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PHYSICS DEPARTMENT NEWS

Perkin Observatory to be Constructed

Hobart and William Smith Colleges have received a grant from The Perkin Fund to develop an observatory at HWS. Christopher Perkin '95 is a trustee of the Perkin Fund and was instrumental in securing the grant as part of his ongoing support for the Colleges. The teaching and outreach observatory will be named the Richard S. Perkin Observatory after Christopher's grandfather and is expected to be...  More >>

Physics Students at NASA Rocket Launch

After taking first prize in the NASA/Montana National Student Solar Spectroscopy Competition, Hobart and William Smith Colleges physics students were awarded a trip to NASA's Flight Facility in Wallops, Va., to assemble a scientific payload to launch into space through the RockOn! Program. At the Wallops Flight Facility, Jeff Rizza '16, Christopher Demas '17, Joe Carrock '17 -- along with Physics...  More >>

Partyka '16 Named Holland Prize Winner

Justin Partyka ’16 has been named the winner of the Physics Department's 2014 Albert Holland Physics Lecture Competition, following his engaging delivery of a presentation titled, “Check Your Watch! The Theory of Time Dilation.” Partyka, also the recipient of the Phi Beta Kappa Book Prize, was awarded a cash prize for taking top honors in the competition. The science-focused competition invites ...  More >>

Physics Students Win NASA Competition

A team of HWS students, including Chris Demas '17, Jeff Rizza '16, Michelle Gomez '16, Justin Partyka '16 and Joe Carrock '17, won top prize at the 2014 NASA/Montana Space Grant Consortium National Student Solar Spectroscopy Competition, in Bozeman, Mont. The team won the Grand Prize Overall award for their work in designing, constructing, calibrating, and using a spectroscope for the purpose o...  More >>

Students to Virtually Attend Nobel Conference

When Nobel Conference 50 takes place at Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, Minn., this fall, students at HWS will be able to take part without ever leaving Geneva. For the second consecutive year, the HWS Physics Department will host a livestream of the conference to enable students to watch the presentations, as well as participate by submitting questions online. The topic will be "Where Do...  More >>