(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:
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.
UTSA prides itself on giving students a well-rounded education. Combining a top-tier academic program with opportunities for personal growth prepares students to compete in a global economy. And that's not all. They learn to be informed and engaged citizens as well. At the heart of that academic program is an award-winning core curriculum.
For four consecutive years, UTSA has received an A-rating from the American Council of Trustees and Alumni for the caliber of its core curriculum. According to ACTA, UTSA requires its students to take six of the seven courses deemed "crucial" to a well-rounded education: composition, literature, U.S. government or history, economics, mathematics and science. Only a handful of other institutions in the U.S. are giving students these tools, which are needed to succeed in careers and the community.
Did you know? UTSA is one of only three Texas institutions and 23 in the United States to receive the highest rating for its core curriculum in the 2014-2015 edition of the ACTA's "What Will They Learn?" report.
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