Joint Spring 2020 Meeting of the Texas Sections of APS, AAPT and SPS Zone 13

April 2 - April 4, 2020

Hosted by the Physics Department of Lamar University 


Co-organizer: Texas Section of the American Association of Physics Teachers

Conference Flyer

APS members and non-members can register for the conference using either the PDF registration form or the weblink.  Please register before March 20, 2020 for early discounted registration fees.

Please submit your abstract using this hyperlink.

Tentative Block Schedule

Conference guest speakers

Keynote speaker

April 3 - Banquet - 6:30 - 9:00 pm

Dr. Eric Mazur - Balkanski Professor of Physics and Applied Physics, Harvard University

Eric Mazur

APS Keynote talk Extreme optics with zero index (April 3 @ Banquet from 7pm)
AAPT talk Innovating education to educate innovators (April 3 – morning session)

 

Plenary speakers - Friday, April 3, 2020 - morning session


Dr. Junichiro Kono
- Professor and Director of Applied Physics Program at Rice University

Jun Knon

APS talk: Flexible, Wearable, and High-Temperature Devices Based on Aligned Carbon Nanotubes (April 3 – morning session)

Dr. Tolga Aytug - Senior Researcher at Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Tolga Aytug

and
Carbon nanomaterial enabled ultra-conductive Cu composites (both talks on April 3 – morning session)

Plenary speakers - Saturday, April 4, 2020 - morning session


Dr. Talat Shahnaz Rahman
- UCF Pegasus and Distinguished Professor of Physics at University of Central Florida.

Talat Rahman

APS talk: Functionalized 2D Materials for a sustainable future (April 4 – morning session)

Dr. Eugenia Etkina - Distinguished Professor of Science Education at Rutgers University

Eugenia Etkina

AAPT talk: Investigative Science Learning Environment: Helping students learn physics by practicing it (April 4 – morning session)

AAPT workshop: How to use College Physics: Explore and Apply to help your students learn physics, learn to think like scientists, and to develop confidence in themselves


Dr. Brad Conrad
- Director of the Society of Physics Students & Sigma Pi Sigma

Brad Conrad

SPS talk:  Random Walks in Physics: Career Pathways and Undergraduate Department Health (April 4 – morning session)

Dr. Monica Plisch - Director of Education and Diversity, PhysTEC, APS

Monica Plisch

APS / PhysTEC keynote talk (April 3 - 1:15 - 2:00 pm)
PhysTEC: Building a Solution to the National Physics Teacher Shortage

 

TSAAPT workshop

Topics and times

Registration form

Workshop coordinator: Dr. Thomas O'Kuma, Professor of Physics at Lee College (tokuma@lee.edu)

 

 

Special Workshop

ALPhA (Advanced Laboratory Physics Association) Workshop

Saturday, April 4 in the Science and Technology Building
Coordinator: Dr. Tony Sauncy, Director of the ALPhA Texas Region (TX, OK, AR)



Society of Physics Student Chapters are invited to SPS Gets Together!

Thursday, April 2 in the Setzer Student Center, Live Oak Ballroom
Coordinator: Dr. Brad Conrad, Director of the Society of Physics Students and Sigma Pi Sigma National

  • Sigma Pi Sigma Induction Ceremony at Lamar University
  • Trivia Questions – All SPS Chapters are invited to participate and compete – SPS National will offer prizes!

 

Workshops

ALPhA (Advanced Laboratory Physics Association) Workshop

Saturday, April 4 in the Science and Technology Building
Coordinator: Dr. Tony Sauncy, Director of the ALPhA Texas Region (TX, OK, AR)

SPS Career Toolbox

Friday, April 3 in the Setzer Student Center (late afternoon session)
Coordinator: Dr. Brad Conrad, Director of the Society of Physics Students and Sigma Pi Sigma National

 

Special Breakout Sessions

SPS breakout session for undergraduate research

Friday, April 3 in the Setzer Student Center
Coordinator: Dr. Brad Conrad, Director of the Society of Physics Students and Sigma Pi Sigma National

