Physics

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December 8, 2008

Peiyuan Mao ’11 Studies Distant Galaxies

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He writes about his radio astronomy research with Lyle Hoffman, professor and head of physics Peiyuan Mao ’11 (Yangzhou Jiangsu Province, China), a double major in physics and mathematics, performed radio astronomy research with Lyle Hoffman, professor and head of physics, as part of the Undergraduate ALFALFA (Arecibo Legacy Fast ALFA) survey program located at [...]

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November 26, 2008

Students Take First Place in LVAIC Mathematics Competition

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College teams earn three of four top places A team of three Lafayette students earned first place in the Lehigh Valley Association of Independent Colleges Math Contest held this month at Moravian College. Lafayette teams earned three of the top four places. Finishing first in the 19th annual event were math majors Chencong Bao ’11 [...]

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April 1, 2008

Success in Goldwater Scholarship Awards Reflects Lafayette’s Distinctive Attributes

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It’s the nation’s premier undergraduate honor in math, science, and engineering With 16 Goldwater Scholarship recipients in the last eight years, Lafayette is unmatched by any other exclusively undergraduate liberal arts and engineering college. Awarded for academic merit, the Goldwater is the nation’s premier undergraduate award in the fields of mathematics, science, and engineering. The [...]

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April 1, 2008

Physics Department Acquires Grant for State-of-the-Art Equipment

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Single-photon counting lab will be used for student-faculty research in physics, chemistry, chemical engineering, and computer science Michael Stark, assistant professor of physics, has secured a $45,000 grant from the McCutcheon Foundation to purchase state-of-the-art equipment for a single-photon counting lab devoted to the hands-on study of quantum mechanics. Andrew Kortyna, assistant professor of physics, [...]

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March 27, 2008

Radio Astronomy Research at Arecibo Observatory

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My work with Lyle Hoffman, professor of physics. By Shelvean Kapita ’10 Physics major Shelvean Kapita ’10 (Harare, Zimbabwe) spent his Spring Break in Puerto Rico, but not lying on the beach. Endowed with a grant from the National Science Foundation, Kapita performed radio astronomy research with Lyle Hoffman, professor and head of physics, in [...]

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March 17, 2008

Lafayette Places in Top Five Percent in National Putnam Math Competition

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Team competed against more than 500 colleges and universities Lafayette’s three-student team finished in the top five percent of schools participating nationally in the 2007-08 William Lowell Putnam Mathematics Competition. The College placed 25th out of 516 teams. Harvard University, Princeton University, and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology were this year’s top finishers. This is [...]

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March 11, 2008

Derya Meral ’08 Presents Physics Research at American Astronomical Society Meeting

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Her honors thesis focuses on the rotation of stars Derya Meral ’08 (Bursa, Turkey) presented her research on the rotation of neutron stars at the 211th meeting of the American Astronomical Society held Jan. 7-11 in Austin, Texas. Meral, who is pursuing a B.S. in physics and an A.B. in mathematics, has been working on [...]

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December 28, 2007

Battling Disease with High Frequency Waves

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Chihyu Chen ’09 discusses his EXCEL research with Erol Ulucakli, associate professor of mechanical engineering Chihyu Chen ’09 (Bangkok, Thailand) is pursuing B.S. degrees in mechanical engineering and physics. Over the summer, he performed EXCEL research on ways to fight cancer and heart disease with radiofrequency waves under the guidance of Erol Ulucakli, associate professor [...]

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December 20, 2007

Observing the Sky

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Greg Davis ’08 discusses his experiences in Prof. Michael Stark‘s course, Observational Astronomy Greg Davis ’08 is a physics major. This semester he took the course Observational Astronomy with Michael Stark, assistant professor of physics. The following is a first-person account of his experiences. Students Participate in Hands-On Astronomy There are many expectations that students [...]

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December 20, 2007

Hands-on Astronomy

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Greg Davis ’08 and Dan Bazewicz ’09 learn scientific techniques with Michael Stark, assistant professor of physics By Sara Costlow ’09 Two students got a hands-on look at the universe this semester in the Observational Astronomy course taught by Michael Stark, assistant professor of physics. Physics major Greg Davis ’08 (Dallas, Texas) and biology major [...]