Department of Physics hosted AAPT Southeastern Pennsylvania Section Spring 2016 Meeting

On April 1st and 2nd the Department of Physics hosted The American Association of Physics Teachers Southeastern Pennsylvania Section Spring 2016 Meeting. Paul Hewitt was the featured guest speaker and gave a presentation titled “Equations as Guides to Thinking” on Friday evening. Saturday’s featured speakers were Paul Steinhardt (Princeton University) who gave a presentation titled “Once Upon a Time in Kamchatka” and Rick VanBerg (University of Pennsylvania) who delivered a talk titled “Sixty Years of Experimental Neutrino Physics – A Somewhat Personal Perspective”. For detailed program please see the flyer.

Zack presented at American Physical Society March Meeting

Zachery Brown ’17 attended the APS March Meeting in Baltimore during the March 13th week. He gave a talk titled “Probing Dynamical Heterogeneity in Dense Colloidal Suspensions with Depletion Attraction”. His talk was about his recent results of studies of particle dynamics in dense collodoidal suspensions and was given in a regular science session titled Colloids: Interactions, Structure, Statistics.

Mars, Venus, Jupiter and the Moon in the Morning Sky

More than 25 students got up very early to view the three planets and the Moon visible in the morning sky on Wednesday (11/4/15).  They were able to see beautiful images of the three planets and were even able to take a few snapshots with their phones.  Spectacular Jupiter with its Galilean moons wowed the students and the Moon with its craters is always impressive to see.  We will announce the next sky viewing event in advance.

Department of Physics hosts AAPT Workshop on Measuring Mass

On October 3rd Department of Physics hosted the first of three physics workshops of the Southeastern Pennsylvania Section (SEPS) of the American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT).  The theme was “Measuring Mass”.  Participants constructed and calibrated a number of different kinds of apparatus to measure inertial and gravitational mass. This was a hands-on workshop with some “take-home” goodies for their own classes.  The Workshop presenters were Barry Feierman and Kathleen Hennessy.

Stunning Saturn

Noticing beautiful weather and cloudless sky on Wednesday evening (8/26/15) Ms. Kathleen Hennessy promptly decided to dust off our telescopes and direct them at Saturn and the Moon. About 100 students from Ms. Kathleen Hennessy’s and Dr. Neel Haldolaarachchige’s Investigations in Astronomy class stopped by to marvel at clear images of Saturn and always astonishing craters of the Moon. They were aided by Dr. Philip Smith (History Department) and his amazing reflectors. We will try to announce the next sky viewing event in advance.

Students present at a regional meeting

Gregory Hogan ’16 and Zachery Brown ’17 attended a professional meeting where they gave an oral presentation about their research. 15th Mid-Atlantic Soft Matter Workshop was held on July 24 2015 at University of Maryland. The goal of the workshop is to create a highly interdisciplinary workshop that draws upon researchers from academic, industrial and National Laboratories in the Mid-Atlantic region. A soft matter workshop provides an ideal forum for researchers with interests that reside at the interface of conventional disciplines. The workshop will also naturally assist in the career advancement of young scientists by acquainting them with the local academic and industrial research community.

Zack presents at 89th ACS Colloid and Surface Science Symposium

Zachery Brown ’17 attended the 89th ACS Colloid and Surface Science Symposium at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh on June 17, 2015. He gave a talk titled “Investigations of multiple glassy states in dense colloidal suspensions”. It is highly possible that Zack was one of a few undergraduate students giving a talk at the meeting.