AGENDA / PROGRAM
|9:00 - 9:45
|| Registration and coffee
| 9:45 - 10:00
|10:00 - 10:45
|| Harold Hastings (Hostra and Simon's Rock) "Complex Dynamics Everywhere"
| 10:45 - 11:05
||Samantha Scibelli (Stony Brook) "Natural Focussing of Light"
| 11:05 - 11:15
|11:15 - 11:45
||Jenny Magnes (Vassar) "Locomotion Studies of C. elegans using Coherent Light"
| 11:45 - 12:30
||Malcolm Bowman (Stony Brook) "Physics of the Oceans"
|12:30 - 2:00
||Lunch and Poster session
|2:00 - 2:20
||Gerald Ardito (Pace) "Vacuums Don't Suck: Teaching Physics to Adolescents"
|2:20 - 2:40
|| Steve Campolo (Hofstra) "Build it yourself: Fabrication technology for physics students"
|2:40 - 3:15
|| Keith Sheppard (Stony Brook) "High School Physics Education in NY State - Present, Past and Future"
|3:15 - 4:00
||Harold Metcalf (Stony Brook) "Information Processing in the Retina"
| 4:00 - 4:15
||Announcement of poster awards, and closing remarks
ABOUT the PRESENTERS
HAROLD HASTINGS is Professor Emeritus at Hofstra University, where he served as chair of
the physics and math departments and co-director of the Center for Arrhythmia Research. He
is currently Chief Technical Officer of ImaCor, Inc, a manufacturer of medical ultrasound
equipment, and teaches at Simon's Rock College in Great Barrington, Massachusetts. Hastings
has degrees in mathematics from Yale University and Princeton. He works at the intersection
of physics, applied mathematics and computing and has published over 100 articles in
mathematics, physics, biology, and medicine.
SAMANTHA SCIBELLI is a freshman undergraduate physics major at Stony Brook University. As a
high school student from the Albany area she collaborated with an astronomer at RPI to
uncover errors in the Sloan Digital Sky Survey (SDSS) - work that was recognized by her
being named a National Finalist in the 2013 Intel Competition. Her more recent research on
optical caustics was inspired by an interest in gravitational lensing in astronomy.
JENNY MAGNES is Assistant Professor of Physics at Vassar College. She was educated at
University of Maryland, Delaware State University and Temple University (PhD, physics,
2003). Before coming to Vassar she taught at West Point. While her original training was in
Atomic, Molecular and Optical (AMO) Physics she now works with Vassar undergraduates to
apply optical methods to the study of small active organisms.
MALCOLM BOWMAN is Professor of Physical Oceanography and a Distinguished Service Professor
at the Marine Sciences Research Center (MSRC) at Stony Brook University, which he joined in
1971. He obtained his BS and MS degrees in physics and mathematics at the University of
Auckland, New Zealand and his PhD in Engineering Physics at the University of Saskatchewan,
Canada. Bowman has long been involved with environmental issues in New Zealand, and is an
honorary Professor of Physics at Auckland University. His current research interests
include prediction and modeling of storm surges that threaten the New York Metropolitan
GERALD ARDITO is Assistant Professor of STEM Education at Pace University College of
Education. His several degrees include a BA in Neuroscience from Vassar College and a
doctorate in Educational Technology from Pace. Ardito has worked with students at all
levels. He spent 8 years teaching the Living Environment to middle school students, as well
as introducing middle schoolers to engineering and computer programming.
STEVE CAMPOLO is an Adjunct Professor of Physics and Director of the Physics Laboratories
at Hofstra University. Campolo has over 40 years industrial experience, holds 33 patents
and serves on the National Electrical Code Technical Committee. He has been with the
Leviton Mfg. Co. for 33 years, where he is now Vice President - Engineering. Campolo is an
experienced and passionate advocate for hands-on technical education for today's science
KEITH SHEPPARD is Director of Science Education at Stony Brook University and an Associate
Professor in the Department of Biochemistry and Cell Biology. Sheppard holds a BS degree in
Chemistry and Materials Science from Liverpool University UK and a doctoral degree in
Science Education from Teachers College, Columbia University. He has taught physics and
chemistry in high schools in Europe, Africa and the USA. Prior to arriving at Stony Brook
in 2007, Sheppard was the Program Coordinator for Science Education at Teachers College,
Columbia. His research activities include studying the historical development of the
science curricula, investigating teachers conceptual understanding of science and the
learning of science in informal educational settings.
HAROLD METCALF is Distinguished Teaching Professor of Physics at Stony Brook University. He
was educated at MIT and Brown University (PhD, 1967). Metcalf is best known for his work on
laser cooling that contributed to the 1997 and 2001 Nobel Prizes in Physics and led to a
well-known book on Laser Cooling and Trapping. But he has also long been interested in
examples of physics in nature, especially in the visual system, and wrote Topics in
Classical Biophysics in 1980.