Department of Physics and Astronomy News

Second Annual Physics Pumpkin Drop October 28

The Society of Physics Students will host its second annual pumpkin drop on Friday, October 28. The event will begin at 4 p.m. on McClung Plaza beside the Humanities and Social Sciences Building with student organization booths and hands-on science demonstrations.

Tennessee Gets a Place at the Table with Newest Element: Tennessine


One of the newest members of the periodic table will likely have a familiar sound to it, even if the spelling might be a bit off: Tennessine. Proposed as a nod to researchers from Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Vanderbilt University, and UT who helped confirm its existence, element 117 would be only the second to be named for a state. Since the name Tennessee has its origins in the name of the Cherokee village of Tanasi, it also becomes the first element with Native American roots.

Professor to Discuss Recently Proven Theory at Family Event

Michael Guidry, UT professor of physics and astronomy, will present a lecture on gravitational waves from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m., Thursday, April 14, at the Spirit and Truth Fellowship of Knoxville’s (STFK) Science Café at Ijams Nature Center.

In Memoriam: Jon Levin


Jon Levin, a gifted teacher and director of the undergraduate physics program, passed away last weekend. He was 63.