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Plenary Speakers


Wayne Knox

Professor Knox works at the Institute for Optics at the University of Rochester. His research covers many areas of optics and photonics, including femtosecond micromachining, holey and photonic-crystal fibers, dispersion management of ultrashort laser pulses and mid-infrared sources. This multifaceted work relates to applications in optical communications, optical sensing and vision science, among other things.  Prof. Knox will help celebrate the 2015 International Year of Light and Light-Based Technology.


Christopher Monroe

Professor Monroe is the Bice Zorn Professor of Physics at the University of Maryland and a Fellow of the Joint Quantum Institute, a joint institute between the National Institute of Standards and Technology and the University of Maryland - College park. His research involves trapped ion quantum computing, quantum networks with atoms and photons, microfabricated atom trap structures and interactions between laser-cooled atoms and ions. Prof. Monroe will help celebrate the  2015 International Year of Light and Light-Based Technology.


Karin Rabe

Professor Rabe is the Board of Governors Professor of Physics, works at Rutgers University. Her work encompasses numerous areas of condensed matter physics including ferroelectricity, large piezoelectric and dielectric responses, and multiferroicity in metals and insulators, as well as quasi-crystallinity and high-temperature superconductivity. Prof. Rabe uses first-principles density-functional methods and first-principles effective Hamiltonians for theoretical prediction and analysis of properties of existing and yet-to-be-discovered materials.


Stephan Schlamminger

Dr. Schlamminger works at the National Institute for Standards and Technology developing high-precision metrology including the definition, realization, and dissemination of the SI (The International System of Units). This group also performs experimental tests of General Relativity. His research topics include the precise measurement of g and h to develop a new international standard for the kg, based on the principle of the Watt Balance.  Dr. Schlammenger will help celebrate the  100th Anniversary of General Relativity .


Alex Wolszczan 

Professor Alex Wolszczan is the Evan Pugh Professor of Astronomy and Astrophysics at The Pennsylvania State University. His research includes the study of extrasolar planetary systems, experimental gravitation, physics of the interstellar medium and pulsar timing. In 1990 Drs. Wolszczan and Dale Frail observed the first plants outside our Solar System, which were found to orbit the pulsar PSR B1257+12. Professor Wolszczan will help celebrate the 100th Anniversary of General Relativity.

Invited Speakers

Astronomy and Astrophysics

Zachariah Etienne, West Virginia University
David Nice, Lafayette College
Lyman Page, Princeton University
Tuck Stebbins, NASA
Paul Steinhardt, Princeton University

Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics

Gretchen Campbell, Joint Quantum Institute, NIST and University of Maryland
Ken O'Hara, The Pennsylvania State University
Ryan Wilson, Naval Academy

Biophysics and Soft Condensed Matter

Vincent Castranova, West Virginia University
Arjun Yodh, University of Pennsylvania 

Condensed Matter Physics

Ian Applebaum, University of Maryland
Dennis Drew, University of Maryland 
Marija Drndic, University of Pennsylvania
Sergey Frolov, University of Pittsburgh
M. Zahid Hasan, Princeton University
Kristjan Haule, Rutgers University
Johnpierre Paglione, University of Maryland
Hrvoje Petek, University of Pittsburgh
Jay Deep Sau, University of Maryland
Jie Shan, The Pennsylvania State University
Jorge Sofo, The  Pennsylvania State University

Physics Education

Andrew Heckler, The Ohio State University
Kathleen Koenig, University of Cinncinati
Chandralekha Singh, University of Pittsburgh
Raluca Teodorescu, George Washington University

Plasma and Space Physics

James Drake, University of Maryland
Jonathan Menard, Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory
Gottlieb Oehrlein, University of Maryland


Friday OCT 23

Registration: 3 pm - 8 pm
Tour activities: 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Welcome remarks: 6:45 pm - 7 pm
Plenary talk:  7 pm - 8 pm
Reception: 8 pm - 9 pm 
Observing: 9 pm onward (weather permitting)

Saturday Oct 24

Registration: 8 am - 9 pm
Tours activities: various times throughout the day
Plenary talk: 9 am - 10 am
Focus sessions: 10:30 am - 12:30 pm
Plenary talk: 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Contributed sessions: 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Poster session and grad fair: 5 pm - 6:45 pm
Dinner program, including plenary talk: 7 pm - 9:30 pm
Observing: 9:30 pm onward (weather permitting)

Sunday Oct 25

Registration: 8:30 am - noon
Focus sessions: 9 am - 11 am
Plenary talk: 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Student awards and closing remarks: 12:30 pm - 1 pm