2012 PAIN Mailing List Archive.

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Subject:         [Pain] First AGM for PAIN 2012

Date:         Sun, 15 Jan 2012 17:47:36 +1000

From:         Elise Kenny <**********@zoho.com>

To:         PAIN <****@lists.sps.uq.edu.au>


Hi all, 

As the new year begins, the time comes to hold our first PAIN General 

Meeting. We are scheduling this to be on Friday 27th of January, at 12pm in 

the Tea Room. 

For those of you who would like to renew your membership for 2012, you can 

come along and do so!! 

We will be needing some early members to help out with market day in Feb as 

well so come along if you're keen for that too. 

The agenda is as follows: 

- Revise the PAIN constitution and make changes where necessary 

- Discuss our possible affiliation with SUSS and whether we want to accept 

the offer that they have extended to us (which will be specified in the 


- Discuss our vision for coming year of PAIN 

- Talk about our plans for market day 

We will also be having pizza for lunch!! 

Please let me know as soon as possible whether you will be attending. 




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Subject:         [Pain] PAIN !!!

Date:         Mon, 27 Feb 2012 13:53:40 +1000

From:         kyle.muzyczka <**************@gmail.com>

To:         ****@lists.sps.uq.edu.au


Hi everyone! 

Welcome to PAIN and to UQ (if it's your first year). Hope everyone had a 

good first day and that you're all excited for PAIN! 

In case you don't know, we'll be holding a FREE barbecue on Friday. It'll 

be around 1:30, but the venue is yet to be confirmed (need to check stuff 

with security). 

Also, if you have any friends that want to come along or join PAIN, you can 

sign up at the bbq. Or just come see one the execs any time and we'll put 

you down ;) 

Remember, membership is only $2. A free bbq for two dollars?...   Aww yeah

We also have our first error bar Friday as well. We'll be making ice cream 

with liquid nitrogen! :D 

This starts at about 5 in the tea room. 

See you there ;) 



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Subject:         [Pain] Membership Cards

Date:         Wed, 29 Feb 2012 01:28:36 +1000

From:         kyle.muzyczka <**************@gmail.com>

To:         ****@lists.sps.uq.edu.au


Hi everyone! 

Just letting you know all the membership cards have been made now. Yay! 

So if you want to get yours you can get it at any of our events, including 

the two this Friday, or you can just say hi to one of the people you saw on 

market day or the execs, and they'll get one for you :) 

See you Friday! 



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Subject:         [Pain] BBQ

Date:         Thu, 1 Mar 2012 12:50:57 +1000

From:         kyle.muzyczka <**************@gmail.com>

To:         ****@lists.sps.uq.edu.au


Hi everyone. Just letting you know the location for the bbq is now 

confirmed. :D 

It will be held in the Alumni Gardens. 

If you don't know where this is you can either look at a map, ask someone, 

or look on the PAIN board in Parnell :) 

See you there everyone! 


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Subject:         [Pain] BBQ

Date:         Thu, 1 Mar 2012 15:52:10 +1000

From:         kyle.muzyczka <**************@gmail.com>

To:         ****@lists.sps.uq.edu.au <****@lists.sps.uq.edu.au>


Sorry everyone! 

It's alumni COURT, not alumni gardens... Only just found out they're two 

different things. 


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Subject:         [Pain] This weeks error bar!

Date:         Thu, 8 Mar 2012 20:27:59 +1000

From:         kyle.muzyczka <**************@gmail.com>

To:         ****@lists.sps.uq.edu.au


Hey everyone, sorry it's late... 

This weeks error bar will be phyctionary! (physics pictionary) 

For the people that don't study physics, don't worry, we'll have normal 

stuff in the pictionary too, it won't all be physics. Or just somehow 

physics realted but easy :) 

Also, NEXT week's error bar is... *drumroll* PI DAY! 

On Friday we will celebrate one of our favourite numbers, pi. (or we can 

make it wednesday if all of you want that, since it's actually wednesday :P 

So, it's all about pi. The shape, the number, the word, everything! Things 

from last year have been making food in the shape of pi, cipcakes, cakes, 

pies even (...). 

So we'll talk about that with everyone on Friday and see what they want to 

do. There are pictures on the PAIN site of previous years' pi days to see 

what they did (and what you're up against if we do a bake thing again). 

And just so you know, there will be a prize for whoever can recite the most 

digits of pi  :)

See you tomorrow for some awesome games fun! 



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Subject:         [Pain] PAIN

Date:         Fri, 9 Mar 2012 08:34:51 +1000

From:         kyle.muzyczka <**************@gmail.com>

To:         ****@lists.sps.uq.edu.au <****@lists.sps.uq.edu.au>


Hey everyone. For those of you that don't know, our meetings/events are 

called error bars. 

Currently they are being held on Fridays at 5pm. The time/day will be 

discussed today, just to try to make it fit in better with everyone and to 

get more people coming  :)

Also, there's always people there, so if you have nothing to do before it, 

just come early and have a chat :) 


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Subject:         [Pain] Gotta get down on...

Date:         Sat, 10 Mar 2012 17:09:22 +1000

From:         kyle.muzyczka <**************@gmail.com>

To:         ****@lists.sps.uq.edu.au



Hey everyone. Wednesday is pi day! 

I have put up a poll on the facebook page (join it if you aren't a member 

already ;) ) asking which day you all would like it to be held. 

The options are Wednesday (actual pi day) or Friday 

So, the actual event. It was discussed, and we're going to go with what we 

have done in previous years... 


Everyone should try to obtain/make/whatever some kind of pi related food. 

You can make pi pies, cupcakes with pi on them, pie flavoured beverages, 

ANYTHING! (i once saw pi shaped potato chips...) 

If you want ideas there's lots of pics of previous years on the PAIN 

website, or if you just wanna see the cool pi stuff check it out too ;) 

If everyone brings at least something, we will simply share it around :) 

BUT, if only a couple people actually do stuff, then because they don't get 

much in return I'm letting them charge a bit for whatever they've got. 

So, it's in everyone's best interests to bring something, whatever it is, 

so we can all have a pretty amazing interesting nice (spells pain) pi day! 




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Subject:         [Pain] PI day

Date:         Tue, 13 Mar 2012 03:03:48 -0700

From:         kyle.muzyczka <**************@gmail.com>

To:         ****@lists.sps.uq.edu.au <****@lists.sps.uq.edu.au>


The pi day bake-off will be held on...! 


