Ohio-Region Section of the American Physical Society

Join your colleagues for two days of collaboration, learning and communication at the 2018 fall meeting of the Ohio-Region Section of the American Physical Society at The University of Toledo. 

Friday and Saturday, September 28-29, 2018
The University of Toledo

Celebrating Planck’s 1918 Nobel Prize in Physics: The Many Implications of Energy Quanta

Join your colleagues for two days of collaboration, learning, and communication at the 2018 Fall Meeting of the Ohio-Region Section of the American Physical Society at The University of Toledo. This regional meeting serves as an ideal venue for students and science teachers to share research results through poster or oral presentations, discuss insights and interests, and form new collaborations in research and education.


The Fall 2018 OSAPS meeting will be held on Main Campus in the Lancelot Thompson Student Union.
Note:  This schedule can be considered final.

* Click Here for the Program* --  Oral and Poster Presenters, Titles, Abstracts, and Times
Oral Presenters, please use a USB drive to load your slides 15 minutes prior to your session start time.

Friday, September 28, 2018

11am - 1:00pm:    OSAPS Business Meeting (SU 3016)
Noon - 2:00pm:     Registration Open (Trimble Lounge) 
 - 1:15pm:      Welcome, and opening remarks (Ingman Room)
1:30 - 3:00pm:      Parallel Sessions #1 (2nd Floor Meeting Rooms)
3:00 - 4:30pm:      Tours (choose either the Wright Center for Photovoltaics Innovation and Commercialization (PVIC), *or* the Ritter Planetarium and 1-meter telescope)
4:30 - 5:15pm:      Plenary Talk #1 (Ingman Room) -- Emily Weiss, Northwestern University
5:30 - 7:00pm:      Poster Session (Ingman Room, cash bar)
                              Graduate Programs Fair (Trimble Lounge)
7:00 - 7:45pm:      Banquet Dinner (Ingman Room), remarks from Prof. Sanjay Khare and Dean Karen Bjorkman
7:45 - 8:30pm:      Plenary Talk #2 -- Lawrence Anderson-Huang, The University of Toledo

Saturday, September 29, 2018

8:00 - 9:30am:       Registration Open;  light breakfast (Trimble Lounge and Ingman Room)
9:00 - 10:30am:     Parallel Sessions #2 (2nd Floor Meeting Rooms)
10:30 - 11:00am:   Coffee Break, informal discussion (Trimble Lounge)
11:00 - 11:45am:   Plenary Talk #3 (Ingman Room), Markus Gloeckler, First Solar
11:45 - 12:30:        Plenary Talk #4 (Ingman Room), Carolyn Raithel, University of Arizona
12:30 pm:              Box Lunches (Trimble Lounge)
12:45 - 1:30 pm:   Lunchtime Physics Session (three speakers, Ingman Room)
1:30 - 1:45 pm:     Closing Remarks, Adjourn

Plenary Speakers

Emily Weiss
Emily Weiss

Professor of Chemistry, and Professor of Materials Science and Engineering, Northwestern University

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Lawrence Anderson-Huang
Lawrence Anderson-Huang

Professor Emeritus, Physics and Astronomy, University of Toledo

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physics guy
Markus Gloeckler

Chief Scientist, First Solar

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Carolyn Raithel
Carolyn Raithel

Ph.D. Candidate, Steward Observatory, The University of Arizona

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next Steps


The abstract submission deadline is Sept. 12th, 2018.  APS and OSAPS members should submit their abstracts through the APS website.

Contributed Talks

The contributed oral presentations are each planned for a 15 minute block of time:  12 minutes to present, 2 minutes for Q&A, and 1 minute for transition.


Full-time student contributors requiring financial assistance to attend the meeting may apply for a student travel grant of up to $100.  We strongly encourage students to apply for the travel grant by the Sept. 7th abstract deadline.  The final travel grant application deadline is Sept. 21.  Note: travel grant recipients are required to attend the OSAPS meeting, and to give a poster or oral presentation.  Shortly after the meeting, travel grant applicants who have been verified as presenters will be compensated directly by the APS.


All pre-registration is now closed, and the only remaining option is to register in person at the OSAPS meeting.  The registration table will be open and staffed from noon until 6:00 pm on Friday September 28, and again on Saturday morning September 29 from 8:00 am until 9:30 am.  The registration fee at the meeting is $70 for non-members, $60 for members, and free for high school teachers, retired attendees, and all students.

Banquet and Lunch

Our apologies, but the deadline to order banquet or lunch meals has passed.  The Friday evening banquet and the Saturday box lunch, which are optional, each offer three choices including a vegetarian selection -- these are listed on the registration form.  You may request special dietary options such as vegan, gluten free, etc. by registering, choosing your meal(s), and then emailing your dietary request to OSAPSinfo@utoledo.edu .


Book your room for the Fall 2018 OSAPS meeting at a nearby hotel,  located just north of the University Main Campus on Secor Rd. (Group Code OSAPS). To secure the Group rate, rooms must be reserved by Sept. 6, 2018.  Please select a hotel link for additional details and reservations (rates are before taxes):

  1. Hampton Inn ($114/night)
  2. Holiday Inn ($109/night, or $129/night)

Parking Information:  Anyone planning to park on the UT campus will need a parking permit, which can be obtained by providing vehicle Year, Make, Model, Color, State and License Plate #, either (1) in advance by email to OSAPSinfo@utoledo.edu or (2) in person at the Registration desk during the conference.

Please plan to enter the campus (see map) off of Bancroft St. on North Towerview Blvd., and park in Areas 5 or 10 (not Area 11, as this is a pay lot).  From there, walk northward across the bridge and enter the Student Union through the east entrance (near parking Area 11) where you will find signs to Registration/Check-in.  


More information 

Contact co-hosts: Randy Ellingson and Nik Podraza
Department of Physics and Astronomy
The University of Toledo Toledo, OH 43606-3390

Last Updated: 6/27/22