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Hi Professor Steve Nelson:

I saw mention you are the regional Science Fair Director ? Is this a division of the Intel ISEF ?

Are you available to advise and suggest on projects (through email if not in person) ?

Previously. my son was advised by Dr. Markert, UT Austin

His projects concern rare earth ferromagnetic arrays, he is working on his upcoming Intel ISEF on same but thought this time to enter under engineering requirements.

2010 project:
Magnetodynamics:  A Novel, Powerful Rare Earth Magnetic Array Exhibiting An Asymmetrical Flux Pattern

2012 he was "skunked" by the judges, not recognition at all.

Entering as senior in 2013 - - competition will be fierce.

I am a regional science fair director.  However, I don't know what the judges will and will not like.  I can make suggestions, but magnetics are a subject hundreds of years old.  What he would like to study and investigate is more important than the subject itself.


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Dr. Stephen O. Nelson


I can answer most basic physics questions, physics questions about science fiction and everyday observations of physics, etc. I'm also usually good for science fair advice (I'm the regional science fair director). I do not answer homework problems. I will occasionally point out where a homework solution went wrong, though. I'm usually good at explaining odd observations that seem counterintuitive, energy science, nuclear physics, nuclear astrophysics, and alternative theories of physics are my specialties.


I was a physics professor at the University of Texas of the Permian Basin, research in nuclear technology and nuclear astrophysics. My travelling science show saw over 20,000 students of all ages. I taught physics, nuclear chemistry, radiation safety, vacuum technology, and answer tons of questions as I tour schools encouraging students to consider careers in science. I moved on to a non-academic job with more research just recently.

Ph. D. from Duke University in physics, research in nuclear astrophysics reactions, gamma-ray astronomy technology, and advanced nuclear reactors.

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