Panama City News Herald covers the Bay County FPF induction

This is how the News Herald’s Eryn Dion started her article on last week’s Bay County Future Physicists induction ceremony this way, riffing off scientific speaker FSU Physics Professor Jeremiah Murphy:

From the ashes of cosmic explosions, you were born.

At least that’s what Dr. Jeremiah Murphy, physics professor at Florida State University, told the crowd last week, as more than 150 cosmic explosions known as middle-schoolers were inducted into the Future Physicists of Florida program.

What a lede, huh?

Read the rest – and see pictures of Professor Murphy, FSU-PC Interim Dean Randy Hanna and inductee Maleah Scott – here.

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Scenes from Tuesday’s Bay County Future Physicists of Florida induction ceremony

More than 150 Bay County middle school students were inducted into FPF on Tuesday at the Holley Center of Florida State University’s Panama City campus.  Many parents, brothers and sisters attended as well.

The first picture below is taken from the News-Herald’s video of the event.

The other pictures were supplied by Valerie Rash of the Office of Advancement at the Florida State University Panama City campus.

 

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Congratulating an FPF inductee are (from left) FSU Physics Professor Jeremiah Murphy, FSU-PC Interim Dean Randy Hanna, and Bay District Schools Science Supervisor Katie McCurdy (from the News-Herald video)

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Before the ceremony (from left):  FSU-PC Interim Dean Randy Hanna, FSU Physics Professor Paul Cottle, Bay District Schools Science Supervisor Katie McCurdy, and (shaking hands with Hanna) Bay High School physics teacher Nancy Browne

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FSU-PC Interim Dean Randy Hanna welcomes the inductees, parents and other family members

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The audience during the ceremony

Bay County induction ceremony: VIP’s, astrophysics, food and celebration

The leaders of both Bay District Schools and the Florida State University’s Panama City Campus welcomed some of county’s most outstanding middle school students and their families during Tuesday’s Bay County Future Physicists of Florida induction ceremony at FSU-PC.

Superintendent Bill Husfelt gave the attendees a warm welcome, and FSU-PC Interim Dean Randy Hanna invited the students and their parents to make the campus their academic home.

FSU astrophysicist Jeremiah Murphy gave a presentation on how the elements necessary for life are produced in stars, especially in spectacular supernova explosions.

FSU-PC provided snacks after the event, as well as the spectacular view of the bay provided by the Holley Center’s event venue.

The Panama City News-Herald posted a bit of video of the event here.

 

Future Physicists of Florida to induct more than 150 Bay County middle school students on Tuesday

More than 150 students from nine Bay County middle schools will be inducted into the Future Physicists of Florida on Tuesday in a 5:00 pm ceremony in the Holley Center of Florida State University’s Panama City Campus.

The students were nominated by their teachers on the basis of their potential for success in career fields like engineering, physics and other sciences.

Bay District Schools Superintendent Bill Husfelt will welcome students and their families to the ceremony.  The scientific keynote speaker will be Professor Jeremiah Murphy, an astrophysicist on the faculty of FSU’s Physics Department.

The students are from Breakfast Point Academy, Everitt Middle School, Deane Bozeman School, Jinks Middle School, Merritt Brown Middle School, Bay Virtual School, Bay Haven Charter Academy, Palm Bay Preparatory Academy, and Surfside Middle School.

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The view from the stage during last year’s Bay County Future Physicists of Florida induction ceremony at the Holley Center of the Panama City Campus of Florida State University

The Future Physicists of Florida is a program to identify middle school students with mathematical and scientific ability and to encourage them (and their parents) to persevere in high school math and science courses so that career options in engineering and the sciences are open to them.

Scenes from the Monroe County Physics Day and Future Physicists of Florida induction ceremony

All of these pictures come to us courtesy of Monroe County School District Science Supervisor Courtney Oliver

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From the Physics Day activities

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Teachers make everything work – and they made Physics Day work

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Superintendent Porter welcoming the inductees and audience

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Showing off undergraduate research in physics at FSU

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FSU Physics Professor Jorge Piekarewicz delivers the scientific keynote address

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Some of the inductees – these from Horace O’Bryant School.  More than 150 Monroe County students were inducted.