Deb was an important contributor to the Michiana STEM community. From her work with the PTA at Kennedy, to her administrative leadership of the Joint Institute for Nuclear Astrophysics, to her participation in the Notre Dame Physics Department’s outreach committee, she was always active, eager, joyful, and professional. Come to this event at Kennedy school on Monday night to honor her, if you can.
For 15 years, Dale Wiand has been the lead teacher at the Notre Dame QuarkNet Center, leading weekly meetings of physics teachers and hosting full-time summer research opportunities for some 50 teachers and over 200 high school students. All the while, Dale (teaching at Adams) and his wife Lauren (at Riley) were raising one of those 200, a pretty good son. Andrew Wiand soared through Riley, then Notre Dame, and is now serving as Senior Fellow at enFocus. And he’s fighting for South Bend.
Tune in at half-time during tomorrow’s ND-Temple game for some highlights of this story on the NBC-Notre Dame “What would you fight for?” series. Be inspired. Then let’s roll up our sleeves and join the fight for South Bend, and for all of Michiana.
It may be July but classes and camps continue to keep Notre Dame fairly busy even with most of the students on summer break. One such camp/class going on right now is the TRiO Upward Bound camp for high school students who would be the first generation in their family to go to college. TRiO is a talent search agency and the Upward Bound program was brought to Notre Dame by Father Hesburgh. Check out the video below and hear the stories of people involved with TRiO. (The page may need to be refreshed to view the video.)
The students are put through college type classes to prepare them for what may lie ahead at any college they decide to attend. One such class that I visited with the students dealt with flight planning and the importance of following a flight plan. These students are trying to learn a semester long aviation class in about twelve days requiring that they stay on point.
Later on, the students went out to the North gate of Notre Dame Stadium for a more hands-on demonstration. The North gate happens to be exactly 1000 feet away from the Hesburgh Library. The students stood at the North gate and looked up to the top of the library with an angle measuring device. Using the angle, 1000 feet away, and simple geometry, the height of the library can be found.
This is a shout out to a great group of kids (of all ages) who explored the cosmos together for two weeks in July. 55 middle school students, two physics graduate students, one high school student, a veteran middle school teacher and myself had a great time. I could tell you a lot about it, but navigating some 1400 images taken during the event will be a lot more fun than reading about it. (This is a busy page, and the embedded widgets sometimes won’t load on the first attempt: if they don’t, just refresh the page.) Oh…and please don’t miss the fun you can have with the Cooliris widget: play with the buttons, and build your own here.)
For those who like a more ordered presentation, below is a slide show organizing some images around activity headings. The STC schedule has links to many of these activities. Enjoy.
Along with creating a LinkedIn group, the NDQC has made another effort to try and somewhat reconnect with the past. When a list is presented to you, usually the easiest way to view it would be in a visual way. So why not make a visualization for the list of past and present QuarkNet participants? I did that in the form of a map.
Using a program called MapAList, I took the locations of schools that the students attended at the time and I created a map accurately placing the majority of the locations of students when they were at QuarkNet. I also did this with teachers and where they taught. As with any kind of virtual map there is room for error. The computer may not have been able to find the correct locations of the schools. It also could have found a school somewhere else with the same name or similar name and mapped someone there.
Below is the interactive map with every participant both student and teacher that has participated in QuarkNet in the past. Click on each point to find out more about each person including a link to the school website.
Last week, the NDQC went international. High school students from China and Brazil came to Notre Dame for an educational camp that included a two day workshop at QuarkNet.
The CMS Data group was given the opportunity to give a two and a half hour seminar on the CMS detector at the LHC to these students. The students first were guided through a short briefing on what the CMS detector was and the sheer basics of particle physics led by teachers working at QuarkNet.
The international students were then split up into two person groups and began finding answers to a few questions that could be found on the Internet. The CMS Data students were helpful in guiding this process and helping out wherever needed. The groups were brought together then and they all talked about each question and the correct answers.
The seminar continued with analysis of real data from the CMS detector again led by the CMS Data team. At the same time that all of this was going on, another half of the international students was in an entirely different part of QuarkNet looking through a telescope at the Sun and learning about it.
Below are pictures of the students at work on the computers…