Makerspace breakout session

Saturday, April 4 in Science and Technology Building
Coordinator: Dr. Robert Kelley Bradley, Director of the Makerspace at Lamar University

 

TSS20 - Sorting Categories for Abstract Submission (through APS portal)

01.0  Atomic and Molecular Physics

02.0  Optics and Light-Matter Interaction

03.0  Solid State Physics

04.0  Materials Science

05.0  Nuclear Physics

06.0  High Energy Physics

07.0  Space Science and Solar Physics

08.0  Applied Physics and Engineering

09.0  Plasma Physics

10.0  Physics Education Research and AAPT

11.0  SPS Research

12.0  General Physics

 

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SPS Reporter Award:

If you want to write about this event for the SPS Observer, you can apply for a SPS reporter award..

 

Student Travel Awards:

There will be three types of travel awards available to students.

  1. Society of Physics Students offers SPS Travel Awards (up to $300 each).
  2. Texas Section of the American Association of Physics Teachers (TSAAPT) and the Texas Section of the American Physical Society (TSAPS) offers travel support (up to $200).
  3. Office of Undergraduate Research (O.U.R.) at Lamar University offers a few hotel rooms (apply to cristian.bahrim@lamar.edu with the subject line: TSS20 - Request for a lodging support grant).

For more details see below:

Society of Physics Students offers SPS Travel Awards, up to $300 each. To apply for this award, please visit the weblink.

The award is offered only to active SPS members presenting their research (talk or poster) at the Joint Spring 2020 Meeting of Texas Sections of APS, AAPT and SPS Zone 13 hosted at Lamar University between April 2 and 4, 2020.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR APPLICANTS:

Please read carefully from the weblink above, the Criteria of Eligibility. Please also note from the Application Procedure that “Upon acceptance of your abstract, complete the online application form at least 10 days prior to the meeting for which you would like the award.”  Therefore, the deadline for SPS Travel Award is March 23, 2020. 

In order to receive the notification for acceptance of the abstract, you need to contact the conference chair, Dr. Cristian Bahrim (cristian.bahrim@lamar.edu) by email (with the subject line “Request for SPS Travel Award”), send him your abstract in word document format and notify him about your SPS travel award request, prior to March 20, 2020. 

At same time, you have to follow the normal abstract submission procedure and submit it through the APS portalas any other participant to the conference. 

 

2. Texas Section of the American Association of Physics Teachers (TSAAPT) and the Texas Section of the American Physical Society (TSAPS) offers travel support (up to $200) to any graduate or undergraduate student who will be presenting a paper (talk or poster) at the Joint 2020 Spring Meeting of Texas Sections of APS, AAPT and SPS Zone 13 hosted at Lamar University, between April 2 and 4, 2020.

The check awarded for this travel grant will be handled personally to the student recipient at the registration booth during the time of the conference. The students should present a valid student ID card, to the TSAAPT representative.

The request for this travel support should be send by email, prior to March 20, 2020, to the conference chair, Dr. Cristian Bahrim (cristian.bahrim@lamar.edu). This email should have the subject line “Request for TSAAPT Travel Support”) and should include

(1) your abstract in word document format,

(2) the name and email address of your faculty mentor (eventually co-author on your paper which you will present as talk or poster at the conference) and

(3) a brief statement about the need for this travel support.

The awards committee should be able to evaluate from your statement, the need for the travel support, in order to allocate the proper funds. Our organization tries to help as many students as possible.

Your faculty mentor should send a short paragraph in support of your application for travel support to Dr. Cristian Bahrim by email with the subject line “LOR for TSAAPT Travel Support”. (LOR is an acronym for letter of recommendation)

The student requesting travel support has to fill out the registration form of the conference using the portal. Please note that the early registration deadline is March 20, 2020.

The student requesting travel support should follow the normal abstract submission procedure and submit his/her abstract through the APS portal, as any other participant to the conference.