Physics Building

Physics & Astronomy 50th Anniversary Celebration


May 27-28, 2011

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the UCR Department of Physics and Astronomy. We hope that all alumni can join us on May 27-28 for a celebration of this golden anniversary. The festivities will begin on Friday evening, May 27, with a reception and wine tasting. On Saturday, May 28, the program features a day-long symposium of presentations by alumni, and a poster session by graduate students. The weekend culminates on Saturday evening with a banquet at the UCR Alumni and Visitors Center.

This celebration is a wonderful opportunity to renew old acquaintances and make new friends. We hope to see you there!

Contact us

For more information contact Bonnie Maynard (via email or telephone 951-827-5334).


Physics and Astronomy 50th Anniversary Celebration

Friday, May 27: Registration and Reception

5 - 7pm Registration

Wine Tasting hosted by Prof. Bipin Desai Selection of Cheeses
Location: Physics Building, Reading Room

7pm End of Reception -- Please make your own arrangements for dinner

Saturday, May 28: Symposium

8:15am  Continental Breakfast and Registration

Location: Physics Building, Reading Room

9:00am Session 1

  Location: Engineering II Building, Room 138

9:00am Welcome and Introduction

Dallas Rabenstein, Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost
Thomas Baldwin, Dean CNAS
Harry Tom, Chair, Department of Physics and Astronomy

9:20am "History of the Department

Allen Zych, Professor Emeritus, UCR Physics and Astronomy

9:45am  "UCR's First Semester and Thoughts About Preparing Future Physicists"

William Layton (BA '57), UCLA

10:05am  "The Early Years of Biophysics at UCR"

James Hall (PhD '68), UC Irvine

10:25am   Break

10:45am Session 2

Location: Engineering II Building, Room 138

10:45am  "High Temperature Superconductivity"

Lei Shu (PhD '07), UC San Diego

11:05am  "The Frontier of Fiber-Optics Communications"

Gee-Kung Chang (PhD '76), Georgia Tech

11:30am   Undergraduate Student Presentations

"The SPS - Participating in our Department and Community",
     Alexis Quental, SPS President
"COMSOL Simulations of Suspended-graphene FETs",
     Kevin Myhro
"The Muon Ionization Cooling Experiment (MICE)",
   Rob Fletcher

12:00 pm Lunch and Graduate Student Posters

Location: Physics Building and Courtyard

1:30pm Lab tours

Location: Physics Building 

2:15 pm Session 3
Location: Engineering II Building, Room 138

2:15pm "Everything Changes, but Remains the Same",

James Ryan (BS '70, PhD 78), University of New Hampshire

2:25pm "Early Years at UCR and Experiences at Cal State LA"


David Gregorich (PhD '68), Cal State LA
William Taylor (BA '61, PhD '66), Cal State LA
[no slides]


 2:45pm "A Hitchhikers Guide to Fun and Adventure with Careers in

(and out of) Physics"
Starnes Walker (BS '68, PhD '73), US Navy,
Warren Jackson (PhD '69), Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto

3:30pm Break

3:45pm Session 4

Location: Engineering II Building, Room 138

3:45pm Keynote Presentation

"Sensible Options to Ensure Our Future: a Need for Good Science"
Raymond Orbach, (Professor Emeritus and Chancellor Emeritus),
  UT Austin

4:35pm "UCR Physics and Astronomy: Present and Future"

Harry Tom, Chair, Department of Physics and Astronomy

5:00pm End of Symposium

6:00pm Banquet
Location: Alumni Center

Drinks at 6:00pm followed by dinner at 6:30pm

Physics Lecture Hall

Early photo of Physics 2000

Online Registration


Please register online HERE


UCR Rates at Marriott and Mission Inn

If you are planing to stay at the downtown Marriott or Mission Inn, UCR discount rates are given below. Rooms are subject to availability and booking must be made by April 26 to ensure the discount rates.

Riverside Marriott

3400 Market St.
Riverside, CA 92501
Room Rates: $109.95 Single/Double Occupancy (w/ 11.065% Tax Included)
Cancellation Policy: 72 hours
Code: UCR Physics 50th Anniversary Group –

Mission Inn Hotel

3649 Mission Inn Ave
Riverside, CA 92501
Room Rates: $133.20 Single and $144.30 Double (w/ 11% Tax Included)
Room Reservations #: 1 800 843-7755
Cancellation Policy: 24-48 hours
Code: UCR
Complimentary shuttle/limousine service to and from Ontario Airport (Call Front Desk or Concierge)


VW Bug

Dr. Neuman's VW bug outside Physics 2000, Scot's Week 1973.

Parking on the UCR Campus

Once you enter the campus, signs along the roadway ("Physics 50th Anniversary") will direct you to parking lot P13, which is the designated lot for our events on both days. After you leave your car, pedestrian signs will direct you to the correct building and entrance.

Lot P13 is located adjacent to the Chemical Sciences Building. A parking attendant will be on hand at Lot P13 where all permits will be handed out at no charge for the Reception and Wine Tasting on Friday evening, and Saturday’s Symposium. The pass will also enable you to park at the Alumni Center for the dinner on Saturday evening. After you leave your car, pedestrian signs will direct you to the correct building and entrance. All parking on the UCR campus is controlled by permits so be sure to get a pass from the parking attendant.

You can view the various buildings and parking lots on the campus map HERE. If you have any questions about parking on campus, visit the Office of Transportation and Parking website HERE.


Physics Building

Physics Building


Photos from the 50th Anniversary Event have been uploaded to a Web Photo Album and can be viewed here.

At this same location you can also find some historical photos related to the Department.

If you want to upload photos to this album (or add captions to existing photos) you will need a Google account. If you have a Google account and want us to allow that account to upload, please e-mail with your google account id and we will add it to the access list.


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