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Who We Are: John Nees

liquid nitrogen ice cream at CCoG in Ypsilanti John, an Assistant Research Scientist at the Center for Ultrafast Optical Science (CUOS), has been a jack-of-all-trades for K-12 Outreach for nearly a decade. Years ago, he was always the first to volunteer with such collaborative programs as SummerScience for Girls, the Detroit Area Pre-College Engineering Program, and Future Science: Future Engineering, and he provided tours and demonstrations for many school and home-school groups. In recent years, he coordinated a secondary science club at Ypsilanti's Community Church of God.
The photo above right shows the club eating the results of one of their experiments
with liquid nitrogen: instant ice cream!
at the Wave Field Also during the 1999-2000 school year, John, with some help from Professor and CUOS Associate Director for Education Herbert Winful, hosted repeated visits to campus by the Owen Elementary School Science and Tech Wizards from Pontiac.
On their first visit, their introduction to optics began at Maya Lin's Wave Field, above,
where it was easy to measure amplitude and frequency with regular tape measures.

making waves studying vibrations
Making waves in the lab Setting up an experiment

John was also instrumental in the 1999 and 2000 summer Research Experiences for Teachers programs. These provided opportunities for teachers and Reach Out! science coordinators to learn more about the research done at the CUOS, while also exploring recent research on teaching and learning.
During 2000-2001, Doris Calvert ran a Science Resource Room and Wizards program at George School; John was one of the visiting scientists there.
laser experiment

Susie, Doris, and John explore optics
with a small laser, RET, summer 1999
laser at George School

Laser demonstration at George School, fall 2000

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