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March 23, 2018 Physics Olympics


School Name



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




2018 Physics Olympics

Friday, March 23, 2018

 8:30 AM - 1:00 PM

Lupton Hall at Farmingdale State College

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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





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.  



PHYSICS LECTURE AT SUNYSB  7:30PM ESS001, Marivi Fernandez-Serra, "Machine learning in Physics – a Revolution or an Evolution?"

I will discuss the concepts of machine learning, artificial intelligence and data science in the context of physics research. The focus will be in condensed matter physics and chemistry, but I will also review how this new trend is modifying the way we approach the solution of problems that we did not address before because of their complexity.  



GEOLOGY LECTURE AT SUNYSB  7:30PM ESS001,  Lianxing Wen, “North Korea’s September 2017 Nuclear Test and Its Aftermath”

On 3 September 2017, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (North Korea) announced that it had successfully conducted a thermonuclear (hydrogen bomb) test. The nuclear test was collaborated by reports of a seismic event with a magnitude ranging from 6.1 to 6.3 by many governmental and international agencies, although its thermonuclear nature remains to be confirmed. Unlike the previous nuclear tests in the region, this nuclear test was followed by a series of small seismic events, with the first one occurring about eight-and-a-half minutes after the nuclear test, two on 23 September 2017, one on 12 October 2017 and several after 2 December 2017. This talk will discuss the seismic results about that nuclear test, the nature of those small seismic events and the crucial information those small seismic events carry about the status of the nuclear test site and environmental impacts in the region.  

Fri 3/2

ASTRONOMY LECTURE AT SUNYSB   7:30PM ESS001, Jin Koda “Discoveries”  I will talk about some discoveries in astronomy, and from those, try to explain the joy of astronomy.  

Fri 3/9


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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