April 14-15, 2017

Location & Logistics

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All events will be on the University of Utah Campus. The Friday banquet will be held in the A. Ray Olpin Student Union, in Panorama East. The demo show and contributed talks on Saturday will take place in the James Fletcher Building (JFB). The afternoon session on NanoFabrication will also be on campus, in the Sorenson Molecular Biology Building (SMBB).






Meeting Registration:

Please register online to reserve your spot at the meeting (links below). Early bird registration for the meeting is $12 for students and $20 for everyone else, until April 1, 2017. This fee also includes all meals and snacks on both days.

  Early Registration Price
(before, or on, April 1, 2017)
Late Registration Price
(starting April 2, 2017)
Registration Links
Students $12 $24 Student Registration
Everyone Else $20 $40 Everyone Else Registration


Friday Banquet:

The meeting banquet will take place on Friday, April 14, 2017 starting at 5:30pm in the Panorama East room, in the A. Ray Olpin Union Building. The banquet is free for all registered meeting participants.

Banquet Menu:

  • Tossed Caesar salad
  • Sun-dried tomato
  • Spinach & feta stuffed chicken breast with red pepper cream sauce
  • Seasonal vegetables
  • Penne Pasta with Pesto Sauce
  • Focaccia
  • Mini Italian cannolis (dessert)



There is no hotel room block for this meeting. Participants are free to stay wherever they would like. In Salt Lake City, there are many hotels and a good selection of places to stay available through homestay networks such as AirBnB.

The two closest hotels are the University of Utah Guest House, and the Marriott Hotel University Park. Both are mapped below.


Program Logistics

For a more detailed program, click the "Schedules" button above, or click here.

To submit a poster, talk, or demo presentation, click the "Presentation Submission" button above, or click here.

Wireless internet is available throughout the campus (Eduroam & UGUEST - instructions here).


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Information for Demo Presentations:

‣ Please contact us as soon as possible if you need special accommodations for your demo presentation.
‣ All demos should be set up in B8 JFB before the demo show at 7:30pm on Friday, April 14th.


Information for Oral Presentations:

‣ Presentations can be given on either your laptop, or on the meeting laptop (MacBook Pro with up-to-date PowerPoint, Keynote, Acrobat, OpenOffice Impress, etc. )
  ‣ Note: If using the meeting laptop, please make sure all your fonts, images, and videos are properly embedded in your file.
  ‣ Please set up for your talk during the break prior to your time slot.
  ‣ A laser pointer/clicker will be available for use.


Student Poster Competition

The meeting will have a series of oral presentations, along with a student poster session (with prizes!). Poster content may be on anything related to enhancing the understanding and appreciation of physics through teaching. This may involve physics research, education research, instruction techniques, demonstrations, physics projects, community engagement, etc. If you are interested in either presenting a talk, or making a poster, please fill out our Presentation Submission form.


There will be prizes for the best posters:

1st Place: $100 gift card
2nd Place: $50 gift card
3rd Place: $25 gift card

Posters may be oriented in portrait or landscape, having maximum dimensions of 36.0 inches (91.44 cm) tall by 48.0 inches (121.92 cm) wide. Boards and easels will be provided at the meeting location to display posters. There are no restrictions on color usage.

Identifying your Poster:

The poster title and author names (including presenting author) must be clearly identified. If you bring or supply your poster in a poster tube, please make sure your name and institution are clearly labeled on the outside of the tube.


Meeting Schedule

The schedule is available here. Please note that this schedule is not finalized.


Utah Nano-Fabrication Laboratory Experience: A Matter of Scale

Nanotechnology has become a big thing, we can find it everywhere these days; from computer chips, to sensors in your phone, to the next generation of medical technologies, to nanofilms and coatings that can give everyday objects new and exciting properties.

This presentation and tour of our state-of-the-art nanofabrication facility involves an examination of methods that can be used to teach students about scaling principles and modern nanotechnologies, along with how we use them, and how they are made. We also go over the principles of building, designing, and inventing on the micro/nano-scale. Plus, we talk about how engineering on the extremely small-scale must be approached differently than on the large scale.

We will also be giving a tour of the Nano-fabrication Laboratory and surface lab where you can see the massive amount of equipment it takes to build and examine something so small.

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Academic Credit / Professional Development / Continuing Education

For those interested, we have arranged for you to receive academic credit through participating in this meeting. A course has been created in the Canvas learning management system, where we make this formal. The fee is $50. Click this link to sign up: https://continue.utah.edu/contracts/PHYS/1174.



Parking will be available for no cost to meeting attendees, and must be setup via their meeting registration. Parking passes at the University of Utah are digital and tied to your vehicle's license plate information. When registering, you will need to provide your vehicle's license plate number and the state in which it was issued, for us to assign a pass to you. Otherwise you risk being ticketed by campus.

If you need to load or unload equipment please use the loading zone on the west side of the James Fletcher building with entrance from 100 South.




The 36th Annual Spring Meeting of the Idaho-Utah Section of the AAPT is graciously supported by the following wonderful groups:
Clark Planetarium Natural History Museum of Utah
Educational Innovations Vernier Scientific PASCO Scientific Arbor Scientific
  AstronomUrs Idaho Museum of Natural History  
We wholeheartedly thank these groups for their tremendous generosity and their on-going commitment to improving STEM education.
201 James Fletcher Bldg., 115 South 1400 East, Salt Lake City, UT. 84112
Phone: (801) 581-4801 | Email: aaptphysics.utah.edu