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4/22/2017 - Picnic Day

Picnic Day schedule for Physics:


Watch the 2015 Picnic Day Physics Club show below!


California Amplitudes Meeting

QMAP, UC Davis, June 7-10, 2016

The meeting will be held on the 4th floor of the Department of Physics in the seminar room. The focus is on recent topic in scattering amplitudes, in particular mathematical aspects of positive Grassmannian and Amplituhedron, non-planar on-shell diagrams, ratio functions in N=4 SYM, symbols and the basis of hexagon functions, CHY formula, BCJ relations for effective field theories.


Tuesday, June 7 Wednesday, June 8 Thursday, June 9 Friday, June 10
9:30 - 11:00

Symbols, Regge kinematics
(Andrew, Georgios, Falko)

On-shell diagrams
(Jake, Daniele, Sebastian, Jara)

Lunch Lunch 1:00 QMAP lunch
1:30 - 3:00 Welcome 2pm
Free discussion
CHY, BCJ, Gravity
(Mads, James, Chia-Hsien)
(Lauren, Jara, Daniele)

Break Break Break

3:30 - 5:00 Hexagon bootstrap
Free discussion 3:10 String seminar

Meeting dinner

The schedule is very flexible and it might change on the short notice. There will be thematic sessions with one (or more) introductory talks also for more general audience.

  • Tuesday, June 8, 3:30pm: Lance Dixon on Hexagon bootstrap.

Also, Sebastian Franco will give a string seminar on Thursday at 3:10pm.

List of participants:

  1. Zvi Bern* (UCLA)
  2. Jacob Bourjaily (NBI Copenhagen)
  3. Lance Dixon (SLAC)
  4. Falko Dulat (SLAC)
  5. Sebastian Franco (CUNY)
  6. Daniele Galloni (INFN Turin)
  7. Steven Karp (UC Berkeley)
  8. Andrew McLeod (SLAC)
  9. Georgios Papathanasiou (SLAC)
  10. Chia-Hsien Shen (Caltech)
  11. Mads Sogaard (SLAC)
  12. James Stankowicz (UCLA)
  13. Jaroslav Trnka (UC Davis) -- organizer
  14. Lauren Williams (UC Berkeley)
  15. Yan Zhang (UC Berkeley)
* to be confirmed


The Winston Ko Frontiers of Mathematical and Physical Sciences Lecture Series will be hosting a a public lecture featuring UC Davis Professor of Physics Veronika Hubeny on May 9 at 5pm in the UC Davis Conference Center.This event is free of charge. RSVPs requested at lsevents@ucdavis.edu



Physics Department public lecture with Joesph Giaime on May 3 at 7pm in 66 Roessler Hall.


2/29/2016: Staff Egg Drop

Physics Department staff reinvigorated their team spirit on February 29th by organizing and participating in an Egg Drop. Four teams participated and four eggs survived! A good time was had by all! Read more (and view pictures and video of the event)...

10/29/2015: Join us this afternoon for the opening reception of the new Center for Quantum Mathematics and Physics

Join the Math and Physics departments for a welcome reception this Thursday 5-7:30 in the physics atrium (see announcement here http://qmap.physics.ucdavis.edu/#!./events.md) This event will include posters, brief comments from our new faculty and especially a chance to mingle and talk informally. Undergrads (physics majors or not) and friends of the physics department are especially welcome. Feel free to spread the word to anyone you think might be interested.

4/18/2015: UC Davis Picnic Day/17th Annual Physics Show

Physics is Fun

April 18 from 10am-4pm

Roessler Hall 168

A room filled with demos showing cool physics and some applications to modern technology. Informal and staffed by volunteers.

Physics Club Shows

Three repeat performances on April 18, from

10:30-11:15, 11:30-12:15, 12:30-1:15

Roessler Hall 66

Some of our more spectacular demonstrations with entertaining explanations. Presented by Physics Club volunteers.

Physics Public Lectures

Roessler Hall 66 on April 18

2:00-2:40 Prof. Maxwell Chertok: The Higgs Discovery

2:40 - 3:20 Assoc. Prof. Michael Mulhearn: Measuring ultra-high energy cosmic rays using your cell phone!

3:20 - 4 Shirley Chiang: A microscope that “sees” atoms and molecules

3/11/2015: The Dark Side of the Universe, a conversation with Prof. Marusa Bradac.

Wednesday, March 11 at 5:30pm at the City Hall Tavern, 226 F St, Davis

Hosted by Prof. Jared Shaw

Science Cafe, brought to you by: UC Davis Division of Math & Physical Sciences

4/12/2014: UC Davis Picnic Day/16th Annual Physics Show

Public lectures by physics faculty

Roessler 66

2:45 Prof. Marusa Bradac Physics of California: the Physics of Skiing, Surfing and Scuba Diving

3:10 Prof. Steven Carlip Black Holes

3:35 Prof. Markus Luty The Higgs Boson and the Quest for the Fundamental Laws of Nature

4:00 Prof. Nick Curro The Science of Cold Electrons

4:25 Prof. Lloyd Knox Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About the Big Bang (But Were Afraid to Ask)

PHYSICS IS FUN! 10am-4pm

Roessler 168

A room of demos, many hands-on, showing cool physics and some applications to modern technology. Informal and staffed by volunteers.


Roessler 66

3 repeat performances, 12;10, 1:00, 1:50, featuring some of our more spectacular, but less hands-on, though always edifying, demonstrations. Staffed by Physics Club Volunteers.

