Spring 2017 Meeting - Lawrence Technological University

We are pleased to welcome Jordan Steckloff, Ph.D as our keynote speaker. Dr. Steckloff is currently an Associate Research Scientist at the Planetary Science Institute as well as a Postdoctoral Research Associate at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Dr. Steckloff’s work studies the dynamical, physical, and structural evolution of cometary bodies in the Solar System. He is also interested in the geophysical processes that alter the surface of Pluto and reorient its rotational axis. Dr. Steckloff will share with us some of his planetary insights from two recent articles he published in the prestigious journal Nature.

Dr. Jordan Steckloff received his Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Michigan with a triple major in Physics, Economics, and German. He later received his Masters and Doctoral degrees in Physics from Purdue University before joining the Planetary Science Institute in 2016.

Lawrence Technological University is located at 21000 West Ten Mile Road, Southfield, MI, 48075. 
Main Campus map: https://www.ltu.edu/map/
Please park (free) in Parking Lot D.  Directions to Main Campus: https://www.ltu.edu/sitemap/directions.asp

Registration cost is $10 per meeting.  Students and first-time attendees may attend free of charge.  Registration begins at 7:30 in the Lobby outside Auditorium, S321 Science Building
Lunch will be $10 per person at the LTU Cafeteria.  A portion of the proceeds helps fund our complimentary breakfast. 

Program Schedule – Saturday, April 8th 

7:30 – 8:00 am Registration / Morning Refreshments
Meeting fee:  $10.00 (FREE for students and first-time attendees)
Location: Lobby outside Auditorium, S321 Science Building

8:00 – 8:15 am Call to Order and Welcome

David Shane, Lansing Community College
Scott Schneider, Lawrence Technological University
Location: Auditorium, S321 Science Building
8:15 – 9:30 am Contributed Presentations
Location: Auditorium, S321 Floor Science Building

8:15 - 8:30
An effective and sustainable approach to teach technical writing in physics laboratory
Changgong Zhou, Lawrence Technological University
8:30 - 8:45
TinkerVention as a STEAM Idea
Taoufik Nadji, Interlochen Arts Academy
8:45 - 9:00
Using Images to Evaluate the Physics of Special Effects
James Gell, Plymouth High School
9:00 – 9:15
Developing Habits of Experts with our Physics Students
Janelle Lie, Plymouth High School
9:15 – 9:30
How to Roast a Chicken Without Using a Calculator
Larry Tarini, University of Michigan - Flint

9:30 – 9:45 Break

9:45 –11:15 Contributed Presentations
Location: Auditorium, S321 Science Building

9:45 - 10:00
Physics in a Classical Education
Paul Hosmer, Hillsdale College
10:00 - 10:15
Give an example of . . .
Michael Faleski, Delta College
10:15 - 10:30
Experimenting with the mass-luminosity relation and stellar lifetimes
Michael C. LoPresto, Henry Ford College
10:30 - 10:45
Analysing Hubble Space Telescope Data in the Introductory Astronomy Course
Carrie Swift, University of Michigan – Dearborn
10:45 – 11:00
Using Exoplanet Radial Velocity Detections to Teach Simple Harmonic Motion
Jordan Steckloff, Planetary Science Institute, Rebecca Lindell, Purdue University
11:00 – 11:15
What I Learned Teaching a Science Course for Elementary Education Majors
David Shane, Lansing Community College

11:30 – 1:00 pm Lunch
Location: LTU Cafeteria

1:00 – 2:00 pm Keynote Address
Location: Auditorium, 3rd Floor Science Building 
Dr. Jordan Steckloff
Associate Research Scientist, Planetary Science Institute
Postdoctoral Research Associate, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Breaking the Ice: How Sublimation Torques Alter Comet Activity and Structure
To quote David Levy: “comets are like cats: they have tails, and they do precisely what they want.” They have strange bilobate nuclei, undergo outbursts (rapid, unpredictable brightening events), and form long striated dust features in their tails that somehow align with the Sun rather than the nucleus. Additionally, their dynamics appear to require some mysterious mechanism for reactivating their sublimative activity. In this talk, I describe how all of these features are the result of ice sublimation, the process that defines these irregularly shaped bodies.

2:00 – 2:15 pm Poster Session
Location: outside Auditorium, 3rd Floor Science Building

2:15 – 2:45 pm Puzzlers! And Door Prizes!
Location: Auditorium, 3rd Floor Science Building

2:45 – 3:15 pm     MIAAPT Business Meeting
Location: Auditorium, 3rd Floor Science Building

3:15 –4:00 pm Afternoon Workshop Session
Workshop #1
Bringing the 2017 Eclipse into your Physics or Astronomy Classroom
Bradley Ambrose, Grand Valley State University
Location: S203 Science Building

This workshop introduces participants to an ongoing project that seeks to connect undergraduate science instruction to the theme of eclipses.  The goal of the project is to develop innovative modular, research-based instructional materials for use in a variety of physics and astronomy courses.  Workshop participants will gain firsthand experience with selected materials and learn about the underlying research in astronomy and physics education.  This effort, part of a collaboration with the NASA Heliophysics Education Consortium, is led by Ramon Lopez (U. Texas-Arlington), Janelle Bailey (Temple/AAPT), and Rebecca Vieyra (AAPT).  

Workshop #2
Fundamental Labs for Exploring Electricity and Magnetism
Don Pata, Grosse Pointe North High School
Location: S211 Science Building

There are fundamental relationships between electricity and magnetism that are well described in textbooks but how many of us actually have students do these labs and develop these rules by themselves?  In this workshop participants will put their hands on the materials and develop two of these fundamental relationships. They will experience some of the inquiry methodologies described in the Modeling Method for Teaching Physics.

Steve Dickie,
Apr 6, 2017, 10:48 AM