Akron Physics Club - By Laws


Date: February 7, 1996


I. Name, Purpose and Membership

The name of this group shall be the AKRON PHYSICS CLUB. Its purpose shall be to conduct meetings dealing with topics in science and technology that are of interest to members of the club. These meetings will usually A) be dinner meetings, B) occur monthly (except during Summer) and C) feature an invited speaker on a previously-announced subject.

Membership will be open to interested scientists and engineers living in the general vicinity of Akron, upon payment of the established annual dues. The dues are for the purpose of paying for mailings to members, speaker expenses, and other necessary club operating costs. The dues will be set annually by vote of the Membership.

II. Officers, Terms and Executive Committee

The Officers of the Club, who must of course be Members of the Club, shall be these six: Chair, Vice-Chair, Secretary, Treasurer, Program Chair and Program Vice-Chair. These six Officers, meeting together, shall constitute the Executive Committee.

Officers shall be elected for one-year terms each May. The Officers will serve from June I through the following May 31, or until new Officers have been elected and installed.

III. Duties of Officers and the Executive Committee

A. The Chair will have general responsibility for the effective operation of the club, and will normally preside at all meetings.
B. The Vice-Chair will substitute for the Chair whenever necessary.
C. The Secretary will keep the club minutes and send out monthly notices of meetings to the members. (The Secretary may also agree to handle various other duties, especially in connection with taking dinner reservations from members, and with arranging the necessary details with the restaurant for each monthly meeting --- but this is entirely negotiable between the Secretary and the Executive Committee.)
D. The Treasurer will collect dues from each member (keeping appropriate records), collect money for the dinners from members at the meeting, pay the restaurant for the meals provided at the meeting, and pay other authorized club expenses.
E. The Program Chair, with the advice and assistance of the Executive Committee, will arrange appropriate topics and speakers for the meetings throughout the club year. In the process of doing this, the suggestions for specific speakers and topics from all members of the club will be requested and carefully considered.
F. The Program Vice-Chair will substitute for the Program Chair whenever necessary.
G. The Executive Committee shall (i) make appointment(s) to fill any vacant office(s) occurring between elections, (ii) propose to the Membership any needed changes in the annual dues, (iii) assist with arranging meetings and programs, and (iv) conduct annual elections.

IV. Nominations and Elections

The Executive Committee will carry out the following procedures annually:

A. By April, it will solicit written nominations from the Membership of the Club for the offices to be filled, and will verify that those nominated would be willing to serve, if elected.
B. By May, and prior to the May meeting, it will cause ballots to be printed with the names of the nominees for each office, and then distribute to the Membership.
C. By the May meeting, having received and counted all the ballots that were cast by the Membership, it will announce the new Club Officers for the coming year.


Podcasts and Speaker PowerPoint Presentations

On October 24, 2016, Dr. Rob Owen presented a wonderful lecture to us entitled, The Detection and Analysis of Gravitational Waves from Colliding Black Holes.

His material backing up the lecture can be found at www.black-holes.org

Click on the link to visit and exlore his great web site.

Physics in the news

These chip-sized spaceraft are the smallest space probes yet 

Spacecraft have gone bite-sized. On June 23, 2017, Breakthrough Starshot, an initiative to send spacecraft to another star system, launched half a dozen probes called Sprites to test how their electronics fare in outer space. 




ACESS – Akron Council of
Engineering and Scientific


~ New and Improved ACESS
website!! Check it out at www.acessinc.org

~ Motion passed to create two
positions to fill executive director
role: Administrator (internally
focused) and Executive Director (externally focused)

~ Brent Sisler was named as Administrator and Mike Dowel was named as Executive Director.


Large Hadron Collider experiment nabs five new particles - March 2017

Physicists have snagged a bounty of five new particles in one go.

Members of the LHCb experiment, located at the Large Hadron Collider near Geneva, reported the prolific particle procurement in a paper posted online March 14 at arXiv.org. The five particles are each composed of three quarks — a class of particle that makes up larger particles such as protons and neutrons. Each of the new particles comprises two “strange” quarks and one “charm” quark.

The five particles are in various excited, or high-energy, states — giving each particle a different mass and a different arrangement of quarks within. Such particles are expected to exist according to the theory of the strong nuclear force, which bundles quarks together into larger particles.

The five excited particles are named after their low-energy relative, Ωc0or omega-c-zero. Their rather uninspiring monikers are Ωc(3000)0, Ωc(3050) 0, Ωc(3066) 0, Ωc(3090) 0and Ωc(3119) 0. Each number in parentheses indicates the mass of the particle in millions of electron volts.



The University of Akron and Cleveland State University, along with California State University at Los Angeles, have joined together to work on some projects for NASA and the International Space Station, according to a University of Akron news release (Dec 1).

The universities have received a $840,000 grant through NASA's Physical Sciences Research Program for the projects, the release stated. The research will focus on the way materials solidify in space when gravity is lacking.



University of Akron, Sandia pair up to bring new polymers

The University of Akron has a huge new partner (Sandia National Laboratories ) with big plans for what it views as the nation's top school for polymer science research and technology.



EXL Center at The University of Akron has just informed us (ACESS) recently of an up-coming event that is planned by Launch League in Akron led by Courtney Gras.  They are preparing for a big event the first weekend in December called Flight.  It is a Start Up Conference (http://www.launchleague.org/flight/) that may be of specific interest.


View this stunning video of surface of Mars




Colorful Animation Shows Simulated Flight over Dwarf Planet Ceres

Dr. Jaumann and his colleagues used 2,350 images to generate a realistic view of Ceres.  Shows a simulated flight over the surface of Ceres, based on images from Dawn’s high-altitude mapping orbit (900 miles, or 1,450 km).