The CSUF physics department had a strong presence at the 2011 SACNAS National Conference, Empowering Innovation & Synergy Through Diversity, in San Jose Oct 27-30.

Fabian, Cinthia, Gaby, and JoshFabian, Cinthia, Gaby, and JoshThree physics majors (Physics Club officers) attended the conference with Josh Smtih and presented posters: Gabriela Serna on "Instructional Reformation to Increase Knowledge Gained in Introductory Astronomy," Cinthia Padilla on "Electromagnetic Follow up of Gravitational-wave Signals," and Fabian Magana-Sandoval on "Measuring Light Scatter for Future LIGO Optics."

The poster sessions were packed with attendees and enthusiasm, and Gabriela, Cinthia, and Fabian spent their entire poster sessions fielding questions. Meanwhile, Josh Smith worked with his colleagues from the LIGO Hanford observatory and San Jose State to attract the next generation of gravitational-wave scientists at the LIGO booth.

Fabian at his posterFabian at his posterThe SACNAS participants received a special honor on Friday night with dinner speaker Alex Filippenko, who worked on the project that contributed to the 2011 Nobel Prize in physics for the discovery of the accelerating expanding universe. His presentation, "Dark Energy and the Runaway Universe", was perhaps the highlight of the conference.

The physics club leadership came back with bags full of SWAG and internship and graduate school information, so contact them if you're looking for opportunities.

Gaby at her posterGaby at her poster


Overall this was a fantastic event, and we're looking forward to SACNAS 2012 in Seattle.

Conference banquetConference banquet


Alex Filippenko visiting with attendees post banquet.Alex Filippenko visiting with attendees post banquet.