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Black in Physics @ Stanford

Black in Physics (BIP) @ Stanford is a graduate-student organized group of Black undergraduates, graduate students, and postdocs in Physics. Our purpose is to support Black physicists across all career levels at Stanford. We achieve this by ensuring that there is a community and safe space in which we can exchange tips and advice for tackling the unique challenges faced by Black physicists. Additionally, through invited speakers we plan to highlight the work of current Black PhD students and PhD holders to the broader Stanford community. Finally, we hold regular meetings and host scientific and social events, including Community Hours (CHs)! Join our mailing list to stay updated.

The graduate student-organized Black in Physics (BIP) group at Stanford University is excited to celebrate Black History Month (BHM) with two events in February, 2024. We invite the broader physics community at Stanford to join us for both.

Black History Month Q&A (2/26/24)

The first annual Stanford Physics BHM Panel series will take place on February 26th, 2024 at 3:30pm in Varian 355. This panel is a new event in which the BIP group invites foundational members, organizers, and activists of the Black physics community to participate in a panel and broader discussion about their work and outreach. During the panel, we will prepare a few questions about the panelists’ work and activism and then open it up to the audience for the remainder of the time. In this way, we hope to honor the panelists’ contributions and refocus the attention of the Stanford Physics community onto all the hard, typically underappreciated work that goes into making spaces more inclusive. This event will be open to the broader physics community.


Caprice Phillips, The Ohio State University - CANCELED

Eileen Gonzales, San Francisco State University

Larry Gladney, Yale University

The Black in Physics (BIP) group at Stanford is excited to invite Larry Gladney to give an in-person department colloquium about his research on February 27th at 3:30pm.  Members in all career stages and in all fields of the Applied Physics/Physics community are invited. 

TITLE: Who Gets to Discover the Unknown - The Rubin LSST Ecosystem and the Future on the Cosmic Frontier


Large-scale cosmic surveys have measured the expansion rate of the universe as a function of time and found strong evidence that the rate is accelerating.  Our knowledge of fundamental physics might be greatly enhanced by understanding the microscopic  origin of this acceleration and the impact of the fundamental constituents of the universe  on its evolution.  The Rubin Observatory's Legacy Survey of Space and Time (LSST) is a cosmic survey that, over the course of a decade, will deliver the deepest, widest view of the optical-NIR universe ever.  This will allow determination of different tracers of cosmic evolution to unprecedented precision.  It will also create an inventory of our Solar System, map the Milky Way, and discover new phenomena - optical transients - which herald previously unknown phenomena.

This talk will explain the ways that the LSST Discovery Alliance (LSST-DA) - a non-profit coalition of member institutions dedicated to enabling LSST science through support of those doing that science -  is designing its programs to help you do science with Rubin LSST.  LSST-DA will also advocate for inclusive access to scientific data and create inclusive excellence for cosmology and astrophysics.