Physics Club Activities

Student Physics Society - Seven Roles
Chapter Advisor:  Dr. Cecilia Vogel
Background image -
M78 and Reflecting Dust Clouds in Orion

Upcoming Events and Ongoing Projects

Augie physics blog 

Augustana Physics Outreach Program

SPS National

The next meeting will be at 11:30 am on Thurs., Sep. 18 in Science 120.
Physics Open House - Sunday, Sep. 28, 1:00 - 4:00 pm
  2008-2009 Officers
Club Photo taken September 13, 2007
     President: Jake Wietting
     V. President: Rose Davidson and Jess Belle
     Secretary: Kristen Krakovec
     Treasurer: Jess Belle
     Outreach: Alaina Orwitz
     Publicity:  Kyle Weigand
  Highlights from 2007-2008

Presentation by Gabe Caceres on his research at Fermilab, "Cryogenic Dark Matter Search", Oct. 11
Watched a video, the MythBusters program about baseball myths, Sep. 27 and Oct. 25
Homecoming Cardboard Boat Regatta, Oct. 27
Fall Open House at the observatory, Nov. 3
Christmas party, Dec. 20
Physics MythBusters Open House, Jan. 20
"The Science of Sword Making", Dr. Robert Frank, Feb. 7
Watch the NOVA video: "Secrets of the Samurai Sword", Feb. 7
Bowling, Feb. 10, 2:00 pm, Town & Country Lanes, Rock Island
QC Elite Robotics Test and Media Days, Feb. 16-17, Southpark Mall
Lunar Eclipse Open House, Feb. 20
Research talks Derek Strom ('02) described particle physics experiments at Fermilab.  Karen Andeen ('03) talked about IceCube - a neutrino experiment located at the South Pole.  Tim Tharp's topic was the Madison Symmetric Torus.  Apr. 17.  Derek is a grad student at Northwestern University.  Karen and Tim are grad students at the U. of Wisconsin in Madison.
Science Day Open House, Apr. 27
Pyrotechnics Training and Fireworks Show, May 4, near Maysville, Iowa
Physics Open House, May 10
Astronomy Day Open House at the observatory, May 10
"Fifty Years of Space Research at the University of Iowa"
, Dr. Donald Gurnett, May 12, Sigma Pi Sigma - new members

"Sword Making"   Feb. 7

Metal hardening...

Derek, Karen & Tim - Apr. 17

Fireworks show - May 4

Physics MythBusters Open House, Jan. 20.

Jake showing images

"Bending" light

Alaina illustrating dispersion


Christmas party - Dec. 20

Lee making the ice cream

Adding the liquid nitrogen


Joe, Cecilia, Dean and Lee

Homecoming Cardboard Boat Regatta - Oct. 27

Gabe, Jim and Alaina

Finishing touches...

Check out the wake

  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

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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