Physics Club Activities

Student Physics Society - Seven Roles
Chapter Advisor:  Dr. Cecilia Vogel
Background image -
Galaxies NGC 5905 and 5908

Upcoming Events and Ongoing Projects

Augustana Physics Outreach Program

Augie physics blog
Includes minutes from past meetings

SPS National

The next meeting will be on Thursday, September 13 at 11:30 am.  Come for free pizza and cookies.
  2007-2008 Officers
Club Photo taken September 28, 2006
     President: Laura Luloff
     V. President: Gabe Caceres
     Secretary: Alaina Orwitz
     Treasurer: Jess Belle
     Outreach: Rose Davidson
     Publicity:  Vivian Mei
  Highlights from 2006-2007

Attended "Superman Returns" at the IMAX in Davenport on Sep. 24, 2006.
Open House - "Franklin is Electric" - 1:00 to 4:00 pm, Sunday, Oct. 1, First floor, Science building.
ISAAPT meeting at Rock Island High School, Oct. 13-14.  Presentations by Carkner, Sieglaff, Vogel and McAdam.
Lecture, "Dark Matter and Dark Energy: from the Universe to the Laboratory", Dr. Sean Carroll, Caltech, Oct. 13.
Homecoming Cardboard Boat Regatta, Oct. 14.
Outreach program - Horace Mann School, Moline, Oct. 19.   Jenna and Rose
Lecture at WIU - "The Story of Stopped Light", Dr. Ronald L. Walsworth, Harvard University, Mon., Oct. 23, 2006.
Halloween Open House at the observatory, Saturday, Oct. 28.
Field trip to Fermilab, Sunday, Dec. 3.  Talk by Joseph Lykken, "I've Got the World on a String".  Tour of the lab.
Outreach program - Rivermont Collegiate School in Bettendorf, Friday, Jan. 19, 2007.
Physics Open House, Sunday, Apr. 15, 1-4 pm, Science Bldg., 1st floor
Panel Discussion - "Nuclear Energy", Dr. Roger Blomquist, Argonne National Labs, Dan Moore, Quad Cities
        Generating Station, and David Osterberg, University of Iowa, Monday, Apr. 16, 5:00 pm, College Center Loft
Science Open House, Sunday, Apr. 22, 1-4 pm
Physics Fund Raiser - baked goods and buttons, Apr. 24, 25 and 26.
Astronomy Open House, Saturday, Apr. 28, 8:30-10 pm

Open House - "Physics Myth Busters" - April 15 and 22, 2007 - more photos

Halloween Photos

Jenna showing

the pumpkin she carved

containing dry ice.
Short pumpkin video

Jenna and Laura at the
new Dobsonian telescope

Halloween open house
Lee Carkner   28-Oct-06

Lee introducing a
planetarium program

Alaina setting up the
14" telescope in the dome

"Franklin is Electric" - open house celebrating the 300th birthday of Benjamin Franklin, Sunday, Oct. 1, 2006

Generating electricity

Van de Graaff demo

Resonating wine glasses

Catching the flying ring

  Highlights from 2005-2006


Field trip on Sep. 27-28, 2005 to "Legacy of Einstein", Nobel Conference at Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, Minnesota.  Speakers included Wolfgang Ketterle, Thomas Levenson, Kip Thorne, Sylvester James Gates, Wendy Freeman and George F. R. Ellis.
Special guest John Rigden gave a talk titled "The Questions Einstein Faced in 1905 and His Responses" on Oct. 6, 2005.  He also gave an excellent public lecture at the Bettendorf Public Library that evening.  Dan Barrett and Tom Foss did some physics demos from 6:00 to 7:00 pm at the library just preceding the talk.
Construction of the cardboard boat Heisenberg II for homecoming.  The crew was Alaina Orwitz and Rachel Adams.
At three regular club meetings in October and November, we watched the NOVA special "Einstein's Big Idea".
Halloween Open House at the observatory, Oct. 29, 2005.  The main attraction was Mars.  There were about 200 visitors.
Physics Open House celebrating the World Year of Physics 2005 - Sunday, Dec. 4, 2005, 1:00 to 4:00 pm
Christmas party featuring liquid nitrogen ice cream.
There was a panel discussion on the "Mission to Mars" on Jan. 30, 2006.
Attended "Magnificent Desolation, Walking on the Moon 3D" at the IMAX in Davenport on Feb. 12, 2006.
Two hour field trip on Feb. 16, 2006 to visit the QC Elite Robotics team robot build site in Milan.  This year the robot is designed to shoot hoops and defend against another robot that is also shooting hoops at the same goal.
Picnic at the Sieglaffs - Sunday, Apr. 9, 2006 at 4:00 pm.
Science night at Hamilton school on Tuesday, Apr. 18, 2006.
Zone 9 meeting of SPS hosted by Augustana - Apr. 21-22, 2006.  Keynote speaker - Dr. Jim Kakalios, U. of Minnesota, "Physics of Superheros"

