Colloquium Archives 1999 - 2007

Fall 2006 Semester

August 30, 2006 - "A Retrospective of Oak Ridge and Los Alamos in the WWII Years," by Stephen Ajayi, senior physics and astronomy major. 55 guests.

September 6, 2006 - SPS/Departmental Organizational Meeting hosted by SPS President Zach Dotson, senior physics major. 35 guests.

September 13, 2006 - "Pluto: Is It or Isn’t It? (Only the International Astronomical Union Can Tell For Sure)," by Dr. Richard R. Erickson, Associate Professor of Astronomy and Physics, Lycoming College. 55 guests.

September 20, 2006 - "Dr. James Alfred Van Allen (1914 - 2006), America’s Space Pioneer," by Dr. Donald E. Simanek, Emeritus Professor of Physics, Lock Haven University, 65 guests. Dr. Simanek was a graduate student of Dr. Van Allen during the early days of balloon-based and satellite-based investigations of the Earth’s ionosphere and magnetosphere.

September 27, 2006 - SPS Social Gathering at picnic area on South Mountain Route 15 rest stop. 20 participants.

October 4, 2006 - "An Outgassing Internship," by Melany L. McGillvray, senior astronomy and physics major. 55 guests.

October 11, 2006 - SPS/Departmental Organizational Meeting hosted by Zach Dotson, senior physics major and SPS president. 30 participants.

October 18, 2006 -"Moon Calling Earth: A Radio Astronomy Calibrator," by Dr. Paul H. Shuch, Visiting Professor of Physics. 45 guests.

October 25, 2006 - "Finding Solar Sources for Type III Radio Storms," by Katherine Pazamickas, sophomore astronomy and physics major. A report of summer research performed at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center. A paper resulted from this work; Katie was principal author among several contributing authors. 45 guests.

November 1, 2006 - "The Evolution of Physics in Computer Games," by Adam Hughes, junior astronomy and physics major. 55 guests.

November 8, 2006 - "The Photoelectric Effect," by Stephen Ajayi, senior physics and astronomy major. 50 guests.

November 15, 2006 - "Accelerators Impacts on Particle Physics: How the Tevatron, Large Hadron Collider, and International Linear Collider Have/Will Make an Impact in Particle Physics," by Tiffany L. Singer, senior physics major, mathematics minor. 60 guests.

November 29, 2006 - "Composite Materials," by Zachary S. Dotson, senior physics major. 50 guests.

December 6, 2006 - "Photovoltaics: Harnessing the Sun’s Energy," by Eric Miller, senior physics major. 35 guests.

Spring 2007 Semester

January 10, 2007 - "Shouting in the Jungle –- the SETI Transmission Debate," by Dr. Paul H. Shuch, Visiting Professor of Physics, Lycoming College. 55 guests.

January 17, 2007 - Field Trip to the Very Small Array (VSA) at the home of Dr. Paul H. Shuch, Visiting Professor of Physics.
The VSA is a collection of satellite dishes modified and connected to perform radio astronomy observations interferometrically. 25 participants including all Departmental Faculty members.

January 24, 2007 - Creative Forum hosted by the Society of Physics Students. 65 participants doing poetry, comedy, dance, musical numbers, singing, much with a physics theme.

January 31, 2007 - "The Original Voyager Program: A Successful Failure," by Jennifer Campbell, part-time instructor of Astronomy and Physics. 45 guests.

February 7, 2007 - "Hadron Polarizabilities from Dynamical QCD Configurations," by Scott Moerschbacher, George Washington University. Scott was a Class of 2002 physics and astronomy major at Lycoming College, and will complete his Ph.D. by the end of June 2007. As a result of this talk an invitation was extended to "soon to be Dr." Moerschbacher to join the department for a one-year hire prior to our announcement of a tenure-track position to replace Dr. Wolfe. 50 guests

February 14, 2007 - "Archimedes’ Lever: How Long is ‘Long Enough’?" by Dr. Paul H. Shuch, Visiting Professor of Physics. 50 guests.

February 21,2007 - "The Recovery of Apollo 15," by Clinton Eppleman, junior astronomy and physics major. 50 guests.

March 7, 2007 - "Roller Coasters: The Physics of the Scream Machine," by Kenneth W. Mosby, junior astronomy, physics, and history major. 55 guests.

March 14, 2007 - "Gamma Ray Bursters," by Jeremie D. Pierce, junior astronomy and physics major. 50 guests.

March 21, 2007 - "Intake and Exhaust Manifold Design - Part 1," by John R. Kerr, junior physics major. 73 guests.

March 28, 2007 - "Panspermia: Did Life Arrive Here from Space?" by Melissa A. Spink, junior astronomy and physics major. 55 guests.

April 4, 2007 - "Space Medicine: Saving Lives in the Final Frontier," by Karen A. Owen, junior physics major, chemistry/biology minor. 50 guests.

April 11, 2007 - "Stephen Hawking vs. The Universe," by Tara L. Tubbs, junior astronomy and physics major. 55 guests.

April 18, 2007 - "Diagnostic Vacuum Testing," by Melany L. McGillvray, senior astronomy and physics major. 60 guests.

Note: This year’s colloquium attendance figures are up from previous years due to the fact that Visiting Professor of Physics, Dr. Shuch, provided extra credit to students in his 100-level Astrobiology class for attendance at Colloquium talks. About twenty or so routinely took advantage of that opportunity.

Fall 2005 Semester

August 31, 2005: Organizational Meeting of the Society of Physics Students and Astronomy and Physics Departmental Colloquium; attended by 25 students and others.

