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Victoria (Tori) Eng
AIP Center for History of Physics Intern
American Institute of Physics
AIP Center for History of Physics Internship
Are you curious about the human story behind scientific discoveries? The AIP Niels Bohr Library & Archives is looking for two interns to work with staff to create a museum-style exhibit to highlight the human side of physics using the fascinating photographs, oral history interviews, archival collections, and books from the library and archives collections. The exhibit will fill three small display cases and will have an online companion piece. Interns will research potential topics for the exhibit and work with staff to select the most appropriate topic, locate information and resources for inclusion in the exhibit, work with a web designer to wireframe the online exhibit, and create the physical exhibit and install it in the display cases. The interns will also create a social media outreach plan to promote the exhibit on various outlets, including a newsletter, blog, Facebook, and Twitter (using Hootsuite Social Media Dashboard), and will create separate outreach plans to promote the Library & Archives and the exhibit to SPS student members and more broadly, to physics departments within colleges/universities. Other creative outreach and promotion items are encouraged (i.e. bibliography for related reading and research, posters/flyers/other graphic print announcements, bookmarks and other promotional materials). We are looking for creative ideas to showcase the intersection of science with the humanities.
Why the History of Physics Matters: Physical Exhibit and VideosAbstract:
Often the history of physics is overlooked by physics students. It’s seen as a pastime that doesn’t bear any fruits. But there is a lot we can learn from history of physics. Our goal was to impress the importance of the history of physics upon undergraduate physics majors. To do this we created a variety of materials to reach SPS students. This included an online and physical presentation, in the form of a museum style exhibit at ACP, a website, articles, and videos. The process to create these materials began with a lot of research, both online and through the Niels Bohr Library and Archives. After the decision on what to present, came the creative side of this process. This mainly included designing various materials, much of which went into our physical exhibit. The next stage is to present the materials and advertise. All these steps had to be performed with our goal of impressing the importance of the history of physics. Myself and Lexxi have created an expanse of resources for other SPS students to look at and learn from.
I am a senior at Coe College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. I am pursuing a double major in physics and Asian studies. For the past few years, I have been doing research into the creation of bactericidal composites made with thermosetting plastics and Lithium-borate glasses. Beyond research, I have served as an officer in many different clubs at my college. I have served as secretary on the executive board of the physics club for two years, treasurer of Women in STEM, and physical chairwoman in my college’s chapter of Alpha Sigma Alpha. After I complete my undergraduate degree, I plan to pursue a graduate degree in biophysics, materials science or science education.
I am originally from Roseville, California. In my free time I love to read, crochet, sew, play violin, hike and travel. Since being in college, I have visited Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin, Florida, Thailand, Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia and am visiting 9 European countries this May. I cannot wait to explore the D.C. area and see all that it has to offer!