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Midwest physicists to talk big and small — from quarks to superclusters


Physicists from across the Midwest will be in Athens next week to discuss "Quarks to Superclusters: the physics of the very big and the very small."

The APS is a national member organization of professional physicists. The Ohio section is the only regional meeting in the Midwest, and attracts physicists from across Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, and other neighboring states. The theme of the meeting is nuclear and particle physics.

"We've invited outstanding scientists to speak on themes as diverse as quarks to superclusters. The conference is an amazing opportunity for us to highlight the hottest issues in the field today,"
said conference organizer Ken Hicks, professor of physics in the College of Arts & Sciences.

The keynote address will feature nuclear astrophysics professor Wick Haxton, professor at the University of California at Berkeley and senior faculty scientist at the Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory. Professor Haxton will talk about a group of sub-atomic particles called solar neutrinos. Neutrinos are created as a result of nuclear reactions that take place in the sun.

Other plenary speakers include cosmologist and distinguished professor David Weinberg from Ohio State University and theoretical physicist Stan Brodsky from SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory, Stanford University.

At 7 p.m. Friday, March 29, in the Margaret M. Walter Hall Rotunda, physicist Lawrence Weinstein from Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Va., will present "Solving the World's Problems on the Back of a Cocktail Napkin," a talk based on his popular science book Guesstimation, co-authored with mathematician John A. Adams.

The public is invited to attend this free evening lecture. For more information about the conference or the public lecture, visit or
http://www.phy.ohiou.edu/~osaps13/ contact faculty organizers Ken Hicks at hicks@ohio.edu or Justin Frantz at frantz@ohio.edu.