September 7, 2005: "A Treasure Hunt in the Library: the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly (Part I)?" hosted by Alison Gregory, Instructional Librarian, Lycoming College. 25 participants. For this part of the treasure hunt, the participants spent Colloquium period going through the College’s library sections on physics, space science, astronomy, engineering, meteorology, and engineering looking for one great book, one terrible book, and one surprising book.

September 14, 2005: "A Treasure Hunt in the Library: the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly (Part II)?" hosted by Alison Gregory, Instructional Librarian, Lycoming College. 25 participants. For this part of the treasure hunt, the participants shared their selections and the reasons for the choices they made the previous week.

September 21, 2005: "Einstein’s Miraculous Year and Legacy," by Dr. Stephen M. Barr, Professor of Physics, University of Delaware. 225 guests.

September 28, 2005: "3-D Visualization of Magnetic Switching in MRAM Devices," by Robert Cook, senior physics major. 30 guests.

October 5, 2005: "The Phase Structures of Lipid-Polymer Systems," by Dr. David H. Wolfe, Associate Professor of Physics and Astronomy, Lycoming College. 25 guests.

October 12, 2005: "Listening for Monsters in the Cosmic Sea: Black Holes and Einstein’s Astrophyical Legacy," by Dr. Shane Larson, post-doctoral scholar in gravitational wave astrophysics, in the Center for Gravitational Wave Physics at the Pennsylvania State University. 150 guests.

October 19, 2005: "Reflections on Editing USA IN SPACE (3rd Ed.)," by Dr. David G. Fisher, Associate Professor of Physics, Lycoming College. 35 guests.

October 26, 2005: "Astronomy and Physics Colloquium and Society of Physics Students Organizational Meeting," hosted by Dr. David G. Fisher, SPS Advisor, Dr. Richard R. Erickson, Department Chair, and Matt Secor, President of the Lycoming College Chapter of SPS. 20 guests.

November 2, 2005: "Tossing Clocks under Gravity: Time Dilation in a Constant Acceleration Field," by Dr. Santu S. DeSilva, Assistant Professor of Mathematical Sciences, Lycoming College. 25 guests.

November 9, 2005: "An Unholy Trinity?" by Dr. David G. Fisher, Associate Professor of Physics and Astronomy, Lycoming College. 35 guests.

November 16, 2005: "Science, Religion, and the Absolute Truth," by Kristina Cortes, senior astronomy and physics major. 35 guests.

November 30: "Atom Bomb Tests in the Early Years of the Cold War," a DVD-based video replay of declassified A-bomb tests hosted by Matthew Secor, Chapter President, for the Lycoming College Chapter of SPS. 45 guests.

December 7, 2005: "Deep Impact," by Dr. David G. Fisher, Associate Professor of Physics and Astronomy, Lycoming College. 25 guests.

Spring 2006 Semester

January 11, 2006: "New Horizons: The Pluto-Charon Mission," by Dr. David G. Fisher, Associate Professor of Physics and Astronomy, Lycoming College. 30 guests.

January 18, 2006: "Astronomy and Physics Department Colloquium and Society of Physics Students Organizational Meeting," hosted by Dr. David G. Fisher, Associate Professor of Physics and Astronomy, and Matthew Secor, President of the Lycoming College chapter of the Society of Physics Students." 22 participants.

January 25, 2006: "The Dynamics of Binary Star Systems," by Steven Novak, senior astronomy and philosophy major, Lycoming College. 25 guests.

February 1, 2006: "The Origins of Brown Dwarfs," by Dr. Kevin Luhman, Assistant Professor of Astronomy, Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics, The Pennsylvania State University. 40 guests.

February 8, 2006: "Return To Space: The Discovery Mission," by Nicholas S. O’Dosey, Mission Control Houston, Rendezvous Officer, Barrios Technology, Class of 1993 Astronomy & Physics major Lycoming College. 150 guests.

February 15, 2006: "Curiosity Killed the [Schrodinger’s] Cat," by Melany McGillvray, junior physics, astronomy, and pre-med major, Lycoming College. 40 guests.

February 22, 2006: "Monitoring the Solar Flux," by Lauren Wilson, senior astronomy and physics major, ARMY ROTC, Lycoming College. 30 guests.

March 8, 2006: "Measuring the Distance Scale and the Nature of Dark Energy with Extragalactic Water Masers," by Nicole E. Gugliucci, Lycoming College Alumnus, Class of 2005 (Valedictorian), first year graduate student at the University of Virginia’s Astronomy department. 45 guests.

March 15, 2006: "The Differences Between the Uses of Bose-Einstein and Fermi-Dirac Statistics," by Tiffany Singer, junior physics major, mathematics minor, Lycoming College. 35 guests.

March 22, 2006: "Speed Limit: 670,616,630 Miles/Hour: Exploring the History of the Speed of Light," by Eric Miller, junior physics major, Lycoming College. 35 guests.

March 29, 2006: "The Physics of Music," by Karen Owen, sophomore physics, biology, and chemistry major. 35 guests.

April 5, 2006: "Outgassing Characteristics of Spacecraft Materials," by Jeff Garrett, Lycoming College Class of ‘81 (physics and mathematics), Laboratory Director of Outgassing Services International in Mountain View, California. 25 guests.

April 12, 2006: "X-ray Diffraction in Crystals," by Zachary S. Dotson, junior physics major, mathematics minor, Lycoming College. 25 guests.

April 19, 2006: "Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR): Measurement of the Proton Spin-Lattice Relaxation Time in Water," by Matthew G. Secor, Lycoming College senior majoring in physics, minor in mathematics. 25 guests.

