Category: 2018

Posted on: November 30, 2018 Posted by: Your Officers Comments: 0

2018 December Meeting – White Elephant

In traditional fashion, the SPS got together before the end of the semester, and before finals, to decompress and spend time together performing shenanigans. The gifts were pretty hilarious: Samus brought a giant can of beans, Vivian Romero brought yarn (stolen three times!), Tony Aportela brought a box of things from his childhood. CJ Llorente gave the gift of knowledge in his old PDF textbooks. There was lots of candy and money. Mathilda Avirett-Mackenzie also brought a bunch of squash. Most importantly, the new gatekeeper of the SPS was named…Paige! Allover it was a fantastic time and we laughed and laughed at each other’s terribly ridiculous gifts. Until next year…

Posted on: November 3, 2018 Posted by: Your Officers Comments: 0

2018 Spark Spin Freeze – Step into STEM

Georgia Tech hosted an event to educate students in K-12 about the fun you can have in STEM fields! The SPS was invited and brought along our Spark, Spin, Freeze demos as well as a bunch of friends and had a blast. It was very exciting to see old members, like CJ Llorente, that will be graduating soon pass along the torch of one of the SPS’s pillars: outreach. It is looking like sophomore members Charles Cardot and Martino Stino will be major additions to future SPS outreach endeavors!

Posted on: November 2, 2018 Posted by: Your Officers Comments: 0

2018 November Meeting – Murder in Howey

For the spooky season, the SPS played a game called Murder in Howey (lovingly named by our past members). The game is like a mixture of tag and mafia: there are two secret murderers who walk/run around the halls of Howey with us regular players while trying to pick us off one by one…..

Posted on: October 31, 2018 Posted by: Your Officers Comments: 0

2018 Pumpkin Smash

This year the SPS paired up with the Society of Women in Physics to combine our spooky halloween events into one big exciting event! There was pumpkin painting, a bake sale, a costume contest, and – the SPSs big contribution – THE PUMPKIN DROP. This years drop was more exciting than any before because we had professors sponsor pumpkins. For 25$, 50$, and 100$, professors could buy a pumpkin which we would drop in their honor, carve whatever they wanted, and finally freeze with liquid nitrogen. In good humor, two professors – Flavio Fenton and JC Gumbart commissioned pumpkins with jabs at the other! The event in total was a huge sucess and raised SPS and SWIP a lot of money for conferences, trips, and events. Here’s to hoping we can make it even better next year!

Posted on: October 9, 2018 Posted by: Your Officers Comments: 0

2018 Fall Trip – Knoxville

This year we went to Knoxville for the bi-annual SPS trip. While originally we had planned to visit Oak Ridge National Labs, circumstances out of our control kept us from doing so, but that did not stop us from having fun! We went hiking through a stream in the nearby Great Smokey Mountains National Park. A few of us also ended up hitchhiking a few miles up the park road after collecting some overexcited members that had gone the wrong way! The fields were beautiful and the fresh air was good for us to recuperate from our hard work during classes. We also explored the city of Knoxville. There were many cute bookstores, thrift stores, and eerie (but delicious) ice cream shoppes. On the ride to and from our destination, different groups took side adventures to the Knoxville Art Museum, a water filled quarry, a flea market, and MANY trips to Starbucks.

Posted on: September 28, 2018 Posted by: Your Officers Comments: 0

2018 September Meeting – Martin Mourigal Talk

One of our very own professors gave a talk on his research this last meeting! Dr. Martin Mourigal shows our members his lab here after speaking about the collective electronic and magnetic phenomena in quantum materials his group studies. A member, Zak Kennedy also works in Dr. Mourigal’s lab growing crystals to be used in neutron experiments at Oak Ridge National Labs in Tennessee.

Posted on: September 21, 2018 Posted by: Your Officers Comments: 0

2018 September Meeting – Waffle Party

The SPS hosted their annual Waffle Party to welcome new members and share our love of breakfast sweets! As always, it was a crazy feat to feed so many people with so few waffle makers, but this year the event was made better with a special waffle mix recipe! They were extra delicious!

Posted on: August 24, 2018 Posted by: Your Officers Comments: 0

2018 August Meeting – Liquid Nitrogen Ice-cream

A new event this year, the ice cream social was inspired by Georgia Tech’s own Society of Women in Physics. Professor Martin Mourigal bought the club a huge canister of liquid nitrogen which to make lots of ice cream. By the time everyone had ice cream, the tank wasn’t yet depleted and we couldn’t store it anywhere so it had to be used up. We spontaneously found other things like cookies and hot dogs to freeze until it was all gone. One of our cold concoctions was a ‘cold stir fry’, what a time!

Posted on: April 21, 2018 Posted by: Your Officers Comments: 0

2018 SPS Formal

It is the end of the year and we must celebrate at the annual SPS Formal – a unique opportunity to dress up and be awkward in a non-academic setting. The dancing was bad, but the friends were good. We saw that both Aradhya Rajanala and Will Hall can really get down low and Piero Chaiappina did a backflip! We wrote goodbye cards to those graduating and watched them sign the wall. Then we went up to the roof and watched the stars…some people may have gotten stuck in the elevator, too!

Posted on: April 20, 2018 Posted by: Your Officers Comments: 0

2018 April Meeting – Debunked Talks

For our last meeting of the semester we tried something new! Members to signed up to give a technical talk on some already disproven theory in physics – but they had to present it as if it was true. It made for some quite hilarious presentations. Andrew Shumway presented on the Aether wind, Alex Buser on Phlogistron Theory, CJ Llorente on Flat Earth, Austin Gilbert on The Time Cube, Sam Wiley on The Moon Conspiracy (because the moon is totally fake), and Martino Stino presented on Geocentrism.