October 2015 Newsletter

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Meeting Deadlines

Student Travel Awards: October 2, 2015, priority deadline
Abstract Deadline: October 9, 2015
Early Registration: October 16, 2015

Fall 2015 Fall Meeting Talks

APS 2015 Fall Meeting Talks at Baylor University 

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The 2015 Texas APS Conference Plenary Speakers include:
  • Harry Atwater (California Institute of Technology)
  • Jay Dittmann (Baylor University)
  • Larry Hudson (National Institute of Standards and Technology): “From Bugs to Bombs: X-Ray Standards for Homeland Security”
  • Casey Papovich (Texas A&M University): “Witnessing the Formation of Galaxies from their Origins to the Present”
  • Mark Raizen (University of Texas at Austin): “Maxwell’s Demon: Cooling of Atoms and Efficient Isotope Separation”
  • Marlan Scully (Baylor University, Princeton University and Texas A&M University): “The Photon: From Newton and Maxwell to Einstein and Schwinger”
The Invited Speakers include:
  • Ed Neuenschwander (Southern Nazarene University): “Light, the Nexus in Phyiscs”
  • Don Olson (Texas State University): “The 75th Anniversary of the Tacoma Narrows Bridge Collapse”
  • Anzhong Wang (Baylor University): “Detecting quantum gravitational effects in the early universe?”

Please make plans to attend. Note that there are several concurrent events in Waco on the weekend of the conference, and we would suggest making motel reservations as soon as possible.

Baylor Banquet Details

The Physics of Super Heroes comic book second editionThe conference banquet will be held at the Baylor McLane Stadium on Friday, October 30, from 6:30-8:30 pm, in the 4th floor Suite Lounge. The attendance will be limited to 200, and the deadline for registration is October 16. The entrance is on the east side of the stadium, nearest the interstate. The cost for the banquet is $35 for all but students; the student cost is $25. There should be spectacular night-time views of the surrounding area from the banquet venu. The banquet speaker is Dr. James Kakalios, the Taylor Distinguished Professor in the school of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Minnesota, a condensed matter experimentalist who studies complex and disordered systems. He has developed his interest in comic books as a means to teach concepts in physics. This point of view has led him to write the acclaimed The Physics of Superheros and The Physics of Superheros: A Specacular Second Edition books, as well as The Amazing Story of Quantum Mechanics. He will be presenting an engaging and entertaining talk about some of our favorite superheros from a physicist’s point of view. Come learn about the physics of Spiderman’s swing and Antman’s ability to shrink!