Physics

Winfield Keck, courtesy of Lafayette Special Collections

February 25, 2014

Memorial Resolution for Winfield Keck

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At its Dec. 3, 2013, meeting, the faculty adopted the following memorial resolution for Winfield Keck, Marshall R. Metzgar Professor Emeritus of Physics, who died July 20, 2013. Winfield Keck joined the Lafayette College faculty as an assistant professor in 1949 with a Ph.D. in physics that he received earlier that year from Brown University. [...]

Kyle Tucker '14 works in a lab in Kunkel Science Center.

September 20, 2013

Cancer Research is Personal for Kyle Tucker ’14

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For Kyle Tucker ’14 (Los Angeles, Calif.), cancer research allows him to explore multiple fields of science, but it also touches him on a personal level. “I was sixteen years old going into college when I heard that my mother’s breast cancer had returned from remission. It was a numbing experience for me, but I [...]

Silas Beane '88

August 16, 2013

Physicist Silas Beane ’88 Researches Simulated Reality

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By Matt Sinclair ’90 What if the world we live in is simulated reality, and just what does that mean? That is one of various questions on the mind of Silas R. Beane ’88, who has spent the past year conducting pure research as the Mercator Professor of Physics at the University of Bonn, Germany. [...]

Meir Silver '77

July 12, 2013

Medical Innovator Meir Silver ’77 Bridges Science and Faith

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By Dan Edelen On the bustling walkways of New York City, Meir “Michael” Silver ’77 encountered street preachers as a high school student. In questioning Silver’s knowledge of Judaism, the itinerant pastors planted seeds that have grown into a lifelong pursuit for Silver as he builds a bridge between his seemingly disparate interests in science [...]

Chester John J. Salwach (l-r), associate professor of mathematics; Thomas H. Bruggink, professor of economics; Anthony D. Novaco, Marshall R. Metzgar Professor of Physics; and James E. Lennertz, associate professor of government and law, have been elected to emeritus status.

May 22, 2013

Retiring Faculty Elected to Emeritus Status

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Retiring faculty members Thomas H. Bruggink, professor of economics; James E. Lennertz, associate professor of government and law; Anthony D. Novaco, Marshall R. Metzgar Professor of Physics; and Chester John J. Salwach, associate professor of mathematics, have been elected to emeritus status and will be recognized at the 178th Commencement May 24. Read testamonials written [...]

Andy Kortyna, associate professor of physics, and Hannah Weaver ’14 work in the laser lab in Hugel Science Center.

April 15, 2013

Hannah Weaver ’14 Awarded Goldwater Scholarship

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By Shehtaz Huq ’14 Physics major Hannah Weaver ’14 (Whitefish, Mont.) has earned distinction as a recipient of a Goldwater Scholarship. Awarded for academic merit, the Goldwater is the premier undergraduate award of its type in the fields of mathematics, science, and engineering. Each student’s award will cover college costs up to a maximum of [...]

Hannah Weaver '14

December 11, 2012

Hannah Weaver ’14 Publishes Research in Leading International Physics Journal

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For Hannah Weaver ’14 (Whitefish, Mont.), hundreds of hours spent making highly precise measurements in an atomic and molecular physics lab have paid off.  Guided by Andrew Kortyna, associate professor of physics, her research in Hugel Science Center is being published in Physical Review, a leading international peer-reviewed journal. Their work involves using high-resolution laser spectroscopy [...]

Anthony Post ’14, l-r, Professor David Nice, and Joseph Tumulty ’14 in Hugel Science Center

November 30, 2012

Student-Faculty Team Researches Effects of Gravitational Waves on Pulsars

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David Nice, associate professor of physics, and a team of students are bringing the role of gravitational waves—ripples in space-time generated by very distant massive black hole binary systems—into perspective through their research on pulsar timing. Nice is part of an international group of physicists that received a $6.5 million, multi-institution grant from the National [...]

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May 15, 2012

Jaclyn Avidon ’12 Presents Research at International Planetary Science Conference

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By Michele Tallarita ’12 Jaclyn Avidon ’12 (New York, N.Y.) has interned with NASA, done EXCEL Scholars research on the surface temperature of  Jupiter’s icy moon Europa, and now has presented work at the premiere conference for planetary scientists. Avidon, a physics major, presented her research at the 42nd Lunar and Planetary Science Conference in [...]

Michael Pinkard ’14 at Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico

March 19, 2012

The Music of the Cosmos: Michael Pinkard ’14 is an Aspiring Physicist and Jazz Musician

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Here on Earth, Michael Pinkard ’14 (Puyallup, Wash.) is part student physicist and part jazz musician. With his tenor sax in hand, Pinkard—a Creative and Performing Arts scholar as well as Marquis Scholar—can be seen performing around campus with Lafayette’s Jazz Ensemble and Jazz Combo, delighting audiences with his mastery of music. But Pinkard is [...]