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minutes of January 11, 2013 Physics Theorynet meeting

Physics Theorynet Meeting, January 11, 2013

Room 218 Dana Building, Northeastern University




Matthew Headrick, Brandeis University
Ken Olum, Tufts University
Mike Wadness, Medford HS
Rick Dower, Roxbury Latin School
Chris Siren, Groton-Dunstable Regional HS
Elaine Picard, Concord-Carlisle H.S.
Nancy Najmi, Reading Memorial HS
Nick Nicastro, Wachusett Regional HS
Michael Hirsh, Needham H.S.
Tomasz Taylor, Northeastern University
Tim Stamnitz, Bow High School, NH
John Samperisi, Monadnock HS

Brent Nelson, Northeastern University
Richard Levergood, Londonderry HS
Scott Goelzer, Coe-Brown Northwood Academy
Noreen Scarpitto, Reading Memorial HS
Brandon Murakami, Rhode Island College
Don Fries, Community School, Tamworth, NH
Per Berglund, University of New Hampshire
Ann Kaiser, La Salle Academy
Nivedi Das, Sharon H.S.
Albion Lawrence, Brandeis University
Tasneem Zahra Husain
Jesse Thaler, MIT
Jose Juan Blanco-Pillado, Tufts University

A. Website development
Alex Hawk, student at Richard Levergood's Londonderry High School, is developing the website. Tufts cosmos server, run by Ken Olum, is the most logical and convenient choice of the host for the expanded site because it already hosts the existing physicstheorynet.org. There was a brainstorming session how the new site should look like, with everybody agreeing that it should be a moderately fancy and informative site aimed not only at the present
participants,  but also at the prospective ones. Some features discussed at the meeting were the need for a wiki equipment tracking/requests/descriptions and a modest dicussion forum capacity, in the style of Google Groups. Alex has joined the mailing list, and he will try to include suggestions already sent in by several of us. Please keep on thinking about it and send more input.

B. Fall visits.
We've got to a slow start, but several visits already took place and more arrangements are being finalized.
In particular, Jesse Thaler visited Mike Wadness Medford HS with an informal presentation on particle physics and the LHC. Tom visited Londonderry and Wachusetts' focussing this time on "how we see elementary particles", cosmic rays and special relativity, with the muon as an example of a relativistic particle.

C. Grant update
Brent and Tom submitted a new proposal, now upgraded with an evaluation mechanism and a request for a graduate student who would help us in class visits and demos.

D. Next Meeting is scheduled for May 10.

Tomasz Taylor, Professor
Department of Physics
208 Dana Research Center
Northeastern University
Boston, MA 02115