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GWPAC students Nousha Afshari, Torrey Cullen, Nick Demos, John Derby, Alyssa Garcia, Haroon Khan, and Conner Park, and faculty Geoffrey Lovelace, Jocelyn Read, and Josh Smith attended the April 2016 Meeting of the American Physical Society, held in Salt Lake City, Utah. 

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The meeting brought together hundreds of physicists from 18 divisions of APS. It also marked two milestones for the field of gravitation, the discovery of gravitational-waves from a merging binary system of black holes and the APS Topical Group on Gravitation becoming the APS Division of Gravitational Physics

Among the many excellent presentations at the meeting were 8 by GWPAC members: 2016-aps-nick

Nousha Afshari’s poster, “Comparing numerical and analytic approximate gravitational waveforms,” 

Torrey Cullen’s poster, “Hybridizing Gravitational Waveforms of Inspiralling Binary Neutron Star Systems,”

Nick Demos’ poster, “Modeling Thermal Noise from Crystaline Coatings for Gravitational-Wave Detectors,”

Alyssa Garcia’s poster, “Making and Testing Hybrid Gravitational Waves from Colliding Black Holes and Neutron Stars,”

Haroon Khan’s poster, ``Visualizing the gravitational lensing and vortex and tendex lines of colliding black holes,” 

2016-aps-alyssaGeoffrey Lovelace’s talk, “Modeling rapidly spinning, merging black holes with numerical relativity for the era of first gravitational-wave observations,”  

Conner Park’s poster, “Modeling Binary Neutron Stars,” and

Jocelyn Read’s talk, “Gravitational waves from neutron-star mergers.”

Additionally, Cal State Fullerton professor Gina Passante, who has taught most of the GWPAC students quantum mechanics, presented a talk on her physics education research entitled, "Student understanding of the time dependence of spin-1/2 systems."

Outside of the meeting, the Fullerton attendees found time to visit the local eateries, visit the Salt Lake, and hike Red Butte Canyon and Millcreek Canyon with their fellow physicists. 

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