Winter 2019 Newsletter

The Joint OSAPS, Ohio AAPT, and SPS Zone 7 Spring Meeting will be hosted by College of Wooster, Department of Physics, on March 29 - 30, 2019

OSAPS March 2019 College of WoosterJoin your colleagues for two days of collaboration, learning and communication at the Spring 2019 meeting of the OSAPS at The College of Wooster! Friday afternoon and Saturday morning presentations will address a wide range of nonlinear topics. Also, please plan to join us Friday evening for the banquet and a subsequent public presentation on the interdisciplinary topic: Order Out of Chaos. The OSAPS meetings provide an ideal venue for students and science teachers to attend, present their research results and engage in active discussion.

Information about speakers, abstract submission, registration and travel accommodations are available at:, or by contacting hosts Niklas Manz ( and John Lindner (

*Confirmed Invited Speakers
Stéphane Coutu, Penn State University, Particle Astrophysics
Taviare L. Hawkins, University of Wisconsin - La Crosse, Biophysics
Stephen Morris, University of Toronto, Nonlinear Physics
John Pojman, Louisiana State University, Nonlinear Phenomena in Polymeric Systems
Swara Ravindranth, Space Telescope Science Institute, Instrument Scientist
Richard Field, University of Montana, The Luck of Good Timing in Science
Tom Greenslade, Kenyon College, Bringing Early Physics Apparatus and Demonstrations into the Twenty First Century

*Student Travel:
Students who present posters or oral presentations at the OSAPS meeting are eligible for travel support from the OSAPS. The amount of the travel grant is up to $100 per student, subject to OSAPS budget constraints. Students will be notified of the amount of the award after the meeting. See meeting website for the application form.

*Undergraduate Research Poster Award: The OSAPS section will give an award for the best undergraduate poster presentation. The $100 award will be presented at the Friday banquet by the section awards committee.

Report from the Fall 2018 Meeting of OSAPS at The University of Toledo

Student Union, University of Toledo
Student Union, The University of Toledo

The Fall 2018 OSAPS Meeting was held in the Student Union on the main campus at the University of Toledo on September 28-29, 2018. The theme of the meeting was “Celebrating Planck’s 1918 Nobel Prize in Physics: The Many Implications of Energy Quanta”, which was highlighted by four invited speakers. A total of 127 attendees registered for the meeting and 86 presentations were given: 44 contributed talk, 38 posters, and 4 plenary/invited talks. An OSAPS Business Meeting was held prior to the formal OSAPS conference kick-off.

OSAPS 2018 Fall Meeting Registration 2018OSAPS 2018 Fall Meeting Presentations 2018

After brief welcoming remarks by the co-organizers, Profs. Randy Ellingson and Nikolas Podraza, the first parallel sessions kicked off on Friday September 28 with 21 contributed talks in the areas of Astronomy, Astrophysics, and Space Science; Condensed Matter Physics; and Optics and Biophysics. Conference attendees reconvened for the first plenary talk, presented by Prof. Emily Weiss of Northwestern University on the topic of Colloidal Photocatalysis. The poster session followed – featuring 38 poster presentations – and during which refreshments were available.

The poster session segued into the Friday evening banquet, which featured comments from Dean Karen Bjorkman of the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, as well as from the Chair of the Department of Physics and Astronomy, Prof. Sanjay Khare. Prof. Emeritus Lawrence Anderson-Huang presented the evening plenary talk entitled “Planck’s Antecedents: Ideas and People in Late 19th Century Physics”.

Conference co-organizers
Conference co-organizers: Profs. Ellingson and Podraza

The 2nd day of the meeting, on Saturday September 29, started with 20 additional contributed talks in four parallel sessions, on the topics of Astronomy, Physics Education, Condensed Matter, Energy and the Environment, and Atomic, Molecular, Optical, and Quantum Physics. The morning session was followed by two plenary talks: the Chief Scientist of First Solar, Markus Gloeckler, spoke on “The Future of CdTe Solar Photovoltaics”, and then University of Arizona graduate student Carolyn Raithel presented “Journey to the Center of a Neutron Star: From Astrophysical Observations to the Neutron Star Equation of State”. Subsequently, three additional contributed talks comprised a special “Lunchtime Physics” session which concluded the conference.

