Southeast Physics, Engineering Students Hosting Regional Meeting in Support of World Year of Physics 2005

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo.,

Nov. 9, 2004 – The local chapter of the Society of Physics Students (SPS) at Southeast Missouri State University is hosting the regional SPS Fall 2004 Meeting Nov. 12-13 at Southeast.

The theme of this year’s meeting centers around Einstein since 2005 marks the centennial of Einstein publishing his paper on the theory of special relativity. The meeting at Southeast has been listed on the Web site for the World Year of Physics 2005 at http://www.physics2005.org.  The World Year of Physics 2005 plans to bring the excitement of physics to the public and inspire a new generation of scientists, according to Dr. John Tansil, associate professor of physics.

The meeting at Southeast will begin with informal events beginning at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 12 in Rhodes Hall Room 121. Events will include a social mixer, “explosive” physics demonstrations, a tour of facilities and an introduction to Python simulations.

Student research papers will be presented from 8 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. Nov. 13 in Rhodes Hall Room 121. The papers typically cover a wide range of physics topics and will be presented by students who have done research with faculty at their respective institutions, with faculty at other universities under a National Science Foundation sponsored program or with governmental scientists at national laboratories.

The keynote speaker for the meeting will be Clifford Will, professor of physics at Washington University in St. Louis. His presentation, “Was Einstein Right?” will be given at 11 a.m. Nov. 13 in Rhodes Hall Room 121. The presentation is free and open to the public. Will is an international expert on general relativity and has authored a popular book with the same title as his presentation.

General admission to the Saturday morning student paper presentations is $7 per person. Students and teachers will be admitted free.

SPS chapters participating in the meeting are from Zone 12 of the Society of Physics Students. The region includes SPS chapters at colleges and universities in the three-state region of Missouri, Kansas and Oklahoma. The meeting is co-sponsored by the student Physics and Engineering Club and the Department of Physics and Engineering Physics at Southeast.

For more information on the meeting, contact Tansil at (573) 651-2387 or jtansil@semo.edu.