Beach Physics & Dianna Cowern Featured on Local Innovate 8 Program

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Dianna Cowern and the Beach Physics project were recently featured on the local CBS affiliate KFMB in San Diego as part of its Innovate 8 program. Innovate 8 is a collaboration between the San Diego County Office of Education and UC San Diego, and aims to inspire and engage K-12 students to excel in the fields of Science,Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) through interactive, educational opportunities.

The 3-minute feature includes a preview of the Beach Physics Pop-up Science Lab with students from Albert Einstein Academy Middle School.  The Pop-up Lab has recently received funding through a grant awarded by the La Jolla Community Foundation.

The Innovate 8 feature can be viewed here: http://www.cbs8.com/category/155799/video-landing-page?clipId=10964959&autostart=true

Dianna Cowern & Beach Physics Awarded Funding by Inaugural La Jolla Community Foundation Grants Program

Dianna Cowern receiving the "big check" with Susan McClellan of the LJCF (left) and Lucille Schindler of the UCSD Development Office (right)

Dianna Cowern receiving the “big check” with Susan McClellan of the LJCF (left) and Lucille Schindler of the UCSD Development Office (right). Photo courtesy Carol Hobson

Beach Physics was one of four programs to be awarded funding by the La Jolla Community Foundation, in their inaugural Foundation Grants program.  Beach Physics Creative Director Dianna Cowern (aka “The Physics Girl”) received the $8300 grant – the largest awarded this year – at an awards ceremony at Madison Gallery.  The grant will support two projects in 2015 that aim to enrich science education for La Jolla students and will move Beach Physics from online lessons to live events:

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Cool Star Lab & UCSD Physics Connect with STEAM at the First STE[+a]mConnect Conference at Qualcomm

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On Friday March 28th, Dianna Cowern and Adam Burgasser from the Cool Star Lab, and UCSD Physics students Evan Grohs, Daniel Gonzalez and Neil Sapra, participated in the first STE[+a]MConnect conference held at Qualcomm.  A collaborative effort between UCSD Extension and KDR PR, this inaugural event of the STEAMConnect network featured speakers, musical and dance entertainment, and STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) programs, with the aims of forging new partnerships in art and science and identifying actions to “turn great ideas into reality in and out of our classrooms.”

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Dianna Cowern

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Dianna Cowern is a popular science communicator who has previously served as the outreach coordinator for the Cool Star Lab and the UCSD Physics Department. Born and raised in Hawaii, Dianna earned Bachelor’s degrees in Physics and Computer Science from MIT, and conducted research in dark matter with Prof. Jocelyn Monroe and low-metallicity stars with Prof. Anna Frebel. She interned at General Electric as a Software Engineer designing mobile apps, before diving into to science outreach as an coordinator at UCSD. She is an award-winning science communicator, winning the 2014 Flame Challenge and the inaugural La Jolla Community Foundation award for Beach Physics. She has been featured locally for her outreach work, but is most famous for her extremely popular YouTube channel Physics Girl.