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* W.C. Mepham HS  

Bill Leacock  


* West Islip HS

Nancy Budka


* Syosset HS

Richard Slesinski  


* The Wheatley School

Adam Plana


* Bellmore JFK HS

Russell Lella


* Patchogue-Medford HS

Jean Clark


* Manhasset High School

Barbara Speight


* MacArthur High School  

George Donovan  


* Division Avenue HS  

Jeff Miller  


* Commack High School

Justin King  


* Walt Whitman High School

Jaime Rogers


* Smithtown HS East  

Gillian Winters


* Smithtown HS West  

Frank Pillitteri


* Comsewogue HS  

Brett Thompson  


* Calhoun HS  

Ken Levy  


* Valley Stream North HS  

Lauren Demery  


* Farmingdale Senior HS

Joanne Schwager


* Plainview Old Bethpage

Susan Wetzler

2018 Physics Olympics

Friday, March 23, 2018

 8:30 AM - 1:00 PM

Lupton Hall at Farmingdale State College

March 23, 2018 Physics Olympics

Physics Olympics registration is now CLOSED - 18 teams will compete.

By March 16, please use this link to enter the names of the 5 students on your team.

* = Student names submitted; thanks!

Plan ahead: LIPTA Spring Conference Saturday, 4/14/2018 8:30AM-noon at Mepham HS. $10 for LIPTA members.

The current presentations for the spring conference are:  

* Master teachers will discuss teaching physics guided by the NGSS standards.

* Master teachers will do a presentation about ranking tasks (TIPERS).

 Physics Teacher Events & News




Stephen Hawking dies at age 76 - read some of his QUOTES; his appearances in Star Trek TNG, the Pink Floyd album 'The Division Bell', the Simpsons, the Metropolitan Opera piece, 'Thr Prologue', the Big Bang Theory and the movie 'The Theory of Everything' are HERE

Th 3/22

Marie Curie’s Life and Work, Edward Sierra, Brookhaven National Laboratory, 4:00 p.m. (Coffee & Cookies at 3:45 p.m.), Bldg. 510, Large Seminar Room

Edward Sierra, of the Quality Management Office at Brookhaven National Lab (BNL), will give a talk on Marie Curie, the first woman to win a Nobel Prize and the only recipient awarded with two Nobel Prizes. Ed's interest in the early pioneers of radioactivity was piqued by the discussions he had many years ago with the renowned Dr. Maurice Goldhaber, the prominent physicist and a former Laboratory Director at BNL. He learned that Goldhaber was a student under Sir James Chadwick at the Cavendish Laboratory at Cambridge University and that he attended a graduate course in Berlin given by Dr. Lise Meitner. Ed's research on Meitner led to an interest in Marie Curie. Her work and life is the topic of this talk.  This event is open to the public.  



LIPTA will provide you with a 3 hour CTLE certificate for attending our Spring Conference on 4-14-2018 at Mepham HS

SUNYSB will provide attendance certification for each of the lectures attended during the Spring 2018 semester. NYS teachers who wish to receive CTLE credit for any of these lectures must register HERE  You must register for each lecture you attend and sign-in at the lecture. The Graduate School will send a CTLE certificate about six weeks after each lecture.  

Fri 3/23

BIOLOGY LECTURE AT SUNYSB  7:30PM ESS001, Liliana M. Dávalos, “Extinction, Extinction: How it Was and How to Stop it From the Miocene to Today” The central question of our time is whether we can manage global ecosystems to support us today and into the future, or we continue on current trends of ever-increasing extinction rates and ecosystem loss. But while many current challenges, such as massive carbon dioxide or nitrogen output, are unprecedented, others have in fact been unfolding for thousands of years. Here I show the results of studies combining the fossil record with DNA techniques to discover the footprint of human activities deep into the past. Using the islands of the Caribbean as a microcosm offers crucial lessons for the future: it would take nature millions of years to restore what was lost over only a few hundred ears.  

Fri 3/30

GEOLOGY LECTURE AT SUNYSB  7:30PM ESS001, Donald J. Weidner, “Dealing with Length and Time Scales in Measurements on the Earth and in the Lab”  In this talk, we will examine seismic velocity and rock viscosity and some of the experimental challenges of measuring properties in the laboratory that can inform us about the Earth. Seismic waves thoroughly sample the Earth’s interior. By extracting the speed that these waves travel, we recover information about the material at that place in the Earth. Rock viscosity is essential for plate tectonics to occur. If we know the viscosity, we can place constraints on the plate tectonic process.  We will focus on the role of scale that is needed to make successful experiments. In particular, the Earth is large, several thousand kilometers, but samples are small, millimeters or even microns. Time for the Earth is enduring, but in the lab, an hour may be a long time. What are the limitations of this scale difference and how do we strategize to overcome the difference? Furthermore, what role do pressure and temperature play?    


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