3/28/2014: A public lecture, "The Large Hadron Collider: The Big Bang Machine" by Prof. Dr. Albert DeRoeck, a senior research scientist for CERN and adjunct professor of physics at UC Davis, will be held in the Welcome Center Presentation Room at 8pm. Tickets are available for $7 at the UC Davis Box Office. Any remaining tickets will be sold at the door prior to the lecture. These lectures sell out quick, get your ticket now!

3/20/2014: Brian Greene, physicist and Pulitzer Prize finalist, will be at the Mondavi Center as part of the Distinguished Speaker series on March 20 at 8pm. The event is done in partnership with the UC Davis Physics Department.

10/5/2013: A public lecture, "Can we observe dark matter in the laboratory," by Prof. Michael Witherell will be held in room 1100 Social Siciences on October 5, from 5 to 6:30.

9/5/2013: A special seminar with Nobel Prize winning physicist Gerardus ‘t Hooft will held in room 185 Physics on September 5 at 1pm. “The Borderline between Classical and Quantum Mechanics".

Hefti Public Lecture

5/22/2013: Sean Carroll will speak at the UC Davis Conference Center. Sean is a very entertaining and compelling public speaker and the author of two books, "From Eternity to Here: The Quest for the Ultimate Theory of Time" and "The Particle at the End of the Universe: How the Hunt for the Higgs Boson Leads Us to the Edge of a New World." He will speak about "The Origin of the Universe and the Arrow of Time." Although free, due to high demand, a ticket will be needed for admission. For more information, including how to obtain tickets, please see this link.

4/20/2013: The Lander Lab was dedicated as part of our annual Picnic Day Alumni Reception. View photos here.

4/6/2013: A day of exciting public lectures from four prominent physicists including Nobel Prize winner Frank Wilczek. April 6 is Decision Day. Plan for extra traffic near the campus.

5/2012: Physics Chair and Professor Andreas Albrecht joins featured speakers at May 2012 UC Davis TEDx Event

4/17/2012: Professor Lisa Randall, particle physicist and popular author, will speak at UC Davis on April 17.

Hefti Public Lecture - Lisa Randall

4/20/12 Special Colloquium:Charlotte Elster (Ohio University, Athens) Special Colloquium Tea at 4:30 location: Physics Atrium

Fri, April 20, 5pm – 6pm

Roessler 66

Topic:The Nuclear Force Through the Decades, a Rod Reid Memorial Colloquium


Tales of Rod page compiled by Prof Richard Scalettar

4/21/2012: UC Davis Picnic Day/14th Annual Physics Show

Public lectures by physics faculty

Roessler 55 & 66

2:10 Lloyd Knox Introduction (Room Change! Roessler 55)

2:15 Michael Mulhearn The Higgs Boson: A Tale of Two Cities (Room Change! Roessler 55)

2:40 Andreas Albrecht The Multiverse (Roessler 66)

3:05 Tony Tyson Dark Energy and Dark Matter (Roessler 66)

3:30 Richard Scalettar Infinity in Mathematics and Physics (Roessler 66)


Three shows starting at 12:10 PM; 1:00 PM; and 1:50 PM

Roessler 66

Physics with Liquid Nitrogen 11 AM – 1:00 PM

Roessler 166

PHYSICS IS FUN! 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Roessler 168

Physics makes the world go ‘round! Come experience cool physics demos,and learn how modern technologies are applications of basic physics.

4/26/2012: A Conversation on Creativity

Nobel Prize winning physicist Martin Perl and his son The New Republic's art critic Jed Perl discuss the creative process in the sciences and the arts.

Moderated by Dean Simonton

Thursday, April 26

8:00 pm, UC Davis Conference Center

More info at: http://artstudio.ucdavis.edu/lectures/lectures_Perl.html

3/8-3/9/2012: The 1st UCD – Nanjing University Workshop on Condensed Matter Physics will be held during March 8-9 in 185 Physics. The event is open to public.

Program can be found online: http://physics.ucdavis.edu/%7ekliu/UCDNJUWorkshopProgram.pdf

4/25/2011: TedxDavis Speakers enlighten and engage Davis guests with a full day of talks and presentations

In particular, Physics professors Knox and Zimanyi fascinated listeners with Physics-related stories and fantasy-meets-reality tales of space and nanoparticles, respectively.

April 23, 2011: Physics Professors Lloyd Knox and Gergely Zimanyi chosen as TedxDavis Speakers

Founded in 1984, TED is a nonprofit organization that combines Technology, entertainment and design, and offers fascinating speakers willing to share their ideas via visually broadcast talks, available at http://www.ted.com. TEDxDavis is an independently organized event scheduled to occur on the UC Davis campus. The April 23rd Davis event theme is: "Think Big. Think Small. Think Forward." Several speakers from alternating fields, including Physics professors Lloyd Knox and Gergely Zimanyi have been chosen to speak at this event.

For more information, visit: http://tedxdavis.com/

4/16/11: 2011 Picnic Day Physics Show

Picnic Day 2011 Schedule of Events - PUBLIC LECTURES BY PHYSICS FACULTY at Chemistry Bldg, Rm179

1:00 Lloyd Knox - Seeing Sound in the Primordial Plasma
1:30 Bob Svoboda - Do We Live in a Universe of WIMPs?
2:00 Robin Erbacher - The Smallest Things in the Universe: Discoveries of Subatomic Particles
2:30 Markus Luty - The Quest for the Fundamental Laws of Physics: a Tale of Three Universes
3:00 Steven Carlip - Black Holes, Extra Dimensions and All That
3:30 Thomas Cahill - The Physics of 9/11/2001

10:00 AM -4:00 PM
Roessler Hall, Rm168

Physics makes the world go 'round! Come experience cool physics demos, and learn how modern technologies are applications of basic physics.