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PHYSICS DEPARTMENT NEWS

Physics Department Hosts Holland Prize

The Physics Department is set to host its 4th annual Holland Prize Competition, which invites student participants to enter a science-focused contest for a chance to win $1,000 in prize money. This year's event will take place at 7 p.m. on Thursday, April 17, in Eaton 111. The Holland Prize Competition requires students to deliver a 15-minute oral presentation in which some scientific principle o...  More >>

Inside the News: The Big Bang

In 1980, physicist Alan Guth proposed the theory of inflation, the faster-than-light expansion of the universe in the moments after the Big Bang. In March, as the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics reported, "researchers from the BICEP2 collaboration...announced the first direct evidence for this cosmic inflation. Their data also represent the first images of gravitational waves, or ripp...  More >>

Making Connections Through Astronomy

Assistant Professor of Physics Leslie Hebb's recent scholarly efforts have established several new connections for the Colleges in the field of astronomy. During the fall semester, Hebb was inducted as an associate member of the Astronomical Society of New York, a state-wide association that brings together universities, colleges and observatories around astronomy interests. Her induction took pl...  More >>

Showcasing First-Year Students Work

On a Tuesday evening, crowds of students stood waiting in line to try their hand at a physics experiment - part of the first annual First Year Seminar Symposium. Including the final projects of seven seminars, the symposium aimed to give the campus community a glimpse into the hard work of its newest members. "What these students have accomplished in a just few months is truly remarkable," remark...  More >>

Spector Presents at Anacapa Meeting

Professor of Physics Donald Spector recently presented one of the featured lectures at the 2012 meeting of the Anacapa Society held at Hamline University in St. Paul, Minn. Spector's lecture offered a careful look at what it means for interdisciplinary work to incorporate physics in a substantive way. Following the mission of the Anacapa Society, Spector used his talk to support theoretical physi...  More >>