Erskine represented at American Physical Society meeting

Posted on November 29, 2011

Michael Harmon, left, and Kevin Velasquez

Senior Michael Harmon of Taylors and junior Kevin Velasquez of Greenville traveled with Professor of Physics Dr. Richard Schelp 2011 to the meeting of the Southeast Section of the American Physical Society (SESAPS) in Roanoke, Va., Oct. 19-22, where they made a presentation in the form of a poster.

“Michael was the official presenter of the poster,” Schelp said.

The poster depicts efforts to “devise a better way to collect and analyze data for a standard intermediate undergraduate physics experiment,” Schelp said. “The experiment is designed to allow for a determination of the ratio of the charge to the mass of an electron.”

Schelp worked on the project with Harmon and Velasquez as well as with junior Bryce Pruitt of Williston.

The meeting, hosted by the department of physics at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University at The Hotel Roanoke and Conference Center, “featured sessions with both invited and contributed talks,” Schelp said. “A wide range of topics was represented, from superconductivity to gravitational waves, neutrinos to supernovae, physics education to physics and public policy.”

Schelp and the students “returned just in time for homecoming events,” he said.