Welcome dinner for Astrophysics REU participants. Meet in front of Tripp Hall at Tripp Circle, and walk along lakeshore path to UW-Memorial Union Terrace or State Street.
Astrophysics REU program orientation. Bagels, coffee, and juice! Brief tour of astronomy and physics departments.
Lunch at UW-Memorial Terrace.
Public night (weather and telescope permitting). Every Wednesday night during the summer, Washburn Observatory has public viewing sessions. These sessions are usually run by a graduate student from the Astronomy Department
Astronomy Seminar: Scott Schnee, Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics “A complete recalibration of far-infrared column density and temperature measurements using extinction maps”
Farmer’s Market. Held every Saturday morning during the summer, you can get all manner of fresh produce, as well as cheese curds so fresh they make your teeth squeak! (http://www.madfarmmkt.org/)
All-Programs University Welcome Dinner
Astronomy Seminar series: Prof. Bob Benjamin
How to Make Your Research Web Page (Prof.. Bob Benjamin)
Field Trip/Astronomy Department Picnic: Pine Bluff Observatory. Built in 1958, this small telescope is still in heavy use, with several different projects sited here. One lucky graduate student from the Astronomy Department gets to live out here rent free (although they do have to do a significant number of chores.) Resident astronomy Andy Fox will give us a tour.
Astronomy Seminar series: Prof. Eric Wilcots (Astronomy)
Field Trip: Synchrotron Radiation Center and Physical Sciences Laboratory. Come see one of the largest synchrotron sources in the country, run by the University of Wisconsin-Madison on behalf of the National Science Foundation. At the Physical Sciences Laboratory, you can see where they are making components of IceCube, a neutrino telescope at the South Pole. (With Steve Anderson, in the past Steve has made a stop a local grocery store… stock up on supplies!)
Lakeshore picnic area, behind Tripp Commons on the lake (rain location: Carsons)
Astronomy Seminar series: Prof. Ellen Zweibel (Physics) “The Magnetic Universe”
Scientific Ethics Movie Night: TBA
Astronomy Seminar series: Prof. Don Cox (Physics) “Thoughts on the ISM”
Concert on the Square: The Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra starts their weekly series of outdoor classical music concerts. Bring a picnic dinner and a blanket, or buy your dinner there. The series continues weekly through August 3.
Grad School panel discussion. We will have a panel discussion of current graduate students and faculty who have served on the graduate admissions committee to discuss when, how, and where to apply for Astronomy and Physics graduate schools. You are also encouraged to check out www.physicsgre.com before next week’s session on the Physics GRE.
Rhythm & Booms: Madison’s premier firework show. Although you can see the fireworks from the UW-Memorial Union, for the full effect you’ll want to bus or bike over to Warner Park. Warning: It can get crowded, and be sure to bring mosquito repellent. (http://www.rhythmandbooms.com/index.php)
University holiday (Independence Day observed)
Practice Physics GRE. All rising seniors are highly encouraged to take a practice GRE Physics exam. Participation by rising sophomores and juniors is optional.
Physics GRE advice. Scores from the practice exam will be discussed, and suggestions on how to prepare for this exam will be discussed. (Dr. Bob Benjamin)
Astronomy Seminar series: Dr. Matt Haffner (Astronomy) “Red Sky at Night”
Field trip: One of the last and greatest refractors in the world, this telescope was built in Wisconsin by the University of Chicago. (A book on the history of the telescope is on the bookshelf in REU central.) You can marvel at the telescope design, the architecture, and the fact that the site is still used for scientific research.
Astronomy Seminar series: Prof. Peter Timbie (Physics) “Old Photons”
Scientific Ethics Movie Night: TBA
Astronomy Seminar series: Dr. Teresa Montaruli (Physics) “Neutrino Astronomy and Telescopes. The case of AMANDA and IceCube”
Field Trip: Fermilab, with stop-off in Downtown Chicago. Fermilab is one of the top particle physics laboratories in the world, and also has been a major partner in the Sloan Digital Sky Survey, one of the most important sky surveys of the last decade.
How to Put Together Your Final Presentation (Dr. Bob Benjamin)
Astronomy Seminar series: Prof. Ed Churchwell (Astronomy) “GLIMPSE”
Scientific Ethics Movie Night: “Contact” (Astro students MUST attend)
Astronomy Seminar series: TBA
Final Presentations, Part 1. Coffee and cookies at 3:30 pm.
Final Presentations, Part 1I. Coffee and cookies at 3:30 pm.
Farewell pizza lunch! Roof of Sterling Hall (Rain location: Sterling 5517)
Depart for airport. Airport transportation arrangements will be e-mailed to everyone.
§ All locations given in square brackets indicate that the event is not a planned event, but merely suggested. You will need to make your own plans for these events.
* Each Astronomy seminar is preceded by a 15-minute “check-in” period, and followed by lunch with the speaker at noon at the UW-Memorial Union (assuming speaker is available). A pre-talk reading will be handed out in the week previous to the talk (and can be picked up in Sterling 4569).