Special Events

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Department of Physics & Astronomy Climate Survey (Open now!)

A survey, which is open to everyone affiliated to the department, is now being carried out to assess the climate in our department. This survey is intended to identify areas of strength in the department, any issues that individuals and groups within our community might have, and to conduct a broad demographic census of the department in order to help us identify areas for improvement that may help guide department policy moving forward.

To read more about this survey please see this page:

Commencement Message for the Physics Graduating Class of 2020

To the graduating class of 2020,

Congratulations on your accomplishment! Earning a degree in physics is no easy task, and likely each one of you has struggled in some way to reach this milestone. In accepting and meeting this challenge, you have demonstrated that you have the skills and mindset to help reshape our world for the better, using reason and evidence to guide you.

You have accomplished all of this during a tumultuous time, where terrifying and infuriating events threaten to overshadow the great acts of kindness and solidarity that are also before us. But those of us that work with students invariably have the most hope for our future, because we have seen what you can do.

Enclosed you will find a video with some additional reflections from our faculty.

Please enjoy it, and take with it my hearty congratulations on your accomplishment.

Please view the video here:



Michael Mulhearn

Professor and Vice Chair of Physics

Recurring events for the general public:

  • Astronomy on Tap is held monthly at Sudwerk Brewing. Check out their Facebook page for information on the next event.
  • Davis Science CafĂ© is irregularly held at various venues in Davis, most recently the G Street Wunderbar.

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