This spring semester 2011, the Physics and Astronomy Department in collaboration with the Office of Outreach and Engagement at JMU cordially invite high-school students and secondary-school teachers to take part in an engaging learning outreach program:


"Meet the Scientist: Saturday Morning Physics at JMU"


The participants will explore fascinating cutting-edge research topics in physics and astronomy in six easy-to-follow lectures followed by interesting Planetarium shows and interactive quiz sessions, fast-paced competitions using electronic clickers to buzz in with a response. The students will have the chance to win prizes and review what they have learned at the end of each Saturday morning lecture. Certificates of attendance, College credits for students and CEUs for teachers can be earned! No pre-requisites necessary! (except for your curiosity...) Register and Start your adventure!


Each Saturday program will be held on the James Madison University campus in the Miller Hall building: the lectures and the quiz session will take place in the room 1101, whereas the Planetarium shows are scheduled in the room 1103 of the John C. Wells Planetarium, located also in the Miller building. If you have any questions about the Saturday Morning Program please contact Dr. Adriana Banu (, 540/568-8940) or alternatively the JMU/Outreach & Engagement Department at 540/568-4253.


For details see the following web page:


2011 Saturday Morning Physics Program (links become active once materials are available)
Date  Speaker  Title  Video  Slides  Quiz  Photos 
1/22/11  Dr. Adriana Banu  Alchemy of the Universe:
Nucleosynthesis of Chemical Elements
JMUtube  PDF/PPT  PDF flickr 
1/29/11  Dr. Harold Butner  Tracing the Invisible:
Star Formation Behind Closed Curtains
JMUtube  PDF/PPT  PDF flickr 
2/5/11  Dr. Gabriel Niculescu  Building Blocks for the Budding Scientist: A Tale about
Fundamental Ingredients of our Universe and the Interactions Between Them
PDF flickr 
2/12/11  Dr. Kevin Giovanetti  Exploring Fundamental Ideas About How Our World Works: Tools and Challenges  JMUtube  PDF/PPT  PDF flickr 
2/19/11  Dr. Chris Hughes  Let's Get Small:
Studies in Nanophysics
JMUtube  PDF/PPT  PDF flickr 
2/26/11  Dr. Brian Utter  Jamming, Avalanches, and Unpredictability:
Nonlinear Dynamics and Complexity in Granular Flows
JMUtube  PDF/PPT  PDF flickr 
2/26/11 Dr. Steven Whisnant Closing Talk: Physics and Your Future JMUtube
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Saturday Morning Physics 2011: Award Ceremony!

Ask the Scientist! - Q&A session


Dr. Adriana Banu  PPT  Dr. Harold Butner  PPT  Dr. Gabriel Niculescu  PDF  Dr. Chris Hughes/Dr. Scott Paulson  PDF


Special thanks to:


Lynn Lucatorto, Shanil Virani, Lindsay Aldrich (Outreach and Engagement), Art Fovargue, Dorn Peterson, Jamie Calcagno-Roach (CIT), Andrew Gascho (CIT), Brian Simmons (Media Resources), and last but not least Laura Lear (Classroom Coordinator, Office of Registrar).

Saturday Morning Physics 2011 Group Photo

SMP 2011 Group Picture



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