The conference received financial and additional support from OSAPS, the University of Toledo’s Dept. of Physics and Astronomy, Society of Physics Students, and the University’s Marketing and Communications Office.

The local organizing committee consisted of Professors Randy Ellingson and Nikolas Podraza, with significant administrative support provided by Ms. Lynda Obee and Ms. Lori Burkeholder, and technical support provided by Prof. Richard Irving.

Invited speakers Weiss, Anderson-Huang, Gloeckler, Raithel
Invited speakers from left to right: Emily Weiss, Lawrence Anderson-Huang, Markus Gloeckler, and Carolyn Raithel

Honors and Awards Committee News

On Friday, September 28 at the OSAPS Fall 2018 meeting, the William Fowler Award for Distinguished Research in Physics was presented to Robert W. Collins (University of Toledo) for his extensive work in surface physics and the development of optical instrumentation.

OSAPS has awarded for the first time an award for the best undergraduate poster presentation. For the Fall 2018 Meeting the award went to Mr. Evgeny Pakhomenko (Coe College) for his work on “Steady-State Method to Measure the In-Plane Thermal Conductivity of Thin Sheet Materials”.

Nominations for either the Howard Maxwell Award for Distinguished Service or the William Fowler Award for Distinguished Research in Physics are accepted for consideration throughout the year. Nominations should be submitted to the Chair of the Honors and Awards Committee, Mike Crescimanno at

OSAPS Executive Committee Spring Electrions

OSAPS will conduct elections during the first part of 2019 for several upcoming vacancies on the Executive Committee:

  • Vice-Chair
  • Secretary
  • Member-at-Large
  • Student Member

Please consider running for one of these important positions, or nominating candidates whom you believe would do a great job. We depend on our members to help with this! Nominations should be sent to the Chair of the OSAPS Nominations Committee: A. Roy Day at

Upcoming Meetings

Spring 2019, March 29 - 30, College of Wooster, Wooster, OH
Fall 2019, October 11 - 12, Kettering University, Flint, MI.

If you would like to explore the possibility of hosting a future meeting, please contact Vice-Chair, Cynthia Aku-Leh (

Help Spread the Word about OSAPS

Not all APS members living in the Ohio Region (Ohio, Michigan and Indiana) are OSAPS members. Talk to your colleagues and let them know that membership in OSAPS is free and allows the section to continue in its efforts of providing quality meetings and active communications with its members through mailings, newsletters and email. OSAPS offers physicists the opportunity to attend multi-disciplinary meetings to discuss important research with your colleagues within the region, and it provides an excellent opportunity for both undergraduate and graduate students to present their research results. As most members reside or work in this area, participation in sectional meetings has the additional benefit of economy; this is particularly important for students. To join OSAPS, go to or contact a Membership Representative at 301-209-3280.

Current OSAPS Executive Committee

Chair: Petru Fodor (05/18 - 04/19)
Cleveland State University

Chair-Elect: Anthony Roy Day (05/18 - 04/19)
John Carroll University

Vice Chair: Cynthia Aku-Leh (05/18 - 04/19)

Past Chair: Snjezana Balaz (05/18 - 04/19)
Youngstown State University

Secretary: Ulrich Zurcher (05/16 - 04/19)
Cleveland State University

Treasurer: Donald Priour (05/17 - 04/20)
Youngstown State University

Member-at-Large: Jay Mathews (05/16 - 04/19)
University of Dayton

Member-at-Large: Andrea Richard (05/18 - 04/21)
Michigan State University

Student Member: Nilaj Chakrabarty (05/18 - 04/19)
Ohio University

Non-voting Officials and Special Appointees:

Honors & Awards Chair: Mike Crescimanno
Youngstown State University

Ombudsman: Ronald Winters
Denison University

Archivist: Perry P. Yaney
University of Dayton

The articles in this newsletter represent the views of their author(s) and are not necessarily those of the Unit or APS.