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Department of Physics & Astronomy

SIRPA

Symposium for Introduction to Research in Physics and Astronomy

BellSouth Auditorium of Clyde V. Madren Conference Center
August 22, 2011

On August 22, 2011, the Physics and Astronomy department hosted its first Symposium for Introduction to Research. The full-day event consisted of graduate student and faculty research presentations followed by a poster session at the Clyde V. Madren Conference Center by the banks of Lake Hartwell. The intent of the conference was to introduce incoming graduate students to the various research groups within the department and their ongoing projects. The result was enthusiasm among all participants for all areas of research. The highlights of the conference included talks and posters on astrophysics, Earth’s atmosphere and ionosphere, fundamentals of quantum mechanics, quantum computing, computational modeling of biophysical molecules, nanoscale materials, and ion beam physics. The conference was well attended by faculty, students, and department staff. There were nine talks by faculty and twelve by students including one presentation by a post-doctoral fellow who recently graduated from Clemson Physics & Astronomy. Over twenty-five posters were displayed in the connector of the Madren Center from all disciplines. The families of everyone in the department were invited to dinner served in the Grand Ballroom. In addition, the conference was attended by retired faculty, a representative of the Clemson University Research Foundation, Dr. Larry Dooley, the Acting Dean of the College of Engineering and Science, and the Clemson University Vice President for Research, Dr. Gerald Sonnenfeld.

Schedule of Events

8:30 - 8:40am: Mark Leising, Introductions
8:40 - 9:02am: Ginger Bryngelson, Thermonuclear Supernovae: Insights from Late Behavior
9:02 - 9:07am: Emil Alexov, Introduction to Biophysics
9:07 - 9:20am: Shawn Witham, Developing models and algorithms to study macromolecular machinery
9:20 - 9:42am: Murray Daw, Equilibrium of Vibrational Energy in Solids; Fundamentals of Physics
9:42 - 9:55am: Jonathan Nooner, The Role of the Atmosphere in Satellite Communications

Coffee Break

10:30 - 10:52am: Pu-Chun Ke, Biophysical insight on nanoparticle-cell interaction
10:52 - 11:20am: Apparao Rao's research group, TBA
11:20 - 11:37am: Eugene Dumitrescu, Topological quantum computing using non-Abelian anyons
11:37 - 12:00pm: Sean Brittain, Observation of Warm Gas in Pre-planetary Disks: Catching Planet Formation in the Act?
12:00 - 12:12pm: Jeremy Capps, Theory vs. Experiment: Both Sides of the Coin
12:12 - 12:30pm: Maaneli Derakshani, Stochastic mechanics as a possible foundation for quantum mechanics

Lunch

1:30 - 1:42pm: Dieter Hartmann, Gamma Ray Bursts as Probes of Cosmic Evolution
1:42 - 2:00pm: Zhe Zhang, Visualizing Molecular Electrostatics with Jmol; Lin Wang, Using DelPhi capabilities to mimic conformational reorganization with amino acid specific dielectric constants
2:00 - 2:22pm: Priyanka Bhattacharya, Environmental Implications and Applications of Nanoscale Condensed and Soft Matter
2:22 - 2:40pm: Apparao Rao's research group, TBA
2:40 - 3:02pm: Jens Oberheide, Understand how Tropospheric Weather Influences Space Weather

Afternoon break

3:30 - 3:52pm: Daniel Field, The study of double-paddle oscillations using highly charged ions
3:52 - 4:05pm: Radhey Shyam, Low Energy Heavy Ions damage of MOS devices
4:05 - 4:27pm: John Meriwether, Measuring thermospheric winds and temperatures in distant lands with a Fabry-Perot Interferometer
4:27 - 4:40pm: Josh Wood, Dynamical Evolution of Supernova Remnants
4:40 - 5:02pm: Chad Sosolik, Highly Charged Ion Beam Physics

Poster Presentations and Cocktail Hour*: 5:00 - 6:00pm
Madren Center BellSouth Connector

Buffet-style dinner: 6:00 - 7:15pm
Madren Center Grand Ballroom
Antony Valentini: Video clip from “How Does the Universe Work?” on interpretation of Quantum Mechanics

Planetarium shows: 7:30 and 8:00pm
Kinard Laboratory

*Must show valid photo identification as proof of age.
All presentation times listed above have included 2 minutes for questions.

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