Science in Society
Our faculty have recently contributed articles to Northwestern's Science in Society, a web-based science outreach initiative. André de Gouvêa, Ian Low, and Tim Tait cowrote the article "Big Ideas, Small Particles", while Heidi Schellman wrote "From a Physicist's Mind". The first article is about the physics we hope to explore with the European-built LHC (Large Hadron Collider), and the second discusses how physics research is connected to everything from MRI scanners to the Internet.
For the past five years, our department has sponsored an outreach program to provide interesting and diverse public lectures to students and the general public. The lectures are selected based on their appeal to the general public, with the intent to help the public understand the science behind popular subject matters. The complete content of each lecture is available as a movie file at this link.
NanoDay at Northwestern
On NanoDay, high-school students are treated to a series of activities designed to spark their interest in nanoscience and technology. They tour research labs, speak with faculty and graduate students, engage in hands-on laboratory activities (for example, using a model atomic-force microscope with model "samples"), and can see a real atomic force microscope in action. More details about NanoDay at Northwestern are available at these links: NanoDay 2006 | NanoDay 2005.
Observing at Dearborn Observatory
The department holds public observing hours on most Fridays during the school year in historic Dearborn Observatory. To obtain more information about telescopic viewing at Northwestern, click here.