Splash Biography

BARKOTEL ZEMENU, Yale sophomore studying Physics

Major: Physics Department

College/Employer: Yale

Year of Graduation: 2024

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Brief Biographical Sketch:

I am a Yale sophomore majoring in Physics (Intensive). A particle physics enthusiast, I am currently doing neutrino-focused research, chasing tiny little things my eyes will never see. In the macroscopic world, I enjoy playing ping-pong, reading 18th century biographies, and taking late-night walks!

Past Classes

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H4718: The Meaning of Life in Splash Spring 2023 (Apr. 01, 2023)
What is the meaning of life? This is a question that has puzzled philosophers, scientists, theologians, and ordinary people for centuries. In this course, we will explore various philosophical, scientific, and religious perspectives on the meaning of life. We will examine the different ways in which people have tried to find meaning in life and the various theories that have been proposed to explain our existence.

S4474: Let's Tour The Invisible! An Adventure in Particle Physics in Splash Fall 2021 (Nov. 13, 2021)
They say your face is bombarded by trillions of particles every second. Which you don’t see. They say your hair contains many trillion atoms. Which you can’t see. And they even say your Wi-Fi comes from an invisible spectrum. Which, of course, you will never see! Finally, they say, all the things you don’t see make up the things you do see! So what do you see? Particle physics can be surprising, confusing and downright funny at times. In this class, we’ll attempt to explore the tiniest and the fundamental things in nature. Not only do we focus on *what* we know (sorry, what “they” know) about the world, but also think about *how* they know what they know. At the end of our Tour in Particle Physics, maybe you’ll see the atoms in your hair, the particles slapping your face, and the Wi-Fi that got you through Zoom days.