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Upcoming Activities

Key Connection: NFL Kickoff Social

Thursday, September 6, 5:30 to 8 p.m.
T12 Social House (Tavern 12)
4501 12th Avenue N.E., Seattle (map)

Please save the date for our second annual Key Connection event to welcome new Phi Betes. More details will be posted as they become available.

If you have any questions, please contact Linda Willenberg at [email protected] or (425) 641-1606.

Happy Hour Social Event

Tuesday, October 2, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Civility and Unrest
Lincoln Square South, 10455 Bellevue Way NE, Bellevue (map)
(Ask for directions at the W Hotel information/registration desk, or descend the brightly painted staircase and turn left.)

Mix, mingle, and meet new friends at the PSA-PBK Eastside happy hour! We are gathering at the artsy and idiosyncratic speakeasy Civility and Unrest, nestled below the W Hotel in downtown Bellevue. Drinks and food are on you; the bar promises happy hour specials on both small plates and beverages. Guests are welcome.

Parking is available (fees may apply) in the Lincoln Square South lot, near Nordstrom Rack. Free parking is available at Bellevue Square Mall. Bus service is available nearby. Civility and Unrest is accessible by elevator as well as stairs.

If you have any questions, please contact Linda Willenberg at [email protected] or (425) 641-1606.

Phi Beta Kappa Magee Address: David Latimer on Weak Harbingers of New Physics

Tuesday, October 9, 4 p.m.
Murray Board Room, University of Puget Sound
1500 N. Warner Street, Tacoma (map)

This annual address, given this year by David Latimer, assistant professor of physics, is free and open to the community. Professor Latimer writes:

When trying to discover a new law of nature, theoretical physicists often behave in a seemingly unscientific manner — they just (cleverly!) guess. In this talk, I’ll discuss two examples of physicists attempts to construct new paradigms in particle physics and cosmology.

The first example comes from the mid-twentieth century. En route to developing the framework that governs the fundamental building blocks of nature, a crisis arose in the study of certain nuclear decays: the experimental outcomes were completely at odds with theoretical predictions derived from sacred conservation laws. As a resolution, Wolfgang Pauli reluctantly invented a seemingly undetectable particle, which was later termed the neutrino. The new theory successfully explained the data (and more), and neutrinos, along with their weak interactions, became foundational pillars of the Standard Model of particle physics. Decades later (after their near full acceptance by the physics community), neutrinos were definitively detected.

The second example comes from a current anomaly in physics. From a host of astrophysical observations, it seems that of all the known matter in the universe only a mere fraction can be traced to Standard Model particles; the deficit is termed dark matter. This crisis might be resolved through particle physics. In hopes of emulating Pauli’s success, theorists are inventing weakly interacting particle species to account for the missing mass of the universe. I’ll discuss the theoretical and experimental efforts underway to assess the fruitfulness of this guess. Regardless of whether the dark matter problem has a particle solution, we are on the cusp of another paradigm shift in physics.

Guided Tour of Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center

Wednesday, October 17, 10:30 a.m.
1100 Fairview Avenue N., Seattle (map); tour begins at the Thomas Building

At Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, home to three Nobel laureates, interdisciplinary teams of world-renowned scientists seek new and innovative ways to prevent, diagnose, and treat cancer, HIV/AIDS, and other life-threatening diseases. Fred Hutch’s pioneering work in bone marrow transplantation led to the development of immunotherapy, which harnesses the power of the immune system to treat cancer.

An independent, nonprofit research institute based in Seattle, Fred Hutch houses the nation’s first National Cancer Institute–funded cancer prevention research program, as well as the clinical coordinating center of the Women’s Health Initiative and the international headquarters of the HIV Vaccine Trials Network.

Jeanne Chowning, senior director of science education and training at Fred Hutch, will lead an approximately one-hour tour showcasing the various divisions within Fred Hutch, the organization’s history, and current scientific developments.

Participants can park in the visitor’s lot outside the Thomas Building for up to two hours. Public transportation is also available to the South Lake Union area.

You will need to sign in at the front desk of the Thomas Building. The tour will start out in Pelton Auditorium, which is down the hall past the café and to the right. (See a map of the Fred Hutch campus.

There is no charge to participate in this tour and guests are welcome.

If you have any questions, please contact Linda Willenberg at [email protected] or (425) 641-1606.

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