September 2010: Physics Club is just getting rolling.
FermiLab Trip: The club is planning a trip to FermiLab and Chicago around November 7. Details are not completely set and signups are still being accepted. The club has secured a van, so that transportation should be cheap or free for a limited number of students.
Carnival of Clubs: The Physics Club participated in Buff State's Carnival of Clubs. The physics booth featured karate boards, a polarization sculpture and Chladni Plates.
Physics Welcome Picnic: The Physics Club helped organize the first annual Physics Welcome Picnic, held 9/17/2010. About 20 people participated, including faculty, freshman, and budding physics student Ryan Rai (age 2).
Other possible trips/ideas: The Physics Club is considering visiting the wind farm on the Buffalo waterfront, the Corning Museum of Glass and Cornell University (Physics Department). The club is also considering making a large Rube Goldberg machine for a competition (details yet to be worked out).
April 18-19, 2008: The club takes a trip to Cornell to attend the AAPT/APS Joint Spring Topical Symposium 2008.
April 17, 2008: Doreen Wackeroth (University at Buffalo) gave a talk: The origin of mass: Hunting for the Higgs Particle.
April 12, 2008: The annual Sigma Pi Sigma banquet was held once again at the Pearl Street Grill and Brewery. Student awards were presented and some of the physics community did entertainment. "Negative Feedback" featuring Adam Mojeski and Yianna Fantrazzo performed two songs. ["Negative Feedback" is Steve Clement, Dan MacIsaac (horns), Steve Wilser, David Abbott (guitars) and Andrew Gallagher (drums)].
Physics Club Special Events (speakers, trips, etc.) for AY2006-2007
April 28, 2007: About fifty people (students, faculty members and guests) attended the annual Sigma Pi Sigma banquet at the Pearl Street Grill and Brewery. Student awards were presented and some of the physics community did entertainment. Dr. Ettestad and Griffin Harmon juggled (look out for the low ceiling!) and Mr. Highland and Dr. Abbott played violin and cello duets.
April 14, 2007: Took a trip to the Corning Museum of Glass in Corning, NY.
April 12, 2007: We attended Dr. Ron Kelley's talk on fuel cells: "Portable fuel cell technology, or How I learned to stop worrying and love the Hindenburg." Dr. Kelly works for Gecko Energy Technologies and is a BSC alum (Class of 1988).
April 3, 2007: Trip to Cornell's Physics department. We toured the synchrotron lab, the high energy x-ray facility, a wind tunnel and the space science building. This was a joint field trip with HIPERC, the High Performance Computing Club.
March 29, 2007: Dr. Dave Graf (National High Magnetic Field Laboratory at Florida State University post-doc and 1999 BSC grad) gave a talk "Pressure measurements on an organic conductor in a magnetic field."
February 8, 2007: Dr. Ettestad, Brian Graves and Carlene Schwartz did a demo show for the eighth grade sciences classes at Campus West School. They demonstrated a human-sized hovercraft, an air puffer, the electromagnetic ring launcher and angular momentum using a human sized turntable.
December 7, 2006: Dr. Doug Gill talked about "Fiber Optics Based Communications Systems." Dr. Gill (BSC Physics 1987) works for Lucent Technologies.
November 9, 2006: Dr. Paul Kinney (University at Buffalo) spoke about dark matter and other cosmological puzzles. His presentation was entitiled "The Dark Side of the Universe."
October 12, 2006: Paul Curran (Steel Winds Project LLC) talked about the Buffalo wind farm project, entitled "Windmills in Buffalo." Discussion following this talk was rather lively!