2007 Zone 10 Meeting at LSU


Several tours of local scientific facilities and historical attractions are included in the Zone X meeting schedule.  These tours are listed below.  Admission fees and meals during the activities are already included in your registration fee.  In addition, limited seating bus transportation will be provided for each activity.  The bus will leave and return to the LSU Union at the times given.


Center for Advanced Microstructures and Devices (CAMD)

CAMD is a high-tech synchrotron research center whose role is to provide equipment, expertise, and infrastructure for research and development in the area of microstructures and microdevices. CAMD is housed in a 45,000 square-foot building located on a 15-acre site approximately five miles from the LSU campus. Current investigations at CAMD include: 1) basic research in the areas of atomic and molecular structure and condensed-matter (surface and bulk phase) phenomena. 2) applied research in the exciting field of microdevice fabrication. Additionally, CAMD is a center where X-ray spectroscopy and microscopy is being used to provide powerful analytic tools for materials research, industry, and the environment. Students who have the opportunity to work and study at CAMD will learn the exciting technology of the 21st century.

Tour:  Friday, March 9, 2007   1:30 pm to 2:30 pm
Bus departs LSU Union at 1:10 pm
Bus arrives LSU Union at 2:50 pm
CAMD Website:  http://www.camd.lsu.edu/
CAMD Location: 6980 Jefferson Hwy., Baton Rouge, La | Map


Meeting Banquet at Nottoway Plantation

At the edge of sugar cane fields, Nottoway stands overlooking the Mississippi River. This enormous mansion, completed in 1859, reflects an unusual combination. Greek revival architectural elements blend with innovations that were the fanciful desires of the original owner. Not only is the floor plan irregular, but the house contained many elements that were innovative and rare in the mid-19th century, such as indoor plumbing and hot and cold running water.  Our banquet will include a Champagne Tour of the main house plus dinner in the guest house meeting room.  Dinner choices plus our special guest speaker will be announced at a later date.

Banquet: Friday, March 9, 2007   6:30 pm to 9:30 pm
Bus departs LSU Union at 5:30 pm
Bus arrives LSU Union at 10:30 pm
Nottoway Website: http://www.nottoway.com/
Nottoway Location: http://www.nottoway.com/n-directions.html | Map



Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO)

Funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF), LIGO was designed and constructed by a team of scientists from the California Institute of Technology, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and by industrial contractors. Construction of the facilities was completed in 1999. Initial operations of the detectors began in 2001, and the first data run is scheduled in 2004. The Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO) is a facility dedicated to the detection of cosmic gravitational waves and the measurement of these waves for scientific research. It consists of two widely separated installations within the United States, operated in unison as a single observatory. This observatory is available for use by the world scientific community, and is a vital member in a developing global network of gravitational wave observatories.  Located in nearby Livingston Parish we will tour the LIGO facility, plus have time to see the “Exploratorium” exhibits at the new Science Education Center prior to our “bag” lunch in the LIGO picnic area.

Tour:  Saturday March 10, 2007  9:00 am to 12:00 noon
Bus departs LSU Union at 8:00 am
Bus arrives LSU Union at 1:45 pm
LIGO website: http://www.ligo-la.caltech.edu/index.htm
LIGO location:  http://www.ligo-la.caltech.edu/contents/directionwel.htm



BREC, LSU, BRAS Highland Road Park Observatory (HRPO)

This astronomical observatory, located about 20 minutes from LSU campus, is operated jointly by the Baton Rouge Parish parks commission, the LSU Department of Physics & Astronomy and the Baton Rouge Astronomical Society.  The Facility includes Ritchey-Chretien 20” and 16” telescopes, a small radio telescope, a HAM radio station a Starlab teaching planetarium and multiple portable telescope.  The observatory provides recreational and educational activities for the public, a center for the area amateur astronomers, plus a teaching facility for LSU undergraduate and graduate students.  Our tour of the facility will include a BarBQ dinner in the picnic area, a guest speaker, plus (weather permitting) observation of the night sky.

Tour:  Saturday March 10, 2007  6:00 pm to 9:30 pm
Bus departs LSU Union:  5:30 pm
Bus arrives LSU Union:  10:00 pm
HRPO website: http://www.bro.lsu.edu/
HRPOlocation:  http://www.bro.lsu.edu/observatory/location.html


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