Winter 2013 Schedule (click)
Physics is a fundamental science and provides the foundations for solving both cosmic mysteries and practical problems. In 1995, the University of Michigan Department of Physics began sharing some of the latest ideas in the field with the public in the Saturday Morning Physics lecture series. Designed for general audiences, the lectures are an opportunity to hear physicists discuss their work in easy-to-understand, non-technical terms. The multimedia presentations include hands-on demonstrations of the principles discussed, along with slides, video, and computer simulations.
The Saturday Morning Physics lecture series is located on the Ann Arbor campus. The seminars will be held Saturday mornings, 10:30-11:30 AM in 170 Dennison on central campus. All talks are free and refreshments will be served from 10:00 to 10:30 AM before each talk begins.
How to Receive Information about Upcoming Programming
If you would like updates on this series, please click here and you will be placed on the Saturday Morning Physics mailing list. Due to monetary constraints, we would like to send you programming information via email only.
How to Donate
Donations to the Saturday Morning Physics Program help fund these informative academic presentations. If you would like to show your support for the program and donate, please click here. At this site, please follow the directions below:
- Enter the intended dollar amount donation.
- Click the “Select area to support” link. This will bring up a list of programs to which you may choose to contribute. Go to the bottom of the list beside “Other Areas,” please type “Saturday Morning Physics” into the box and check the box.
- Click the “Continue” button and fill out the rest of the form.
We also take cash, check, or credit card donations at each Saturday Morning program. Please stop by the back greeting table to pick up a donation slip.
U-M Staff and Faculty can donate to Saturday Morning Physics by using University Payroll Deduction. Please click here for instructions.
View SMP Lectures
Learn how to view the Saturday Morning Physics talks after the lecture date by clicking here. You may view the talks on-line by visiting the CARMA Website. Talks will be posted in 1 business day from the "live" talk date. Information about previous SMP talks can be found in the Past Events section of this website.
Visitor parking for the seminars (Central Campus) is across the street from the Dennison Building in the U-M Church Street structure. The University of Michigan Transportation and Parking Services will charge $2.00 for parking in the Church Street parking structure for each Saturday Morning Physics lecture. The parking fee does not benefit Saturday Morning Physics or the Physics Department in any way.
Please use the North Church Street entrance to pay the parking fee in cash and you will obtain a parking permit from the U-M parking attendant each Saturday when you arrive. Non U-M employees and U-M employees without their parking permit will not be able to gain entry into the Church Street lot without paying the attendant.
Please remove your car from the Church Street parking structure by 6:00 p.m. on Saturdays.