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‘Physics of Snowboarding’ topic of final Bergren Forum

Dr. David DeGraff, professor of physics at Alfred University (AU), will present “The Physics ofSnowboarding" as the last lecture of the 2012-13 academic year in the Bergren Forum series.

 The presentation will take place on Thursday, May 2 at 12:10 p.m. in Nevins Theater, Powell Campus Center. Admission is free and open to the public; refreshments will be served.

As the study of motion, physics can be applied in a number of different and intriguing ways, including analyzing the motion of the human body. DeGraff, physicist and avid snowboarder, will share with the audience the results of an experiment in which an iPhone was used to measure the acceleration, rotation, and projectile motion of a snowboarder. He will describe how the application of such technology may be helpful in both improving one’s abilities and in teaching physics in a way that is fun and dynamic.

DeGraff holds a Ph. D. in astrophysics with a concentration in asteroid studies from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. His current research interests include the real science present in science fiction, astrometry, and photometry of asteroids.

The Bergren Forum, sponsored by the AU Division of Human Studies in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, meets Thursdays during each academic semester at the University. Participants are encouraged to bring a lunch; coffee and tea will be available.