Tuesday, August 21, 2018

URFU hosts annual natural history festival

Ural Federal University’s (URFU) Institute of Natural Sciences recently hosted a festival event to celebrate the IV Traditional Festival of Earth and Universe.

The theme of the event was “Lasers Everywhere” in honor of the 50th anniversary of the Nobel Prize going to A. M. Prokhorov, Charles Townes and N. G. Basov; their work in quantum electronics, amplifiers and oscillators significantly contributed to the invention of the laser.

Scientists from URFU explained to students that lasers can be used in many industries, including biology, physics, medicine, chemistry and astronomy.

Alexander Germanenko, the head of the department of computer physics, presented a half-hour lecture about popular science titled “What is a laser”?

Students then had the opportunity to break into study groups and learn how to use lasers in biology, physics, medicine, chemistry and astronomy. They also took a quiz about lasers.

The students were also required to create several proposals about applying lasers in their industries. These ideas were given to a board of jury members. The winner will be announced at the next festival.

Founded in 1920 and located in Yekarerinburg, URFU is the oldest university in the Ural region. It has 5,640 academic staff members and 57,000 students.

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