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SPS Zone 6 meeting

By Winston Roberts - April 25, 2011


For the first time in many years, the FSU Physics Department sent a contingent of students to the annual Zone 6 SPS meeting. The meeting took place on April 1st and 2nd on the campus of the Georgia Institute of Technology, and about 70 students from institutions like the host (Georgia Tech), Morehouse College, Jacksonville University, University of Central Florida, Florida Institute of Technology, and from as far away as University of Puerto Rico at Mayaguez were in attendance. The FSU contingent was accompanied by Brendan and Tiara Diamond.

In addition to the slate of talks that usually takes place at such meetings, our students participated in a Physics Jeopardy contest, which they won. One of the FSU contingent, Zachary McDargh, also participated in the poster session. His poster titled "Finite Lattice Size Corrections to the Energy Momentum Dispersion of a Free Field"  shared first place with the poster presented by Jennifer Black from Southern Polytechnic University on her "Search for the Rigidity Transition in Lithium Oxide Silicate Glass Systems Using Modulated Differential Scanning Calorimetry (MDSC)".

In summary, our students acquitted themselves very well, and there are hopes that this level of interaction with regional SPS organizations will continue. In fact, the FSU Chapter of SPS will be hosting the Zone 6 meeting next spring.