Speaker Date Topic
Todd Pedlar Nov 21, 2017
Luther College Participation in the Belle II Large Particle Physics Experiment

DRC Sponsor: Don Holmertz

Todd Pedlar, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Physics at Luther College, will be offering our club with fascinating insight into his collaborative work with Luther College student researchers in the Belle II Large Particle Physics Experiment. The research at Luther is part of ongoing work on experiments of the Belle Collaboration, which consists of more than 600 physicists from around the world working together on large particle physics experiments based at KEK, the national high energy physics laboratory located in Japan. Dr. Pedlar's work in elementary particle physics has been supported by four consecutive three-year grants from the National Science Foundation, funding that has allowed him and his students to make substantial contributions toward refinement and extension of our understanding of the strong nuclear interaction, one of four fundamental forces that bind matter together. His work also provides a rare opportunity for undergraduate physics students to become meaningfully involved in data analysis and contribute to the important work of operating the Belle II hardware and software systems.

Ward Budweg Nov 28, 2017
Personal Observations of Change in Eastern Europe

DRC Sponsor: Matt Burkey

World traveler, raconteur, and DRC member Ward Budweg will offer his insights into the many changes he observed in eastern Europe during his bicycle adventure in that area this past summer. Previously in this region in 2014, his bike trip this past summer took place from July 19th through September 15th. It included the countries of Bulgaria, Serbia, Kosovo, Macedonia, Monte Negro, Croatia, Bosnia Hersgovina, Hungary, Slovakia, Ukraine, and Romania with Sophia, Bulgaria as the start and finish. Joining Ward on this adventure was his equally adventure-loving spouse Jacky; Jeff Freidhof, Russ Drenth, and Darrel Branhagen of Decorah; Joanne Snow and Mark Hughes of Madison, Wisconsin; and Frank Polari of Thunder Bay, Canada. Join us for a fascinating recap of Ward's amazing trip.

Landon Folkedahl Jan 02, 2018
Participation in Sister Parish Delegation to El Salvador

DRC Sponsor: Shannon Duncan

Landon Folkedahl, a 7th grade student in Decorah, will be speaking to our members about his trip to El Salvador in July 2017. Landon participated as part of a First United Methodist Church of Decorah delgation under the auspices of the Sister Parish organization. Sister Parish exists to foster mutual understanding and commitment to peace and justice among people in the United States and Central America. This objective is pursued through intentional linking between churches and Christian communities in the United States and in Central America. Delegations travel in both directions with home stays as an essential part of enhancing awareness and understanding and nurturing closer relationships. Landon was a recipient of Decorah Rotary Club sponsorship funding that helped make his trip possible.

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