See you all there ;) 


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Subject:         [Pain] Storage

Date:         Wed, 14 Mar 2012 15:34:09 +1000

From:         kyle.muzyczka <**************@gmail.com>

To:         ****@lists.sps.uq.edu.au <****@lists.sps.uq.edu.au>


Happy pi Day! 

For whoever is making stuff for pi day, we have a whole fridge and freezer 

in which to put stuff. Also, you can just leave it on a table in the tea 

room too, I guarantee you're stuff won't be eaten or stolen. 

Looking forward to all your cool stuff! :D 

See you Friday 



Pain mailing list 



Subject:         [Pain] AIP Careers Evening

Date:         Fri, 16 Mar 2012 23:03:06 +1000

From:         kyle.muzyczka <**************@gmail.com>

To:         ****@lists.sps.uq.edu.au


Yo. The Australian Institute of Physics is holding a careers evening for 

undergrad and postgrad students 

AIP is holding a careers evening for undergradand postgrad physics 

students. Attached is more info, and I'll make some flyers and put them in 

the tea room too :) 

Also, Tamara Davis is one of the panel members (she's really awesome). 

Laters, Xl 


Subject:         [Pain] Next Error Bar

Date:         Wed, 21 Mar 2012 22:24:28 +1000

From:         kyle.muzyczka <**************@gmail.com>

To:         ****@lists.sps.uq.edu.au


Hi guys and girls. 

A meeting was held yesterday, and it was decided that error bars will be 

every two weeks. 

So no error bar this week, but next week will be super awesome funtastic. I 

will send out an email once the topic/name is 100% decided. 

Also, Astrocamp. I brought it up before, but for new email list people as 

well as people that didn't see/pay attention before, here it is. 

Every year PAIN doea 'Astrocamp'. Pretty much looking at the awesome night 

sky through awesome telescopes. 

More info can be found here: http://www.bas.asn.au/Astrocamps.html    There

also is probably pics etc of previous years Astrocamps on our site. 

So I just want to know who's interested. There is a cost involved (look in 

link), but it's nothing compared to how awesome the night(s) will be. The 

date is still being decided, but we're thinking May. 

If you want to come, have any questions, etc, please email Elise, Sammy or 





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Subject:         Special message: Transit of Venus, 6th June.

Date:         Wed, 28 Mar 2012 12:20:30 +1000

From:         murray baker <************@ihug.com.au>

To:         ****@lists.sps.uq.edu.au <****@lists.sps.uq.edu.au>


Hello PAIN people, 

On June 6th this year an extraordinary astronomical event will occur, a  

transit of 

Venus. The planet Venus will pass between Earth and the Sun, appearing  

as a small 

dark dot against the Sun. It was to observe the transit of Venus in 1769  

that Captain 

James Cook sailed to Tahiti. 


TO SEE A TRANSIT OF VENUS. The next one won't be until the year 2117. 

Transits of Venus are so rare that in the entire history of science only  

6 have ever 

been observed. The wikipedia entry describes transits, their history and  


scientific importance extremely well. It is a great story, and includes  

such memorable 

characters as Johannes Kepler, Jeremiah Horrocks, Edmund Halley,  

Guillaume Joseph 

Hyacinthe Jean-Baptiste Le Gentil de la Galaisière, Mikhail Lomonosov,  

and our own 

Captain James Cook. 


Even better, Eastern Australia is a very good location from which to  

view the 2012 

transit. It starts at 8:15AM and ends at 2.44PM local time. The entire  

transit is 

visible (subject to weather), rather than just part of the transit  

before sunset or 

after sunrise. NASA provides viewing times for various cities around the  


http://eclipse.gsfc.nasa.gov/transit/venus/city12-1.html        (UTC)

http://eclipse.gsfc.nasa.gov/OH/tran/TOV2012-Tab04.pdf     (Local time)

***WARNING*** Never look directly at the Sun to observe a transit or  

solar eclipse. 

Consult an expert. Use a telescope properly configured for solar  

viewing. Use goggles 

certified as safe for solar viewing. ***NEVER*** improvise with  

sunglasses or other 

filters. ***BEWARE*** of cheap telescopes and filters. Safe viewing  

instructions are 

provided by NASA and Exploratorium. I have personal experience with the  


described as "projecting the image with binoculars". It works well. 



Plenty of additional information will be available on the internet and  

in media. Dr 

Andrew "Stevo" Stephenson will make formal announcements about events  


by UQ. 

I saw the transit in 2004. I recommend that you see this one. 

Murray Baker. 

PAIN Webmaster / IT. 


Subject:         [Pain] Todays error bar

Date:         Fri, 30 Mar 2012 10:57:23 +1000

From:         kyle.muzyczka <**************@gmail.com>

To:         ****@lists.sps.uq.edu.au


Hey... Turns out I didn't send an email about this weeks thing. Thought I 



Today we have microwaves and holograms 

Warning: putting things in microwaves and watching them go crazy is so cool 

it may make your head explode 

See you there! :D 



Pain mailing list 



Subject:         [Pain] Error bar today

Date:         Fri, 30 Mar 2012 11:28:16 +1000

From:         kyle.muzyczka <**************@gmail.com>

To:         ****@lists.sps.uq.edu.au <****@lists.sps.uq.edu.au>


Hey... Turns out, I didn't specify this weeks thing. Thought I did. 


Today we have microwaves and holograms. 

Warning: putting stuff in microwaves may be so cool that your head explodes. 

See you there! :D 



Pain mailing list 



Subject:         [Pain] Lab Tours

Date:         Wed, 18 Apr 2012 21:10:25 +1000

From:         Jye Sawtell-Rickson <*****************@gmail.com>

To:         <****@lists.sps.uq.edu.au>


Happy first week back PAINsters! 


This week we have an event lined up that should appeal to all the students 

who are studying physics and looking to make a career out of it:  



5pm Friday 20th  


We have a few labs lined up, including: The Queensland Quantum Optics Lab 

(http://www.physics.uq.edu.au/QOlab/) and the UQ division of the Centre of 

Excellence for Engineered Quantum Systems (http://quantum.info/index.html). 

Hopefully we will also be getting a tour of a lab which looks at the 

formation of Bose-Einstein Condensates (another really cool physical 



The tours will be conducted by postgraduates and also undergraduates who 

have done research in their respective labs through opportunities such as 

the Advanced Study Program in Science (ASPinS) and the Summer Research 

Scholarship. They will be around after the tours to have a chat with you if 

have any questions about how to get to their position! 

So, if you want to study physics then this is the error bar for you: 


1.       Lab Tours

2.       Q&A with experienced students

3.       Pizza ($1 a slice) and soft drinks ($2)


Get Keen!! 


