Fall APS Section Meetings
The Ohio-Region Section held its meeting on October 5th and 6th at Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan. The theme for the meeting was "Frontiers of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology," and featured Bhanu Jena of Wayne State University speaking about her research into the molecular machinery of cells. Adrian Cho, writer for Science, also spoke at the meeting, as did Wolfgang Bauer from Michigan State and Marc Hausmann from the national Superconducting Cyclotron Laboratory.
The Northwest Section held its 14th annual meeting at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, British Columbia from October 18th through the 20th. Reiner Kruecken kicked off the meeting with his public lecture about how elements are produced in the nuclear furnaces of stars. The meeting formally began on the morning of the 19th when Eric Donovan, University of Calgary, delivered the first plenary talk about using the aurora to investigate Earth's magnetosphere. Nate McCrady from the University of Montana spoke on Saturday about how the Minerva array of telescopes will help hunt for Earthlike planets outside our solar system.
New York State Section
The New York State Section held its annual fall meeting over October 19 though the 20th at Canisius College in Buffalo New York. The meeting's theme was "The Physics of Water." Robin Bell from the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory at Columbia University delivered the keynote address about the changing ice sheets at the poles. James Brownridge from Binghamton University did his best to lay the "Mpemba effect" to rest, explaining the only way hot water would freeze before cold water was if ice nucleation points spurred freezing in hot water, and cold water simultaneously being supercooled, delaying its phase change.
The Texas Section held its meeting in conjunction with the Texas Section of the American Association of Physics Teachers and zone 13 of the Society of Physics Students from October 25th through the 27th in Lubbock, Texas. Stefan Estreicher, a professor of physics at Texas Tech University spoke about how he uses chemical archeology to show that wine making has been going on for more than 7,000 years. Ginger Kerrick shared her experiences starting as an intern at the Johnson Space Center, and rising to become for a flight director for NASA.
Four Corners Section
The Four Corners Section held its meeting from October 26th through the 27th at New Mexico Tech in Socorro, New Mexico. Kerry Emanuel, professor at MIT, spoke about his research into understanding the science of hurricanes. Kate Kirby, Executive Officer of APS, spoke about the Society's outreach efforts, including traveling to Comic-Con International to promote science.
The California-Nevada Section held its annual meeting at California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo, Calfiornia. Brian Hackney, a meteorologist at KCBS in San Francisco spoke about how after getting his bachelor's in physics he pursued a career in broadcast news and meteorology. Pete Schwartz from Cal Poly delivered a plenary talk about his work helping Guatemalans develop environmentally sustainable technology in their developing nation.
The Prairie Section held its annual meeting from November 8th through the 12th at the University of Kansas in Lawrence, Kansas. At Friday's banquet, David Hogg from New York University spoke about how datasets everywhere are growing, giving rise to the need for more powerful and subtle models to glean useful results. Albrecht Karle from the University of Wisconsin brought an update on the performance of the IceCube neutrino detector at the South Pole, and some of the first data coming out of it.
New England Section
The New England Section held its annual meeting in conjunction with the New England Section of AAPT from November 9th through the 10th at Williams College in Williamstown Massachusetts. The Banquet talk by Seth Lloyd of MIT, titled "Quantize This!" highlighted the weirdness of quantum mechanics, including quantum codes by living systems and the quantum mechanics of time travel. Kyle Cranmer from New York University spoke about the Standard Model and the discovery of the Higgs Boson at CERN.
The Southeastern Section held its 79th annual meeting from November 14th through the 17th in Tallahassee Florida. Harrison Prosper from Florida State University delivered the first public lecture on why the discovery of the Higgs Boson was the biggest event in particle physics in 40 years. James Gates from the University of Maryland spoke about how CERN is capable of going even farther, by investigating the theory of Supersymmetry and looking for hidden super-partners of particles in collisions at the LHC.
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Staff Science Writer: Michael Lucibella