May 4th Public Lecture!

CPP SPS members,
Thursday, May 3rd Dr. Hui Cao will be arriving at Cal Poly Pomona and will be giving this week’s Physics and Astronomy Department’s weekly seminar on her research of photonic nanostructures of random morphology and how light can be trapped in such structures to make random lasers. The seminar will begin at 4PM and will be in Bldg 4-314.

Friday, May 4th Dr. Hui Cao will be giving a public lecture at the BSC-Andromeda at 6:30PM-7:30PM. The lecture will be on the topic of biomimetics, i.e. optical devices and materials inspired by biology. This includes drawing inspiration from nature’s mastery of color production/trick lighting due to the scattering of light by nanostructures(think of a butterfly’s wings which contain no pigment whatsoever). Using this inspiration, research attempts to finely control lasers in biomimetic structures at very small lengths. Drinks and snacks will be provided before the lecture so be sure to come early and get a good seat.

Zone 18 Meeting this Weekend

Members, if you intend to go to the zone meeting then you must have already signed up and have been confirmed to be attending. Please be sure that you have everything ready to go by Friday as most of the drivers intend to go to Fresno directly after class. Courtney will be taking off at 2pm, Thanh at 3:30pm and Dr. Sadaghiani will be leaving at 12-1pm from Pasadena(you must meet her there). There will probably be another driver so please be sure to get your ride situation sorted by early Friday morning. There will be a schedule at CSU Fresno to follow so everything should be smooth sailing once we get there and get the rooms/tenants figured out. If you have any questions, speak to Courtney, Victor or Hooker and they will be happy to help you out. Have a fun and safe weekend!

4/19 Meeting and Trip

Members, tomorrow(4/19) we will be having a very important meeting to discuss new events and happenings in the Cal Poly Pomona SPS club! Tomorrow, there will be NO DEPARTMENT SEMINAR.  The club meeting however, will begin at noon in room 8-209. In the meeting we will be discussing the upcoming officer elections and the potential candidates for next year. The rules to run for position will be reviewed again so that campaigning and elections will be as smooth as possible. Next, we will be reminding students of all of the fundraisers we have available, this includes but is not limited to: Club shirts(old and new), club vinyl stickers and club projects. Finally we will be discussing the many trips that we will be taking this quarter to the desert for star gazing, Fresno for the SPS Zone 18 meeting and our annual Spring trip to the Griffith Observatory.

New plans have been made for our annual star gazing trip. This year, our very own Clint Hawkins has volunteered to have us at his place and allow us to star gaze in the desert. We will be meeting Saturday at 5PM in B-Lot. We and will be staying overnight for a full night of star gazing and some members will be driving back that night. If you intend to stay, be sure to bring pillows and blankets. Bring telescopes, binoculars or lasers, whatever helps with star gazing. Please remember to RSVP on the sign-up sheet on the club fridge or on our Facebook Page.

Finally, we have updated this site extensively to add pictures of our recent trip to Joshua Tree and our broomball match against KME. New eBooks have been added to our Books Page. I have added an eBook easter egg somewhere on this website if you’d like to look for it! The Events page has been updated to show the most up-to-date information on department seminars and club events. Finally, I will be restyling this website very soon to make it much more user friendly, clean and efficient. Stay tuned!

Be Updated!

Members, our new WordPress site now supports RSS and email notifications. Please be sure to go to our main page and register this website on the top right where it says Posts(RSS), By Email(Email). This will automatically route  new posts to this site straight to your RSS/email. This will save you the time of coming to this site every time a new update is made and will keep you as up to date as possible with new and continually changing events! I will be mentioning this at the coming week’s meeting to inform all of our members in person and to demonstrate how to register to the site in person.