• Outreach

Each year, the American Physical Society’s March Meeting hosts the largest assembly of physicists in the nation, with over 11,000 attendees. In conjunction with the 2019 meeting, March 4–8 at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center, the Department of Physics at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is bringing two of its educational and entertaining outreach programs, Quantum Voyages and LabEscape.

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It was research that was critical to bringing an end to World War II. However, few people participating in that research knew what the outcome of their work would be. The Manhattan Project began in the late-1930s, and over the next seven years, more than 100,000 workers contributed to the effort, while $2 billion was invested in producing the first nuclear weapons.

William Koch was one of the many scientists working on the project. At the age of 23, while working on his PhD at the University of Illinois, Koch was recruited to join the Manhattan Project because of his work on ionization chambers. This allowed for the taking of X-ray movies of the implosion, which has been called the most important experiment affecting the final bomb design.

Now 98 years old and living in Colorado, Koch recently was invited by the University of Denver’s Knoebel Institute for Healthy Aging to speak to students, faculty and staff about his contributions to the field of physics. Reprinted with permission from the University of Denver.

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  • Quantum Computing

Quantum information science has been called the next technological “space race.” And the University of Illinois is positioning itself to be at the forefront of that race. In November, the U of I pledged $15 million for the formation of the Illinois Quantum Information Science and Technology Center (or IQUIST). Two of the leading experts in the field, Illinois physics professors Brian DeMarco and Paul Kwiat join the show to discuss its vast future applications. Both professors represented the University of Illinois at the first ever Chicago Quantum Summit in November. DeMarco was invited to the Advancing American Leadership in Quantum Information Science Summit at the White House last fall.

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Anderson was a strong believer in education and his philanthropy and volunteerism reflected this. He was dedicated to providing educational opportunities to others.  He served as a Life Trustee at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and was a trustee of the Norwalk Community College Foundation. He was a member of the Visiting Committee of the University of Illinois College of Engineering, where he was inducted into their Engineering Hall of Fame in 2010. He and his wife Lois sponsored the Distance Learning Center at Illinois and endowed scholarships at R.P.I., Norwalk Community College and Northwestern University.

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As the chair of the NASA Fundamental Physical Sciences  Review Board, which has oversight responsibility for the recently launched Cold Atom Laboratory (CAL), Professor Brian DeMarco plays a seminal role in the "Coolest Experiment in the Universe," taking place on the International Space Station. DeMarco is featured in the video released in conjunction with this press release. The ultra-cold-atom experiment will study a Bose-Einstein condensate in space to uncover a new understanding of its properties and interactions at a temperature barely above absolute zero.

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In the first science-based escape room, it's up to you and your team to save the free world from evil forces plotting its destruction, and you have precisely 60 minutes to do it. You must find out what happened to Professor Schrödenberg, a University of Illinois physicist who disappeared after developing a top-secret quantum computer. The previous groups of special agents assigned to the case disappeared while investigating the very room in which you now find yourself locked up, Schrödenberg's secret lab.


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