Bulletin of the American Physical Society
APS March Meeting 2010
Volume 55, Number 2
Monday–Friday, March 15–19, 2010; Portland, Oregon
Session J8: LaserFest: Laser Education and Outreach
11:15 AM–2:15 PM,
Tuesday, March 16, 2010
Room: Portland Ballroom 255
Sponsoring Unit: FEd
Chair: Theodore Hodapp, American Physical Society
Abstract ID: BAPS.2010.MAR.J8.3
Abstract: J8.00003 : The Laser Teaching Center at Stony Brook*
12:27 PM–1:03 PM
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(Stony Brook University)
Stony Brook's Laser Teaching Center was built more than ten years ago to serve a clientele ranging from high school (HS) students to graduate students. Its construction in a formerly open hallway area was financed by donations from private corporations and foundations, and it was equipped with similar contributions. It provides a working area for laser and optics-related projects, both individual and group. Its daily operations are overseen by a highly-dedicated Ph.D. who is a department employee. It is populated by HS students doing science fair related research, including the major national contests (in which we have many finalists and semifinalists), undergraduates doing extra-credit course projects and other kinds of research activities, graduate students in a special course called ``Optics Rotation,'' and many others who come to use its facilities. All of its denizens benefit enormously by occasional prestigious visitors. Students are drawn from among our undergraduates and graduate students, NSF's WISE program, special HS summer programs, and direct application from the outside. We have an excellent record of placing our HS students in the highest ranking colleges.
*Supported by Swartz Foundation, Simons Foundation, Stony Brook University.
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