FIU to Host Physicists' Convention

The Miami area will play host to its first major convention of physicists in a generation when the American Physical Society's South East Section meets this week.

Florida International University is hosting the conference, which starts Thursday and runs through Sunday. Twenty-five sessions in the fields of astronomy, nuclear physics and biophysics are expected to draw 200 leading physicists from around the world, said FIU physics professor Kenneth Hardy.

Sessions will be at the Radisson Mart Plaza Hotel, 711 NW 72nd Ave. An open house and teaching demonstrations will be held at 8 p.m. Friday at the FIU chemistry and physics building on the University Park campus, at Southwest Eighth Street and 107th Avenue in West Dade.

Presentations will include a report on the first findings of the Thomas Jefferson National Laboratory in Newport News, Va., the newest national laboratory. FIU is a partner in the Jefferson Lab, which is dedicated to research on how the particles that make up atoms work.