April 19, 2006: "Lawrence, Oppenheimer, Teller, and THE BOMB," by Stephen O. Ajayi, Lycoming College junior physics major, astronomy minor. 25 guests.

Fall 2004 Semester

September 1, 2004: Organizational Meeting of the Society of Physics Students and Astronomy and Physics Departmental Colloquium; attended by 25 students and others.

September 8, 2004: "Compact Symmetric Objects: The Youngest Radio Galaxies," by Nicole Gugliucci, senior astronomy and physics major at Lycoming College; attended by 25 students and guests, and in particular the Academic Dean. [The Dean had agreed to provide travel funds for Nicole to present results at the January 2005 American Astronomical Society meeting in San Diego.]

September 15, 2004: Organizational Meeting of the Society of Physics Students, hosted by Nicole E. Gugliucci, President of SPS Chapter, sneior astronomy and physics major, and Dr. David G. Fisher, Associate Professor of Physics and Astronomy, Lycoming College; attended by 20 students.

September 22, 2004: "Massive Stars and the Interstellar Medium of IC1613," by Rebecca B. Jervey, senior astronomy and physics major, Lycoming College; attended by 25 students and guests.

September 29, 2004: "The Astronomical Myths behind The Sailor Moon," by Melany McGillvray, sophomore astronomy and biology major; attended by 25 students and guests.

October 6, 2004: "The Origin of the Earth," sponsored by the The Society of Physics Students. A video from the Origins sequence was shown to approximately 25 students.

October 13, 2004: This week SPS took a trip to the VSA, the Very Small Array, a collection of small radio telescopes connected interferometrically. The VSA is run by the SETI League and is located about ten miles north of Williamsport, Pennsylvania. Ten students and faculty members participated.

October 20, 2004: "Rapid Prototyping Using a Focused Ion Beam," by Robert Benoit (Class of 2004), graduate student at the Charles L. Brown Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering, University of Virginia; attended by approximately 25 students and guests.

October 27, 2004: "Dress Up as Your Favorite Physicist," SPS members were encouraged to come in costume as their favorite physicist or astronomer, and the forum turned into a discussion of the attributes of each selected scientist; attended by approximately 15 students and faculty.

November 3, 2004: "Derivatives of Fractional Order," by Dr. Santu S. DeSilva, Assistant Professor of Mathematics, Lycoming College; attended by approximately 20 students and guests.

November 10, 2004: "Cathodoluminescence of Sandstone From Six Bayon-Style Khmer Sculptures of Angkor Wat," by Lee Zelewicz, junior music and sociology-anthropology major, Lycoming College; attended by 40 students and guests.

November 17, 2004: "A Theory of Everything, Part II," hosted by SPS President Nicole E. Gugliucci, senior astronomy and physics major, Lycoming College. Attended by 20 students and guests.

December 1, 2004: Physics Jeopardy, a parody of the famous game aired on NBC with a physics and astronomy concentration. Students from the nearby Lock Haven University SPS chapter and one faculty member from their physics department also attended and participated in the game parody. Attended by 20 students and guests.

December 8, 2004: A Pre-Winter Solstice Gala, a pizza party and chat session between students and department faculty attended by 15 students and faculty.

Spring 2005 Semester

January 19, 2005: "A Colloquium and Society of Physics Students (SPS) Organizational Meeting," hosted by Dr. David G. Fisher, Associate Professor of Physics and Astronomy, and Nicole E. Gugliucci, President Lycoming College Chapter of the Society of Physics Students. Attended by 20 students and guests.

January 26, 2005: "A Pebble’s Journey to the Center of the Earth, or So We Think??" by Lauren Wilson, junior astronomy and physics major, Lycoming College. Attended by 20 students and guests.

February 2, 2005: "Black Holes: A History and An Introduction," by Argyro Protogeropoulos, junior astronomy, physics, and psychology major, Lycoming College. Attended by 35 students and guests.

February 9, 2005: "Sting Theory," by Kristina Cortes, junior astronomy and physics major, mathematics minor, Lycoming College. Attended by 25 students and guests.

February 16, 2005: "Understanding Chaos Theory and Chaotic Systems," by Matthew Secor, junior mathematics and physics major, Lycoming College. Attended by 20 students and guests.

February 23, 2005: "Maxwell Can’t Stand the Heat, So Planck’s in the Kitchen," by Steve Novak, junior astronomy major and philosophy of science minor, Lycoming College. Attended by 20 students and guests.

March 9, 2005: "Space, Time, Matter, and Energy: A Brief Historical Survey of the Development of These Key Concepts of Physics from Ancient Greece to Today," by Dr. Stephen R. Griffith, Professor of Philosophy, Lycoming College. Attended by 20 students and guests.

March 16, 2005: "Discovery of Interstellar N2," by Dr. David C. Knauth, Research Associate, Department of Physics and Astronomy, Northwestern University. Attended by 25 students, faculty, and guests. An evening dinner with eight students followed, and an informal discussion was held after that with another six students. Earlier in the day, Dr. Knauth interacted with the Relativity and Cosmology class.

March 23, 2005: "The Source and Understanding of Intensity to Frequency Graphic Radio Telescope Readouts," by Robert D. Cook, junior astronomy and physics major, Lycoming College. Attended by 10 students and guests (snowstorm and approaching Easter break lowered the usual attendance).

March 30: "Nuclear Power: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly," by Andrew S. McGovern, senior physics major and mathematics minor, Lycoming College. Attended by 35 students and guests.

April 6: "The Physics of Guitar Building," by Brandon S. Stewart, senior physics and religion major and mathematics minor, Lycoming College. Attended by 35 students and guests.

