SSU Makerspace Opens to the Public: Time to Dream, Make and Innovate!

Thanks to a recent $585,000 grant from the National Science Foundation, Prof. Jeremy Qualls has led the renovation of a previously underused section of the library into a state of the art Makespace. He will welcome President Judy Sakaki and others to the ribbon-cutting ceremony at 4 pm on Tuesday October 3, 2017. The following day, October 4, SSU's new Makerspace will open to the public. The Makerspace is located on the second floor of the Schulz Library. Come see what all the excitement is about!


Grand Re-opening of the SSU Observatory!

The Department of Physics and Astronomy is proud to announce the installation of a new observatory building! Responding to issues with the original 41-year old structure, we have replaced it with a state-of-the-art split roof observatory.

As always, details regarding our Public Viewing Nights are available at The Public Viewing Night webpage, including a map showing the location of the Observatory in the southeast corner of campus.

Dr. Jeremy Qualls named SSU's 2017 Excellence in Teaching awardee

With 15+ years of post-graduate academic experience, Dr. Qualls is always looking towards the future. He currently maintains active research in interdisciplinary science. His recent projects include development of a STEM first year experience, a cross school Maker program, and the development of science teaching credentials.

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Physics is the most fundamental of all the scientific disciplines. Ranging from the applied to the abstract, from the infinitesimal to the infinite, and from quarks to the cosmos, the study of physics seeks to explain all the complicated phenomena in the natural world by providing a description of these phenomena in terms of a few basic principles and laws.

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Current Schedule. Our lecture series has brought outstanding scientists and engineers to the campus each week since 1971, including fourteen Nobel laureates. These speakers present lectures ranging from the hottest discoveries in physics and astronomy to inside views of physicists' daily lives at a level undergraduate students can understand.

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