By Jennifer Palmer ’04
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,
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
lectures by its own and guest speakers about their research.
2003, five SPS members presented papers at the annual
meeting of the Central Pennsylvania section of the American
Association of Physics
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
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.
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
Last year, Moravian’s SPS chapter won a Marsh White Award
of $300, which allowed it to purchase equipment to be used in its
Jennifer Palmer, Perkasie, is the intern
for the Public Relations