Abstracts Medical physics a dynamic and evolving scientific profession Kevin Jordan Physicist Assistant Professor Department of Physics and Engineering Department of Medical Biophysics London Regional Cancer Program University of Western Ontario, London Health Sciences Centre London, Ontario, Canada Medical physics is the application of physics knowledge and strategies to detecting and treatment of diseases. My experiences in physics and chemistry with particular interests in optical methods provide an alternative perspective in an established, yet dynamic profession. Beyond routine clinical service in a cancer radiotherapy department, I am involved in development of radiation dosimeter materials and readout instrumentation. The introduction of photodynamic therapy into routine clinical practice is also a major focus. My career in physics began as a co-op student at the University of Waterloo. Two work term mentors have been instrumental in the events and choices that define my evolving career. This presentation is will provide insight into medical physics as a scientific career option based on personal hindsight and foresight. A physicist among psychologists Jolinda Smith, PH.D. MR Physicist Lewis Center for Neuroimaging University of Oregon Eugene, OR I am a magnetic resonance physicist at a center devoted primarily to cognitive psychological research. Topics I'll cover include: life as a non-tenured, non-teaching faculty member, changing fields from condensed matter physics to neuroscience, and the role of the physicist in an MRI facility. New insights into student understanding of electric circuits and analog electronics* MacKenzie R. Stetzer, University of Washington Insights into student understanding of electric circuits continue to emerge from an ongoing investigation by the Physics Education Group at the University of Washington.This work is part of a larger effort to develop and refine research-based instructional materials on electric circuits for several different student populations. The investigation has recently been extended from introductory courses to an upper-division laboratory course on analog electronics. We have been administering written questions on fundamental electric circuits concepts and on canonical topics in analog electronics (e.g., filters, diodes, transistors, and operational amplifiers). Specific examples will be used to illustrate how the findings from this investigation have implications for instruction in both introductory and upper-division courses. *This work has been supported in part by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. DUE-0618185. Peer Instruction and Peer Evaluation in Introductory Physics Courses Martin Hackworth Idaho State University Over the past 10 years the majority of introductory physics courses offered at Idaho State University, including Introductory Astronomy, General and University Physics and all accompanying labs, have incorporated an effort driven, point based grading system along with a good deal of peer instruction and peer evaluation. The outcomes of this paradigm, some quite unanticipated, will be presented and discussed. M.J.Murdock Partners in Science Program Chuck Smith Partners in Science Circuit Rider The M.J. Murdock Trust offers a two summer $15,000 grant for high school science teachers to partner with researchers to do "cutting edge" research. The program is open to all areas of high school science in Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Montana and Alaska. The Trust has awarded over 300 Partner Grants since 1990. The teacher is encouraged to apply for a "supplemental" grant to the high school upon the successful completion of the 2 summers of research. What’s new at Vernier David L. Vernier John Gastineau Founder and CEO Staff Scientist and Vernier Software & Technology former college physics instructor 13979 SW Millikan Way Beaverton, OR 97005 Here are some of the things we would probably demonstrate: LabQuest and LabQuest Mini, New Optical Bench stuff Color Mixer Power Amplifier and Power Amplifier Speaker Accessory Electrostatics demonstration products New Bumper/Launcher SpectroVIS Plus for emission spectroscopy Spectrum tubes New books: Physics with Video Analysis Hands-On Introduction to NI LabVIEW with Vernier SensorDAQ We would also demonstrate our new iPad and show some possibilities for it in the future. “What the Universe Needs” John Knowles Phd, CGP John Knowles became a “hidden physicist" when he left Texas Instruments’ Research & Development Lab in Dallas, TX to pursue his love of guitar. Six years later, John & his family moved to Nashville, TN to work with guitar-legend Chet Atkins. John will talk about his decision process, his transition from being a scientist to being a musician, and the value of his physics education. He will also play a few tunes. John’s work has been awarded a Grammy and two Emmy nominations. In 1996, Chet Atkins awarded John the first honorary CGP (Certified Guitar Player) degree. Leo Parker Dirac Google, Inc. How a background in physics helps to solve Google's engineering challenges. Real- world examples of how making the world's information accessible and useful leans on the principals of physics. Physics and Washington Communication Mike Long Speech Writer White House Writer's Group WashDC Michael Long is a “hidden physicist” who has imposed the rigor of the field onto the relatively rule-free world of politics, journalism, and public policy. In a funny and candid talk, Mr. Long will explain his career change from science to writing, how a physics education enriches the approach to far less objective disciplines, and why physicists are the true “all-purpose thinkers” in life. A former stand-up comedian, an award-winning screenwriter, and a regular commentator on CBC News: Morning with Heather Hiscox, Mr. Long leavens his talk with personal anecdotes about politics, public figures, and life in the nation’s capital. Q&A to follow.
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