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UTB to Host Statewide Physics Meetings
BROWNSVILLE, TEXASOCTOBER 4, 2013The University of Texas at Brownsville’s Department of Physics and Astronomy and the Center for Gravitational Wave Astronomy will host the Joint Fall 2013 Meeting of the Texas Sections of the American Physics Society, the American Association of Physics Teachers and Zone 13 of the Society of Physics Students on Friday, Oct. 11 and Saturday, Oct. 12.
Dr. Robert F. Curl Jr. Dr. Robert F. Curl Jr.
“We are very excited,” said Dr. Karen Martirosyan, an Associate Professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy and Local Organizing Committee Chair. “We will share our campus with other physicists and recruit good students to our master’s program in physics. We will show off our labs. I think this is a great opportunity to disseminate information about our research.”

meetings begin at 9 a.m. Friday, Oct. 11 in the Gran Salon at the Student Union with the talk “Conjugated Carbon Networks” by Dr. Robert F. Curl Jr., one of three winners of the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1996. Curl is a University Professor Emeritus, Pitzer-Schlumberger Professor of Natural Sciences Emeritus and Professor of Chemistry Emeritus at Rice University in Houston.
Also speaking will be Dr. Barry C. Barish, the Linde Professor of Physics, Emeritus at the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, Calif. who will present “The International Linear Collider: The Next Great Particle Accelerator.”
Sessions on Astronomy, Chemical Physics, Computational Physics, Nanoscience and other topics will be held at 10:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. Friday, Oct. 11 in Sabal Hall, formerly the University Boulevard Classroom Building and Main, formerly the Education and Business Complex. Throughout the weekend there will be more than 90 oral presentations.
More than 45 research posters on topics like X-ray emission data, black holes and single strand DNA binding proteins will be on display from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, Oct. 11 in the Gran Salon. A banquet will follow at 7 p.m. at the Gran Salon.
Plenary sessions will focus on Biosensors and Gravitational Waves starting at 9 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 12 in the Gran Salon. Career workshops for students will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. in the Gran Salon.
“This is an exceptional opportunity for all our students to feel inspired,” said Dr. Soma Mukherjee, Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Physics and Astronomy. “There are many incentives for students, in the form of awards, to enthusiastically present their research. This in turn will motivate the students to excel in academics and research. It is always good to see what your peers are doing. Meetings like these are a melting pot of ideas that ignite new directions toward being innovative.”
About 200 people are expected to attend the meetings.
“Yes we will accomplish our goal by putting ‘heads in beds,’ but the real value of having conferences in Brownsville is not the monetary impact on the city, but how they will become an ‘ambassador’ on behalf of Brownsville, “ said Mariano “Bean” Ayala, President and Chief Executive Office of the Brownsville Convention and Visitors Bureau.
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