APS Meeting: March 18-22
We are planning to travel down to the APS March meeting in Baltimore, MD for one or two day trips. Registration is free for undergraduates, so if you are interested in going, contact Sam at firstname.lastname@example.org to add your name to the list of people who want to head to the conference and to give your availability for traveling down there.
18th Annual Kaczmarczik Lecture: April 15
The 18th Kaczmarczik Lecture will be hosted in the spring right here on Drexel’s campus. Featuring the 2012 Nobel Prize winner in physics Dr. David Wineland, the lecture will include a talk from Dr. Wineland and an open house of Drexel’s physics department. All students are encouraged to come to the lecture if they can. Find more information »
Zone 3 Society of Physics Conference
Drexel SPS will be hosting the Zone 3 Society of Physics Conference for New Jersey, Delaware, and Parts of Pennsylvania. This will be an exciting time to meet students from nearby SPS chapters and sit in on some exciting talks including Mr. Ken Fink, President & Founder of Whatergy, Inc. and Dr. Sarah Demers, Assistant Professor Yale University, who works on the ATLAS experiment at CERN.
For more information on this conference and to register, visit http://drexel.edu/physics/spsmeet2013/
Dr. Robert Gilmore
One of the main events that we have at our general meetings is talks. These can either be professor talks, student talks, or hidden physicist talks where someone with a degree in physics who works outside of a typical research/professor occupation. Our professor talks usually involve faculty from the physics department talking about their own research. We have had such speakers as Dr. Michelle Dolinski on her work with cryogenic neutrino detections, Dr. Cruz on Alzheimer’s research and aging in monkey brains, and Dr. Karapetrov on Vortices in Type II Superconductors. Dr. Gilmore also gave a talk on how to prepare for a career in physics while still an undergraduate.
We also host talks from our own members. We have had members give talks on all sorts of topics from the Physics of Rock Climbing, the Feasibility of Making our own Thorium Reactor, and the Mathematics of Oddly Shaped Gears to our members’ trips to different conferences and information on the STAR program.
In addition, we host talks from people outside of a typical physics careers. We have had talks by Dr. Marc Kuchner on physics publicity and Scott Collison on teaching physics in inner city Philadelphia public schools. These are always an interesting perspective on what to do with a degree in physics if one decides not to pursue a traditional career in academia.
One of the events that our chapter of SPS enjoys hosting is restaurant trips. In the last few years, our chapter has gone to such restaurants as The Devil’s Alley, Sangkee Noodle House, Buca di Beppo, Copabanana, Percy Street Barbacue, and Shake Shack. We usually try to go on a restaurant trip at least once per term so check back frequently to check if there is a new trip in the works!
Occasionally, our chapter organizes day trips to different cities to visit different museums. These are typically free to our members besides the cost of food (which is an optional restaurant trip in the city). In the past, we have gone to the American Museum of Natural History in New York City and National Museum of Natural History in Washington D.C. These are very popular and we are hoping to go to one again next year.