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Meeting Announcement

Joint Fall Meeting of the Texas Sections of the APS, AAPT, and Society of Physics Students - Zone 13

Baylor University, Waco, Texas
October 7-9, 2004



APS Abstract Submission Deadline: Extended to Wednesday, September 8, 2004
AAPT and SPS Paper and Poster Submission Deadline: Extended to Friday, September 10, 2004
FIAP Abstract Submission Deadline: Extended
Pre-registration Deadline: Extended to Friday, September 10, 2004
APS Abstract Publication Fee Due: Monday, October 4, 2004
Meeting Dates: October 7-9, 2004
Meeting ID: TSF04


Baylor University (
Baylor University TSAPS Meeting Information (
TSAPS/AAPT/SPS Joint Fall Meeting ( Texas Section of the American Physical Society (
American Association of Physics Teachers (
Texas Section of the American Association of Physics Teachers (
Society of Physics Students (
Society of Physics Students, Zone 13 (
Forum on Industrial and Applied Physics (


Registration Form (
APS Online Abstract Submission(
AAPT/SPS Abstract Submission Form (
FIAP Abstract Submission Form (

Local Host Contact:

Dr. Dwight Russell
Department of Physics
One Bear Place #97316
Waco, TX 76798-7316
Department: (254) 710-3763
Office: (254) 710-4877
Fax: (254) 710-7309


Conference Sessions

This will be a general meeting. Contributed papers from any area of physics are welcome and encouraged. All sessions will be held on the Baylor University campus. Most of the sessions will be held in the new Baylor Sciences Building. The Plenary Sessions will be held in the main auditorium.

The Forum on Industrial and Applied Physics (FIAP) will host a Friday breakfast, free for students who pre-register using the online Registration Form available from the Baylor University TSAPS Meeting website: The Friday lunch as well as the Friday evening banquet will be held in Cashion Academic Center in the Hankamer School of Business. The Friday lunch will be a Fajita Buffet ($12 for non-student members, free for registered students). Banquet tickets at $22 ($12 for registered students) are available as well. Business meetings for the Texas Sections of the APS and AAPT will be held in Cashion Academic Center following the Friday lunch. For the most up-to-date meeting information, please go to the conference website:

Plenary and Invited Presentations

Confirmed Plenary Speakers

  • Plenary Session I: Industrial and Applied Research in Texas (FIAP)

    Jim Gallas, Ph.D.
    Associate Professor of Physics, University of Texas at San Antonio
    CEO Photoprotective Technologies, San Antonio, Texas
    Photoprotective Light Filters Based Upon Synthetic Melanin - a Nanometer Scale Biotechnology

    Bruce White, Ph.D.
    Freescale Semiconductor, Inc., Austin, Texas
    Advanced Materials for the Semiconductor Industry

    Lei Dong, Ph.D.
    Assistant Professor, Radiation Physics
    MD Andersen Cancer Research Center, Houston, Texas
    Medical Physics - Applying Physics to Medicine

  • Plenary Session II

    Larry Hudson, Ph.D.
    Ionizing Radiation Division, Physics Laboratory
    National Institute of Standards and Technology, Gaithersburg, Maryland
    Spectroscopy of exotic x-ray sources

    Don Page, Ph.D.
    Professor of Physics and CIAR Cosmology Fellow
    University of Alberta, Edmonton Alberta, Canada
    The Lifetime of the Universe

    Rick Trebino, Ph.D.
    Director and the Georgia Research Alliance-Eminent Scholar Chair of Ultrafast Optical Physics
    School of Physics, Georgia Institute of Technology
    The Musical Score, the Fundamental Theorem of Algebra, and the Shortest Events Ever Created

    B.F.L. Ward, Ph.D.
    Distinguished Professor and Chairman
    Department of Physics, Baylor University, Waco, Texas
    Massive Elementary Particles and Black Hole Physics

Banquet Speaker

Sidney Harris (S. Harris)
Science Cartoonist

Additional Invited Speakers

George Skidmore, Ph.D.
Director of Research, Zyvex

John Fitch
Director NASA Programs,
L-3 Communications Integrated

Special Events

Tours of the new Baylor Sciences Building, a $1.3 million, 500,000 sq. ft. facility, will be made available. Additionally, registrants are welcome to tour the new Mayborn Natural Science and Cultural History Museum Complex ( and Texas Sports Hall of Fame Museum (, both conveniently close to the Meeting site. Please check the Baylor University TSAPS Meeting website for additional events as the meeting dates approach.


