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Physics Society Named Outstanding Chapter

By Justine Benzen
UW-RF University Communications

FEB. 17, 2006--The University of Wisconsin-River Falls chapter of the Society of Physics Students (SPS) has been selected as an Outstanding SPS Chapter for the 2004-05 school year from among more than 700 chapters nationwide.

To be considered for the Outstanding SPS Chapter, the chapter must achieve SPS activities in areas such as physic research, public science outreach, physics tutoring programs, hosting and representing at physics meetings, and providing social interaction for chapter members. The River Falls chapter is one of 48 chapters from one of 18 zones in the country.

The River Falls chapter has visited fifth grade classes, performed demonstrations each year to high school students in the annual science day festival, and attended regional meetings. The chapter works to promote an interest in physics, contribute to research, and create new demonstrations to recruit physics majors.

SPS holds meetings every Tuesday at 3:30 p.m. in Centennial Science Hall.

"Anyone can join SPS," says Earl Blodgett, the chapter advisor for SPS and professor of physics at UW-RF. "All they need is a interest in physics."

UW-RF students and alumni who are active members of SPS include:

Wisconsin:

Alexandra Albrigtson, sophomore, from Woodville, Wis., physics major.
Matthew Blodgett, sophomore, from Boyceville, Wis., physics major.
Cadie Boyung, freshman, from West Bend, Wis., physics major.
Tyler Cramer, junior, from Sauk City, Wis., physics major.
Kevin Dawson, senior, from Kaukauna, Wis., chemistry major.
Ann Deml, senior, from Medford, Wis., broad field science major.
Brandon Demotts, freshman, from Woodville, Wis., broad field science major.
Scott De Wolf, senior, from River Falls, Wis., physics major.
John Dickinsen, freshman, from Fall Creek, Wis., broad field science major.
Alex Dix, senior, from Clear Lake, Wis., physics major.
Justin Enerson, freshman, from Osceola, Wis., physics major.
David Frank, sophomore, from Deer Park, Wis., mathematics major.
Travis Getzie, sophomore, from Ellsworth, Wis., physics major.
Tom Johnson, junior, from River Falls, Wis., physics major.
Anthony Kopish, senior, from Oshkosh, Wis., physics major.
Jennifer Lieber, freshman, from Wisconsin Rapids, Wis., physics major.
Heather Lunn, senior, from Somerset, Wis., physics major.
Krista Miller, freshman, from Owen, Wis., biotechnology major.
Shawntel Murphy, sophomore, from New Richmond, Wis., physics major.
John O'brien-Schroeder, junior, from Hudson, Wis., physics major.
Dustin Pfundheller, freshman, from Altoona, Wis., mathematics major.
Amanda Pittman, junior, from Hudson, Wis., physics major.
Joshua Potts, senior, from Hudson, Wis., physics and engineering major.
Allen Riley, senior, from Hudson, Wis., physics major.
Michael Sykora, senior, from Deer Park, Wis., chemistry major.

Minnesota:

Luke Chambers, senior, from Hugo, Minn., physics major.
Jeremy Clounch, freshman, from Apple Valley, Minn., physics major.
David Fairchild, sophomore, from Maple Grove, Minn., physics major.
Megan Mealman, junior, from Blaine, Minn., physics major.
Casey Murray, junior, from Hugo, Minn., physics major.
Lisa Watkins, senior, from Marshall, Minn., broad field science major.
Boyd Weiger, senior, from Maplewood, Minn., broad field science major.
Robert Wicklund, senior, from Hugo, Minn., physics major.
Craig Witte, freshman, from Columbia Heights, Minn., physics major.

Other states/alumni:

Daniel Carbone, freshman, from Avon Lake, Ohio, physics major.
Kyle Jacobson, National SPS, Sigma Pi Sigma, and alumni.
Scott Lotze, National SPS and Sigma Pi Sigma.
Paula Stanley, National SPS and Sigma Pi Sigma.

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