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Schedule

Friday, April 11

Time

Event

Description

4:30PM-6:00PM Walk-in Department Tours

Those who are able to arrive early are invited and encouraged to visit the Physics and Astronomy Department.  Student and faculty guides will be available to conduct tours. 

5:30PM-8:00PM Registration Registration is located in the Solarium of the Plemmons Student Union.
6:30PM-6:45PM Welcome Welcoming remarks by meeting organizers. (Solarium).
6:45PM-7:30PM

Dinner

                                                            

Buffet style dinner. (Solarium) Dinner tickets may be purchased at time of registration. Complimentary beer will be provided by staff of the Appalachian State Fermentation Science program and the Ivory Tower Brewery.
7:30PM-8:30PM Plenary Speaker Dr. Charles Falco from the University of Arizona will be our plenary speaker. (Solarium) The title of Dr. Falco's presentation will be The History of Art; The Science of Optics.
8:45PM-9:45PM                                                                                               

Rankin Science
Observatory       

A tour and hands-on observation session will take place at the Rankin GoTo Laboratory on Campus. The Rankin Science Observatory (RSO) is our on-campus teaching facility that has 15 eleven-inch Celestron GoTo telescopes for introductory astronomy labs and a 16" DFM scope for our advanced observational astronomy courses.

Saturday, April 12

Time

Event

Description

8:00AM-10:00AM Registration       Registration is located in the Solarium of the Plemmons Student Union.
8:00AM-9:00AM Breakfast Complimentary continental breakfast. (Solarium)
8:50AM-9:00AM Official Welcome Comments by Dr. Anthony Calamai, Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Appalachian State. (Solarium)
9:00AM-9:30AM Opening Presentation Dr. Beth Cunningham, Executive Officer of AAPT.  "AAPT Building Better Physics Educators" (Solarium)
9:30AM-10:00AM Coffee Break Complimentary coffee and snacks will be offered in the Rough Ridge and Beacon Heights rooms in the Plemmons Student Union
10:00AM-11:30AM Invited and contributed papers Invited speaker will be Dr. Emily Edwards of the Joint Quantum Institute (Rough Ridge Room). Contributed paper presentations will follow the invited talk.
10:00AM-11:30AM Invited and contributed papers Invited speaker will be Dr. Mike Falvo, UNC-Chapel Hill (Beacon Heights Room) will be speaking about Cell Mechanics and Protein Physics. Contributed paper presentations will follow the invited talk.
11:30AM-12:00PM Transition to CAP Building We will transition to the Physics & Astronomy Department in the CAP Building for the remainder of the meeting.
11:45AM-1:15PM Lunch A complimentary boxed lunch will be served.
11:45PM-12:00PM Poster Setup Poster presenters can set up their posters.
12:00PM-1:00PM Poster
Session
Contributed posters will be presented in the Physics & Astronomy Department. (CAP Building, Room TBA)
1:00PM-1:45PM Business Meeting NCS-AAPT business meeting in the Physics & Astronomy Department. (CAP Building, Room TBA)
1:45PM-2:45PM Workshops/
Panel Discussion    
Workshops and a Panel Discussion, "Physics Careers," will be held concurrently in the Physics & Astronomy Department. (CAP Building, Rooms TBA)
2:45PM-3:00PM Coffee Break Complimentary coffee and snacks will be offered. (CAP Building, Room TBA)

3:00PM-4:00PM

Share-a-thon,
Awards, and Closing Remarks

Physics & Astronomy Department. (CAP Building, Room TBA)

5:30PM-10:00PM

                                      

Dark Sky
Observatory Tour                    

Walk-in tours and observation activities at the Dark Sky Observatory (DSO) which is located about 40 minutes (20 miles) from Appalachian State main campus, near the Blue Ridge Parkway. DSO has five telescopes for faculty and student research programs. The largest instrument there is the 32" DFM Engineering telescope. The Jo and Don Cline Visitor's Center is used for public and school outreach programs.