Your friendly social convenor, 



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Subject:         [Pain] Error bar, Friday 4th of May

Date:         Fri, 27 Apr 2012 03:33:33 +0000

From:         Andrew Stephenson <************@uq.edu.au>

To:         SMP pain <****@lists.smp.uq.edu.au>


Hi PAINsters, 

Next Friday (4th of May) afternoon from 5pm you're all invited to share in what will be a truly amazing, awe-inspiring, unbelievably incredible, super-ific evening of TRIVIA!!! 

Please join me in 7-326 (I'm still waiting to hear back from room bookings so this venue might change), for what I promise will be the best error bar EVER!!! (yes, even better than the last trivia error bar - if that's even possible!) 

There will be many prizes up for grabs so don't miss out and don't be late. Pizza will be available afterwards at $1/slice, soft drink is $1/can. 

Please note that this error bar might go past 6pm cause trivia is just that much fun! (it all depends on how many questions we're in mood for) 

There's a question up on the PAIN website<http://www.physics.uq.edu.au/pain/> that's worth 5 points, so be sure to check it! 

See you all 5pm Friday! 



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Subject:         [Pain] Error Bar Friday 18th - Stirling Engines

Date:         Tue, 15 May 2012 04:26:04 +0000

From:         Mr Sammy Florczak <**************@uqconnect.edu.au>

To:         ****@lists.sps.uq.edu.au <****@lists.sps.uq.edu.au>


Hi PAINsters, 

This Friday you'll have the opportunity to let your technical and creative side loose as you will be fashioning a fully functioning* Stirling Engine!! 

We will provide you with all the materials you need i.e Coke cans (forged in the fires of mount Doom), wire etc. 

These amazing little engines are ultra efficient, relying only on a temperature differential to function. If you don't know what a Stirling engine is, never fear! The link below will explain everything (first years can ask any 2nd year or above) : 


So come along! Because once your engine starts chugging away, you'll be sure to pass out from excitement!! 

Kind Regards, 

PAIN Team 

PS.     Although we we have everything we need, there is still a minor shortage of tools. If you have a set of pliers or wire-cutters that you could bring along for the afternoon that would be fantastic. If not, no worries. :)


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Subject:         [Pain] PAIN STUDY DAY!!!!

Date:         Fri, 1 Jun 2012 12:14:53 +1000

From:         Elise Kenny <**********@zoho.com>

To:         PAIN <****@lists.sps.uq.edu.au>


PAIN is holding a physics study day on Wednesday the 6th of June (Wednesday 

of Swot-Vac). This will be a day for physics students to come along and get 

help from a range of tutors and lecturers. All of your lecturers are going 

to be there for at least one hour during the day, so it would definitely be 

very beneficial to come along to this! Details are as follows: 

TIME: 9am - 5pm 

LOCATION: Parnell Bldg Room 301 (Subject to change) 


A full schedule for this day (ie. when each lecturer will be there) will be 

released soon. 

Please RSVP for the study day by following this link: 


It is important that you RSVP, so that we know how many people we need to 


Also happening this day is the TRANSIT OF VENUS! This is a 

once-in-a-lifetime occurrence when Venus passes in front of the sun. If you 

turn up, you'll get to see it through a telescope. For more information on 

the transit of Venus, see this link to our website: 

http://www.physics.uq.edu.au/pain see the 'special transit of Venus news 


Hope to see you there!! 

PAIN, UQ Physics Club 


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Subject:         Call for submissions!

Date:         Mon, 04 Jun 2012 22:20:52 +1000

From:         murray baker <************@ihug.com.au>

To:         ****@lists.sps.uq.edu.au <****@lists.sps.uq.edu.au>


Hello PAIN people, 

The Transit of Venus is this Wednesday. If you make observations and take 

photos, we invite you to submit them for inclusion in a gallery on the  

PAIN website. 

Photos may be of any standard, professional or amateur, taken with dedicated 

astronomical telescopes and cameras or with improvised and home equipment. 

For the time being the rules are as follows: 

- Max 4 photos per person (just to limit email mailbox cloggage). 

- As guidance, not much smaller than 576x384, not much bigger than 800x600. 

- Compress to jpg at 85% quality (or make sure file size is <150k per  


- Provide a name and technical details to label the photo if you wish. 

- Or, if you do not want your name displayed just say so. 

If you have a large number of photos, either: 

- Discuss it with us. 

- Shrink them, and tile them into a single larger image. 

- If you have the skills, make a composite, multiple images of Venus on  

the Sun. 

- Select your best 4. 

Email photos direct to me. <************@ihug.com.au> 




Murray Baker. 

PAIN Webmaster / IT. 


Subject:         [Pain] (no subject)

Date:         Tue, 5 Jun 2012 14:52:40 +1000

From:         Elise Kenny <**********@gmail.com>

To:         PAIN <****@lists.sps.uq.edu.au>


Hi everyone!! 

For those that are attending the study day tomorrow: 

PLEASE NOTE: There has been a room change: 

New room will be Building 32, Room 213 

The studying will kick off at 9am with tutors and the lecturers will be 

there from 10am. Please see the attached schedule for the lecturer times. 

If you would like to see the transit of Venus, It would be great if you 

could rock up at 8am at the front of Forgan Smith building (where the big 

steps are). 

Free lunch will be served at 12pm in the Physics Tea Room. 

If you've any questions or concerns, just email me. 

See you tomorrow! 


PAIN Secretary 


Subject:         [Pain] Study day lecturers schedule

Date:         Tue, 05 Jun 2012 15:51:46 +1000

From:         murray baker <************@ihug.com.au>

To:         ****@lists.sps.uq.edu.au <****@lists.sps.uq.edu.au>


The schedule can be found on the PAIN website here: 



Pain mailing list 



Subject:         [Pain] Hey, and Market Day

Date:         Sat, 21 Jul 2012 00:05:09 +1000

From:         kyle.muzyczka <**************@gmail.com>

To:         ****@lists.sps.uq.edu.au


Hey everyone. Seems like the uni holidays are almost over and we have to get back to reality...uni... :(
Hope you have all had a wonderful holiday and really got to relax.


This is also a shout out to anyone who would like to help out on the upcoming market day on Wednesday. You'd jsut be there to say hi to people, maybe take some names, be friendly, and tell everyone just how awesome physics is.
You don't have to be there for a long time, just an hour is enough to help out. So let me know if you would like to help out on market day.






Subject:         [Pain] ASTRO CAMP!!!