April 13: "Methanol Masers in Star-Forming Regions," by Nicole E. Gugliucci, senior astronomy and physics major, Lycoming College. Attended by 25 students and guests.

April 20: "Dark Matter/Dark Energy Ratio: Its Effects on Cosmological Models," by Rebecca B. Jervey, senior astronomy and physics major, Lycoming College. Attended by 25 students and guests.

Fall 2003 Semester

August 27, 2003: SPS Organizational Meeting hosted by Dr. David G. Fisher, Associate Professor of Physics and Astronomy, Advisor Lycoming College SPS, and Robert Benoit, senior Physics and Mathematics major, President Lycoming College SPS chapter. 30 guests.

September 3, 2003: "Just What Did You Do This Summer?" Six Lycoming College astronomy and/or physics majors were involved with REU or RUG summer programs. This meeting was an informal discussion of what opportunities these students were able to take advantage of during the summer, indication for underclasspersons of just what they might be able to do in an upcoming summer research opportunity. 25 guests.

September 10, 2003: "Analysis of Mesocyclone Detection Algorithm Attributes To Increased Tornado Detection," by Christina Nestlerode, senior astronomy and physics major. This presentation involved research conducted at the University of Oklahoma during Christina's summer REU opportunity. 25 guests.

September 17, 2003: "Pushing Very Long Baseline Interferometry (VLBI) Polarimetry to High Frequencies," by Nicole Gugliucci, junior astronomy and physics major. This presentation involved research conducted at MIT's Haystack Observatory during Nicole's summer REU opportunity. 30 guests.

September 24, 2003: "John H. Glenn, Jr.'s Story: 'The Clock is Operating, We're Underway,'" by Dr. David G. Fisher, Associate Professor of Physics and Astronomy, Lycoming College. This presentation was in conjunction with the College's Fall 2003 Symposium [Space: A Revolution in Perspective]. 30 guests.

October 1, 2003: "Sally's Story: 'Ride, Sally Ride!'," by Dr. David G. Fisher, Associate Professor of Physics and Astronomy, Lycoming College. This presentation was in conjunction with the College's Fall 2003 Symposium [Space: A Revolution in Perspective]. 30 guests.

October 8, 2003: "The Story Musgrave Story: Emergence into a Living Universe!'," by Dr. David G. Fisher, Associate Professor of Physics and Astronomy, Lycoming College. This presentation was in conjunction with the College's Fall 2003 Symposium [Space: A Revolution in Perspective]. 30 guests.

October 15, 2003: "The Advanced Nuclear NAVY," by Andrew McGovern, junior physics and mathematics minor. Andrew is under consideration for a naval appointment to nuclear submarines upon graduation. 30 guests.

October 22, 2003: "A study of the Muon Lifetime and Decay Process," by Rebecca Jervey, junior astronomy and physics major. This involved RUG work done the previous summer at Texas A&M University, Casper College, and a professional meeting at Jackson Hole, Wyoming. 30 guests.

October 29, 2003: "Time Resolved H-alpha Spectroscopy of the Eclipsing Old Nova DQ Her," by Erin Mastrantonio, senior physics and philosophy major. This presentation involved REU work done the previous summer at the University of Wyoming. 30 guests.

November 5, 2003: "Cosmic Air Shower Array: 2003 Summer RUG Program," by Eric Kalix, senior physics and astronomy major. This involved RUG work done the previous summer at Texas A&M University, Casper College, and a professional meeting at Jackson Hole, Wyoming. 25 guests.

November 12, 2003: "Lessons Learned in Building Large Optics and the Hubble Space Telescope," by Robert R. Benoit, Independent Engineering Consultant. This presentation was arranged in conjunction with the College's Fall 2003 Symposium [Space: A Revolution in Perspective]. 35 guests.

November 19, 2003: "Mars and Beyond," a replay of a late-Fifties Disney program made with consultation of Dr. Werner von Braun, and Dr. Ernst Stuhlinger. 20 guests.

December 3, 2003: "The Mystery of the Tamarack Mine Plumb Lines," by Dr. Donald Simanek, Professor Emeritus of Physics, Lock Haven University. 30 guests.

Spring 2004 Semester

January 14, 2004: Society of Physics Students Organizational Meeting hosted by Dr. David G. Fisher, associate professor of Physics and Astronomy, and Robert Benoit, current SPS President. 25 guests.

January 21, 2004: "Broken Arrow: A History of Nuclear Misses!" This was a TECH TV video presentation detailing the numerous Cold War near accidents with nuclear weapons. 25 guests.

January 28, 2004: Sigma Pi Sigma Initiation. Five students were inducted into the national honor society. The Dean of the College attended the ceremony and dinner banquet. The after dinner entertainment was a reading of a speech given at CalTech by Michael Crichton entitled "Aliens Cause Global Warming." Despite the title, this was a serious talk about the problems of science and politics. 30 guests.

February 4, 2004: "The Thrill of the Chase," by Christina Nestlerode, senior astronomy and physics major. This DVD program was made by Christy and other REU students at the University of Oklahoma as they chased after tornados and other large storm systems. 30 guests.

February 11, 2004: "Columbia Astronaut Remembrance," orchestrated by Erin Mastrantonio, senior physics and philosophy major, with assistance from many other SPS members. For this event a multi-media remembrance of the careers and lives of the Columbia astronauts was organized. Each of the seven astronauts was portrayed by one of the SPS members. The event had to be delayed from the first anniversary of the Columbia accident so as not to coincide with the Super Bowl in order to hope that others might attend the observance. Although this could be mentioned at another part of the report, it must be noted that as part of the SPS remembrance, a small donation to the Children’s Space Shuttle Fund was made, and a signed card was sent to a former Lycoming College student major (she finished her undergraduate physics at the University of Houston) who worked closely for a year and a half with the STS-107 astronauts in preflight planning activities. 30 guests.

