Capturing Innovations & Underlying Physics in Sports by Dr. Chang Kee Jung

Date: 09/19/2017

Time: 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Special Collections Seminar Room


The STEM Speaker Series Presents

Capturing Innovations and Underlying Physics in Sports

by Dr. Chang Kee Jung, SUNY Distinguished Professor in Physics
Sports occupies an important part of American life as well as other parts of the world. It is often difficult to flip through the TV channels without encountering sports shows. Surprisingly, large fraction of the intriguing and often spectacular sports actions and feats can be explained using relatively basic physics concepts. In this talk Prof. Jung will explain the physics behind some remarkably creative innovations in popular sports (basketball, high Jump, gymnastics and swimming) using basic concepts in college entry level classical physics. The talk will feature exquisite and exclusive videos created by the New York Times graphics/multimedia team for sports that capture innovative feats of athletes like Simone Biles, Derek Drouin and Ryan Lochte.


This presentation was initially created in collaboration with Bedel Saget, a New York Times graphics/multimedia editor for sports. Bedel Saget received a 2nd place award for his team’s work, titled, “The Fine Line: Simone Biles Gymnastics” at the prestigious 2017 World Press Photo Digital Storytelling contest in the Immersive Storytelling category.



Prof. Jung came to State University of New York (SUNY) at Stony Brook in 1990 from Stanford University. He participated in various particle physics experiments based on high energy particle accelerators at Stanford Linear Accelerator Center (SLAC) and Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory (FNAL). In 1991, recognizing the importance of the neutrino physics in the coming decades, he started a research group called Nucleon decay and Neutrino (NN) group at Stony Brook to study neutrino properties and search for proton decays. Since then, he and the NN group have been participating in the Super-Kamiokande experiment that made a historic discovery of the neutrino oscillation phenomenon resulting in Nobel Prize in Physics 2015; the K2K, the first accelerator-based long baseline neutrino oscillation experiment; and the T2K long baseline neutrino experiment that discovered appearance of electron neutrinos from a muon neutrino beam. He shared the 2016 Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics with his collaborators in the Super-Kamiokande, K2K and T2K experiments. He also led an effort to build a deep underground science and engineering laboratory as well as a next generation nucleon decay and neutrino experiment in Colorado. Since 2014, he has shifted his research effort to the Deep Underground Neutrino Experiment (DUNE) in the US. DUNE is expected to discover charge-parity symmetry violation in the lepton sector, which will provide an important clue for us to understand the matter-antimatter asymmetry in the universe along with proton decay and neutrinos from supernova explosions.


Prof. Jung introduced and developed two new courses at Stony Brook: “Light, Color and Vision” and “Physics of Sports” for non-science major students. In particular, his “Physics of Sports” is the first such course in the U.S. and most likely in the world. He has been interviewed numerous times by various media for his expertise in particle physics as well as physics of sports. He truly loves sports, and follows all major sports and sports events.


He is SUNY Distinguished Professor in physics.


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