Date:         Mon, 23 Jul 2012 15:23:23 +1000

From:         Elise Kenny <**********@zoho.com>

To:         PAIN <****@lists.sps.uq.edu.au>


Hi all, 


Hope semester two has got off to a good start for everybody! 

This is an email to let you know that we'll soon be having our astro camp!! Please see the attached flyer. 


Hope to see you there! 


Subject:         [Pain] PAIN MEMBERS' MEETING TOMORROW!!

Date:         Thu, 26 Jul 2012 18:17:38 +1000

From:         Elise Kenny <**********@zoho.com>

To:         PAIN <****@lists.sps.uq.edu.au>

Hey Everybody!


Tomorrow afternoon at 5pm-6pm, in the Physics Tea Room, we're having a meeting to (what else?) discuss important matters!! 

This meeting is not just for the exec, but every member is invited. It would be great if you could come along and give some suggestions and contribute to discussion about the following topics: 


1. Astro Camp fundraising: 


Every year, PAIN endeavours to make the astro camp as cheap as possible (our goal is for it to be free for you guys to come!). One idea we have so far is to run a bake-sale sometime  next week, so we'll be needing people to help with the baking and selling of things. We're open to suggestions for more fundraising ideas. 


2. Semester two error bars: 


Our social convenors are getting ready to finalise the error bar list for this semester - we'd like to hear about any cool idea you have. 


3. Sammy and Carolyn have an exciting surprise proposition to make, so come along to find out what that is! 


There's also a facebook page for this event (you should totally join our facebook group if you haven't already): http://www.facebook.com/events/459821567375089/


Also, if you're interested in astro camp, don't forget to send me an email so I can keep you posted. 


See you at the meeting! 







Subject:         [Pain] This Weeks Error Bar

Date:         Thu, 2 Aug 2012 21:09:32 +1000

From:         Elise Kenny <**********@zoho.com>

To:         PAIN <****@lists.sps.uq.edu.au>




The First Error Bar for semester 2 is on tomorrow (Friday 3rd Aug) at 5pm, in the tea room. 

We will be constructing mini FM transmitters!! 

If all goes according to plan, by the end of the evening we will theoretically be able to broadcast our own physics propaganda to a potential distance of half a kilometre! 

If you're interested in electronics, or have never touched a circuit but would like to learn more, this is the Error Bar for you. 


$1 Soft drinks and pizza slices as usual! 


Hope to see you there! 

PAIN, UQ Physics Club 




Subject:         [Pain] PAIN UPDATE

Date:         Fri, 3 Aug 2012 14:11:06 +1000

From:         Elise Kenny <**********@zoho.com>

To:         PAIN <****@lists.sps.uq.edu.au>

Hi PAINers


I have a few things to share with you: 


1. We are planning to hold the bake-sale for astrocamp fundraising on this MONDAY. So, if you are interested in helping out or doing some baking, shoot me an email and I'll get in contact with you. 


2. Details are being finalised for astrocamp, so if you're interested and haven't yet sent me an email, do that now! :) 


3. The Australian Institute of Physics is hold a Trivia Night that you have all been invited to. Please see the attached flyer for more information on this one. 


That's all folks! Hope to see you this arvo at the Error Bar. 




Secretary of PAIN 

Subject:         [Pain] BAKE SALE POSTPONED

Date:         Sun, 5 Aug 2012 10:38:10 +1000

From:         Elise Kenny <**********@zoho.com>

To:         PAIN <****@lists.sps.uq.edu.au>

Hi everyone!


Just a short message to let you know that we have postponed the bake sale until Monday 13th August. 






Subject:         [Pain] ASTRO CAMP INFO

Date:         Sun, 5 Aug 2012 14:38:57 +1000

From:         Elise Kenny <**********@zoho.com>

To:         PAIN <****@lists.sps.uq.edu.au>


Here is the updated info on astro camp. 




We will be leaving Brisbane on Friday afternoon (17/8) and arriving back on Sunday morning (19/8). 

Specific transport details will be arranged when we have numbers. 


The camp will be run by the Brisbane Astronomical Society. Information on this particular astrocamp is provided by them here: 



During the day, canoe hire is available ($11.00 a day). Otherwise, we'll just be chillin' - maybe playing some games or going for walks. The only full day we will spend there is Saturday. 




PAIN is planning on covering at least the accommodation and transport fees, which leaves only food to be paid for. This is estimated at $20 per person. 

So, you're entire camp will cost maximum $20.  

If we raise lots of money at the bake sale, it could potentially be free.  

Note that if you would like to take advantage of the canoe hire, you'll have to pay for this yourself. 




In order to fund-raise for astrocamp, we are going to hold a bake sale on Monday 13/8/12. 

If you would like to help out, please send me an email. 




If you are keen to attend, please send me an email and i'll send you a registration form. 


Any questions, just shoot me a reply. 




PAIN Secretary 




Subject:         [Pain] Bake Sale! And...

Date:         Fri, 10 Aug 2012 14:01:15 +1000

From:         kyle.muzyczka <**************@gmail.com>

To:         pain-exec <*********@lists.sps.uq.edu.au>, ****@lists.sps.uq.edu.au


Hey everyone! 

Incase you didn't know, PAIN is having a bake sale!
I think everyone got sent an email about it a week or so ago, but if you missed it here it is.

What: PAIN Bake Sale
When: Monday 13th August, from 10am
Where: Under Building 69 (that weird spot that goes under the building near the physiology refectory)

If you didn't know and want to join in then just bring anything you want on the day :)
Elise is the main organiser of this so if there's any questions direct them to her, or me if she's not available.
I think she's having a big bake day at her house so if you want to join in on that just contact her.

Also, next weekend (17th-19th)... ASTROCAMP!!!
I'm in the process of organising transport to and from there now. We'll be getting a bus from UQ on Friday afternoon and then one back on Sunday (not sure when yet).
If you want to come but haven't told any of us yet, then do so ASAP. ASAP!

Enjoy your next week :)





Subject:         [Pain] Events for Rest of August

Date:         Sun, 12 Aug 2012 04:00:45 +0000

From:         Miss Carolyn Wood <************@uqconnect.edu.au>

To:         ****@lists.sps.uq.edu.au <****@lists.sps.uq.edu.au>


Greetings PAINsters!  


With everything that's happening over the coming weeks, we thought you could use a handy schedule so you don't miss anything important! Here are a few things happening through August which might interest you: 


August 12th (TONIGHT!)
 - the Perseid meteor shower peaks this weekend. Look towards the north, in the darkest sky you can manage, in the few hours before dawn, and you should see a few. The further north you are, the better!


