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300 expected to attend science, research meeting hosted by WKU

About 300 participants are expected to attend a meeting of the Southeastern Section of the American Physical Society (SESAPS) and the National Society of Black Physicists, hosted by WKU, Nov. 20-23 at the Sloan Convention Center in Bowling Green.

sesaps logoThe 80th annual SESAPS conference will feature a variety of disciplines (physics, chemistry, mathematics) and will include presentations by faculty members, undergraduate students and graduate students, according to Dr. Edward Kintzel, assistant professor in WKU’s Department of Physics and Astronomy and director of the WKU NOVA Center.

The keynote speaker will be Alan Tennant, chief scientist at the Spallation Neutron Source at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. He will discuss “Neutrons — Emerging science challenges and future prospects” during the conference banquet at 6 p.m. Nov. 21.

Several WKU students and faculty members, including Provost Gordon Emslie, will make presentations during the conference. Dr. Emslie earned his bachelor’s and doctoral degrees in astrophysics.

“Hosting the SESAPS meeting is a big deal for WKU and gives us a chance to highlight science and research in Kentucky,” Dr. Kintzel said. “The conference will provide an opportunity for researchers across the Southeast to make connections with WKU, to tour our research facilities and see the NOVA Center’s Large Chamber Scanning Electron Microscope and to develop new collaborations and funding sources.”

The APS Southeastern Section includes Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia and Puerto Rico. Recent SESAPS hosts have included Florida State/Florida A&M, Virginia Tech, Louisiana State, Georgia Tech/Georgia State, North Carolina State, Vanderbilt, William and Mary, Florida, Oak Ridge National Lab, Auburn, Virginia and Mississippi State.

The event will open on Nov. 20 with a “Science Pub” at 6:30 p.m. at OverTime Sports Bar and Grill on Campbell Lane. Tom Hill of the General Motors Corvette Plant will discuss the evolution and science of the Corvette. Hill’s presentation is open to the public.

In addition to the program and presentations, the conference will feature several special events, including tours of the GM Corvette Plant, Maker’s Mark Distillery in Loretto and WKU’s Center for Research and Development (including the NOVA Center), and a poster session that will include a graduate recruitment fair.

“We have received great support from WKU, Ogden College of Science and Engineering, WKU Research Foundation as well as vendors, sponsors and area businesses,” Dr. Kintzel said.

For information about the conference, visit http://physics.wku.edu/sesaps2013/sesaps-home.html or check out the group’s Facebook page and follow #SESAPS2013 on Twitter.

The American Physical Society is a non-profit membership organization working to advance and diffuse the knowledge of physics through its outstanding research journals, scientific meetings, and education, outreach, advocacy and international activities. APS represents more than 50,000 members, including physicists in academia, national laboratories and industry in the United States and throughout the world.

Contact: Ed Kintzel, (270) 745-6200.

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