SFA
Physics, Astronomy and Engineering News
February 1, 2004

Seminar for Thursday

Title: "WebCT"

Speakers: Dr. Norman Markworth

Time: 4:00 PM on Thursday, February 5th

Place: Science Room 334

Thousands of institutions worldwide rely on WebCT. Learn how WebCT's flexible e-learning solutions address the needs of institutions across the educational spectrum.

The department has weekly seminars on most Thursdays at 4:00 PM. All students and faculty are welcome to attend. Refreshments will be served before the seminars. Here is a list of our future seminars future seminars: http://www.physics.sfasu.edu/astro/seminar.html.


Plaque on Spirit Honors Columbia Astronauts

Columbia Remembered

A plaque commemorating the astronauts who died in the tragic accident of the Space Shuttle Columbia is mounted on the back of the Mars Exploration Rover Spirit's high-gain antenna. The plaque was designed by Mars Exploration Rover engineers. The astronauts are also honored by the new name of the rover landing site, the Columbia Memorial Station. This image was taken on Mars by Spirit's navigation camera.

Challenger Memorial Station, Meridiani Planum, Mars
http://marsrovers.jpl.nasa.gov/gallery/press/opportunity/20040128b.html

Martian Landmarks Dedicated to Apollo 1 Crew
http://marsrovers.jpl.nasa.gov/newsroom/pressreleases/20040127b.html

Raw Images
http://marsrovers.jpl.nasa.gov/home/index.html

Watch NASA TV Online for updates
http://www.nasa.gov/ram/35037main_portal.ram



SPS Meeting for Students

There will be an SPS meeting on Thursday at 5:00 pm in room 318. Everyone is welcome and refreshments will be served. To find out how to become a member of this student organization, come to this meeting or see the SPS advisor, Mr. Ali Piran. They have lots of interesting activities going on this semester. Here's some background info: http://www.physics.sfasu.edu/sps/index.htm


Scholarships for the Fall of 2004

SFA scholarship applications for 2004-2005 are now available in the Financial Aid Office (Austin Building 104) and the Alumni Foundation Office (Alumni Center). Or you may access SFA scholarship applications on line at www.sfaalumni.com or www.sfasu.edu/faid. The application deadline is February 2, 2004 or must be postmarked by February 2, 2004.


Physics Olympics

Every spring, local high school students gather at the SFA campus to engage in friendly competitions with physics themes. The Society of Physics Students and the Department of Physics and Astronomy at Stephen F. Austin State University will be holding a Physics Olympics for area high school students on the SFASU campus on Saturday, March 6, 2004.


SFA Observatory

Public Viewing Sessions at the SFA Observatory have been scheduled for Saturday, Feb 21 at 7pm and Thursday, May 6th at 8pm.


2003 Graduates - Alumni Update

Kris Byboth, BS, lives in Nacogdoches, TX, and is attending graduate school at SFA..

Michael L. Clarady, BS, lives in College Station, TX, and is working on a chemical engineering degree at Texas A&M Univerisity.

Arthur R. Coleman, BS, lives in Danville, VA, and is teaching Earth Science at the Opportunity School in Danville, Virginia.

Russell A. Coy, MS, lives in Rockwall, TX and is working at Raytheon.

Michael Johnson, MS, lives in Nacogdoches, TX, and is teaching physics and chemistry and Chireno High School.

Oladipo Ogunjimi, MS, lives in Nacogdoches, TX.

Chris Peterson, MS, lives in Lufkin, TX, and is an engineer at Lufkin Industries.

John Stirman, BS, lives in College Station, TX, and graduated from Texas A&M University and is a structural engineer for Burns and McDonnell designing transmission lines.

Have an alumni update? Send me a message or check out the SFA Physics Alumni web page.


Contributors Links

"NASA is amazing!!! They designed and built two outer space rovers and sent them to Mars--and the luggage was sent to Jupiter." -- Dr. T

Punxsutawney Groundhog
http://www.groundhog.org/

Dog grabs fireworks and runs around (video)
http://observe.phy.sfasu.edu/courses/ast105/lectures105/99-Interesting/pepe.wmv

Thank this guy for ‘control-alt-delete’
http://www.gannettonline.com/e/trends/18001162.html

Scientists Create New Form of Matter
http://science.slashdot.org/science/04/01/29/0357235.shtml?tid=134

JIMO - Jupiter Icy Moon Orbiter
http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/jimo/

Full-sky Astrometric Mapping Explorer (FAME)
http://www.usno.navy.mil/FAME/


Thanks to Tommy Gober, Larry Luther, and others for the links and information above. Feel free to send any interesting links that you find. This email message is sent to students, alumni, faculty, staff and friends of the department. If you would like to be removed from the emailing list or are getting multiple copies of these newsletter, then feel free to reply to this message with your request.

Clear skies,
Dan Bruton
astro@sfasu.edu