Everyone is encouraged to pre-register using the online Registration Form, available from the Baylor University TSAPS Meeting website: By pre-registering, you will receive the lowest registration price and be able to register for meals, including breakfast on Friday and Saturday, and a Friday luncheon and evening banquet. This year, the Friday breakfast is being hosted by FIAP. Students are invited to attend this breakfast free of charge. Students will have the option of receiving a free lunch ticket and purchasing a banquet ticket at a reduced price. Saturday's breakfast is reserved for faculty registrants.

Fill out the information online and click "Submit Registration" to submit pre-registration. Print out the Registration Form and send it along with your registration fee (payable to "Baylor University") to:

TSAPS Conference 2004
Amy Skaggs
One Bear Place #97310
Waco, Texas 76798-7310

Registration fees will increase after the pre-registration deadline of September 3, 2004.

Students must indicate on the Registration Form if they want to enter the Student Presentation Competition and/or apply for a travel award.

On-Site Registration

For those who do not pre-register, there will be on-site registration available Thursday through Friday in the atrium of the new Baylor Science Building. This will start at 4:00 pm on Thursday evening.

Especially for Students

To encourage as many students as possible to attend and participate in the Joint Fall Meeting, the following Just-For-Student opportunities are being supported:
  • Friday breakfast (complements of FIAP)
  • Friday lunch is FREE for students
  • Banquet tickets are only $12!
  • Student Memberships for APS/TSAPS

Student Presentation Award Competition

The Texas Section of the American Physical Society supports from its operating fund a competition for the best student presentations at the annual Fall meeting. The TSAPS executive committee has set the award level at $200. There will be several awards for outstanding presentations by both undergraduate and graduate students in the APS contributed paper sessions. Students may compete in only one paper. In general only one APS abstract is accepted with the same first author. All students presenting papers are encouraged to compete for a presentation award. Previous student winners are listed here ( On the TSAPS Meeting website, there are requirements to compete (

Student Travel Awards

Students who enter the Presentation Award Competition may be considered for a travel award. Indicate on the Pre-Registration Form if you are applying for a travel award. Travel awards will be $100 for students from outside the Waco meeting area. We want to support as many students as possible, but the funds are limited. On the TSAPS Meeting website, there are additional requirements (

AAPT/SPS Paper and Poster Submission

Registrants may submit paper and poster information online through the Baylor University TSAPS Meeting website at When you are ready to submit your information, simply click the submit button. The information will be submitted and a form will be created for your records. The deadline for receipt of paper and poster information is September 3, 2004. Additional information may be found at or

FIAP Poster Submission

Poster presentations are sought in all areas of industrial and applied physics for the Focus Session on Industrial Applications of Physics at the Fall TSAPS meeting. Please submit your abstract for this session in standard APS format, as discussed on the Fall TSAPS Website at The abstract deadline is September 3rd, 2004.

APS Abstract Submissions

To submit an APS abstract using the online web submission process, two things are needed:
  • The number and ordering of authors and collaborations.
  • The abstract content.
The web page will guide you through the rest. Try a test submission before submitting your abstract. Log onto and select the meeting TEST. Follow the directions online to create your own practice abstract. When ready to submit your abstract online, select the meeting (TSF04) by clicking on the appropriate button. A form will be created for you. Simply enter the information.
More Information about Submitting Online Abstracts

Publishing Your Abstract

All abstracts will be available on the web before the meeting. Links to APS abstracts on the WEB site are maintained as an archive of meeting abstracts. This will continue indefinitely into the future so that later you can look up or reference the URL of your abstract. You may still choose to have your abstract published in traditional print. To have your abstract(s) published in the Fall, 2004 Supplement issue of the APS Bulletin, please fill out the Abstract Publication Form, print it off and mail it (with payment $35 per abstract, made out to Texas Section APS) to Walter Borst by October 4, 2003.

Walter L. Borst, Professor of Physics
Department of Physics
Texas Tech University
M.S. 41051
Lubbock, Texas 79409
E-mail:; Tel. 806-742-3864; Fax 806-742-1182

AAPT Teacher Workshops

Thus far, six workshops are planned, three on Friday, October 8, and three on Saturday, October 9. The contact person for detailed information regarding the Teacher Workshops is:

Tom O'Kuma
Physical Science Department
Lee College
P.O. Box 818
Baytown, TX 77522
Phone: (281) 425-6522


Blocks of rooms have been reserved at reduced conference rates until the expiration of the cut off date at the following hotels. Please call to make your own reservations, indicating that you will be attending the APS Conference at Baylor University. More information can be found at the Hotel Information ( page at the TSAPS Meeting website.


Preferred parking will be available within the Ferrell Center Parking lot, a short distance from the conference location at the Baylor Sciences Building. A campus map denoting parking and conference facilities may be found here:

Pat Neff Hall 235
254-710-3763 office 254-710-7309 fax

Baylor University
One Bear Place #97310
Waco, TX 76798-7310

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