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ACU professors, students to present at national nuclear physics conference

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Oct. 28, 2003

ACU physics students and professors will attend and present research findings at the 2003 meeting of the Division of Nuclear Physics of the American Physical Society in Tucson, Ariz., Oct. 29 - Nov. 1. 

Only 65 students nationwide were accepted as presenters at the conference; with seven students, ACU has more students presenting than any other university in the nation.

 The students submitted abstracts of the research that they performed during the summer of 2003 and were awarded travel support through the Conference Experience for Undergraduates program.  The CEU program includes special seminars directed toward undergraduates, an ice cream social, a poster session at which the students will present their research, a reception and banquet, and an information session on graduate schools. Two of the students will present their research at oral sessions.

The goal of the CEU is to provide a "capstone" conference experience for undergraduate students who have conducted research in nuclear physics, by providing them the opportunity to present their research to the larger professional community and to one another.  Additionally, it enables the students to converse with faculty and senior scientists from graduate institutions about graduate school opportunities.

The students and the titles of their presentations are:

  • Chad Bircher – "Measurements of pion-nucleon charge exchange at low energy"

  • James Drachenberg – "Improvements to the PHENIX muon tracking efficiency"

  • Masako Hagiwara – "Implementation of a dynamic data entry system for the PHENIX gas system"

  • Larry Isenhower – "Method to perform in-situ tests on the PHENIX cathodes in the muon tracking chambers"

  • Michael Joy – "Momentum calibration of pion beams for the Crystal Ball"

  • Olusoji Omiwade – "Methods to improve track fit parameters in the PHENIX muon arms"

  • Shon Watson – "A new partial wave analysis of pion-nucleon scattering data"

These and other abstracts are available on the meeting web page of the American Physical Society at  Details of the CEU program can be found at

Dr. Rusty Towell, assistant professor of physics, will also present a paper entitled "Measurement of J/Y Æ m _m- in Au Au Collisions and Expectations for the Future."


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