Due to COVID-19, our physical office is closed. However, all classes will be held online and instructors and staff are working remotely. We recommend email or Canvas to reach instructors and email or phone for departmental business.

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NOTICE:  The Physics Department Offices are Closed Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic

The Physics Department offices in Cowley Hall are now closed until further notice, with both Cowley Hall and the Prairie Springs Science Center locked to everyone but those deemed to be essential personnel.  University personnel and UWL students should check their university email account for updates on this evolving situation.  All Physics classes will be held online beginning on Monday, March 30, 2020.  We recommend using email or Canvas to contact instructors.  All Physics Department personnel will work remotely during this shutdown.  The incoming Physics Department voicemail messages (608.785.8429) will be checked daily.  If you leave a message, you should expect a response within 24 hours during the Monday through Friday work week (messages left on Friday may not be responded to until the following Monday).  The Physics Department wishes everyone to remain safe and well during this very difficult time.

The Physics Department's Public Lecture Series in Physics brings to La Crosse internationally-recognized physicists to enlighten students, faculty, and the community on topics of current interest in physics.  On March 29-30, 2018, Professor James Gates visited UW-La Crosse.  You can view his lectures from the links below.

James GatesSylvester James Gates, Jr., Ph.D.
Brown University
National Medal of Science Laureate

Professor Gates is a world-renowned theoretical physicist who served on President Obama’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST).  He has been featured many times in television documentary programs such as The Elegant Universe, Einstein’s Big Idea, and The Hunt for the Higgs.  Most recently, Professor Gates has started work in the field of forensic science.  He is known for his work on supersymmetry, supergravity, and superstring theory.  He has authored more than 200 scientific publications and is the author of the first comprehensive book on the topic of supersymmetry, Superspace.  He holds two B.S. degrees (mathematics and physics) and a Ph.D. degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).  His doctoral thesis was the first at MIT to deal with supersymmetry.  He completed his postgraduate studies at both Harvard University and the California Institute of Technology (CalTech). 

In 1998, Professor Gates became the first African American to hold an endowed chair in physics at a major U.S. research university (the University of Maryland at College Park) and he was also the first African American theoretical physicist to receive a National Medal of Science (in 2011) and be elected to the National Academy of Sciences.  Professor Gates was appointed Ford Foundation Professor of Physics at Brown University in 2017, and also holds an appointment in the Department of Mathematics.  He first joined the Brown community in the fall of 2016 as an inaugural Provost Visiting Professor.  Prior to this, he was Distinguished University Professor, University Regents Professor, John H. Toll Professor of Physics and Director of the Center for Particle and String Theory at the University of Maryland.

Public Lecture 

"A Life in Physics:  Collaborations from Snoop Dogg to President Obama"

Physics Seminar 

"Will Evolution and Information Theory Provide the Fundamental of Physics?"
This presentation will describe an arc in the mathematical/theoretical physics research of the presenter that has traversed concept spaces from equations, to graphical imagery, to coding theory error-correction, and pointing toward evidence of an evolution-like process possibly having acted on the mathematical laws that describe reality.