Joint Spring 2016 Meeting of the Texas Sections of APS, AAPT, and Zone 13 of SPS

March 31 - April 2, 2016

Lamar University will host the Joint Spring 2016 Meeting of the Texas Sections of AAPT, APS, and Zone 13 of the SPS in the Setzer Student Center and Archer Physics Building.

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Conference guest speakers


APS track:

Keynote speaker:

Dr. Thomas Killian - Chair and Professor of Physics and Astronomy at Rice University

Talk: "From Ultracold Plasmas to White Dwarf Stars"

Plenary speakers:

Dr. Talat Shahnaz Rahman - UCF Pegasus Professor at University of Central Florida.

Talk: “Tailoring Properties of Single Layer Transition Metal Dichalcogines: Looking Beyond Graphene"

Dr. Carl Gagliardi - Professor of Physics at Texas A&M College Station and member of the STAR Collaboration at Brookhaven National Laboratory.

Talk: "What makes the proton spin?"

Dr. Gillian Nave - Researcher at National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), Maryland.

Talk: “Atomic data for the diagnosis of astrophysical plasmas”

Dr. Matthew A. Greenhouse - James Webb Space Telescope Scientist for the instrument package, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center

Talk: "The James Webb Space Telescope Mission"

Dr. Paul Snijders - Research Staff at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, and Department of Physics and Astronomy, The University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

Talk: “Surfaces - condensed matter physics in accessible systems”

Dr. Stephen Bradshaw - William V. Vietti Junior Chair of Space Physics at Rice University.

Talk: "Explosive phenomena in the solar atmosphere"

AAPT track:

Keynote speaker:

Dr. Dean Zollman - University Distinguished Professor and Distinguished University Teaching Scholar at Kansas State University

Talk: "Engaging Students in Quantum Physics - Research and Practice"

Plenary speakers:

Dr. Talat Shahnaz Rahman - UCF Pegasus Professor at University of Central Florida.

Talk: Education: "A glimpse at the workings of PhysTEC Comprehensive Site and APS Bridge Program Site at UCF"

Dr. Jill A. Marshall - Associate Professor at the University of Texas at Austin, Associate Co-Director of the UTeach secondary STEM teacher certification program.

Talk: “Replicating the UTeach Model for 10 Years: Where We Are and What We Have Learned.”

Invited speakers:

Howard Lee (Baylor University)

Talk: “Active Conducting Oxide Plasmonics and Metasurfaces”

Conference Hotel

Conference HotelHoliday Inn and Suite Beaumont-Plaza


Alternative Hotels Offering Conference Discounts

Courtyard Beaumont

Courtyard Beaumont

Fairfield Inn

Fairfield Inn and Suites Beaumont

MCM Elegante Hotel
MCM Elegante Hotel

Beaumont Convention and Visitors Bureau

Crockett Street

Photo: Robert Nowitz, courtesy of Beaumont CVB