February 18, 2004: "Mileva’s Contributions to Relativity." This was a video presentation concerning the relationship and collaboration between Albert and his first wife Mileva. 30 guests.

February 25, 2004: "Mars Exploration Rover Briefing." This was a replay of the NASA TV February 9 JPL press conference that provided evidence of water in Mars’ past. 30 guests.

March 10, 2004: "The Symmetrical Top," by Brandon Stewart, junior physics and religion major. 25 guests.

March 17, 2004: Field Trip to the Very Small Array with Dr. Paul Shuch, Director of the Society of Amateur Radio Astronomers. This facility involves an interferometry array of SRTs located just north of campus. Unfortunately, after all the effort to arrange the field trip we were hit with a snow storm. The field trip will be attempted again this coming Fall semester.

March 24, 2004: "Cracking the Code," by Kevin D. Nester, senior astronomy and computer science major. This reported work done as part of a Research Topics course to document computer code that is run with the Department’s Small Radio Telescope (SRT) 20 guests.

March 31, 2004: "Sodium Hydride in the Spectra of Brown Dwarf Atmospheres," by Adrienne E. Horvath, senior astronomy and physics major. This involved reporting on REU work Adrienne performed the previous summer at the University of Georgia. 20 guests.

April 7, 2004: "Holography and My Other Research Topic," by Eric Kalix, senior astronomy and physics major. The other topic to which Eric referred involved astrophotography. 20 guests.

April 14, 2004: "Measuring the Galactic Rotation Curve of the Milky Way," by Erin Mastrantonio, senior physics and philosophy major. This involved reporting the impressive results of a two-semester independent research that qualified Erin for graduation with Departmental Honors. 20 guests.

April 21, 2004: "An Experimental Investigation of High Temperature Superconductors," by Robert R. Benoit, senior physics and mathematics major. This involved reporting the impressive results of a two-semester independent research that qualified Robert for graduation with Departmental Honors. 20 guests.

Fall 2002 Semester

August 28, 2002: SPS Organizational Meeting hosted by Dr. David G. Fisher, Associate Professor of Physics and Astronomy, Advisor Lycoming College SPS, and Kristin Madonna, senior Astronomy major, initial President Lycoming College SPS chapter. 35 guests.

September 4, 2002: "X-Ray and NMR (nuclear magnetic resonance) Spectroscopic Studies of 1,2-Dipalmitoyl-sn-Glycero-3-Phosphocholine (DPPC) influenced by Poly (ethylene-glycol)," by Zachary J. Shiffler, senior chemistry and physics major, Lycoming College. 30 guests. This was a report on REU work done by the speaker.

September 11, 2002: "Lipids and Polymers," by Dr. David H. Wolfe, Associate Professor of Physics and Astronomy, Lycoming College. 30 guests.

September 18, 2002: "Theoretical Investigation of Scaling Phenomena," by Scott Moerschbacher, senior physics and astronomy major. 25 guests. This was a report on REU work done by the speaker.

September 25, 2002: "Effectiveness of Randomness on Ferromagnetism in a Ga1-xMnxAs Diluted Magnetic Semiconductor," by Mark O'Brien, senior astronomy and physics major; math minor, Lycoming College. 30 guests. This was a report on REU work done by the speaker.

October 2, 2002: SPS organizational meeting. 30 guests.

October 9, 2002: "Possible Research Projects for Students" at the conclusion of an organizational meeting of The Society of Physics Students. 25 guests.

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October 30, 2002: "Dating of Grecian Earthquake Activity Using Thermoluminescence," by Erin Mastrantonio, junior physics and philosophy major, mathematics minor, Lycoming College. 28 guests. This was a report on REU work done by the speaker.

November 6, 2002: "Magnetism in Materials at the Nanometer Scale," Dr. Krishna Chowdary, Assistant Professor of Physics at Bucknell University. 25 guests.

November 13, 2002: "Inverse Laplace Transforms," by Robert R. Benoit, Lycoming College junior mathematics and physics major, replacement SPS President of the Lycoming College chapter. 22 guests.

November 20, 2002: An informal discussion of Fractional Derivatives had been planned by Dr. David G. Fisher, Associate Professor of Physics and Astronomy, but when good weather conditions prevailed, it was spontaneously decided to postpone that discussion, and use the gathered students to assist in a major final assembly stage in the construction of the department's new radio telescope. 20 guests.

December 4, 2002: Astronomy & Physics Colloquium and SPS hosted a dedication ceremony to commission the department's new radio telescope. The College President and the Academic Dean of the College joined a group of approximately 30 student majors and three faculty members up on the roof of the Academic Center where the radio telescope was constructed over the past semester with assistance from all three faculty members in the department and approximately ten student majors. The group dedicated the facility as the "Lycoming Astrophysics Research Station" (LARS) by singing the "Galaxy Song" from Monty Python's movie "The Meaning of Life." 35 guests.

Spring 2003 Semester

January 22, 2003: Sigma Pi Sigma Initiation. Event revolved around the induction of six individuals. There were 30 guests, 5 faculty, and the Dean of the College in attendance. Entertainment included a physics comedy session called, "If fill in the blank, then you may be a Physicist," created by Dr. David G. Fisher, Lycoming College SPS/ΣΠΣ Chapter advisor.

January 29, 2003: "Local Geology," by Kristin Madonna, senior astronomy major, Lycoming College. 35 guests. This was a formal report on a Research Topics experience.

