Students from the newly-formed Society of Physics Students (SPS) went on a trip to Fermilab, the Fermi National Accelerator Facility, outside of Chicago Nov. 7-9. Students Caitlin Smith, Kayla LaFrance, Sarah-Ann Claiborne, Caleb Kinch and Stephen Murphree, along with Physics faculty Christian Thomas, Stephen Robinson and Scott Hawley, attended the Quadrennial Congress of Sigma Pi Sigma, the national honor society for physics students. As this was the first trip for this new SPS group, and the first involvement in the congress, the trip was significant as a way of connecting students with the greater physics community. The group attended talks and workshops on the topic of “scientific citizenship,” including a keynote address by Nobel laureate Leon Lederman.
After returning from their trip, SPS members put the finishing touches on their planned convocation event, “Belmont Mythbusters: The Dark Knight Edition,” in which they described the physics behind stunts in the popular movie. The academic lecture convocation was presented on Nov. 17 to a crowd of more than 80 people.