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Westminster College Physics Presented Paper at American Association of Physics Teachers

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Posted on Wednesday, September 13, 2000

Dr. G. Samuel Lightner IV, professor and chair of physics at Westminster College, presented a paper at the summer national meeting of the American Association of Physics Teachers at the University of Guelph in Ontario.

His paper, "Activities in Plasma/Fusion Science for Introductory Courses," explores how the Contemporary Physics Education Project has developed several classrooms activities in plasma and fusion science that can be used in the high school or college introductory class to explore some of the topics related to the teaching chart, "Fusion:Physics of a Fundamental Energy Source."

Lightner is the Western Pennsylvania Section Representative to the American Association of Physics Teachers Council, and serves as vice president of the Plasma/Fusion division of Contemporary Physics Education Project. Lightner, who has been with Westminster College since 1970, earned his undergraduate degree from Randolph-Macon College, and his Ph.D. from the University of Virginia.