The Fall 2013 meeting of the New York State Section of the American Physical Society will be held Saturday, November 16th at the Pace University campus in Pleasantville, Westchester County, New York. This will be the 109th consecutive biannual Topical Symposium since the Fall 1959 meeting at the University of Rochester. The meeting site is a few minutes from the Tappan Zee Bridge and within two hours drive from most locations in eastern New York York State. Note that unlike past meetings the Symposium will be held entirely on one day. The associated bi-annual meeting of the NYSS-APS Executive Board will take place Friday evening in the same general area.
The theme of the Symposium is "Physics in Nature." Talks will be informative and tutorial in nature and are intended for a general audience of students, scientists, science educators and community members. The organizers hope to excite younger students in particular to appreciate that physicists can study and learn from nature and that non-traditional physics topics and careers can be as rewarding as more traditional ones. Physicists today contribute their unique perspective and expertise to countless fields, from animal behavior to climate change to network theory.
The Symposium will have three parts: (I) a morning session of invited
talks on the theme of the conference; (II) a mid-day student poster
session and lunch break; and (III) an afternoon session with
additional invited talks on physics education. The contributed poster
session is a very important part of the overall meeting - posters will
be judged and cash prizes awarded for outstanding research at the
conclusion of the meeting. Students at all levels are encouraged to
participate, and the posters can be on any physics-related topic. The
lunch break will provide a further opportunity for informal networking