February 5, 2003: "We Landed on the Moon?!" by Erik Kalix, junior astronomy and physics major, Lycoming College. 35 guests.

February 12, 2003: "Down the Drain," by Robert Benoit, junior physics and mathematics major, Lycoming College. 32 guests.

February 19, 2003: "Society of Physics Students Organizational Meeting," held by the officers of SPS. 25 individuals in attendance.

February 26, 2003: "The Geological History of Michigan," by Matthew Johnson, senior astronomy and physics major, Lycoming College. 35 guests.

March 12, 2003: "Mars Projekt," by Nicole Gugliucci, sophomore astronomy and physics major, Lycoming College. 35 guests.

March 19, 2003: "NASA and Computer Development," by Kevin D. Nester, junior astronomy and computer science major. 32 guests.

March 26, 2003: "Cosmonaut Reactions to Long Duration Space Flight," by Dr. David G. Fisher, Associate Professor of Physics and Astronomy, Lycoming College. 30 guests.

April 2, 2003: "Induced Defects in Crystals Grown from Solution," by Amanda Batz. 25 guests. This was a formal report on a Research Topics experience.

April 9, 2003: "The Making of Apollo 13," by Dr. David G. Fisher, Associate Professor of Physics and Astronomy, Lycoming College. 20 guests.

April 16, 2003: "Strange and Beautiful Atmospheric Phenomena," by Christina Nestlerode, junior astronomy and physics major, Lycoming College. 25 guests.

April 23, 2003: "Brown Dwarfs," by Adrienne Horvath, junior astronomy and physics major, Lycoming College. 25 guests.

Fall 2001 Semester

August 29, 2001: SPS Organizational Meeting hosted by Dr. David G. Fisher, Associate Professor of Physics and Astronomy, Advisor Lycoming College SPS, and Holly A. Lehnig, senior Physics, Astronomy, and Anthropology major, President Lycoming College SPS chapter. 30 guests.

September 5, 2001: "Vacuum Electron Tube Technology," by Hugh Schultz (Cross Field Amplifier Engineer, Litton Industries, Class of 1995) and Mark Avery (Klystron Engineer, Litton Industries, Class of 1997). These two alumni of Lycoming College (both physics majors) were the invited speakers for a joint Colloquium/Sigma Pi Sigma Induction. 35 guests.

September 12, 2001: SPS Organizational Meeting hosted by Dr. Fisher and Holly Lehnig, SPS President. 25 guests.

September 19, 2001: "Pion transverse momentum Distribution: Differentiating Hadronic from Partonic Flow?" by Scott Moerschbacher, senior physics and astronomy major. This presentation was a practice for an upcoming nuclear physics conference presentation Mark would give in Maui, Hawaii relating to his REU experience at Purdue University. 35 guests.

September 26, 2001: "Fabrication of Novel Nanostructures," by Dr. David H. Wolfe, Associate Professor of Physics and Astronomy, Lycoming College. 35 guests.

October 3, 2001: SPS organized and ran a game show parody of the popular TV game show Jeopardy, but restricted game board answers to the topics of various disciplines within physics and astronomy, Monty Python, and Lycoming faculty foibles. 30 guests.

October 10, 2001: "Re-determination of the rotation period of Sax J1808.4-3658," presented by Mark O'Brien, senior physics and astronomy major. This talk reported results from Mark's REU experience at Purdue University.

October 17, 2001: "Fire & Ice: Sizzling Comets Around a Dying Star," by Dr. David G. Fisher, Associate Professor of Physics and Astronomy. 28 guests.

October 24, 2001: "The USA Experiment," by Kristin Madonna, junior physics and astronomy major. 30 guests.

October 30, 2001: "A Complex Talk," by Scott Moerschbacher and Mark O'Brien, both senior physics and astronomy majors. This was not a Physics Colloquium, but a Mathematics and Computer Science Department Colloquium given by two SPS members (both inducted into Sigma Pi Sigma). 25 guests.

October 31, 2001: "Fire from Ice: Cold Fusion and Controversy," by Erin Mastrantonio, sophomore physics, math, and philosophy major. 30 guests.

November 7, 2001: Astronomy & Physics Colloquium and SPS Organizational Meeting. 25 guests.

November 14, 2001: "Genesis: Mission to the Sun," by Holly A. Lehnig, senior physics, astronomy, and archaeology major (and SPS president). 28 guests.

November 28, 2001: "Ride the Wave: wavelets and their affiliations," by Robert Benoit, sophomore physics, math, and astronomy major. 30 guests.

December 5, 2001: Astronomy & Physics Colloquium and SPS Organizational Meeting. 25 guests.

Spring 2002 Semester

January 9, 2002: "The Best Telescope on Earth," by Kristin Madonna, junior astronomy and physics major. 30 guests.

January 16, 2002: "Science Askew: An Eccentric Take on Science," by Dr. Donald Simanek, Professor Emeritus of Physics, Lock Haven University. Dr. Simanek recently had a book by the same name published, and sold and signed copies of his ingenious text. 63 guests.

January 23, 2002: "Trauma, An Overview," by Frances Misskerg, sophomore astronomy major. 25 guests.

January 30, 2002: "Research Topics Discussion/Society of Physics Students (SPS) Organizational Meeting," hosted by Lycoming College professors Drs. Richard R. Erickson, David G. Fisher, and David H. Wolfe; and Holly A. Lehnig, senior phyics, astronomy, and archaeology major and SPS chapter president. 25 guests.