August 13th (Monday) - 10am PAIN Bake Sale. You'll have already been sent an email about this: We'll be under Building 69 (near Physiol Refec) raising as much money as we can to help with Astro Camp. Get your non-PAIN friends to try our cooking. 


- 6:30pm BRISCIENCE Big Questions in Science. As part of National Science Week, a special BrisScience, where four scientists will be talking about the big questions in their research areas. Event is free, at the Customs House 399 Queen St. Info here: http://brisscience.org/ 


August 14th (Tuesday) - SCINEMA Movie Night. Short science films screening in the Science Learning Centre (Level 2 of Building 69 - Priestley). Starting 5:00pm. If you're a member of the PAIN Facebook Group you should have an invite already, otherwise send us an email so we can get an idea of numbers! 


August 17th (Friday) to 19th - Astro Camp! If you haven't sent us an email saying you are coming, or filled out Elise's form, do this ASAP! Bus leaves Friday afternoon and returns Sunday.

August 24th (Friday) - Doco Night. We are currently taking votes on the Facebook group for which documentaries you would like to see. If the night is successful we might make movies/docos an ongoing thing, so let us know what you think!


August 31st (Friday) -Next Error Bar. Topic as yet undecided, but watch for Facebook event and email going out in the week leading up. 


More National Science Week Events here: http://www.scienceweek.net.au/


That's all for now folks, hope to see you at some of these! 



(on behalf of PAIN) 




Subject:         [Pain] Astrocamp

Date:         Tue, 14 Aug 2012 13:24:07 +1000

From:         kyle.muzyczka <**************@gmail.com>

To:         ****@lists.sps.uq.edu.au

Just another email for astrocamp people.

Hey. This is a message for anyone going to Astrocamp this weekend.
Is there anyone that could drive a car of people to and from the site?
You would get paid back for fuel. We currently only have two drivers and we need 4.


Subject:         [Pain] Astro - Tents

Date:         Wed, 15 Aug 2012 11:19:10 +1000

From:         kyle.muzyczka <**************@gmail.com>

To:         ****@lists.sps.uq.edu.au

Just letting astrocamp people know, tents are allowed :)


Subject:         [Pain] Queensland’s first Café Scientifique

Date:         Thu, 16 Aug 2012 06:31:07 +0000

From:         Andrew Stephenson <************@uq.edu.au>

To:         SMP pain <****@lists.smp.uq.edu.au>


Hi PAINsters, 

The ending of National Science week will be marked with the launch of Queensland’s first Café Scientifique. If you would like to join in the fun and enjoy The Science of Cocktails (exhibition, performance and tastings), live music, science photography exhibitions and “scientifique” canapés designed to translate cocktails to edibles, then you’re in luck! The organisers are offering UQ staff and students discounted tickets. 

What: Closing Ceremony National Science Week, and launch of Queensland’s first Café Scientifique. This is an 18+ event. 

Where: Collector’s Café, Queensland Museum, South Bank. 

When: August 18, 7 – 9pm. 

Who: Queensland Chief Scientist, Dr Geoff Garret will officially close National Science Week and Dr Ian Galloway, CEO of Queensland Museum will launch Café Scientifique. A veritable who’s who of Queensland science, arts and culture will be present. Don’t miss this tremendous opportunity to mix it up with some of Queensland’s brightest and most creative minds. 

Cost: Normally $35, but only $20 for UQ staff and students. The ticket price includes three sampler cocktails, canapés and live entertainment. Tickets are strictly limited. 18+ event.  

Dress Code: Evening Wear. 

Questions:  For information and booking see here and enter promotional code ‘UQ’. Direct any questions to Jayne Keane via email.


Dr Andrew Stephenson 

Science Communicator 

School of Mathematics and Physics 

The University of Queensland 

Ph: +61 7 3346 7964 


Subject:         [Pain] Astronomy Ideas and Doco Night

Date:         Mon, 20 Aug 2012 14:20:14 +0000

From:         Miss Carolyn Wood <************@uqconnect.edu.au>

To:         ****@lists.sps.uq.edu.au <****@lists.sps.uq.edu.au>


Hi there PAIN!


So it sounds like Astro Camp was a success. I certainly had a great time the night I was there! Thanks to everyone who came along and helped organise/fundraise. 

If you're craving some more astronomy activity, here are a few things you can get involved with: 


Astronomical Association of Queensland - The AAQ meets once a month at our very own Parnell building (Room 222) and this month's meeting is this Saturday (25th). The meetings include talks from members and astronomy news, and runs from 4pm - 6pm. Guests are always welcome.
The best part is, after the meeting, they move down the hill to the sports fields to set up their telescopes and get some observing time in. They're really friendly people, and they love explaining things and pointing them out to newcomers. Plus they have some really great equipment and can show you how to get the best out of yours!


Brisbane Astronomical Society - Your hosts from Astro Camp. They also hold observing nights, at Mt Coot-tha, and their next one is also this Saturday, 7pm-9pm. Check out their site for more activities:



Southern Astronomical Society - These guys are located further south, and I don't know much about them, but you can check out their website here: 



Finally, here's a nifty little site for seeing what's going on in the southern skies: http://home.mira.net/~reynella/skywatch/ssky.htm 
Includes upcoming planetary alignments, meteor showers, star maps and tracking for the International Space Station.


Also, don't forget this Friday PAIN is holding a documentary night. Voting is still open on the Facebook page. Currently Carl Sagan's Cosmos and 'Can We Make a Star on Earth' are winning.
Expect an email later in the week when we finalise the room booking and the winner(s) of the vote!


Til next time, 






Subject:         [Pain] Doco Night Tomorrow!

Date:         Thu, 23 Aug 2012 09:58:54 +0000

From:         Miss Carolyn Wood <************@uqconnect.edu.au>

To:         ****@lists.sps.uq.edu.au <****@lists.sps.uq.edu.au>


Greetings Physics Fans,  


I'm sure you're all on tenterhooks to find out which documentaries we're screening tomorrow night. 

Well, it's a tie, so we will be showing: 

Can We Make a Star On Earth? 

Professor Brian Cox takes a global journey in search of the energy source of the future.
Called nuclear fusion, it is the process that fuels the sun and every other star in the universe.
Yet despite over five decades of effort, scientists have been unable to get even a single watt of fusion electricity onto the grid.
Brian returns to Horizon to find out why. 

