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Teaching Physics during a Pandemic

This Zoom conference was held on Monday 8/17/20; we had 54 attendees.

All current LIPTA members were emailed the links and documents generated during the conference.



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CTLE credit


NYS teachers who wish to receive CTLE credit for any of the SUNYSB lectures must register HERE:

Lecture Registration

After completing the registration form you will receive an email with a link to the Open Night meeting and instructions on how to connect to the meeting online. Note that the SUNYSB response system is not automatic and it may take up to a few days for the email to arrive in your inbox. Your information provided in the registration form will not be shared outside of the administrators of the Open Night program.

Fri 9/25/20


via Zoom

VIRTUAL GEOLOGY LECTURE AT SUNYSB:   Register HERE for the Geology Lecture. Daniel Davies  “Using geophysical tools to explore the dynamic evolution of Long Island and its coasts”  Geophysical tools such as ground-penetrating radar and resistivity allow us to image the sediments that record the evolution of Long Island from the time of the Pleistocene ice ages to the present. Signs of how the glaciers shaped the landscape are everywhere around us. To this day, winds still produce extraordinary and beautiful dunes and gradual processes reshape out coastlines. Hurricanes and nor’easters continue to cause sudden changes to Long Island and, especially, to its barrier islands – and extreme weather events present an ever-greater threat for the future. This talk will explore what modern tools can tell us about how our island has been shaped by glaciers and, since their retreat, by ongoing environmental forces.  

Fri 10/2/20


via Zoom

VIRTUAL ASTRONOMY LECTURE AT SUNYSB:Register HERE for the Astronomy Lecture   Fred Walter  "The Sun in Time: Solar Irradiance and Climate Change"  The temperature of the Earth is set by an equilibrium between the Solar energy absorbed and the heat radiated away by the Earth. For the past 4.4 billion years this precarious equilibrium has held even as the Solar irradiance has increased by about 30%. Today, as the Earth is noticeably growing warmer, some claim that an increase in Solar irradiance is to blame for global warming, while others point to a decrease in Solar magnetic activity as presaging a coming "Maunder minimum" and a global cooling.

I shall review the evidence that the temperature of the Earth has remained stable for the past 4.4 billion years. I shall discuss what we know of solar and stellar variability, and discuss how stable temperatures have been maintained even as the Sun has brightened. The evidence shows that none of the rapid change in global temperature over the past century can be attributed to the Sun. Furthermore, I shall argue that even a prolonged activity minimum is unlikely to start an episode of global cooling. We have only ourselves to blame for bringing on climate change and global warming and all their associated ills.

Fri 10/9/20


via Zoom

VIRTUAL PHYSICS LECTURE AT SUNYSB:  Register HERE for the Physics Lecture   Sasha Abanov  "Emergence of geometry and technology in physics"  Nothing is really as it seems. We feel hot and cold but in reality, these are billions of billions of atoms jiggling with higher or lower velocities. The properties of physical systems we observe are emerging from the behavior of their tiny parts. Is it possible that the geometry of space and time as we perceive it also emerges from some microscopic gears and cogs? To see how it can be done in principle, I will consider a few examples ranging from mechanics of bodies rotating in space to quantum solids. I will show how the geometry and topology appear as a result of underlying physics laws in these examples. 

Fri 10/16/20


via Zoom

VIRTUAL BIOLOGY LECTURE AT SUNYSB:  Joe Warren  “Whale Watching from the Beach: How are New York Whales Reacting to a Changing Environment?”  Whales have a long history in New York, even before it became a state. However, numerous factors over the past several centuries have caused their local populations to vary considerably. In recent years, humpback whales have become more frequent visitors to New York’s waters. This talk will discuss: what types of whales can be seen (and heard) locally, where to go to see them, reasons why sightings may be increasing, and what scientists are doing to better understand the challenges that affect these creatures here and around the world.

Fri 10/25/20


via Zoom

VIRTUAL GEOLOGY LECTURE AT SUNYSB:     Register HERE for the Geology Lecture. Marine Frouin  “An introduction to Luminescence Dating”  Measuring time in the geological record is fundamental to the study of the evolution of life, and the geomorphic processes occurring on the Earth’s surface. In human origins research, past advances in radiometric and relative dating techniques have fundamentally changed our capacity to piece together our evolutionary past over millions of years.

My research is focused on the development and application of luminescence dating techniques, an absolute chronometer that is almost universally applicable to any sediment that has been exposed to daylight during transport. It is a major chronometric tool for late Quaternary studies, with a wide age range from a few years up to about 0.5 Ma, with some indication that this limit can be further extended.  

Fri 11/6/20


via Zoom

VIRTUAL ASTRONOMY LECTURE AT SUNYSB:  Register HERE for the Astronomy Lecture   Rosalba Perna  Topic TBD

Fri 11/13/20


via Zoom

VIRTUAL PHYSICS LECTURE AT SUNYSB:  Register HERE for the Physics Lecture  Jan Bernauer and Ethan Cline: "Movie Physics"


Physics Demos by John Johnston


Distance Learning RealTime Physics IOLab Mechanics active learning lab curriculum available free


Home Adapted Interactive Lecture Demonstrations


LIPTA FALL 2018 CONFERENCE is now over, BUT you can still get the 'resistor boards'.  Sold in groups of 10 for $100, delivered to your school. Send a PO to the address in the box above.  OR, you can buy them yourself: Send a personal check to the address in the box above

3 /14/18

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, 'The Prologue', the Big Bang Theory and the movie 'The Theory of Everything' are HERE


Leon Lederman dies at age 96 (1988 Nobel Prize in physics)


Murray Gell-Mann dies at age 89 (1969 Nobel Prize in physics)


You can now renew your LIPTA membership for FOUR years! Go HERE to renew for 1, 2 or 4 years.


LIPTA is now on Facebook! Go HERE  


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