Astronomical processes and changes occur slowly on a timescale of years, decades, and millennia. That was not the case at BYU’s fast-moving Astrofest, the annual Department of Physics and Astronomy event that brings elementary school children to the stars for an afternoon.
Durfee is the organizer of the BYU GALs (Girls and Light) Program—an annual event held on BYU campus that introduces girls to the physics behind light and electronics.
Click. Clink. Clack. In one lab, elementary students crushed spinach leaves with mortars and pestles to extract the green chlorophyll; in another lab, high school students stirred precipitates in small beakers.
The BYU College of Physical and Mathematical Sciences held its commencement exercises on April 28, 2017, in the Wilkinson Student Center Ballroom. Three hundred and twenty-five graduates participated in the ceremony.