quarknet-participants-2008-300.jpgThis summer 20 teachers from Dallas-area high schools participated in QuarkNet – an SMU program that showed them recent discoveries in physics through lectures and hands-on labs. The program is conducted by scientists from the Department of Physics in SMU’s Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, chaired by Ryszard Stroynowski.

The one-week workshop included lectures and labs led by physics faculty members Simon Dalley, Fred Olness and Randy Scalise.

High school physics teacher Nancy Jane Hall from Garland, Texas, describes QuarkNet as “one of the most valuable seminars for the advancement of current physics topics” and “a treasure trove of cutting-edge information.” Hall has participated in QuarkNet for three years, learning about recent discoveries in physics and better ways of teaching the subject.

The QuarkNet program is sponsored by the National Science Foundation, the Office of High Energy Physics, the Office of Science, and the U.S. Department of Energy.