1999 Spring Meeting Program
Illinois Section of AAPT

Joliet West High School, Joliet, Illinois
April 16-17, 1999

The registration desk will be set up near the main entrance of the high school on Friday afternoon and early Saturday morning. If you plan to attend and have not yet registered, you are strongly encourged to fill out our Online Registration Form before you come.

The names, addresses, phone numbers, and e-mail addresses of all those who are giving a contributed paper are given here. If you have submitted an abstract and then have corrections or additions, please send them by e-mail to David Renneke at phrenneke@augustana.edu, 309-794-3403.


Friday, April 16, 1999

1:00 - 2:30 - Tour of Argonne National Laboratory - meet at Argonne - I-55 and Cass Ave., Exit 273 (south), turn right at the Argonne sign on Northgate Road, immediately south of I-55. Follow Northgate Road to the Argonne Information Center. Free but you must register by Monday, April 12. If you plan to go on the tour, please read this important information.

2:30 - 5:00 - Registration - Auditorium Lobby - Joliet West High School, 401 N. Larkin Ave. (intersection of Larkin Ave. and Greenwood), Joliet, Illinois. Signs directing you to the registration desk will be posted near the front entrance of the high school, the entrance near the flagpole.

3:00 - 6:00 - "Make and Take" Workshop - Room 225 - Limit 20 - $20 fee - a reservation is required

Workshop - "Make and Take"
Tom Senior and other Chicago area PTRAs

During this three hour workshop, the participants will assemble several items of physics teaching apparatus. Included will be: an audio light variation detector for light wave communication, an audio magnetic field detector, a large electrophorus, a sound interference pattern device, bone conduction speaker, and several other items. The $20 fee will cover the materials. Soldering is a skill you can either mentor or learn during the workshop.

3:15 - 3:40 - A1 - Little Theater - Session chair: Roger Malcolm

3:40 - 4:05 - A2

4:05 - 4:15

4:15 - 4:35 - A3

4:35 - 4:55 - A4


6:30-7:30 - Banquet - Cafeteria at the High School
7:30-9:30 - Chicago Area Demo Team - Lots of Fun Demonstrations Featuring "Bigger is Better"!
Ray Coleman, Bill Blunk, Janet Landato, Maria Pluta, Bill Conway, Paul Dolan, Tom Senior, Martha Lietz, Debby Lojkutz, Ann Brandon.

Saturday, April 17, 1999

7:30-8:30 - Council meeting - Room 201

8:30-8:50 - B1 - Little Theater - Session chair: David Cornell

8:50-9:05 - B2

9:05-9:25 - B3

9:25-9:45 - B4

9:45-9:50


9:50-10:00 - Break


10:00-10:50 - Plenary session - Little Theater

"Biophysics at Argonne's Advanced Photon Source"
Dr. Tom Irving

Biology Division, BCPS Department
Illinois Institute of Technology

Nature, 398, 33-34 (March 4, 1999). Veronica James,
John Kearsley, Tom Irving, Yoshiyuki Amemiya and David Cookson.
We have studied the structure of partially ordered biological molecules, complexes of biomolecules, and cellular structures including muscles and hair. Using fibre X-ray diffraction studies with synchrotron radiation we have found that hair from breast-cancer patients has a different intermolecular structure to hair from healthy subjects. These changes are seen in all samples of scalp and pubic hair taken from women diagnosed with breast cancer. All the hair samples from women who tested positive for a mutation of the BRCA1 gene, which is associated with a higher risk of breast cancer, also show these changes. Because our results are so consistent, we propose that such hair analyses may be used as a simple, non-invasive screening method for breast cancer.

11:00-11:25 C1 - Little Theater - Session chair: Roger Reeves

11:25-11:50 C2

11:50-12:05 C3

12:05-12:25 C4

12:25-12:30


Last update: April 16, 1999