Center for Astrophysics, Space Physics & Engineering Research (CASPER) Presents Fall Seminar Series

Sept. 18, 2014

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WACO, Texas (Sept. 18, 2014) – Baylor University’s Center for Astrophysics, Space Physics & Engineering Research (CASPER) will welcome several guest speakers for its fall seminar series.

Truell Hyde, Ph.D., Baylor Vice Provost for Research, professor of physics and director of CASPER, said speakers are invited based on their scholarly reputation.

“CASPER Seminar was established over a decade ago to provide faculty, staff and students the opportunity to hear cutting-edge research results from the scholars who produced them,” he said. “It’s a wonderful opportunity for students and faculty to stay abreast of new developments within their respective fields.”

All lectures will be held at 2:30 p.m. in the Baylor Science Building Room C206 unless otherwise noted.

The lecture schedule is as follows:

Sept. 19 - Ramon Lopez, Ph.D., professor of physics, University of Texas at Arlington: “Things Physicists Have Learned about Physics Education by Researching Cognitive Science”

Sept. 22 - Brett Biddington, adjunct professor, Edith Cowan University, Perth, Australia: “Space Activities in Australia: Challenges, Opportunities and Responsibilities.” This lecture will be held at 9 a.m. at the Baylor Research Innovative Collaborative (BRIC), Room 3160.

Sept. 26 - Dick Campbell, lecturer of engineering, Baylor University: “Experimental Astronomy Research and Opportunities in CASPER”

Oct. 3 - Peter Hartmann, Ph.D., Hungary: “CASPER & MTA”

Oct. 10 - Xun Xue, Ph.D., Southeast Normal University, China

Oct. 24 - Augusto Carballido, Ph.D., independent educational contractor: “Pearson -Magnetohydrodynamic Processes in the Formation of the Solar System”

Nov. 7 - Gary Lum, Ph.D., Lockheed Martin (Joint B.E.A.R.S./CASPER seminar)

Nov. 21 - Hongwei Yu, Ph.D., Ningbao University, China, & Zongheng Zhu, Ph.D., Beijing Normal University, China

Dec. 5 - Joseph Kuehl, Ph.D., assistant professor of mechanical engineering, Baylor University.This lecture will take place at the Baylor Research Innovative Collaborative (BRIC), Room 3160.

The Baylor Science Building is at 101 Bagby Ave. The BRIC is at 100 Research Parkway. For more information, call CASPER at (710) 254-3763.

by Kristen Bennett, student newswriter, (254) 710-6805


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The Center for Astrophysics, Space Physics and Engineering Research (CASPER) is a stand-alone research center located at Baylor University. CASPER teams conduct research in a number of theoretical and experimental areas and offer both basic research as well as engineering and design opportunities for graduate, undergraduate, technical support and high school students as well as grade school, middle school and high school teachers. For more information, visit

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