John Rosendahl Memorial Celebration at the University of California, Irvine

Saturday, December 8, 2012

The Celebration of Life of John Rosendahl was held on Saturday, December 8, 2012 at 1:00 p.m. at UC Irvine's Rowland Hall, Room 101.

The event showcased videos and pictures of Rosendahl's life including performances of physics demonstrations.  Family members, colleagues, and friends had the opportunity to share memories. An informal reception followed in Reines Hall with music by Jim and Mary Kelley.

John Rosendahl, Instructional Programs Director in the Department of Physics and Astronomy, died in the early morning hours on Saturday, September 1, 2012.  Rosendahl joined UC Irvine’s Department of Physics and Astronomy in 1987. He had a passion for teaching and created memorable lecture-demonstrations that were seen by more than 50,000 UCI students, as well as taking physics assemblies to younger students at various school districts.

He received the Award for Outstanding Contributions to Undergraduate Education in 1995. That same year, he developed and taught the Seminar in Teaching Physics, which is designed to help graduate students become more successful teachers and learn the communication skills needed for professional development.  This is now a required course for all first-year teaching assistants.

A Lasting Legacy
An annual event on the UCI campus, John Rosendahl’s Adventures in Physics, will provide K-12 students and the general public opportunities to increase their awareness of physics with exciting demonstrations and engaging hands-on activities from the Physics Assemblies program along with presentations on research breakthroughs taking place in the Department of Physics and Astronomy.

To support the annual John Rosendahl’s Adventures in Physics, please click on the link below. Go to Tribute Information and select In Memory of, then insert John Rosendahl’s Adventures in Physics in the Name field.

You can also contact Audrey Kelaher at or (949) 824-8111, or by mailing the UCI School of Physical Sciences Pledge Form. Your contributions will help provide transportation for students from low-income communities, and defray event expenses.

To post a remembrance please click here.

Condolences to the family can be sent in care of the UCI School of Physical Sciences:
Dean Kenneth C. Janda
180 Rowland Hall
Irvine, CA 92697-4675

"Between the Nails: a Celebration of the Life of John Rosendahl"