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Texas physicists, physics teachers come to UTSA for research conference


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(Oct. 28, 2010)--Physicists from across the state gathered at UTSA Oct. 21-23 for the Joint Fall 2010 Meeting of the Texas Section of the American Physical Society. The conference included an academic track for physics researchers and an education track for physics teachers. The conference was organized by the UTSA and Trinity University physics and astronomy departments.

Participants included members of the Texas section of the American Physical Society, Texas Section of the American Association of Physics Teachers, Zone 13 of the Society of Physics Students, National Society of Hispanic Physicists, National Society of Black Physicists and Trinity University faculty members.

The research track featured presentations in atomic, molecular and optical physics; astrophysics, astronomy and space science; biological and chemical physics; high-energy/nuclear physics; and condensed matter and nanoscience.

Key speakers and their topics included:

  • Pedro Montano, Department of Energy, "Basic Energy Sciences: A Perspective"
  • Isaac Sanchez, University of Texas at Austin, "Toward a Model of Cold Denaturation of Proteins"
  • Carlos Ordonez, University of Houston, "Latest Developments in Conformal Quantum Mechanics and Black Hole Thermodynamics"
  • Ron Elber, University of Texas at Austin, "Computer Simulations of Molecular Machines"
  • Xomalin Peralta, University of Texas at San Antonio, "Standing-wave Plasmon Resonances in THz Metamaterials Fabricated on Thin Silicon Nitride Membranes"
  • Marilia Samara, Southwest Research Institute, "Ground-based Optical Observations of Geophysical Phenomena: Aurora and Meteors"

The high school physics teachers attended workshops to inspire new classroom activities. Topics included new ideas for teaching physics, centripetal force, pre-lab and lab activities in Newtonian mechanics, telecommunications and sound, teaching about magnets and magnetism, building an electric guitar from PVC, and innovative resources and emerging ideas in nuclear physics.

UTSA is the only academic institution in San Antonio to offer a doctoral program in physics. Offered jointly with Southwest Research Institute and in partnership with UT Brownsville, the five-year-old program has grown to become the sixth largest in Texas according to the American Physical Society and the second-largest doctoral program in the UTSA College of Sciences.



Oct. 5, 6 p.m.

Film Screening: The Head of Joaquin Murrieta by John Valadez

The Mexican American Studies Program will host a screening of this irreverent, entertaining and often disturbing tale that uses both fiction and documentary story telling devices to tear open a painful and long ignored history: the lynching of Mexican Americans in the southwest.
Buena Vista Building Aula Canaria (BV 1.328), Downtown Campus

Oct. 6, 3 p.m.

State of the University

Join President Ricardo Romo as he gives his address to the UTSA community.
H-E-B University Center Ballroom (UC 1.104), Main Campus

Oct. 7, 6:30 p.m.

The Impact of the 84th Texas Legislative Session on Public Schools: Any Rain in Sight or Are Those Smoke Clouds on the Horizon?

Join the College of Education and Human Development's Center for Educational Leadership, Policy and Professional Development for a discussion about what passed and what didn't in the last legislative session and what it means for Bexar County Public Schools. 
Durango Building Southwest Room (DB 1.124), Main Campus

Oct. 8, 10 a.m.

Graduate Fair

Graduate School representatives from across the country will provide information on options after earning a bachelor's degree. Students, alumni and community members are welcome.
University Center Retama Galleria, Main Campus

Oct. 10, 8:30 a.m. - 3 p.m.

UTSA CITE Technology Entrepreneurship Boot Camp

Kickstart your career as an entrepreneur at The University of Texas at San Antonio’s Center for Innovation, Technology and Entrepreneurship (CITE) Technology Entrepreneurship Boot Camp.
Business Building, Richard S. Liu Auditorium (BB 2.01.02), Main Campus

Oct. 14, 5:30 p.m.

Architecture as Rendered Society

The UTSA College of Architecture, Construction and Planning, in partnership with AIA San Antonio’s Latinos in Architecture, presents architect Andrés Jaque, founder of the Office for Political Innovation, an architectural practice dually based in New York and Madrid.
Buena Vista Building, Aula Canaria Lecture Hall (BV 1.328), Downtown Campus

Oct. 20-21, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.

SECC Book Sale

Looking for a good read? Shop for yourself or for gifts and help change a life at the same time. Browse and buy children’s stories, novels and more at the 2015 SECC Book Sale.
Sombrilla Plaza, Main Campus

Oct. 27, 11:30 a.m.

Lecture by Composer Larry Groupe

The UTSA Music Department presents Emmy-award winning Composer Larry Groupe. Groupe has composed music for films such as "The Contender," "Straw Dogs" and "Miami Vice," and TV shows such as "Star Trek: The Next Generation," "Ren and Stimpy" and "American Gladiators." Lecture is free and open to the public.
Arts Building (2.03.15-18), Main Campus

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