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Student Physics Society - Seven Roles
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The Whale Galaxy

Upcoming Events and Ongoing Projects

  • The next meeting of the Physics Club will be at 11:30 pm on Thursday, Sep. 16 in Science 120.    Come for free pizza and to help make plans for the year.  The annual club picture will be taken.
  • All seniors and their families were invited to a reception on Commencement Day, Sunday, May 23, 2004 from 1:00 to 2:00 pm in Science 120.  Dessert was served and a group picture of the seniors was taken at 1:30 pm.  Nobel Laureate, Dr. Dan Tsui, joined us for pictures and conversation.
  • Check out the Physics Club Web page created by Chris Johnson and now maintained by Dan Barrett.
2004-2005 Officers

SPS National

Club Photo taken September 11, 2003

Highlights from 2003-2004
  • Physics Club field trip to the University of Wisconsin at Madison, Thursday, April 8, 2004
  • All physics majors were invited to Dr. McCart's retirement party on Saturday, April 17, 2004 in the Wilson Center.  He was presented with his own "I heart McCart" shirt.  His family and friends came to help him celebrate his 39 years of teaching physics at Augustana.
  • 35th Anniversary Open House - Physics Club members helped with the telescopes at the observatory on Saturday, May 1, 2004.
  • We all learned about superstring theory from the expert - Dr. Brian Greene, "Breakthrough: Challenging What We Know" - public lecture on Monday, May 3, 2004 at 7:00 pm in the Olin Auditorium.  Informal discussion with Dr. Greene occurred on Tuesday, May 4 at 10:30 am in Science 102.  Dr. Greene is author of the book "The Elegant Universe" and narrated the corresponding program on PBS.

Sigma Pi Sigma Honor Banquet - May 4, 2004

First row:  Thomas Foss and William Rock.  Second row:  Andrew Beane, Craig Steinhauser and James Eddy.  The guest speaker was Lee Carkner, "CCD Observations of Asteroids".

Highlights from 2002-2003

Sigma Pi Sigma Honor Banquet - April 16, 2003

First row:  Ammon Paquette, Kristin Hanekamp, Randall Bill, Chris Johnson.  Second row:  Kevin Wierzbicki, Peter Schlichting, Mihailo Backovic, John Mischler, Kevin Murphy.  The guest speaker was John Goree, "Making a Plasma Act Like a Crystal".

Panel discussion on "Determinism and Free Will", Feb. 12, 2003

Cecilia Vogel

Cecilia Vogel and Dave Hill


Dan Lee and Jon Clauss

Christmas party, Dec. 19, 2002 -- Dr. Carkner making ice cream flavored with red and green M & Ms.

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Measuring the milk

Randy Bill pouring the LN
Adding liquid nitrogen

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Cardboard boat construction and race - Homecoming - Oct. 19, 2002

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The PCB Heisenberg

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Kinsey, Kevin, Paul, Carl

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Paul Choin, Kinsey Olson

Some Physics Links

Physics Outreach Programs at Other Schools

SPS Chapters, Zones and Programs

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