltimore-Washington metro area to join us for a days worth of festivities.

In Physics, we have a variety of activities for people to enjoy such as Physics demonstrations, lab tours and interactive activities. I encourage everyone to stop by and participate in exciting hands-on demonstrations for people of all ages. On the Physics' front lawn, we will provide demos for tots, where toddlers can come participate in interactive demonstrations. 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, including the Cosmic Ray Lab, and Richard Berg will host, his popular, Physics is Phun show. Also, Dr. Howard Milchberg will give a talk regarding the recent advances in laser technology entitled, Big Science (in a small room) with Extremely Intense Lasers.

This is a great opportunity to reconnect, so it is really important that you come out. If you're interested in volunteering, visit: http://www.physics.umd.edu/events/spevents/MD_Day/  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.

Drew Baden
Professor and Chair



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