Physicist group offers free, online mini-science fair May 13 to introduce youth to medical physics

The local chapter of the American Association of Medical Physicists is hosting a free, online “mini-science fair” educational event on May 13 focused on medical physics for middle-school learners and older. 

During the event, from 6 to 7 p.m. Central Time, attendees will hear about the day in the life of a medical physicist and the exciting new tools developing to treat cancer, see a physics demonstration and get an opportunity to ask physicists questions.  

Those attending who want to participate in a live home medical physics demonstration are asked to have a bag of M&Ms, a pencil and some paper on hand at home. 

Samuel Hendley, Ph.D., member of the Missouri River Valley chapter and medical physics resident in the University of Nebraska Medical Center Department of Radiation Oncology, said medical physicists have a wide range of duties. 

“We carefully inspect patient charts before, during and after treatment, to ensure a high quality of patient care at every step along the way,” Dr. Hendley said. “We routinely perform measurements on our systems to make sure that our clinical equipment is in compliance with institutional, state, and federal policies. We also can help create the treatment plans and often teach and mentor other clinical residents, and many participate in research to further develop the field.” 

 To attend the May 13 event, go to online.  

 For questions about the event, email

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