Wells Hosts NY Sectional Meeting of the American Physical Society

4-19-13 - Symposium will focus on the theme “Recent Advances in Physics.”

The Wells College Department of Physics is pleased to present the 108th Topical Symposium of the New York State Sectional Meeting of the American Physical Society. The symposium will be based around the theme “Recent Advances in Physics,” addressing major breakthroughs in a variety of areas. The meeting will take place throughout the day Friday, April 19, and Saturday, April 20, in Stratton Hall on the Wells College campus. Wells students, faculty and staff will join members of the APS and other institutions in special lectures, discussions, a poster session, and other symposium events.

Scheduled sessions will cover advances in the world of physics that have made headlines worldwide, such as the celebrated evidence for the so-called Englert-Brout-Higgs-Guralnik-Hagen-Kibble mechanism, which is believed to describe the way in which particles acquire mass, and the detection of numerous earth-like planets in the vicinity of our solar system. Other lesser-known but just as revolutionary topics include the development of exotic and useful bio- and meta-materials and breakthroughs in theoretical biology. Connecting the two kinds of breakthroughs is the importance of communicating the relevance and importance of physics to the wider world.

Dr. Carl Hagen of the University of Rochester will give the keynote address on “50 Years of Broken Symmetry.” Dr Hagen is co-author of one of the three seminal 1964 papers which detailed how mass is generated in the Standard Model of elementary particle physics. He is a fellow of the American Physical Society and two-time recipient of the award for Excellence in Teaching, Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Rochester.

The New York State Section of the American Physical Society brings together physicists from industry, government laboratories and academia for topical symposia twice a year. The meeting and symposium also features a poster session with contributions from both undergraduate and graduate students. Students are welcome and encouraged to attend, for each symposium is intended to be tutorial in nature. The conference at Wells is sponsored by Teachspin, a manufacturer of physics laboratory equipment located in Buffalo, N.Y. For a full schedule of events and registration information, visit www.nyssaps.org.



For information, contact Scott Heinekamp, Professor of Physics, scotth@wells.edu, 315-364-3361