Before watching the Vols vs. Western Kentucky football game this Saturday, gridiron fans can enjoy a little intellectual scrimmage at UT’s Pregame Showcase. Kate Jones, associate professor of physics and astronomy, will talk about “Star Dust and Atom Smashers.” Beginning at 10:21 a.m. in the University Center Ballroom, Jones will explain how the atomic nucleus—despite being less than a thousandth of the size of an atom—leaves its fingerprints on the chemical composition of the solar system.
Physicist Stefan Spanier has spent the last decade at UT and the last six years or so working with the European Center for Nuclear Research in its attempt to find the Higgs boson particle—described as the missing piece in a decades-old physics theory that establishes the building blocks of the universe.
UT Knoxville will host a conference this week to encourage women studying physics to buck the trend by staying in their technical fields and succeeding in their careers. The Southeast Conference for Undergraduate Women in Physics is a three-and-a-half-day conference for undergraduate physics majors. This conference aims to increase the number of women in physics by providing support to female physicists.
Thirty-six middle and high school teams from across the state will compete Saturday, March 27, in the Tennessee Science Olympiad State Tournament hosted by UT Knoxville.