Science-engineering fair organizers seek judges for 2012 event

Beal Bank Dallas Regional Science and Engineering Fair logoThe Beal Bank Dallas Regional Science and Engineering Fair is calling for judges to participate in the 2012 event – and inviting the public for a free viewing of student projects 5:30-6:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 25, in Fair Park.

The nonprofit event is both a competition and exhibition for the best middle and high school research projects in the North Texas region, with nearly 1,000 exhibitors expected to participate.

The science fair, open to 6th-12th grade students, is organized and hosted by SMU under title sponsorship from Beal Bank. Beal Bank recently extended its title sponsorship through 2014, bringing the bank’s total support over the years to almost $1 million.

The event is run by volunteers, including Simon Dalley, senior lecturer in physics in SMU’s Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences and president of the Dallas Regional Science and Engineering Fair.

“Science fair is a wonderful opportunity for children to cultivate their interest in science and engineering and to exchange ideas one-on-one with experts in their field of study,” Dalley says.

To qualify as a judge, candidates must have a Bachelor’s degree or equivalent professional experience related to the science categories they prefer to judge. For more information, visit

> Download the information letter and judge recommendation form at
> Find a complete schedule of Science Fair events (PDF format)

High school teachers see ‘Physics in Action’ at SMU

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.