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Deadlines Local Host:
Abstract Deadline - March 1 Dr. Daniel Marble, Department of Chemistry, Geosciences, and Physics
Pre-registration - March 1 Box T-390,Tarleton State University,Stephenville, Tx, 76402
Meeting Dates April 4-6, 2013 254-968-9143  (Dept. Administrative Assistant),
Final Program (pdf) Conference Abstract Book (pdf)
Texas Physics Consortium Tarleton Physics Program Web Page

General Information

On April 4th-6th, 2013, Tarleton State University in Stephenville, Texas and the Texas Physics Consortium (TPC) will host the Spring 2013 Joint Meeting of the Texas Sections of the American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT), the American Physical Society (APS), and Zone 13 of the Society of Physics Students (SPS). This will be a general meeting. Contributed papers from any area of physics are welcomed and encouraged. However, areas of emphasis for the meeting include Astronomy and Space Science, Innovations in Physics Teaching, Undergraduate and High School Student Research, Applications of Accelerators, and Medical Physics. Most of the sessions and workshops will be held in the Science Building. The Friday lunch will be held in the Tarleton Banquet Hall in the Thompson Center. Business meetings of the Texas Sections of the AAPT and the APS will immediately follow the Friday lunch. A banquet will also be held on Friday evening at City Hall Banquet facility on the East Side of Stephenviile on Business 377 (same as previous conferences). A Star Party will follow the banquet at the Tarleton Observatory East of Town.



Invited Speakers (Confirmed)

Gary Beall

Gary Beall - Texas State University

Tarleton Alumn

Title: The 2-D World of Chemistry: Graphene and Other Interesting Materials

Short Bio


Wolfgang Christian

Wolfgang Christian - Davidson College

Title: Building a National Digital Library for Computational Physics Education At All Levels

Workshop: Using and Adapting OSP-Based Materials for an Interactive Classroom

Short Bio


OSP Tool Page

Tracker Video Analysis

Gary Glass 

Gary Glass - University of North Texas 

 Title: High Energy Focused Ion Beams: Technology and Applications

Short Bio


Peter McIntyre

Peter McIntyre - Texas A&M

Title: Accelerator-Driven Subcritical Fission for Green Nuclear Power 

Short Bio


Joseph Nagyvary 

Joseph Nagyvary - Texas A&M Emeritus 

Title: A Comparative Study of Power Spectra and Vowels in Guarneri Violins and Operatic Singing

Short Bio 


Dharanipathy Rangaraj 

Dharanipathy Rangaraj - Scott & White Hospital

Director of Medical Physics

Title: Why, What, Who, and How - All about Medical Physics

Short Bio


Medical Physics at Scott & White Hospital 

Marlan Sculley

Marlan Scully - Texas A&M, Princeton, and Baylor

Title: Paths into the Schrodinger Equation via Classical and Quantum Field Theories

Short Bio


Chandralekha Sing

Chandralekha Singh - University of Pittsburgh

Title:  Improving Students' Understanding of Quantum Mechanics

Workshop: Research-based Tools and Tips for Teaching Quantum Mechanics 

Short Bio



The TSU Planetarium will be providing free shows during the conference. In addition, tours of undergraduate physics labs and student research tours of Tarleton's Astronomical Observatory, Ion Accelerator Laboratory, Scanning Electron Microscope Laboratory, will be offered.

Physics and Physical Science Teacher Workshops

A program of hands-on AAPT workshops for physics and physical science teachers will be presented during the meeting.

Society of Physics Student Social (Thursday Evening)

SPS Student Social - Thursday Evening in Science 103/104 and Barry B Thonpson Student Center.

Food in Room 103/104 at 7:00 Followed by LAN Party till 11:00 or Everyone Goes Home

Games in Thompson Center Game Room 7:30-10:00

STEM Career Discussion Panel for Students (Friday 11:00 AM)

A panel discussion where professionals in various STEM fields will describe how they entered their chosen field and answer questions from students about various STEM careers and the education required. 

AAPT Student Competition

To be eligible for the AAPT student competition, the student must be either an undergraduate or high school student presenting a talk in an SPS session or a graduate students presenting a physics education talk in an AAPT session.