"Galaxies, Stars, Planets, and Life: A Dynamic Universe" will be presented by Jennifer Wiseman, NASA Hubble Space Telescope Senior Project Scientist.
The University of Northern Iowa Department of Physics is hosting the UNI/Area Education Agency 267 Regional Physics Competition. High school students from Cedar Falls, Denver, Dike-New Hartford, Dunkerton, East Buchanan, Fairbank, Gilbertville, Gladbrook-Reinbeck, Janesville, Jesup, La Porte City, Nashua-Plainfield, Sumner, Traer, Tripoli, Waterloo, Winthrop and other area schools are expected to participate.
The Physics Competition is a series of five competitive physics events for high school students in grades 9-12. The competition stresses creativity and ingenuity as well as understanding of physics related principles and is intended to stimulate interest in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). Events include catapult, mousetrap car, toothpick bridge, soda straw arm and challenge problem.
Regional winners and runners-up advance to the State of Iowa Physics Competition hosted by the UNI Department of Physics and held on April 16, 2015 at the McLeod Center.
Experiences in Antarctica will be presented by Paul Jones, retired teacher and UNI physics alumnus.
Aju Jugessur, director of the University of Iowa Microfabrication Facility, will present "Converging Science and Technology at the Nanoscale."
Andrew Harken, associate research scientist at Columbia University will present "Microbeam Irradiation at RARAF: A multi-disciplinary Radiation Research Facility"
Joel Sander, assistant professor of physics, University of South Dakota, will present "Shedding Light on Dark Matter Using Cryogenic Detectors."
Andrew Stollenwerk, assistant professor of physics, will present a research talk titled, "Achieving Charge Injection into Finite Layered Materials."
Dmitry Rychkov, Institute of Physics & Astronomy, University of Potsdam, Germany, will present a research talk titled, "Electrets and related phenomena: Current research by the Applied Condensed Matter Physics Group University of Potsdam"
Rui He, assistant professor of Physics, will present a research talk titled, "Raman Spectroscopy of Few-Layer Graphene and Topological Insulator Nanoplates"