Carl Sagan's Cosmos

With Cosmos, Carl Sagan and his wife and co-writer, Ann Druyan, brilliantly illustrated the underlying science of his same-titled book, placing the human species within a space-and-time context that brought the infinite into stunningly clear view. The series, which originally aired in 1980 on PBS, has been seen by more than 700 million people worldwide and remains a high-water mark in miniseries history.

Each is an hour long, but we might be able to fit a second episode of Cosmos in if people are interested.

We'll be in
Room 234 of Parnell (the lecture theatre next to the one we're used to) and starting at 5pm.

Hope to see you there!

Carolyn (for PAIN!)


Subject:         [Pain] Error Bar This Week - Speed of Light!

Date:         Wed, 29 Aug 2012 10:26:25 +0000

From:         Miss Carolyn Wood <************@uqconnect.edu.au>

To:         ****@lists.sps.uq.edu.au <****@lists.sps.uq.edu.au>


Hi there PAIN,  


As mentioned in the last email, the next Error Bar is this Friday (31st).  

This time we will be measuring the speed of light two different ways:

1. A bucket. 

2. Chocolate chips. 


Don't worry if you don't know much physics - we'll be explaining everything as we go. 


So bring along your thinking brain and maybe a mobile phone, and let's do SCIENCE. 


Also, next week we'll be holding another Doco Night on September 7th. Voting is open on the Facebook group page until 8pm 5th Sep. We'll be in touch again when we have a room booking confirmation, and when the votes are in!

If you don't use Facebook, feel free to email in your suggestions! 


Til next time, 


Your friendly neighbourhood Social Convenors. 




Subject:         [Pain] Documentary Night #2

Date:         Tue, 4 Sep 2012 11:28:56 +0000

From:         Miss Carolyn Wood <************@uqconnect.edu.au>

To:         ****@lists.sps.uq.edu.au <****@lists.sps.uq.edu.au>


Hi everyone,  


Just a quick note to let you know our room is confirmed for Doco Night.
We'll be in Parnell 222, from 5pm until 8pm (ish).


Voting is still open on the Facebook group page (BBC's The Planets is in the lead), but if you can't vote there, let us know by email! 


Voting closes 5pm Thursday, so stay tuned for one more email announcing the winner(s)! 


Til then, 


The Social Covenors 




Subject:         [Pain] Documentary Night - Votes Are In

Date:         Thu, 6 Sep 2012 08:17:38 +0000

From:         Miss Carolyn Wood <************@uqconnect.edu.au>

To:         ****@lists.sps.uq.edu.au <****@lists.sps.uq.edu.au>


Hi there PAIN, 


And the winner is The Planets (however only on 5 votes from Facebook): 

Employing computer graphics, space race archive material and first-hand testimony from scientists around the world, The Planets is comprehensive and spectacular account of space exploration and discovery.
This series is a historical production about the history of space travel including both Russian and American perspectives.
It focuses each episode on a topic like the sun, atmosphere, giants, moon etc… The film footage on both country’s programs

reaches from the Sun to Neptune and the moons in between.

For the second hour we can choose one of the runners up, or a second episode of the winner.

Hope to see you all there!




PS Thanks to those of you who sent in suggestions by email :D 




Subject:         [Pain] Error Bar This Week - Cloud Chamber

Date:         Mon, 10 Sep 2012 11:57:57 +0000

From:         Miss Carolyn Wood <************@uqconnect.edu.au>

To:         ****@lists.sps.uq.edu.au <****@lists.sps.uq.edu.au>


Hi everyone,  


This Friday, we are going to attempt to make a cloud chamber! 


What is a cloud chamber you ask? Well we won't be running around trying to catch clouds and put them in a room somewhere. A cloud chamber in physics is used as a particle detector. We will be able to pick up any ionizing radiation that comes our way. This means cosmic rays, and any other radiation which might be nearby. It's the closest you can get to seeing particles with your naked eye! 


So come along this Friday, 5pm, to the Physics Tea Room, and see something cool! 


(Pizza slices and drinks for $1 as usual) 


Til next time, 


PAIN Social Convenors 


Subject:         [Pain] Cloud Chamber!

Date:         Sat, 15 Sep 2012 04:07:48 +0000

From:         Miss Carolyn Wood <************@uqconnect.edu.au>

To:         ****@lists.sps.uq.edu.au <****@lists.sps.uq.edu.au>


Hi everyone,  


Last night's Cloud Chamber Error Bar was a great success, and as promised, here's a video of what we would see with a more active source: 




See you again soon! 






Subject:         [Pain] Fwd: Swinburne Physics Postgrad Open Day

Date:         Tue, 18 Sep 2012 16:03:12 +1000

From:         kyle.muzyczka <**************@gmail.com>

To:         ****@lists.sps.uq.edu.au



For anyone that's interested, here is an email I was asked if I could forward, related to physcis.
Swinburne University of Technology is having it's PostGraduate Open Day soon.
So if you're interested, check it out. ;)


Laters, Xl 

---------- Forwarded message ----------
Emma Ryan-Weber <**********@swin.edu.au>
Date: Mon, Sep 17, 2012 at 1:44 PM
Subject: Swinburne Physics Postgrad Open Day
To: "********@hotmail.com" <********@hotmail.com>

Hi Kyle, 


Could you please pass the following onto PAIN members? 

Also, it would be a huge help if you could put this link on your facebook page: 



We're offering to pay $500 towards each students' airfare and 2 nights of accommodation.  


Best wishes, 




Dr Emma Ryan-Weber 

Senior Lecturer/QEII Research Fellow 

Centre for Astrophysics & Supercomputing 

Swinburne University of Technology 

Mail H30, PO Box 218 

Hawthorn, Victoria 3122, Australia 


Phone: +61 (0)3 9214 4746


Work days: Monday, Tuesday & Thursday 


Thu 4 Oct 2012 

9:30 - 4:00pm 

John St, Hawthorn, 3122 

Swinburne Physics invites you to come and see why we are ranked in the top 3 Physics Research Universities in Australia.  

We’ll cover your return flights and 2 nights accommodation*, and we’ll be giving away an iPad 3 to one of the participants. 

When it comes to your physics future, you've some important questions to ask.  

• What is the best research topic available within Australia, the one which excites you the most? 

• Where can you find exceptional facities and a vibrant research culture, to ensure that you are fully supported? 

• Who are the research leaders with the time, track record and contacts, to launch your career internationally? 


