Día de la Física – Day of Physics 2019

A day of exploration and engaging of the world’s most cutting edge physics and space science research

Día de la Física/Day of Physics is hosted by the National Society of Hispanic Physicists (NSHP), the Institute for Astronomy, and the Physics & Astronomy Department at the University of Hawaiʻi Mānoa

We at NSHP are invested in creating a space to bring Hispanic and Latinx physicists together to learn about cutting edge physics and the space sciences, create a sense of community, and to provide resources to help students and professionals connect and find mentors. This event is all inclusive, free, and is open to undergrad and grad students, in particular Hispanic/Latinx and Hawaiian students.

Join Us

Saturday, November 2

For questions about the event

Please contact NSHP board member Dr. Ximena Cid 


9:30 AM:
Board bus from Convention Center to Department of Physics and Astronomy at University of Hawai`i, Mānoa
(Note this is only for those students who are also attending SACNAS and need transportation from the convention center)

10:00 AM:
Opening welcome from NSHP and Host

11:00 – 12:30 PM:
Scientific talks (4 talks at 20 min each with 5-10 min for questions and transitions between speakers)

  • What is Heliophysics? – Dr. Ramon E. Lopez

In this talk I will explore the science of Heliophysics, which is one of the four Science Mission Directorates of NASA. Heliophysics specifically refers to the interaction of the Sun with the planets and the bodies in the solar system through the electromagnetic radiation and the particles that the Sun emits. Heliophysics also includes interactions in interplanetary space between particles and magnetic fields and the interaction of our solar system with the local interstellar medium. Humanity is now a space-faring species, so an understanding of the solar system environment is essential, which is why Heliophysics is a field of science that is becoming more and more important.

12:30 – 1:30 PM:

1:30 – 3:30 PM:
Lab tours

4:00 – 5:30 PM:
Professional development sessions

  • Empathy as a Community Building Tool – Nicole Cabrera Salazar, Ph.D. Founder and CEO of Movement Consulting

In this workshop, participants will learn empathy skills such as active listening and mirroring in order to build stronger communities of resistance.

  • Mentoring Workshop: Promoting Self Efficacy as a mentor – Midhat Farooq, Ph.D. and Kermin Martínez-Hernández, Ph.D. The APS National Mentoring Community (NMC)

This professional development session is comprised of two parallel sessions: one for professionals and one for students.

For professionals:

This professional development session will focus on self-efficacy. Self-efficacy is the perceived confidence people have in their ability to perform a given task or skill. Increasing research self-efficacy can increase the likelihood of successful performing research tasks, pursuing a research career, and making important contributions to a research team. In this workshop, mentors will learn how to:

  1. Define and articulate what self-efficacy is an its four sources
  2. Articulate the mentor’s role in fostering mentees’ research self-efficacy
  3. Identify signs of self-efficacy in relation to research related tasks
  4. Practice strategies for building mentees’ self-efficacy in research

For students: We will be having participants think about the difference between a mentor, an advisor, and a sponsor. Additionally we will be having participants think about what networking is and how to actually use your network.

For both populations, the goals are to broaden our understanding of what mentoring is and how to makes sure our methodologies are inclusive and welcoming.

5:30 pm – 7:00 PM:
Dinner/closing reception (hosted at the Institute for Astronomy)

7:30 PM:
Arrive back at convention center


Directions to the Event

Bilger Hall
University Of Hawaiʻi At Mānoa
2545 McCarthy Mall
Honolulu, HI 96822


The events concludes at the
Institute for Astronomy

on campus
in the evening

Event Partners


Physics and Astronomy

University of Hawai`i at Mānoa

Movement Consulting


Movement Consulting



National Society
of Hispanic Physicists



Student travel is support in part by NASA Grant NNX16AR19A and by the APS IGEN program

Institute for Astronomy

We are one of the largest university astronomy programs in the world.