Past Physics Block Party

2019

2018

2017

2016

2015

2014

2013

2012

2011

2010

2009

 

  • 2019 (Photo gallery)

    LSU Physics & Astronomy Chess Finale
    1st place: William Braverman  

    Ping Pong Tournament
    1st →Undergraduates Chris Abadie and Derek Walker
    2nd → Professors Lai Chan and Hwang Lee

    Scavenger Hunt

    Winner: AHHHHHHH!

    Pictionary

    Winner: AHHHHHHH! 

  • 2018 (Photo gallery)

    LSU-Physics IQ Test (run as a 3-Strikes-You're-Out)
    1st place: Professor Ravi Rau (Selecting an Issac Newton "action figure")
                2nd place: Juhan Frank (Selecting an Albert Einstein action figure)

                3rd place: Graduate student Siddhartha Das (winning a Mr. Spock action figure)

                4th place:  Tied by graduate students Zhichao Xue and Sahil Saini

                Fully - Annotated Questions

    Ping Pong Tournament
    1st →Undergraduates Chris Abadie and Derek Walker
    2nd → Professors Lai Chan and Hwang Lee
    Chess Tournament
                The Chess Tournament was going to be decided by a 3-game match between Kesley Ebbs and (current department Champion)     David Kekejian. Only one game has yet been played, with Kekejian winning a close game. 

    Acceleration Duels
    The grand championship of the Minimum Acceleration duels did not happen, because we ran out of ice cream cones.

  • 2017 (Photo gallery)

    Graduate Versus Undergraduate Challenge

    Panel Members

    Undergraduates: Justin Champagne, Rory Bentley, Benjamin Box, Rob Cottingham
    Graduates: Noah Morris, Arshag Ozian, Anthony Brady, Siddharth Soni
    Judges: Prof Jim Matthews, Prof. Ravi Rau

    The Five Challenges

    Physics Opinions (Won by the Graduate Students by 2:1)
    Physics Charades (Won by the Graduate Students for getting first the phrase “Professor Matthews’ Goatee".)
    Mad Scientist Laugh Competition (Won by the Undergraduates, with Justin Champagne’s marvellous depiction of ‘genius’ in his Mad Scientist Laugh. The Graduate's Noah Morris also performed a great depiction of ‘evil’ with his award-deserving laugh.)
    Physics Pictionary (Won by the Graduate Students for their remarkably fast rendition of “Big Bang Theory”)
    Physics Brainteasers (Won by the Undergraduates 2 to 1)
    Winners: The Graduate students, by a score of 3 to 2.
    Prizes: Einstein doll, Einstein T-shirt, Einstein book, and Dr. Who Electroninc screwdriver

    Ping Pong Tournament

    1st →Professors Lai Chan and Hwang Lee
    2nd → Graduate Student Siddhartha Das and Postdoc Guillermo Valdes

    Physics Assassin Game

    The circle of assassins ran for about 15 minutes. Prof. Manos Chatzopolous managed an impressive string of ‘kills’. But he was then taken out by Tiffany Lastinger, as she snuck around a corner. It then came down to undergraduate Tiffany and graduate Rachel Malecek. Tiffany made the mistake of entering the library carrying many of the sheets of paper that were obviously target lists, so Rachel spotted her quickly. They then were face to face, where assassinations were not allowed while your intended-victim can see you. But then Tiffany made the fatal mistake of being distracted by a friend (Katie Nugent, who had been previously assassinated by Prof. Chatzopolous) to look away, whereupon Rachel immediately tapped her gently on the top of the head to perform the assassination. So, Rachel Malacez is the winner of the Physics Assassin Game, and her main prize is simply being alive. Well, she also won a (13th) Dr. Who Electronic Screwdriver.

     

  • 2016 (Photo gallery)

    LSU-Physics IQ Test (run as a 3-Strikes-You're-Out)
    1st place: Professor Ravi Rau (Selecting an Issac Newton "action figure")
                2nd place: Juhan Frank (Selecting an Albert Einstein action figure)

                3rd place: Graduate student Siddhartha Das (winning a Mr. Spock action figure)

                4th place:  Tied by graduate students Zhichao Xue and Sahil Saini

                Fully - Annotated Questions

    Ping Pong Tournament
    1st →Undergraduates Chris Abadie and Derek Walker
    2nd → Professors Lai Chan and Hwang Lee
    Chess Tournament
                The Chess Tournament was going to be decided by a 3-game match between Kesley Ebbs and (current department Champion)     David Kekejian. Only one game has yet been played, with Kekejian winning a close game. 

    Acceleration Duels
    The grand championship of the Minimum Acceleration duels did not happen, because we ran out of ice cream cones.