Pyrotechnics training and fireworks show - Mike Farrier's farm, Walcott, Iowa - Sunday, Apr. 23, 2006
Astronomy Day Open House - activities in the Planetarium and Observatory - Saturday, May 6, 2006
Physics Open House celebrating the 300th birthday of Benjamin Franklin, Sunday, May 7, 2006
Bake sale in the Science building - May 10-12
Field trip to Iowa State University - Friday, May 19, 2006

Field trip to Iowa State University - flow visualization, virtual reality, race cars - Friday, May 19, 2006

Kinsey and the visitors

Last year's race car

Dr. Heindel explains flow

Cool 3D

Physics Open House celebrating the 300th birthday of Benjamin Franklin, Sunday, May 7, 2006

Plasma ball

LN marshmallows

Glass harmonica

Infrared viewer

Sigma Pi Sigma Honors Banquet - April 30, 2006

The guest speaker was Dr. Talat Rahman,
"Should we tell our daughters to become scientists?".
Stacey Gilson, Laura Luloff, Christopher Kinne, Ryan Kruidenier and James Shearouse.

Pyrotechnics training and fireworks show - Mike Farrier's farm, Walcott, Iowa - Sunday, Apr. 23, 2006

What a show!

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Zone 9 meeting of SPS hosted by Augustana - Apr. 21-22, 2006.

James Kakalios
more photos

Panel discussion on "Preparing for and Applying to Graduate School"

Christmas party, Dec. 15, 2005 -- Dr. Carkner making liquid nitrogen ice cream flavored with muticolored M & Ms.

Enjoying pizza


Mixing in the LN

That's cool!

Physics Open House celebrating the World Year of Physics 2005 - Sunday, Dec. 4, 2005.

Jenna showing waves

Watch the cool flash!


Flying rings

Cardboard boat built for the regatta at homecoming, Oct. 15, 2005.  They finished in second place.  Everyone had a great time!

Construction in SC 107

Tom, Alaina and Rachel

First race

Second race

Nobel Conference on "Legacy of Einstein" at Gustavus, Sep. 27-28, 2005.  Attended by Cecilia Vogel, Alaina Orwitz, Rachel Adams, Christopher Kinne, Ossian Mogensen, Gabe Caceres, Tom Foss, Dan Barrett and David Renneke.

Lund Center

Questions and Answers

See list above

Relativity wine

Some Physics Links
   National Supercomputing Centers
   Argonne National Laboratory
   Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory

Physics Outreach Programs at Other Schools
 Physics Van - University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana

SPS Chapters, Zones and Programs
   National SPS
   SPS zone 9 - Augustana belongs to this zone

Augustana SPS Archive
   Some history of our chapter - starting in 1996
   Sep. 17, 2001
   May 12, 2002
   Mar. 17, 2003
   Sep. 9, 2003 - club photo for 2002-2003
   Sep. 13, 2004 - club photo for 2003-2004
   Sep. 7, 2005 - club photo for 2004-2005
   Sep. 27, 2006 - club photo for 2005-2006
   Sep. 6, 2007 - club photo for 2006-2007

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Last modified: September 6, 2007