Professor of physics Tim Gay from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln gave a public lecture on the Physics of Football and a colloquium on atomic physics during his visit to the department in December 2010 featured in the OC Register.

Professor Gay's colloquium "One Atom Too Many: An Atomic Physicist's Attempt To Learn About Simple Homonuclear Diatomic Molecules" was well received by the department, and his renowned talk based on his book The Physics of Football enthralled a large audience from across campus, including students and teachers from local schools.