Davidson College SPS Chapter: 2014-2015 Activities


April 17: SPS field trip to McGuire Nuclear Power Plant. We have 13 students and one professor, Dr. Yukich scheduled to attend this event.

April 16: SPS and Women in Physics Dinner for Prospective Majors.  7pm at the Carolina Inn.

April 11: Kickball Tournament, 2-5pm. Join us for kickball against the chemistry and mathematics departments...and as always, there will be light refreshments.

March 28: SPS Meeting at the NCS-AAPT Meeting at Wake Forest.  Vincent Hickl presented his research poster: An Analytic Analysis of an Asymmetric Infinite Square Well.

March 27: Stargazing at Fisher Farms. Unfortunately because of weather, this event was cancelled.

March 19-April 6: Annual SPS NCAA Tournament Bracket Challenge. 13 students and faculty entered, Marcus B. won.

March 19: SPS Meeting.

February 26: SPS Meeting. We held officer elections: For 2015-2016 academic year our new officers will be: Ryan Kozlowski (President), Chaney Barnes (VP of Outreach), Bjorn Ordoubadian (VP of Interdisciplinary Affairs), and Nikos Dokmetzoglou (VP of Professional Affairs).

January 22: First SPS Meeting. Met to discuss and organize events for the rest of the semester.

January 21: Stargazing for St. Albans parish. Dr. Thompson and 3 volunteers set up telescopes near Fisher Farms for 40+ St. Albans parishioners.  Early we saw a 1-day old Moon next to Venus.  We also saw the Andromeda galaxy, the Orion nebula, the Pleiades, and Jupiter and all 4 Galilean satellites.

January 19: Weblos science badge night.  Dr. Boye, Sarah Friedensen, Ryan Kozlowski, Dana Harvey, and Collin Malone led 12 Weblos Pack 58's Den II in learning about motion and fluids.

January 16-18: Conference on Undergraduate Women in Physics, Duke University. Professor Thompson, lab manager Ginny Perkey, and students Rebecca Gardner, Kari Sickles, and Grace Watt attended the conference. Grace presented her research in a talk titled: "Understanding LED Function and Exploring Mechanisms of Energy Loss."

December 11: WiP Christmas Party and cookie exchange.

December 9: SPS Christmas Party and end-of-the-semester student research presentations.

November 12: Potluck Thanksgiving dinner at the Carolina Inn.   Join us at 7pm for this Women in Physics (WiP) event.

November 11: Stargazing as part of the Environmental Action Coalition's Do it in the Dark Event.   Join us from 8-10pm in front of Chambers to stargaze as part of the EAC's annual energy conservation event.

October 31: Haunted Dana Science Building and Party. We had a small Halloween party and set up boo bubbles, Jacob’s ladder, Wimshurst machine, Van de Graaff and other "spooky" apparatus. Colin Tyznik won the costume contest and a dead ringer for Dr. Cain.

October 18: Kickball Tournament, 2-5pm. Join us for kickball against the chemists...and as always, there will be food. UPDATE: Physics=9, Chemistry=8. Victory.

October 3: Stargazing at Fisher Farms. Unfortunately because of weather, this event was cancelled.

October 2: Thursday Physics Lunch with Special Alumni Guest. Davidson Physics Alum ('03) Grady Patterson joined us for lunch and a seminar and talked about graduate school and life in the private sector,  and some of his research work.

September 23-October 2: SPS GRE Prep. Join us and faculty for GRE prep sessions, in classical, modern, quantum, E&M, and stat/therm.

September 25: Women in Physics SPS Movie Night. Join us for pizza and watch the movie, The Core.

September 12: First ever (at least in memory) SPS Ice Cream Social. Over 50 SPS and prospective physics majors attended.  We made liquid nitrogen (experimental) ice cream as well as traditional store bought (theoretical/computational) ice cream.

September 7: Vermonster Challenge for MS. Our bellies were willing but there was no ice cream.  However, this was the imputus for our first SPS Ice Cream Social.

September 2: First SPS Meeting of the semester.  Join us for pizza and to discuss events this semester.

August 27: Davidson College Activities Fair from 5:30-7:30 p.m., on Chambers Lawn. This is a super opportunity to connect with new students as well as upper class students about SPS. 

June 14: Submitted 2013-2014 Chapter Report.

May 1: Grace Watt ran for Associate Zone Councillor for SPS Zone 5.

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