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Joint Fall Meeting of the Texas Sections of the APS, AAPT,
and Society of Physics Students (Zone 13)

Texas Tech University, Lubbock, October 23-25, 2003



APS Abstract Submission Deadline: Friday, September 26, 2003
AAPT and SPS Paper and Poster Submission Deadline: Friday, October 3, 2003
Pre-registration Deadline: Friday, October 3, 2003
APS Abstract Publication Fee Due: Monday, October 20, 2003
Meeting Dates: October 23-25, 2003
Meeting ID: TSF03

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Local Host Contact:

Charles W. Myles, Chair, Local Organizing Committee
Department of Physics, Mail Stop 1051, Texas Tech University
Lubbock, TX 79409-1051. Telephone: (806) 742-3767, Fax: (806) 742-1182
E-mail: Charley.Myles@ttu.edu


The Joint Fall Meeting of the Texas Sections of the AAPT, APS, and Zone 13 of SPS will be hosted by Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas, October 23-25, 2003.

Conference Sessions

This will be a general meeting. Contributed papers from any area of physics are welcome and encouraged. However, an area of emphasis for this meeting is materials physics. All sessions will be held on the Texas Tech University campus. Most of the sessions will be in the Science Building. The Plenary Sessions will be in the Physics Auditorium (SC 007). The Friday lunch as well as the Friday evening banquet will be held in the Frazier Alumni Pavilion near the football stadium. The Friday lunch will be Soup and Sandwich du Jour ($10 for non-student members, free for registered students). Banquet tickets at $22 ($12 for registered students) are available for Choice New York Strip Steak. Business meetings for the Texas Sections of the APS and AAPT will be held at the Frazier Alumni Pavilion following the Friday lunch.

Plenary and Invited Presentations

Confirmed plenary presentations include:
  1. Lawrence Cranberg, Consulting Physicist, "Experiences of a Physicist Running for the US Senate".
  2. Alex Demkov, Motorola-Austin, "Epitaxial Oxides and Semiconductors: Applications of Condensed Matter Theory in Industry".
  3. Stefan K. Estreicher, Texas Tech University, "The Forgotten Entropies of Defects in Semiconductors".
  4. Jack Hirsch, Shell Oil, "Why Physicists are Well-Suited for Industry".
  5. Terry A. Michalske, Sandia National Laboratory, "Integrated Nanotechnology: Putting Small Things to Work".
  6. Otto F. Sankey, Arizona State University, "Conduction Through Molecules".
  7. Eicke R. Weber, University of California at Berkeley, "Understanding Defects in Semiconductors".
Additional invited speakers include:
Special topics sessions with invited speakers are planned. Please check our web page for more information as it becomes available.

Contributed Paper Sessions

There will be parallel oral and poster APS, AAPT and SPS contributed paper sessions as needed to accommodate the papers submitted. Students note: There is as good a chance to get a presentation award in the poster sessions as in the oral sessions. Remember to indicate your choice of presentation style on the abstract. The AAPT will also be offering several workshops for teachers.
More information will be posted as it becomes available.

Special Events

Tours of several research laboratories are being arranged. There will be an SPS Welcome Reception Thursday evening at the Lubbock Inn (see Conference Hotel information below). After the banquet Friday evening there will be a "Star Party" hosted by TTU Physics and the South Plains Astronomy Club at the Texas Tech Museum and Planetarium. Check for additional events as the meeting dates approach.


Everyone is encouraged to pre-register in order to guarantee lunch and banquet tickets and to get the lowest registration charge. Students must indicate on the student registration form if they want to enter the Student Presentation Competition, apply for a travel award, receive a free lunch ticket, and purchase a banquet ticket at a reduced price. Registration fees will increase after the pre-registration deadline of October 3, 2003.

On-Site Registration

For those who do not pre-register, there will be on-site registration available. This will take place in the lobby of the Lubbock Inn (see Conference Hotel information below) on Thursday evening starting at 6 p.m. and in the Physics Conference Room (Room 101) in the Science Building on Friday and Saturday.

Especially for Students

Special programs to encourage and support student participation:

APS Abstract Submission

Abstract submission instructions. The deadline for receipt of abstracts on the electronic form is September 26, 2003. Proof-read your abstract carefully before submission!

Submitting Abstracts Via The Web

To submit an APS abstract using the online web submission process, two things are needed:
  1. The number and ordering of authors and collaborations.
  2. The abstract content.
The web page will guide you through the rest. Try a test submission before submitting your abstract. Log onto http://abstracts.aps.org and select the meeting TEST. Follow the directions online to create your own practice abstract. When ready to submit your abstract online, select the meeting (TSF03) by clicking on the appropriate button. A form will be created for you. Simply enter the information.

Publishing Your Abstract

All abstracts will be available on the WEB before the meeting. Links to APS abstracts on the WEB site are maintained as an archive of meeting abstracts. This will continue indefinitely into the future so that later you can look up or reference the URL of your abstract. You may still choose to have your abstract published in traditional print. To have your abstract(s) published in the Fall, 2003 Supplement issue of the APS Bulletin, please fill out the Abstract Publication Form, print it off and mail it (with payment $35 per abstract, made out to Texas Section APS) to Walter Borst by October 20, 2003.

AAPT/SPS Paper and Poster Submission

Submit your information online. The deadline for receipt of your presentation information is October 3, 2003. Please see www.tsaapt.org or www.aapt.org for additional information.

AAPT Teacher Workshops

So far, four workshops are planned, two on Friday, October 24, and two on Saturday, October 25. The contact person for detailed information regarding the Teacher Workshops is Tom O'Kuma, Physical Science Department, Lee College, P.O. Box 818, Baytown, TX 77522. Phone: (281) 425-6522.


CONFERENCE HOTELS: Reserved for APS October 23-25, 2003. Ask for the rate for the Texas Section of APS. The cutoff date for conference rates is October 9, 2003.


Parking will be available for the Friday conference sessions at the commuter lot near the Texas Tech football stadium. Parking for the Saturday sessions will be in the reserved lot near the Science Building. Please see the campus map for directions.

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