February 6, 2002: "The Book of Lumen," a dramatic reading by Dr. David G. Fisher, Lycoming College, Associate Professor of Physics and Astronomy. 25 guests.

February 13, 2002: "Selected Moments in Space Flight History," by Dr. David G. Fisher, Lycoming College, Associate Professor of Physics and Astronomy. 32 guests.

February 20, 2002: "Consideration of Human Factors in Science and Engineering," by Michael J. Kraft, Director of Design and Engineering Development, Andritz Refiner Systems. 30 guests.

March 6, 2002: "The Science of Violins," by Mr. Charles Doersam, recent Master of Science (physics) recipient from Kent State University (Lycoming College 2000 graduate). Unfortunately had to be cancelled at the last minute when Mr. Doersam unexpectedly got word of a job interview in Washington, D.C. area. Meeting went forward with an impromptu discussion between faculty and SPS student majors. 15 guests.

March 13, 2002: "Between the Large and the Small: The Physics of Mesoscopic Matter," by Dr. Karl M. Unruh, Professor of Physics in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Delaware. 35 guests. Following the presentation, four SPS students seriously considering graduate studies in the next year or two joined the guest speaker and Dr. Fisher for an evening meal and discussion of the graduate school experience and the graduate program at University of Delaware in particular.

March 20, 2002: "Hydrogeology in Nature and Practice," by Mark Stegner, senior astronomy and physics major. This talk also counted in part for graduation requirements as a Lycoming College Scholar. 33 guests.

March 27, 2002: "Astronomy and Physics Creative Forum," hosted by Dr. David G. Fisher. This event included reading of personal creative writing (short stories, poems, limericks, musical lyrics), display of sculpture, display of astrophotography (one photography of which was published in the April issue of Astronomy magazine). Presenters included freshmen, sophomores, seniors, and departmental faculty. 30 guests.

April 3, 2002: "Video Game Physics," by Amanda Batz, junior physics major. 25 guests.

April 10, 2002: "A Paleontological Field Study of Paleozoic Through Cenozoic Deposits of Marine Invertebrates in North and North Central States," by Holly A. Lehnig, senior archaeology, astronomy, and physics major. This talk also counted in part for graduation requirements as a Lycoming College Scholar. 33 guests.

April 17, 2002: "An Integrated Approach to Space Exploration over the next 50 Years," by Jennifer Campbell, senior astronomy, physics, and history major. This talk also counted in part for graduation requirements as a Lycoming College Scholar. 33 guests. 25 guests.

Fall 2000 Semester

August 30, 2000: SPS Organizational Meeting hosted by Dr. David G. Fisher, Associate Professor of Physics and Astronomy, Advisor Lycoming College SPS, and Mary Ann Seltzer, senior Physics and Chemistry major, President Lycoming College SPS chapter. 27 guests.

September 6, 2000: "Potential Projects for Senior Thesis," hosted by Drs. David G. Fisher, David H. Wolfe, and Richard R. Erickson, all Associate Professors of Physics and Astronomy, Lycoming College. 30 guests.

September 13, 2000: "Resistance is [Not] Futile!" by Dr. David G. Fisher, Associate Professor of Physics, Lycoming College. 25 guests.

September 20, 2000: "Chandra Clinches Case for Missing Link Black Hole," by Dr. David G. Fisher, Associate Professor of Physics and Astronomy, Lycoming College. 35 guests.

September 27, 2000: "Astronomical Advances of the Last Century," by Dr. Richard R. Erickson, Associate Professor of Astronomy and Physics, Lycoming College. 35 guests.

October 4, 2000: an informal discussion group meeting to plan topics for future discussion during the next two semesters.

October 11, 2000: "Megiddo Expedition 2000," by Dr. Steven Johnson, Assistant Professor of Religion, Lycoming College. This was included in Colloquium series 2000/2001 because an SPS officer had participated in the overseas dig and wanted to show SPS members aspects of research techniques in the field.

October 18, 2000: "Physics Is Everywhere...." by Holly Lehnig, junior Physics, Archaeology, and Astronomy major, and Jenny Campbell, junior Physics, History, and Astronomy major. 30 guests.

October 25, 2000: "Quantum Dots," by Dr. David H. Wolfe, Associate Professor of Astronomy and Physics, Lycoming College. 30 guests.

November 1, 2000: "Function-Follows-Form Transformations in Scientific Problem-Solving," by Dr. Todd W. Griffith, founder and president of Discovery Machine, Inc. 25 guests.

November 8, 2000: "The Determination of the Elastic Properties of Model Cell Membranes," Mary Ann Seltzer, senior Physics and Chemistry major. 25 guests.

November 15, 2000: "To The Moon....Or Beyond?" by Mark O'Brien and Scott Moerschbacher, both junior Astronomy, Physics, and Mathematics majors. 35 guests.

November 29, 2000: "Astronomy in Arizona," by Cassandra Poulsen, senior Astronomy major. 30 guests.

December 6, 2000: "Supernovae and Their Remnants," by Ian McGinnis, senior Astronomy and Physics major. This was a planetarium presentation given in the College's Detwiler Planetarium. 35 guests.

Spring 2001 Semester

January 17, 2001: "Boom! Bang! Rumble! Here Comes a Volcanic Explosion!" by Colleen Dempsey, senior Astronomy major/Technical Theater minor. 30 guests.

January 24, 2001: "The Rich History of the Exploration of Mars," by Dr. David G. Fisher, Associate Professor of Physics and Astronomy, Lycoming College. 35 guests.

January 31, 2001: "Ashes to Ashes, Dust to . . . A Supernova?" by Mark A. Stegner, junior Physics and Astronomy major. 30 guests for this planetarium show presented in the college's Detwiler Planetarium.

