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Sowjanya Gollapinni, Assistant Professor

Outreach and Diversity

  • Inaugural Outreach, Education and Diversity sessions at APS DPF 2017 Conference: Prof. Gollapinni was the lead organizer and co-chair of inaugural "Education & Public Outreach” and “Equity, Diversity & Inclusivity” sessions at the American Physics Society (APS) Department of Particles and Fields (DPF) 2017 conference. As part of this, Prof. Gollapinni organized first-ever plenary talks, and dedicated parallel sessions along with panel discussions on both topics. You can find details of the program at the meeting website: http://conferences.fnal.gov/dpf2017/
  • International Neutrino Masterclass: In collaboration with QuarkNet (https://quarknet.org), Prof. Gollapinni is currently leading the effort of designing and launching the first-ever international neutrino master class with the MicroBooNE experiment. This program will open the MicroBooNE data to high school teachers and students and will let them be particle physicists for a day giving them authentic forefront science experiences. Later, this program will be extrapolated to other liquid argon experiments like SBND and DUNE.
  • QuarkNet high school teacher and student research program: Prof. Gollapinni successfully launched the QuarkNet program at UTK in summer 2017 and hired two high school teachers Mr. Tommy Eggleston and Ms. Erica Johnson as part of it. As part of the program both teachers built a cosmic ray detector followed by cosmic ray data analysis and analyzed real data from the MicroBooNE experiment to measure the purity of liquid argon used in the detector along with measuring the velocity of the drifting ionization electrons in argon. More details on our QuarkNet activities can be found under the QuarkNet tab. A nice article on our QuarkNet activities can be found here: http://www.phys.utk.edu/news/2017/quarknet.html
  • Fermilab Saturday Morning Physics Program: Prof. Gollapinni is currently the co-director of the Fermilab Saturday Morning Program (http://saturdaymorningphysics.fnal.gov) which forms one of the most popular outreach initiatives at Fermilab. The program is intended for high-school students without any prior scientific knowledge. The goal of the program is to further the understanding and appreciation of modern physics among high school students. This program was started by Nobel Laureate and former Fermilab director, Dr. Leon Lederman. Some of the initiatives that Dr. Gollapinni has introduced in the program includes

Public Talks
  • Particle Physics For Everyone: "The Things You Don't See Matter the Most – A Dive into the World of Sub-Atomic Particles", Physics For Everyone Public Lecture Series, UTK, Knoxville, TN, October 28, 2017
  • "Neutrinos: Weird and Wonderful", part I & II, Oak Ridge Institute for Continued Learning (ORICL), Oak Ridge, TN, July 7 and August 11, 2017
  • "The Ghostly Neutrinos", UTK Saturday Morning Physics Lecture, Knoxville, TN, Feb. 18, 2017
  • "Neutrinos: Weird and Wonderful", Fermilab Saturday Morning Physics, Fermilab, Batavia, IL, Feb. 6, April 16, and Oct. 22, 2016
  • "Chasing the Secrets of the Ghostly Neutrino", Brookhaven Women in Science (BWIS) Colloquium lecture, BNL, NY, July 14, 2016. video link: ps://bluejeans.com/s/9

Facebook Live Chat Events

Videos

Other Talks and Activities
  • "Electromagnetism and Particle Physics", West High School, UTK Science Academy Lecture, Knoxville, TN, September 2017
  • "Neutrinos", Science Cafe Lecture, South Doyle Middle School, Knoxville, TN, Feb. 16, 2017
  • "The Neutrino Secrets", West High School, Knoxville, TN, December 12, 2016
  • "Careers in physics", West high school, Knoxville, TN, November 2016
  • Panelist, STEM Career Expo for High School Students, Fermilab, April 20, 2016
  • Meet a Scientist Q&A Series for High School and College Tour Groups, Fermilab, 2012-2016
  • Panelist, 2015 Annual Careers Conference for High schoolers, Univ. of Chicago, IL, May 9, 2015
  • Panelist, STEM Career Expo for High School Students, Fermilab, April 22, 2015
  • Workshop Leader for Middle School Girls, Expand Your Horizons (EYH15), University of Illinois, Chicago, IL, March 28, 2015
  • Workshop Mentor for High School Girls, Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day (IGED2015), Argonne National Lab, IL, Feb. 26, 2015

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