PNACP Abstracts by r9O6R257



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
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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