Akron Physics Club

Club programs deal with current issues in Physics, Chemistry, Astronomy, Cosmology, Biology, and a host of other topics. Several new speakers are scheduled each year to present topics of current scientific interest.

Meetings are at the
Tangier Restaurant, 532
West Market, Akron,

6:00pm Socializing - 6:30pm Dinner - Program about 7:30pm

Meeting Announcement


Akron Physics Club



The Tangier Restaurant
532 West Market Street, Akron Ohio

6:00pm Socializing - 6:30pm Dinner - Program about 7:30pm
The charge for each dinner is $20

RESERVATIONS or REGRETS by Thursday, February 23rd to:
Reservation Secretary Bob Erdman: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., (330) 656-2275
Please use this email for reservations, for updates on email addresses or to discontinue receiving these announcements


[College students having dinner: Please identify yourself as a student]

Anyone is welcome to attend the free presentation starting at 7:30 pm.
But if you would like to have dinner, you will need a reservation. 


The Speaker will be:
Carol Gould

She will be speaking on:
Early Computers from a Lady who was There

As a child fascinated with erector sets, puzzles, knitting, and music, it is not surprising that Carol was eager to be part of the early computer scene. She wrote programs with wires on plug boards, paper tape, and punch cards. She struggled with minimal memory and storage on IBM models 6400, 1401, 360, and 1130. She performed all the stages of creating a computer system - analyzing the users’ needs, writing requests for proposals, choosing vendors, testing software, training users, and writing documentation. She wrote a great deal of software herself. She declared that what a person doing her job needed most was "a good stomach lining".

Background of Carol Gould:
Carol Gould majored in economics at Wellesley College.  She went to New York in 1962 and worked for two major firms in the early days of computers. Carol started her own computer software and consulting business in 1972. She wrote software for major college alumni clubs including Harvard, Yale and Princeton in New York City for several decades. She wrote a book The Minicomputer Simplified; An Executive’s Guide to the Basics published by Macmillan in 1980.  Carol moved to Kent, Ohio in 2004 and married a KSU Chemistry Professor; Edwin Gould. She has been a senior guest for 33 semesters of KSU classes. 


Dinner Reservations:
Please join us for our next meeting. Pre-registration for dinner is required so that we can guarantee our reservations. Dinner is $20. To register, send an email to our Reservations Secretary: Bob Erdman: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or (330) 656-2275.


Future Meetings:
2017 - April 24
LIGO topic


2017 - May 22: 
Dr. Jay Reynolds, Vice President Cleveland Astronomical Society, Department of Physics -  Cleveland State University, will speak on "latest NASA satellite missions." 


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Podcasts and Speaker PowerPoint Presentations

On October 24, 2016, Dr. Rob Owen presented a wonderful lecture to us entitled, The Detection and Analysis of Gravitational Waves from Colliding Black Holes.

His material backing up the lecture can be found at www.black-holes.org

Click on the link to visit and exlore his great web site.

Physics in the news

ACESS – Akron Council of Engineering and Scientific


~ New and Improved ACESS
website!! Check it out at www.acessinc.org

~ Motion passed to create two
positions to fill executive director
role: Administrator (internally
focused) and Executive Director (externally focused)

~ Brent Sisler was named as Administrator and Mike Dowel was named as Executive Director.

~ ACESS Presidents and Advisors meeting is coming up April 20th.
Please email reservations to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by
April 12th. Dinner will be held at the Rosemont Country Club.

Each Member Society will be given
two minutes to present the main
purpose of their organization,
limitations the local chapter is experiencing, and possible ways
that ACESS can help them
overcome these limitations and
create a stronger Akron STEM community.

Events: (All events are open to the
public. See acessinc.org for more
details about specific events)

March 23, at 5:30  
Akron ASME
@ U. Akron Student Union room
310, Topic: Student (Papers) Night

rch 23, at 11:30-1:30 IEEE
@ LaPizzaria Restaurant, 3656
Dressler Rd. Canton, Topic: Ohio
Board Registration

March 25, at 9:30-12:30 – Audobon Society of Cleveland @ boat ramp
at Ladue Marina Topic:
Waterfowl Field Trip

March 27, at 6:00 – Akron Physics
@ Tangier Restaurant, 532
West Market St. Akron 

April 10, at 6:00-8:00 – Akron SPE
@ Hilton Fairlawn, Topic: Plastics in Education

April 11, at 6:00 – IEEE Exec.
Committee Meeting @ Waterloo Restaurant,
423 E Waterloo Rd.

April 20, 5:30-9:00 –
ACESS Advisors &
Presidents Meeting
@ Rosemont Country Club,
Topic: Strengthening the
Akron STEM community 

April 25-27, Rubber Division
Spring Tech Meeting
@ DoubleTree,
3663 Park Dr. Beachwood

May 15, 6:00-8:00 – Akron SPE May Awards Night @ Firestone Country Club


Large Hadron Collider experiment nabs five new particles - March 2017

Physicists have snagged a bounty of five new particles in one go.

Members of the LHCb experiment, located at the Large Hadron Collider near Geneva, reported the prolific particle procurement in a paper posted online March 14 at arXiv.org. The five particles are each composed of three quarks — a class of particle that makes up larger particles such as protons and neutrons. Each of the new particles comprises two “strange” quarks and one “charm” quark.

The five particles are in various excited, or high-energy, states — giving each particle a different mass and a different arrangement of quarks within. Such particles are expected to exist according to the theory of the strong nuclear force, which bundles quarks together into larger particles.

The five excited particles are named after their low-energy relative, Ωc0or omega-c-zero. Their rather uninspiring monikers are Ωc(3000)0, Ωc(3050) 0, Ωc(3066) 0, Ωc(3090) 0and Ωc(3119) 0. Each number in parentheses indicates the mass of the particle in millions of electron volts.



The University of Akron and Cleveland State University, along with California State University at Los Angeles, have joined together to work on some projects for NASA and the International Space Station, according to a University of Akron news release (Dec 1).

The universities have received a $840,000 grant through NASA's Physical Sciences Research Program for the projects, the release stated. The research will focus on the way materials solidify in space when gravity is lacking.



University of Akron, Sandia pair up to bring new polymers

The University of Akron has a huge new partner (Sandia National Laboratories ) with big plans for what it views as the nation's top school for polymer science research and technology.



EXL Center at The University of Akron has just informed us (ACESS) recently of an up-coming event that is planned by Launch League in Akron led by Courtney Gras.  They are preparing for a big event the first weekend in December called Flight.  It is a Start Up Conference (http://www.launchleague.org/flight/) that may be of specific interest.


View this stunning video of surface of Mars




Colorful Animation Shows Simulated Flight over Dwarf Planet Ceres

Dr. Jaumann and his colleagues used 2,350 images to generate a realistic view of Ceres.  Shows a simulated flight over the surface of Ceres, based on images from Dawn’s high-altitude mapping orbit (900 miles, or 1,450 km).



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