Physics Slam

Fermilab Physics Slam is this Friday! This annual event brings Fermilab to the public in new and unique ways. Most years it sells out months in advance, but this year’s virtual edition has room for everyone. Five Slammers, Lauren Biron (Office of Communication), Elena Gramellini (Lederman Fellow), Jimmy McLeod (Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion), Wally Levernier (Fermilab Ecologist), and Adam Schreckenberger (Muon g-2) will compete for the title of slam champion. We all miss seeing them in the hallway…

Do you know someone who is excited about science and their work at Fermilab? Are they enthusiastic, creative and willing to share their work with others? We’re looking for a few creative and courageous people to take part in the next Fermilab Physics Slam, to be held virtually on April 30, 2021, at 7:30 p.m. CDT. The Physics Slam has a long tradition of excellence at Fermilab and a tremendous roster of Slam Alumni. Past contenders have channeled Dr. Who and…

As the closing event of the online Neutrino 2020 conference earlier this month, three scientists faced off in a virtual Physics Slam. Each participant had 10 minutes to amaze and educate the audience with their research using any means they could think of. The video is available to watch online.

It’s Fermilab’s 2019 Physics Slam! Five contestants get 10 minutes each to present their topic in the most interesting way possible as they compete for the title of Slam Champion. This year’s competition featured slams on neutrinos, science history, PIP-II and a personal journey in science.

If you didn’t get a chance to attend this year’s Physics Slam, never fear. It’s now available on the Fermilab YouTube channel. Presented by the Fermilab Arts and Lecture Series, the Physics Slam is a friendly competition between five contestants who each get 10 minutes to present their topic in the most interesting way possible. Champion is decided by audience vote. This year’s slammers were Fernanda Psihas, “Failure in physics”; Valerie Higgins, “Time-traveling through physics history”; Joe DalSanto, “How big…

For his 2018 Physics Slam presentation at Fermilab, Northwestern University scientist André de Gouvêa took on one of the most fascinating particles in physics: the neutrino. In 10 minutes, he explained — with the help of a few props — what neutrinos are and how physicists discovered that these particles can transform into one other, a phenomenon known as neutrino oscillation. At the end of the evening, the audience declared him to be the winner of the 2018 Physics Slam.

From The Aurora Beacon-News, Dec. 1, 2016: Physics Slam V, had five scientists looking to present physics in a way that was accessible, understandable, entertaining and, well, poetic. Read the article and view the 3-minute video.