Before answering these questions come and experience the Swinburne's Physics Postgraduate Open Day, an event to highlight our research strengths in Astrophysics and Supercomputing, Ultracold Quantum Gases, Biophysics, Lasers and Applied Optics, Micro-Photonics and Nanotechnology, Theoretical Physics and Ultrafast Science.  



by Friday 21 September, at 



* Conditions Apply  


Subject:         [Pain] No Event this Friday

Date:         Thu, 20 Sep 2012 11:41:10 +0000

From:         Miss Carolyn Wood <************@uqconnect.edu.au>

To:         ****@lists.sps.uq.edu.au <****@lists.sps.uq.edu.au>


Hi Everyone,  


I just wanted to clarify for everyone that there is no event planned for tomorrow (21st). 

Due to other commitments none of the Exec/Social Convenors were available to look after it. 

Apologies to anyone who was hanging out for their weekly physics fix! 


We will be back on deck after the mid semester break, with an Error Bar on the 5th of October.
More details will be sent out closer to the date.


Have a great break everyone, even if, like me, you'll be using it to catch up on study :P and see you soon! 






Subject:         [Pain] AGM! Elections! New Exec!

Date:         Fri, 28 Sep 2012 17:07:18 +1000

From:         kyle.muzyczka <**************@gmail.com>

To:         ****@lists.sps.uq.edu.au


Hey everyone.
PAIN is holding their AGM in two weeks from today, Friday the 12th of October.
During this we will hold elections for the new executive members of PAIN for next year!

If you wish to apply for a position, send an email to myself or Elise stating which position you would like to apply for.
You can apply for multiple positions, and also apply at the meeting on the day.
If you are unable to attend, that is fine. Just let me or Elise know and we will put your name down.

The meeting will be at 4pm. It will conclude around 5, followed by a talk. The talk is that week's event (not some talk about PAIN AGM stuff, don't worry).
So if you have a lab on that day or anything else, please contact us and we'll put your name down.

Hope all your holidays are going well, see you next week ;).





Subject:         [Pain] Error Bar and Election Time!

Date:         Mon, 1 Oct 2012 10:58:39 +0000

From:         Miss Carolyn Wood <************@uqconnect.edu.au>

To:         ****@lists.sps.uq.edu.au <****@lists.sps.uq.edu.au>


Greetings PAIN,  


Hoping you had a nice mid-semester break, or at least a somewhat productive one! 


This Friday we're back with Trivia Night: The Second Coming.  

These are always really fun, so we hope you can join us in the Physics Tea Room at 5pm October 5th! 


Also: A reminder that the PAIN elections are scheduled for Friday 12th October, 4pm sharp. If you want to get into the inner workings of PAIN, have some really fun ideas, or just want to bring the physics to the people, you should seriously consider nominating for a position!
Nominations can be given to Secretary Elise from now up until the day, or you can nominate at the beginning of the meeting. If you're not able to attend the actual meeting, let Elise or Kyle know too.


That's all for now! 






Subject:         [Pain] Error Bar - Venue Update

Date:         Wed, 3 Oct 2012 12:54:47 +0000

From:         Miss Carolyn Wood <************@uqconnect.edu.au>

To:         ****@lists.sps.uq.edu.au <****@lists.sps.uq.edu.au>


Hi again!  


Just letting you all know we have a room booked for Trivia night. We'll be upstairs from the Tea Room, in room 326, where Trivia was held earlier this year. 


See you there! 




Subject:         [Pain] Trivia Error Bar, Friday 5th.

Date:         Thu, 04 Oct 2012 13:19:26 +1000

From:         murray baker <************@ihug.com.au>

To:         ****@lists.sps.uq.edu.au <****@lists.sps.uq.edu.au>


Hi all in PAIN, 

Q: What is the Error Bar for Friday 5th? 

A: It's Trivia Night, in 7-326, starting 5:00PM promptly-ish. 

The great thing about trivia is that if you don't know the answer to a  

question, you 

will learn something... something really trivial. There will be  

beginner's questions. 

There will be advanced questions. There will be prizes. There will be  


Pizza slices and cans of drink are available for the trivial price of $1  


Hint: For an easy 5 point headstart, look on the PAIN website. 



Pain mailing list 



Subject:         [Pain] A Talk and an Election

Date:         Mon, 8 Oct 2012 14:44:29 +0000

From:         Miss Carolyn Wood <************@uqconnect.edu.au>

To:         ****@lists.sps.uq.edu.au <****@lists.sps.uq.edu.au>


Greetings PAINsters,  


If you are a member of the Facebook group you should have received an invite to this weeks' event, and if you're not consider this your formal invitation! 

This Friday fellow PAIN member David Barry will be giving a talk entitled 'Doing Ethics With Numbers' in which he will talk about the science behind donating to charity. As the Facebook Event is public, you can read more about it here: 



Hope to see you there! 


And also, a reminder that the PAIN elections are being held just before the talk at 4pm. ALL MEMBERS are invited to attend and make their votes count.
You can find us in Room 207 (the other big lab just near the tea room).

If you want to get into the inner workings of PAIN, have some really fun ideas, or just want to bring the physics to the people, you should seriously consider nominating for a position!
Nominations can be given to Secretary Elise up until the day, or you can nominate at the beginning of the meeting. If you're not able to attend the actual meeting, let Elise or Kyle know too.


That's all for now folks, see you on Friday! 






Subject:         [Pain] PAIN AGM ROOM CHANGE

Date:         Fri, 12 Oct 2012 15:28:28 +1000

From:         Elise Kenny <**********@zoho.com>

To:         PAIN <****@lists.sps.uq.edu.au>

Hi all!


There is only half an hour till this year's PAIN AGM! Soon there will be new executives in charge. 

Just a quick note that there has been a room change. The meeting will now be in 7-207 (this is very close to the tea room, which is where it was originally scheduled to be. 


See you soon! 





Subject:         [Pain] [PAIN] AGM & New Exec

Date:         Fri, 12 Oct 2012 13:57:52 +0000

From:         Miss Carolyn Wood <************@uqconnect.edu.au>

To:         ****@lists.sps.uq.edu.au <****@lists.sps.uq.edu.au>


Hi everyone!  


I send this email out no longer as a Social Convenor, but as your newly-appointed President! 


At today's AGM we heard the yearly roundup from the outgoing Executive Committee. We passed Audit (phew!), we have a nice crop of members, and plenty of fundraising barbecues are recommended. 


Thanks to the (outgoing) Exec, Kyle, Elise and Sam, and to Social Convenor Sammy. I hope you all agree that it's been a fun year. Administration passes to the new Exec immediately, but I'm sure there will be some transitioning in the next week while we get up to speed with everything. 


