Outreach and public engagement are essential to sharing our research with the general public, by interacting and listening in order to generate mutual benefit.

Hawk-Eyes on Science and Hawk-Eyes in Space Outreach Programs

For more than 15 years, Hawk-Eyes on Science and Hawk-Eyes in Space have brought the excitement of science demonstrations to Iowans of all ages.

These successful and well-received outreach programs are led by dozens of department faculty, staff, and undergraduate and graduate students, who give 40-60 demonstrations each year both on and off-campus. Their combined efforts have made Hawk-Eyes on Science one of the nation’s premier university-based science outreach programs, one of a small handful of programs to receive both the World Year of Physics and LaserFest grants from the American Physical Society. The programs are supported in part by grants from the General Electric Corporation and the American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT) Bauder fund.


Outreach News

Wayne Polyzou at STEAM day at Prairie Ridge Elementary

Polyzou Presents at STEAM Event

Tuesday, April 23, 2024
Prof. Wayne Polyzou presented at STEAM Day, April 19, 2024 at Prairie Ridge Elementary School in Cedar Rapids.
A child looks at a physics demo at West Liberty Science Night with Profs. Rodgers and Goree

Hawk-Eyes on Science Present in West Liberty

Thursday, April 11, 2024
The Hawk-Eyes on Science team of Vincent Rodgers, John Goree, Emma Burzynski, and Dale Stille presented physics demos to 230 students at the West Liberty Elementary Science Night on April 4.
Vince Rodgers and Dale Stille do science demo with vacuum and beachballs

Demo Show Makes Science Fun!

Tuesday, March 19, 2024
The Department of Physics and Astronomy presented Demos Unleashed 2024 on March 15 at Van Allen Hall. This interactive show combined thrilling experiments with dazzling astronomical displays, making complex concepts fun and understandable.
Dale Stille named APS Fellow

Stille Recognized As APS Fellow

Monday, March 11, 2024
Dale Stille, an Instructional Resource Specialist in the Department of Physics and Astronomy, was recognized as a Fellow of the American Physical Society (APS) at the APS March meeting in Minneapolis.
Physics demonstration show

Stille Named APS Fellow

Thursday, October 19, 2023
Dale Stille, an Instructional Resource Specialist. in the Department of Physics and Astronomy has been named a Fellow of the American Physical Society (APS).

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Demos Unleashed 2023

Outreach Coordinators

Dale Stille
Instructional Resource Specialist
58 Van Allen Hall (VAN)

Vincent Rodgers, Ph.D.
513 Van Allen Hall (VAN)

Gregory Howes, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
213 Van Allen Hall (VAN)

Cyerra Hutchins
Academic Programs Coordinator
202 Van Allen Hall (VAN)

Caroline A. Roberts, Ph.D.
Astronomy Laboratory Coordinator and Van Allen Observatories Manager
610 Van Allen Hall (VAN)

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