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May 2008

Release Date: May 19, 2008

ASU Physics Group Completes Annual Tour of Area Schools

The Angelo State University Society of Physics Students’ (SPS) Peer Pressure Team has completed its third annual “West Texas Road Trip,” during which it performed physics demonstrations at elementary and middle schools in communities throughout the region.

This year’s travel group was comprised of nine ASU students and SPS adviser Dr. Toni Sauncy. The team trekked about 575 miles through West-Central Texas and presented its program to more than 1,000 students, teachers and administrators. The tour ran May 12-16 and included visits to schools in Ballinger, Bronte, Colorado City, Sweetwater, Highland, Forsan, McCamey, Odessa, Iraan and Junction.

The West Texas Road Trip program is a public service designed by Angelo State SPS members to generate enthusiasm about the study of science and increase the diversity of future physics students. The 2008 SPS theme is “The Future Faces of Physics.”

ASU students participating in this year’s program were Kunal Bhatnagar, Daniel Bullock, B. Logan Hancock, Lacy Estes, Jennifer Hendryx, James Matthews, Doug Parsons, Meagan Saldua and Daniel Taylor.

Last spring, the program received a Marsh White Award from the national SPS and a corresponding grant to help pay for demonstration materials. At the completion of last summer’s tour, the program received a Blake Lilly Award from the national SPS for outstanding physics outreach.