Physics Department News Archive

October 15, 2004

Augustana College Hosts 20th Annual Science Day

SIOUX FALLS - The 20th Annual Augustana Science Day for all 11th and 12th grade students was held on the campus of Augustana College today with students from nearly 30 schools attending. The purpose of this event is to provide hands-on science experiences for high school students. We encourage juniors to attend. Areas of science included were: Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Health, Physical Education and Recreation, Mathematics, Nursing and Physics.

A skit will be presented by Augustana Chemistry Majors titled "Chemistry is No Laughing Matter". Dr. Ed Gibson will present the keynote address. A special final session, "Chemistry & Physics Demonstrations -- Almost Magic?", will be presented by Augustana faculty.

Edward Gibson, a native of New York, joined NASA in 1965 as a scientist-atronaut. Dr. Gibson was the science-pilot of Skylab 4 which was the third and final manned visit to the Skylab space station. Accompanied by Gerald Carr (commander) and William Rogue (pilot), the trio completed 56 experiments, 26 science demonstrations, 15 subsystem detailed objectives, and 13 student investigations during what was at the time the longest manned flight (84 days, 1 hour, 15 minutes).

Gibson resigned from NASA in December 1974 to do research on Skylab solar physics data, working as a senion staff scientist with the Aerospace Corporation in California. Dr. Gibson began his own consulting firm, Gibson International Corp., in 1990 that provides consulting services on program management, market development and space infrastructure design and operations.

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