Research Talks

Friday Afternoon, March 13, 1:30 – 3:00 pm
1:30 Bohr Atom for a Chromoelectric Field, K. Andrew (Western Kentucky University)
1:45 Design of the iSTAR International STudy on Astronomy Reasoning, Coty B. Tatge (CAPER Center for Astronomy and Physics Education Research)
2:00 A New Model for Angular Kinematics in HS physics, M.Kennedy (Columbus Torah Academy)
2:15 The STEM Scholars Program and the Eureka Learning Community at Bellarmine University, M. Bowden (Bellarmine University)
2:30 Robotics in the Undergraduate Physics Curriculum with an Open Lab Approach, S. Brown (Bellarmine University)
2:45 Visualizing Magnetism with Optical Ferrofluid Cells, M. Snyder (University of Louisville)

Friday Afternoon, March 13, 3:30 – 5:00 pm
3:30 Smaller Radioisotopic Power Cells beyond the Appraised Betavoltaic Cell, WKU, E. Steinfelds
3:45 Physics at the Nanoscale, Krithika Venkataramani (University of North Carolina Wilmington/iNANO – Aarhus University, Denmark)
4:00 Evaluating the success of a 2+1 retention strategy for calculus-based introductory physics, R. Chastain (University of Louisville)
4:15 Astronomical Research in Kentucky in the 2020s, Gerry Williger (University of Louisville)
4:30 Connecting Pre-med Physics College lab experiments with Diagnostic Tools and Treatment Techniques used in a Hospital, Jean Oostens (Science Teachers Alliance South-Central Kentucky)

Saturday Morning, March 13, 9:30 – 11:00 am
9:30 National Power Demand Map from Critical Infrastructure Evolution, Climate Change and Population Migration, K. Walker (WKU / ORNL)
9:45 Applying IRT guidelines to improve diagnostic measurement of physical science content knowledge among pre-service K-5 majors: a longitudinal approach, J. Knell, J. Fugate and W. Gonzalez-Espada (Morehead State University)
10:00 How homework submission guidelines affect test scores in an online “Physical Science and Society” course, W. Gonzalez-Espada (Morehead State University)
10:15 Next Generation PET: Preparing Elementary Teachers for the NGSS, Steve Robinson (Tennessee Technological University)
10:30 Inquiry Physical Science: Curricular Comparisons and IRT Analysis, Andrea P. Wilhoite and W. Gonzalez-Espada (Morehead State University)
10:45 Using Course Networking to Enhance Student Engagement Outside the Classroom, R. Lindell (Purdue University)

Saturday Afternoon, March 13, 1:30 – 3:00 pm
1:30 Jupiter: Cosmic Jeckyll and Hyde, K. Grazier (JPL)
1:45 Blazar observations with NASAs K2 mission, M. Carini (WKU)
2:00 Multi-wavelength observations of binary pulsar system J2222-0137, J. Boyles (WKU)

Oral presentations, with a 15-minute cadence (12-minute talk and 3-minutes for questions), will be held throughout the meeting. Each registered attendee can be the presenter for only one oral research presentation.

Noon on Thursday 26 February is the deadline for submitting abstracts with preference to the session timeslot. As scheduling constraints allow, all submitted abstracts will be placed into sessions according to the preference of the presenter. All abstracts submitted after 12:00 pm on Thursday 26 February will be scheduled as the schedule allows.

The submission process for oral research talks is through a database on another server. To submit an abstract, go to and the form should appear in a new browswer tab.

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