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The videos feature activities and demonstrations from the department's open house event.

Photo courtesy of: Department of Physics and Astronomy

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The 10 videos are all two to eight minutes long.

Photo courtesy of: Department of Physics and Astronomy

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YouTube physics and astronomy mini-movies highlight commitment to local community

Open house movies promote a love for science


The Department of Physics and Astronomy has launched a new mini-movies series about activities, tours and demonstrations from the department's recent open house event.  

The series of 10 movies, two to eight minutes long, have individual themes related to research and activities as diverse as carbon nanotubes at the atomic level, to advice about what kind of telescope to buy your child.  

"Open House gives visitors and our volunteers a chance to explore the world in a new ways and have fun at the same time," said Physics Professor and movie organizer Mark Lucas.  

The movies can be viewed by clicking here.

Movies were edited by undergraduate video production students from the School of Media Arts and Studies under the direction of Associate Professor Frederick Lewis. Filmmaker Jean Andrews from the Department of Physics and Astronomy served as executive producer.

"We intend for this new series of short movies to highlight an important function we hold every two years. Our open house event is a source of pride for the students, faculty, and staff in our department, and demonstrates a sense of our commitment to our local community," explained Professor and Chair of the Department of Physics and Astronomy David Ingram.  

Student video production leader Jacob Nemeth sees the effort as a chance to enhance his educational experience.  

"We don't often get a chance to make short movies about cutting-edge science topics. This has been a great opportunity for us to focus on another important genre before graduation," Nemeth said.