Jan. 26, 2006 Physics at Morningside
A proposal for physics outreach activities that was written and submitted by Morningside College seniors Brittany Cole of Sioux City and Elizabeth Kelly of Falls City, Neb., was selected as a 2005-2006 Marsh White Award winner.
The students submitted the proposal through Morningside’s chapter of the Society of Physics Students (SPS). Their faculty advisor is Dr. Gary Turner, assistant professor of mathematical sciences at Morningside.
Their proposal, “Physics in the Community,” calls for the creation of a program in which Morningside physics students would visit area schools and present an array of physics demonstrations and hands-on activities to help explain physics principles that are present in an everyday environment and to bring awareness to new ones. Their target audience is students in grades 4-12.
The students expect to start visiting area schools in late February or early March.
Marsh White Awards are presented to SPS chapters “to support projects designed to promote interest in physics among students and the general public.” The awards, which were first made in 1975, were named in honor of Dr. Marsh W. White for his long years of service to Sigma Pi Sigma, the national physics honor society. White served as executive secretary, president, and historian of the organization. Funds for the awards come from income in the Sigma Pi Sigma Trust Fund.