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Noted golf ball engineer to speak at Coastal Carolina University

March 10, 2003

Area golf enthusiasts interested in learning about the scientific side of the game are invited to hear noted golf engineer John Calabria give a public talk, "The Physics of Golf Ball Performance: Everything You Wanted to Know About Golf Balls But Were Afraid to Ask," on Friday, March 28 at 7 p.m. in the Recital Hall of the Edwards College of Humanities and Fine Arts Building at Coastal Carolina University. The event, sponsored by Coastal's Department of Physics, is free and open to the public.

Calabria, vice president of research and development at TaylorMade/Adidas Golf in Greenville, S.C., has many years of experience in the mechanics of golf.

His presentation is the keynote speech for the Southern Atlantic Coast Section of the American Association of Physics Teachers Spring Meeting, which is being hosted by Coastal's Department of Physics. This bi-annual meeting brings together physics teachers from across Georgia and South Carolina to discuss physics and physical science teaching at all levels.

Area high school and middle school teachers are especially encouraged to attend the meeting, which runs through Saturday, March 28, and includes a variety of workshops and sessions for educators and for students involved in undergraduate research. The cost to attend the entire conference is $15, but the fee will be waived for all K-12 teachers.

For more information, contact Teresa Burns, assistant professor of physics at Coastal, at 349-2225 or visit the meeting Web site at