  • 2015 (Photo gallery)
  • Block Party Flyer -PDF

  • LSU-Physics GRADs Versus PROFs Challenge

    Professor's Panel: Juhan Frank , Jonathon Dowling, Jim Matthews, & Ravi Rau
    Graduate Student Panel: Sam Kellar, Nick Cannady, Steven Dorsher, David Kekejian
    Winners → the Professors, by a score of 40 to 38 (each Prof won a Tardis Box)
    Questions
    Questions with answers, commentary, and results

  • Ping Pong Tournament

    1st →Mohammad Saghayezhian and Chen Chen
    2nd → Jon Cripe and D. J. Pleshinger (last year's winners)

  • Acceleration Duels

    1st in Grand Melee → Siddhartha Das (winning an electric screwdriver)
    2nd in Grand Melee → Sahil Saini (winning an electric screwdriver)

  • Chess Tournament

    Department of Physics Champion → David Kekejian

  • 2014

1st → Ali Dreyfuss, Noah Morris, and Phil Wall (won Han Solo, Luke Skywalker, and Obi-wan Kenobi action figures)

2nd → Mario Alegre, Daniel Alegre, and Nicholas Chason (won R2D2 action figure)

 

Original Physics Limerick:

There once was a neutral neutrino,

who dreamt that he could be a C.E.O.

He went off to college 

to get some knowledge, 

but no one would hire him, though.

-By Ali Dreyfuss

      • Ping Pong Tournament
        • 1st →Jon Cripe and D. J. Pleshinger
        • 2nd → Haoyu Qi and Mojammel Khan
      • Acceleration Duels
        • 1st in Individual Duels Double Elimination → Brad Schaefer
        • 2nd in Individual Duels Double Elimination → Noah Davis
        • 1st in Grand Melee → Noah Davis (winning a Lightsaber)
      • Othello Tournament
        • 1st → Anton Joe
        • 2nd → Kelsie Krafton
  • 2013
    • Block Party Flyer - PDF
    • LSU-Physics IQ Test (hosted by Prof. Jonathan Dowling)
      Test Answers

      1st → Juhan Frank (who chose the Spock action figure as his prize)

      2nd → Seth Camp (who won the Einstein action figure as his prize)

 

 

 

    • LSU-Physics Scavenger Hunt

Hunt list of 10 items

1st → Azadeh Keivani, Kundan Kadam, and Jeffrey Kite (won 3 Big Bang Theory bobble heads)

2nd → Zhichao Xue, Noah Morris, and Amir Shadkam (won 2 Big Bang Theory bobble heads plus one Great Physicist card deck)

    • Ping Pong Tournament
      • 1st → Niladri Sengupta (winner of 2012 tourney) and Shaohao Chen
      • 2nd → Ashkan Balouchi and Roberto Pierini
  • 2012
    • Physics Bingo (6x6 grid filled with department people's names)
    • Tower Race (building a free-standing tower out of toothpicks, gummy bears, and marshmallows, highest tower after 10 minutes wins)
      • 1st → Chris Buchanan
      • 2nd → Juhan Frank
    • LSU-Physics Relay Race
      (Leg 1: move hula hoop down hall with stick; Leg 2: physics question; Leg 3: blow up a 9" balloon to 12.5" and move down hallway in air touching it only with a fork; Leg 4: blow face down cards off table while leaving face-up kings on table.)
    • Ping Pong Tournament
      • 1st → Kaung-shing Chen and Niladri Sengupta
      • 2nd → Shaohao Chen and David Wang (Undergraduate)
  • 2011
    • LSU-Physics Mystery Hunt
    • Masquerade Contest (hosted by Prof. Dowling)
      • 1st → The Chinese Emperor and Concubines
        (Kitty Wang, Yuan Zhang, Wanshu Zhang, Yan Wu, and Shen Feng)
      • 2nd → The "Beat Bama" Bats
        (Juhan Frank and Gina Rossi)
      • 3rd → Snape
        (Bobby Beaird)
    • Ping Pong Tournament
      • 1st → Josh Montminy (winner of the 2009 tourney) and Keith Motes
      • 2nd → Sandeep Pathak (last year's second place) and Valery Rousseau
  • 2010
    • Test
    • Answers
    • Winners of the LSU Physics IQ Test -
      • 1st-Andrew Collazzi (8.3/10)
      • 2nd-Sarah Caudill (7.7/10 → 1st last year)
      • 3rd-Juhan Frank (7.1/10 → 2nd or 3rd place 2007, 2006 and 2005)
    • Winners of the Ping Pong Tournament -
      • 1st-Peter Anisimov & Kuang-shing Chen (Kuang-shing was 1st last year)
      • 2nd-Lai-Him Chan & Sandeep Pathak (Lai was 2nd last year)
    • Mad Scientist Competition Awards still uncertain . . .
  • 2009
    • Test
    • Answers
    • Winners - 1st-Josh Montminy, 2nd-Sarah Caudill, 3rd-Azadeh Keivani
  • 2008
    • Test
    • Answers
    • Winners - 1st-Warren Johnson, 2nd-Sai Vinjamampathy, 3rd-Sarvnipun Chawla
  • 2007
    • Test
    • Answers
    • Winners - 1st-Ravi Rau, 2nd-Luke Smith, 3rd-4th-tie between Juhan Frank and Sarvnipun Chawla
  • 2006
    • Test Answers
    • Winners - 1st-2nd-tie between Ravi Rau and Luke Smith, 3rd-5th-tie between Juhan Frank, Gabriela Gonzalez, and Ravi Kapparapu
  • 2005
    • Test
    • Winners - 1st-Ravi Rau, 2nd-3rd-tie between Luke Smith and Juhan Frank

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