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Fall 2005

Important Notice for All Students!

Spring Semester 2006

NOTE: The University is changing the Academic Year Calendar effective January 1, 2006. This means that the dates you've seen for Spring 2006 Semester have likely changed.

UPDATE (10/5/2005):


Physics Help Room

2202 Everett Tower - Bradley Commons - Nov. 11-18, 2005.

Please note that the Physics Help Room will temporarily move from 0077 Rood Hall to

Bradley Commons, 2202 Everett Tower, from Friday 11 November 2005 to Friday 18 November 2005.

The Physics Help Room should return to 0077 Rood Hall beginning Monday 21 November 2005.


Physics SED Students

Finals Pizza with ScMaTa - Monday 5 December 2005, 10:00am-2:00pm, Rood 3375

Drew Isola says that all SED students can join with ScMaTA (The Science and Math Teachers Association here on campus) for their Finals Pizza -- Drew will be popping in and out from 10:30 to 12:30 to answer any questions you may be having about next semester, SED or student teaching.



Presentation on Einstein - "What Makes Einstein So Smart"World Year of Physics

Timothy Gay · University of Nebraska · Lincoln NE

Monday 21 November 2005, 7:00-8:00pm, 1104 Rood Hall

The Physics Department is sponsoring a unique presentation on 
Albert Einstein, with a reception following in Bradley Commons, 
2202 Everett Tower.

Abstract: Albert Einstein is the second-greatest Genius that 
ever lived.  One-hundred years ago, in 1905, while laboring 
in obscurity after being rejected by the academic establishment, 
he published a series of papers that essentially reinvented 
physics, and completely revolutionized humankind's philosophical 
view of the world in the process.  This popular lecture will 
discuss his discoveries of that year, and consider why Einstein's 
ideas set him apart.

Note:  If you wish to speak with our guest contact Prof. Nora 
Berrah at nora.berrah@wmich.edu; 269-387-4955

Department of Geosciences Lecture Series - "Using 'X-ray Vision' to Observe Structures and Processes at the Mineral-Water Interface"

Dr. Paul Fenter, Environmental Research Division, Argonne National Laboratory, Argonne IL.Dr. Paul Fenter

Monday 21 November 2005, 4:00pm 1118 Rood

Abstract: The mineral-water interface is the primary site of 
low-temperature geochemical processes and exerts a strong influence 
over our environment. Yet our understanding of these systems is 
strongly impaired by our inability to 'see' the associated structures 
and processes in-situ through an aqueous phase. While interfacial 
geochemistry is most widely studied with spectroscopic approaches 
(e.g., X-ray absorption spectroscopy), X-ray scattering techniques 
offer a number new and powerful capabilities to understand these 
processes. I will discuss opportunities in this area derived from 
advanced X-ray scattering techniques that incorporate additional 
elemental and chemical sensitivities with surface specificity and 
Å-scale resolution. Examples will include the determination of 
interfacial water structure and interfacial ion distributions at 
mineral-water interfaces with both elemental and chemical sensitivities. 
   *Supported by the US Department of Energy (BES, Division of Chemical 
    Sciences, Geosciences, and Biosciences) 


Presentation on the Space Shuttle Columbia

"A Summary of the Space Shuttle Columbia Accident and the Role of Ballistic Impact Research in Supporting the Columbia Accident Investigation and NASA’s Return to Flight Effort"

Matthew E. Melis · NASA Glenn Research Center · Cleveland OH

Thursday 6 October 2005, 5:30-6:30pm, Room 1301 Wood Hall

Physics SED Students

Joint PhysTEC Meeting with ScMaTa - Thursday 17 November 2005, 7:00pm, Rood 3302

For our November PhysTEC Meeting we are joining with ScMaTA (The Science and Math Teachers Association here on campus) at their regularly scheduled meeting on Nov 17th at 7 pm in Rood 3302. The topic for the evening is teacher grants and grant writing. This is an important topic, especially for physics teachers, since many of you will end up in situations where you need $$$ to update and or purchase equipment and grant money is a valuable resource to tap into. We will have some local teachers at the meeting to share their experiences with applying for and getting grant money to improve their science programs. Drew Isola will get more info (and reminders) on this next meeting to you in the coming weeks.

SWMSES 2005 Conference - Friday 28 October 2005, 8:00am-4:00pm, Portage Northern H.S.

(SWMSES = Southwest Michigan Science Educators Symposium)

PhysTEC Meeting -- Thursday 20 October 2005, 5:30-7:00pm, Rood 2242

All Future Physics Teachers Invited -- As will all physics teacher meetings, significant refreshments will be made available.

Email your plans to attend or any questions you may have to drew.isola@wmich.edu


PhysTEC Meeting -- Thursday 29 September 2005, 4:00-5:00pm, Rood 2242

All Future Physics Teachers Invited -- As will all physics teacher meetings, significant refreshments will be made available.

Email your plans to attend or any questions you may have to drew.isola@wmich.edu

IEEE Bowling Event at Harpo's Lanes

Thursday 10 November 2005, 6:45 - 8:30pm, Harpo's Lanes on Stadium Drive

The IEEE student branch at WMU is hosting a bowling outing at
Harpo's Lanes on Stadium Drive. We have informed the other 
engineering groups and hope to get a big turnout. This will be 
a great way for the first year students to meet with upper 
classmen in their major and meet other first year students in 
their major and other engineering majors. Josh Yeiter has arranged 
for the Metro to make an extra stop on their route to the Parkview 
Campus. We will meet at 5:45 near Rood Hall. We will be picked up 
at 8:30 from Harpo's and dropped off back at Rood Hall. This event 
is open and encouraged for all students regardless of their major; 
so, if you have roommates or other friends they are more than welcome 
to come too. Please see the attached flyer for information on advance 
ticket sales, etc. Questions? Send e-mail to: ieee.wmu@gmail.com


Fall 2005 Meeting of the Michigan Section of the American Association of Physics Teachers (MIAAPT)

Abstracts due Friday 30 September 2005.

Meeting at Kirtland Community College, Roscommon MI, Saturday 15 October 2005.

Last Update: 02 December 2005 Friday