February 7, 2001: "Fourier Series & Boundary Problems," by Mark O'Brien, junior Physics, Astronomy, Mathematics triple major. 30 guests. Note: Mark gave this same presentation to the Mathematics Department Colloquium the previous afternoon. 25 students and faculty attended that presentation.

February 14, 2001: "Research in Solar Active Longitudes," by Travis Stagg, Class of 1994 Physics Major alumnus, presently teaching in the Science Department of Girard College. Presentation was given in the College's Computer Mac Lab as needed for software used by presentor. 32 guests.

February 21, 2001: "Exoplanets," by Holly Lehnig, junior Physics, Archaeology, and Astronomy major, and Jenny Campbell, junior Physics, History, and Astronomy major. 30 guests.

March 7, 2001: "Matter at the Speed of Light," by Mark Stegner, junior Physics and Astronomy major. 25 guests.

March 14, 2001: "Biotechnology: Where are we and where should we be going?" by Mary Ann Seltzer, senior Physics and Chemistry major. 30 guests.

March 21, 2001: "Let's Dance," by Holly Lehnig, junior Physics, Archaeology, and Astronomy major, and Jenny Campbell, junior Physics, History, and Astronomy major. 30 guests.

March 28, 2001: "What is Bush doing with NASA?" by Ian McGinnis, junior Physics and Astronomy major. 30 guests.

April 4, 2001: "Archaeoastronomy," by Cassandra Poulsen, senior Astronomy major. 25 guests.

April 11, 2001: "It's a Bird, It's a Plane, It's Remote Sensing," by Colleen Dempsey, senior Astronomy major/Technical Theater minor. 30 guests.

April 18, 2001: Astronomy and Physics/SPS Organizational Meeting for 2001-2002. 15 attendees.

Fall 1999 Semester

September 1, 1999 - Mary Ann Seltzer, President, Lycoming College Chapter of the Society of Physics Students. SPS Organizational Meeting. 18 visitors

September 8, 1999 - Dr. David G. Fisher, Associate Professor of Physics and Astronomy, Lycoming College. "STS-93: The Journey of Eileen Collins--First Female Shuttle Commander, and Chandra X-Ray Observatory, NASA's New Window on the Universe". 25 visitors

September 15, 1999 - Dr. David H. Wolfe, Associate Professor of Physics and Astronomy, Lycoming College. "Elastic Properties of Liquid Crystals". roughly 25 visitors

September 22, 1999 - Mr. Jerry Falco, Director of the Career Development Center, Lycoming College. "Career Directions: The Changing Nature of Employment in the 21st Century". roughly 25 visitors

September 29, 1999 - Dr. Ben Vollmayr-Lee, Assistant Professor of Physics, Bucknell University. "Some Opening Challenges In Coarsening". roughly 20 visitors

October 6, 1999 - Dr. Donald E. Simanek, Professor Emeritus of Physics, Lock Haven University. "Tricks and Teasers". roughly 30 visitors

October 13, 1999 - Dr. Richard R. Erickson, Associate Professor of Astronomy and Physics, Lycoming College. "The Age Of The Universe". roughly 30 visitors

October 27, 1999 - Dr. Katharina Vollmayr-Lee, Assistant Professor of Astronomy and Physics, Bucknell University. "Computer Simulation of Glasses". roughly 20 visitors

November 10, 1999 - Dr. Shannon K. Mayer, Assistant Professor of Physics at Pacific Lutheran University. "Laser Cooling and Trapping Rubidium Atoms". 21 visitors

December 1, 1999 - Dr. Daniel P. Cavanagh, Assistant Professor, Biomedical Engineering Program & Department of Chemical Engineering, Bucknell University. Biomedical Engineering: Opportunities for Scientists and Engineers. 20 visitors

December 8, 1999 - Drs. David G. Fisher & Richard R. Erickson, Associates Professors of Astronomy and Physics. "Mars......(Maybe)?" 17 visitors

Spring 2000 Semester

January 12, 2000 - Mary Ann Seltzer, President, Lycoming College Chapter of the Society of Physics Students. Organizational Meeting of the Society of Physics Students. 17 visitors

January 19, 2000 - airing of "What If We Had No Moon?" a video documentary. roughly 35 visitors

January 26, 2000 - Colleen Dempsey, junior astronomy major, Lycoming College. "Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star. roughly 35 visitors

February 2, 2000 - Sarah McDonald, senior astronomy and physics major, Lycoming College. "The Sound of Music". roughly 25 visitors

February 9, 2000 - Cassandra Poulsen, junior astronomy and physics major, Lycoming College. "A Journey to the Past". 15 visitors

February 16, 2000 - Mark O'Brien, sophomore astronomy major, Lycoming College. Nothing. 15 visitors.

March 8, 2000 - Scott W. Moerschbacher, junior astronomy and physics major, Lycoming College. "The Global Positioning System". roughly 30 visitors

March 15, 2000 -Ryan J. Broughton, senior physics major, Lycoming College. "The Arc Pendulum". roughly 25 visitors

March 22, 2000 - Ian McGinnis, junior astronomy and physics major, Lycoming College. "The Little Big Bang: Supernovae". roughly 20 visitors

March 29, 2000 - Mary Ann Seltzer, senior physics and chemistry major, Lycoming College. "The Ripple Phase of Lipids of Biological Importance". roughly 40 people

April 5, 2000 - Eric Broughton, senior physics major, economics minor, Lycoming College. "Superconductors". 15 visitors

April 12, 2000 - Rob Cosper, senior physics major, Lycoming College. "Rockets in High School". roughly 20 people