Dr. Gerard P. Gilfoyle
Professor of Physics
- The Physics Olympics goes to Africa!
In the summer of 2013, one of the University of Richmond staff, Liz Malaugh spent a month
teaching in Ghana and used some of the Physics Olympics labs
here(see below for more on the Physics
- Richmond Public Schools
Each year I make 1-2 visits to local public schools for Physics Phun Pheats with
my faithful assistant Catherine Gilfoyle (and occasionally Garrett).
We show the kids how gases shrink when you cool them off with liquid nitrogen,
how angular momentum is conserved on a spinning turntable, how to make
and other neat stuff.
Some pictures from past events are here.
- Science Policy Talks
A few years ago I spent a year in government working on, among other things,
nuclear threat reduction and WMD. I've discussed these topics at universities,
national labs, and many local community groups like the Jewish Community
the Lions Club and Rotary
A recent talk is here.
For more scan through the research part of my
- Physics Olympics
The Physics Department at the University of Richmond sponsors an annual Physics
Olympics where teams of high-school students compete for prizes and glory in
a variety of ever-changing challenges. There's more
here on the RPO.
- Funsten Lectures
The Herbert O.and Edythe R. Funsten Lecture Series at the Science Museum of
edge science issues'
to the public eye.
I have given lectures on new directions in nuclear and particle physics
and nuclear threat reduction.
- Physical Constants Workshop
For a number of years the Physics Department at the University of Richmond
held the Physical Constants Workshop.
High school science teachers and two of their students were invited from all
over the eastern United States to attend the Workshop.
They would spend two days at the University doing experiments with modern
equipment and learing about physics research.
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