The Faculty of Science's Physics Outreach Program finally has a permanent home.
The Michael Crooks Laboratory officially opened recently in Hennings 208. The space provides headquarters for the program's numerous outreach activities which include high school workshops and weekend camps, elementary school workshops, teacher workshops, school visits and continuing education for adults.
It will also act as a base for Physics 420 demonstration projects, the Physics Olympiad and Physics Olympics. All three of these initiatives were started by the late Michael Crooks, a UBC physics professor who spearheaded faculty outreach efforts more than a decade ago.
The current Physics Outreach Program, formalized last year with the hiring of co-ordinator Sara Swenson, had been using space in Prof. Chris Waltham's lab.
More information on the Physics Outreach Program is available on the Web at http://www.physics.ubc.ca/~outreach/home.html. Swenson can be reached at 822-3678.
UBC's Annual Fund telepledge team of student staff recently set a university record for the greatest amount of money raised in one week from alumni. The students, who call alumni to seek donations for individual faculties and the university in general, raised $50,718 in five nights. The previous record, set in July 1996, was $39,986.