Science Is Golden

By Jennifer Palmer ’04

Moravian’s chapter of the Society of Physics Students has been named an outstanding SPS chapter for 2002-03—an honor accorded to about one chapter per state.

Selection is based on the depth and breadth of SPS activities in areas such as physics research, science outreach to the public, tutoring programs, and participation in professional meetings.

Moravian’s chapter, established in 1969, is a member of the American Institute of Physics. Its activities in 2002-03 included outreach programs to local elementary and middle schools. SPS members also tutored students in Moravian’s introductory physics classes.

Each year the chapter designs, sets up, runs, and grades the physics lab activities for the Science Olympiad held at the College in March. The chapter also sponsors lectures by its own and guest speakers about their research.

In April 2003, five SPS members presented papers at the annual meeting of the Central Pennsylvania section of the American Association of Physics Teachers, held at Millersville University. The seniors were Matthew Bowers, Aaron Buckner (now in graduate school at Notre Dame University), John Lesoine (now a research fellow at the University of Rochester’s Institute of Optics), and Steven Sweeney (now in graduate school at Lehigh University). Anthony Costantino ’04, Bethlehem, joined them.

Tim Schaeffer ’04, Philadelphia, is current president of Moravian’s SPS chapter, with Dana Patchcoski ’04, Dunmore, vice president; Katie Washer ’06, Long Pond, secretary; and Amy Kish ’04, Bethlehem, treasurer. Faculty advisor is Edward Roeder, associate professor of physics.

In addition to Tony Costantino, SPS members include Margaret Benny ’05, Tamaqua; Brynn Chromiak ’05, Tamaqua; Peter Coldwell ’06, Bound Brook, N.J.; Dan Corey ’05, Fair Lawn, N.J.; Fethulla Demircan ’07, Bethlehem; Josh DiGiacomo ’04, Zionsville; Neil Dobracki ’05, Alburtis; Dale Grandfield ’05, Center Valley; Casey Hoffman ’06, Kempton; Aditya Khanna ’05, India; Kenny Kwok ’07, Bethlehem; Michael Lesoine ’05, East Stroudsburg; Chris Marin ’07, Patchogue, N.Y.; and Maryellen Watson ’04, Walnutport.
Last year, Moravian’s SPS chapter won a Marsh White Award of $300, which allowed it to purchase equipment to be used in its outreach programs.

Jennifer Palmer, Perkasie, is the intern for the Public Relations Office.

February 24, 2004

Science Is Golden:
Moravian chapter of Society for Physics Students wins national honor.

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Human Sundae victims raise money for Habitat for Humanity by getting slathered with ice cream.

A Surprise Impact:
4 Impact awards are given by VPs, but John Byrne in Athletics was really surprised.

$upporting Lacrosse:
Team is raising money for Florida training session.

New Old Stuff:
Additions to Moravian College Archives on display.
Datebook:
Campus calendar.
Gaudeamus:
Faculty, staff, student accomplishments.