SPECIAL PICUP Synchronous Meeting

ACM SIGHPC Education Chapter Webinar 

Incorporating Computation in the Physics Curriculum

Thursday, November 14, 2019

12 PM Pacific / 1 PM Mountain / 2 PM Central / 3 PM Eastern / 8 PM GMT

The ACM SIGHPC Education Chapter is pleased to announce a series of webinars addressing the incorporation of computational and data analytics tools, resources, and methods within STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) courses.

On Thursday, November 14, the series will begin with a discussion of physics education.  Dr. Larry Engelhardt, Francis Marion University, and Dr. Richard Gass, University of Cincinnati, will describe their approaches for engaging students in learning about computational physics. 

Following their presentations, there will be an open discussion for attendees to discuss the challenges, strategies, and opportunities for preparing physics students to pursue additional physics courses and careers that utilize computational and data analytics methods to advance discovery.

We welcome everyone to join this webinar and actively participate in the discussion.  

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Future webinars will address curricular approaches in other disciplines.  We welcome offers from faculty who would like to present challenges and solutions being pursued in all disciplines.

To participate: Thursday, November 14, 2019

                        12 PM Pacific / 1 PM Mountain / 2 PM Central / 3 PM Eastern / 8 PM GMT

 Join URL: https://zoom.us/j/811782049

 Meeting ID: 811-782-049

The following are bios for the speakers.


Dr. Larry Engelhardt, Francis Marion University

Dr. Larry Engelhardt (https://www.fmarion.edu/?s=Larry+Engelhardt) is a professor of physics at Francis Marion University (https://www.fmarion.edu/) in South Carolina where he has taught computational physics for the last 13 years.  Before coming to FMU in 2006, he received his PhD in physics from Iowa State University specializing In computational physics, specifically quantum Monte Carlo simulation methods.  Engelhardt is one of the PIs of the PICUP project (https://www.compadre.org/PICUP/), and regularly conducts workshops on integrating computation into undergraduate physics.  He is also very active in the American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT - https://www.aapt.org/), having served as chair of the Committee on Educational Technology, President of his regional section of the AAPT, and organized numerous sessions for national AAPT meetings.

Dr. Richard Gass, University of Cincinnati

Dr. Richard Gass (http://homepages.uc.edu/~gassrg/CoursePage_Gass.html) is the undergraduate program director for the Department of Physics at the University of Cincinnati (https://www.uc.edu/). He received his undergraduate degree from Indiana University and his Ph.D. from S.U.N.Y. at Stony Brook.  He is the author of a book on using Mathematica to do science. He has extensive experience teaching undergraduate physics courses including Computational Physics. He has given numerous talks on Computation Physics and integrating computation into the undergraduate physics curriculum. 

About ACM SIGHPC Education Chapter

The SIGHPC Education chapter has as its purpose the promotion of interest in and knowledge of applications of High Performance Computing (HPC). In particular the chapter objectives include:

  • Promote an increased knowledge of, and greater interest in, the educational and scientific aspects of HPC and their applications.
  • Provide a means of communication among individuals having an interest in education and career building activities relating to HPC.
  • Promote and collate education activities and programs through formal and informal education activities.
  • Provide guidance to the community on the competencies required for effective application of computational modeling, simulation, data analysis, and visualization techniques.
  • Provide information on quality educational programs and materials as well as facilitating experience building access to existing HPC resources.

To encourage worldwide membership, SIGHPC Education is a virtual chapter and offers various activities for members to participate in learning activities over the Internet.

Join the ACM SIGHPC Education Chapter at https://sighpceducation.acm.org/membership.html