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One of the Chico State physics students wearing a pumpkin on his head during the annual pumpkin drop. Photo credit: Keelie Lewis

School children cry out, demand mass pumpkin executions for science

Dan Christian // November 2, 2018

The piercing screams of children rang out across campus as gourds hit the floor for the Department of Physics and Society of Physics Students 31st Annual Pumpkin Drop. Visiting elementary students reveled...

President Gayle Hutchinson and faculty members of the College of Natural Sciences use their golden shovels to break ground for the new science building on Wednesday. Photo credit: Olyvia Simpson

New science building breaks ground

Olyvia Simpson // October 10, 2018

Dozens of members from Chico State and the community gathered for the groundbreaking ceremony for the new Science building on Wednesday. President Gayle Hutchinson spoke to those who came to witness the...

The physics department recently received an update to its technology in the form of lasers and optic systems. Photo credit: Allisun Coote

$130,000 award funds new equipment for physics department

December 1, 2015

Within the past seven years, lasers and optics systems for the labs in the physics department have been transformed with the aid of several awards. Dr. Anna Petrova-Mayor, associate professor in the physics...

Illustration by Miles Huffmna

Let’s get physical, physical

William Rein // March 13, 2015

In high school, my physics teacher dangled a heavy metal fire extinguisher over my head. In demonstration of gravity, he allowed the weight to drop and split my head open. Or he just discussed our...

Kids from Chico elementary schools sit in front of Butte Hall for the 27th annual Pumpkin Drop. Photo credit: Christine Lee

Physics students drop pumpkins to educate kids

Enrique Raymundo // October 30, 2014

Crowds of elementary school students gathered in front of Butte Hall for for the 27th annual Pumpkin Drop on Thursday afternoon.The Society of Physics Students faculty and students dropped pumpkins as...

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