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Family Physics Night 2017

November 2, 2017 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM   |   Location: Jackson Auditorium & Jackson Park Student Activity Center

Family Physics Night 2017

The TLU Physics department and Society of Physics Students present a night full of interactive physics demonstrations to celebrate the Physics of Energy. 

This year's special guest speaker is Dr. Francis Slakey, Associate Director of Public Affairs at APS.

Family Physics Night Schedule

SPS Public Lecture with Dr. Francis Slakey

5:00 - 6:00 p.m. at Jackson Auditorium

We are delighted to announce that Dr. Francis Slakey will be our distinguished lecturer for this year’s 2017 TLU Society of Physics Students Distinguished Lecture in Physics. Dr. Slakey has a long list of notable accomplishments. 

Dr. Slakey received his Ph.D. in Physics in 1992 from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. His technical publications have received more than 500 citations. He has also written widely on science policy issues, publishing more than fifty articles for the popular press including The New York Times, Washington Post, and Scientific American. He has served in advisory positions for a diverse set of organizations including the National Geographic, the Council on Foreign Relations and the Creative Coalition — the political advocacy organization of the entertainment industry. He is a Fellow of the APS, a Fellow of the AAAS, a MacArthur Scholar, and a Lemelson Research Associate of the Smithsonian Institution. 

Dr. Slakey is the first person in history to both summit the highest mountain on every continent and surf every ocean. He became the 28th American to summit Mt. Everest in an unguided expedition that was the subject of the movie "Beyond the Summit". In recognition of his adventures, as part of the 2002 Olympic Games, he carried the Olympic torch from the steps of the US Capitol.

He is the author of "To The Last Breath: A Memoir of Going to Extremes."

Read more about Dr. Slakey or watch his TEDx Talk

This event will be streamed live online.

Family Physics Night Activities

6:30 p.m. at Jackson Park Student Activity Center

This event is free and open to the public, no registration is required.

For more information about physics at TLU, visit

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