So, without further ado, your PAIN Executive Committee for 2013: 


President: Carolyn Wood 

Treasurer: Henry Nourse 

Secretary: Cait Adams 


Social Convenors: Geoff Bonning and Ben Duffus 


Webmaster: Murray Baker 


It's great to be here, and I hope you're as excited about 2013 as we are! 

Stay tuned for news of events as we count down to the end of semester. 

Til next time, 






Subject:         [Pain] No Error Bar Tomorrow

Date:         Thu, 18 Oct 2012 09:30:27 +0000

From:         Miss Carolyn Wood <************@uqconnect.edu.au>

To:         ****@lists.sps.uq.edu.au <****@lists.sps.uq.edu.au>


Hi All!  


We've had some technical difficulties getting the first email from your new Social Convenors out, so I'm sending it on for you. Just read this in Geoff's voice. Or if you've never heard Geoff's voice, try Morgan Freeman: 


Hi all! 


I'm Geoff Bonning and along with Ben Duffus, we're your new social convenors!  

On account of the exec changeover just happening and us being new and all, we unfortunately have no Error Bar planned for this Friday. Fear not though, we'll be back next week and even more so next semester/year.

See you then! 








Subject:         [Pain] Error Bar Finale

Date:         Tue, 23 Oct 2012 14:31:06 +1000

From:         Ben Duffus <********@hotmail.com>

To:         <****@lists.sps.uq.edu.au>


Hi Everybody! 


Exams are coming, so we’re coming together for one last Error Bar this week before the onslaught begins. This Friday (26th October) PAIN will be holding a “Good Movie but Bad Physics” night and in the spirit of uniting in the face of peril we will be showing The Avengers. The room should be in Parnell (possibly Rm326) at the usual time of 5pm, but we will confirm the location later.


For further help for exam preparation there will be another physics study in the first week of SWOTVAC on Wednesday 31st October (date and location also to be confirmed). If you missed out last semester and don’t know what this is, it’s basically a day for physics students to study together and get help from a variety of tutors and lecturers (we will send a list of lecturers attending asap). The day was huge success last semester and we hope that it will be even better this time around!   


Hope to see you there! 





There was an idea to bring together a group of remarkable people, so when we needed them, they could fight the battles that we never could...




Subject:         [Pain] PAIN Study Day

Date:         Wed, 24 Oct 2012 12:08:07 +0000

From:         Miss Carolyn Wood <************@uqconnect.edu.au>

To:         ****@lists.sps.uq.edu.au <****@lists.sps.uq.edu.au>


Hi Everyone,  


The jacarandas are out, the weather is turning hot, and soon exams will be upon us. But before you start stressing, remember PAIN has your back. We're holding another Study Day this Wednesday of SWOTVAC, and all physics students are invited (so remind your non-PAIN member friends!).
Turn up from 10am - 4pm to Rooms 342 and 343 in the Priestley building (Building 67 - Maths) and study to your heart's content, grab some lunch, and get your questions answered. Lecturers will be dropping in at various times through the day. Here is the schedule:


PHYS1002 - Joel and Ian - 10am-11am

PHYS1171 - Margaret - 2pm-3pm

PHYS1160 - Anton - 2pm-3:30PM


PHYS2041 - Taras - 2pm-3pm

PHYS2041 students also have a session scheduled in Room 05-213 (Richards Building) from 10am-12pm with Simon.


If you are a tutor for any of these courses, or a helpful senior student, you are welcome to come and help! 


PAIN will also be putting on pizza for lunch from 1pm - 2pm in the Physics Tea Room. So if all that isn't incentive to get some study done, I don't know what is!


Hope to see you there! 






Subject:         [Pain] PAIN Study Day Extra News

Date:         Wed, 24 Oct 2012 12:47:04 +0000

From:         Miss Carolyn Wood <************@uqconnect.edu.au>

To:         ****@lists.sps.uq.edu.au <****@lists.sps.uq.edu.au>


Hi again!  


We have one more addition to the roster: 


PHYS2082 - David - 12-1pm 


And I should add, that if our rooms in the Maths building become too crowded, we also have use of the labs in Parnell:  7-209 and 7-204


If you are on Facebook, please check out our Event page, and invite any non-members who study physics. 

Remember, even if your lecturer is not scheduled to attend, you are still welcome to come and study and ask questions! 






Subject:         [Pain] Error Bar Finale

Date:         Thu, 25 Oct 2012 09:08:05 +1000

From:         Ben Duffus <********@hotmail.com>

To:         <****@lists.sps.uq.edu.au>


Hi again! 


Just letting you know that this week’s Error Bar is being held in Parnell Room 234 at 5pm, which is one of the large lecture theatres in the Physics building (if you enter Parnell from the Great Court, it is the lecture theatre on the right). In case you’ve forgotten we’re watching The Avengers (trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NPoHPNeU9fc in case you haven’t seen it already or to get you in the mood for it if you have) for our “Good Movie but Bad Physics” night.


Hope to see you there! 




Subject:         [Pain] [PAIN] Total Solar Eclipse this Wednesday!

Date:         Sat, 10 Nov 2012 14:25:40 +0000

From:         Miss Carolyn Wood <*************uqconnect.edu.au>

To:                 *****lists.sps.uq.edu.au <*****lists.sps.uq.edu.au>


Hi PAIN,  


With the Transit of Venus last semester, and now a Total Solar Eclipse, we really have been spoilt this year!
If you're feeling particularly bright-eyed this Wednesday morning (14th) at around 5:45am, you're in for an astronomical treat - we will be able to see 80% of the eclipse from Brisbane!

Although not as spectacular as the full deal which will be seen in Cairns, having never seen any percentage of a solar eclipse, I will be quite satisfied myself with that 80%. 


Here is some information from the Astronomical Association of Queensland on when the eclipse will start, reach maximum, and end, in various places around Queensland:



Never look directly at the Sun to observe a transit or solar eclipse. Consult an expert. 

Use a telescope properly configured for solar viewing.

Use goggles certified as safe for solar viewing.

****NEVER**** improvise with sunglasses or other filters.
****BEWARE**** of cheap telescopes and filters.

Only purchase equipment from a reputable supplier. 


Safe viewing instructions are provided by NASA and Exploratorium in the following links. Murray, our webmaster, has personal experience with the method described as "projecting the image with binoculars" and reports that it works well.


http://sunearthday.nasa.gov/2012/transit/viewing.php http://www.exploratorium.edu/transit/optical-instructions.pdf


Let's hope for good weather!
Good luck with exams,




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