Public Lectures and Technical Talks (Check Back For Updates)

Thursday, October 18, 2007
Campus and local maps are here. The The full conference program is given here and the epitome here.
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5:00 PM-9:00 PM Rudder - 2nd Floor Registration
5:30 PM Rudder - Top Floor Joint dinner meeting of TSAPS & TSAAPT Executive Committees. Located in the University Club, top floor Rudder Tower. [To members: Please email b-guster@physics.tamu.edu to let her know if you will be attending.]
7:00 PM-9:00 PM MSC - 206 Society of Physics Students meet for fun & food.
(Hosted by TAMU SPS Chapter)
     
Friday, October 19, 2007
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM: Registration on the 2nd Floor of Rudder Tower.
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8:45-9:00 AM Rudder - 601 Introductory Comments by
Edward S. Fry, Head of Physics Department, and
Michael B. Hall, Executive Associate Dean, College of Science
9:00-9:45 AM Rudder - 601 Dudley Herschbach, Nobel Laureate, Harvard University and Texas A&M University

"Einstein's Theory of Specific Heats: The Third Coming of Planck's Constant"
9:45-10:30
Rudder - 601 Douglas Osheroff, Nobel Laureate, Stanford University

"How Advances in Science Are Made"
10:30-12:00   Coffee and Other Refreshments Available

APS, AAPT, and SPS parallel sessions and workshops on physics research and teaching
11:00-11:30 Rudder - 601 Helmut Katzgraber, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zürich

"The Physics of Diving"
 
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12:30 PM   Conference Luncheon
1:30-1:45   Luncheon Talk followed with Presentation of First Robert S. Hyer Research Award

Robert Hyer Thomas

"The Teaching Legacy of Robert S. Hyer"
2:00-2:45 Rudder - 601 Oscar Vilches, University of Washington

"One, Two, and Three Dimensional Physics with Films Absorbed on Carbon Nanotube Bundles"
2:45-5:00   Coffee and Other Refreshments Available

APS, AAPT, and SPS parallel sessions and workshops on physics research and teaching
2:45-3:15 Rudder - 601 Don EngelDon Engel, Senior Science Policy Fellow, APS

"China and India: A New Sputnik?"
6:00   Conference Banquet
7:00-7:40   Banquet Presentation

Fred Jerome and Rodger Taylor


"Einstein on Race and Racism"
8:00   Bus leaves banquet for Texas A&M Observatory, for night sky observing (with activities supervised by professional and amateur astronomers)
11:00   Bus returns from Texas A&M Observatory to banquet site
Saturday, October 20, 2007
All Day: Physics/Chemistry Open House.
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9:00-9:45 AM Rudder - 601 Laura Smoliar, CEO and Founder of Mobius Photonics, Santa Clara, CA

"Starting a Photonics Company After the Telecom Meltdown"
9:45-10:30 Rudder - 601 Keith Baker, Yale University

"Exciting Prospects and New Experiments in both High Energy and Nuclear Physics"
10:30-12:00   Coffee and Other Refreshments Available

APS, AAPT, and SPS parallel sessions and workshops on physics research and teaching
11:00 AM - 1:00 PM   Davidson Young Scholars Discussion and Picnic
Melanie Becker, Chair
Don Brownlee, University of Washington
"Rare Earth"
11:00-11:30 Rudder - 601 Helmut Katzgraber, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zürich

"La Física del Buceo", en español
11:30-12:00 Rudder - 601 Lucas Macri, National Optical Astronomy Observatory

"Como Medir la Edad del Universo", en español
 
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1:30-2:00 PM Rudder - 601 Vy Tran, University of Zürich

"The Great Observatories: New Windows into the Universe"
2:00-2:30 Rudder - 601 Casey PapovichCasey Papovich, Steward Observatory, University of Arizona

"Probing the Universe in the Infrared with the Spitzer Space Telescope"
2:30-3:00 Rudder - 601 Lucas Macri, National Optical Astronomy Observatory

"How to Measure the Age of the Universe"
4:00 Rudder - 601 The George P. Mitchell Annual Lecture in Astronomy
Don Brownlee, University of Washington

"STARDUST: a NASA comet exploration mission"