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Provost Briefs

The Physics Department

The Physics Department welcomed a new tenure-track member, Prof. Ileana Dumitriu, this year. She is presently putting together a laboratory to study negative ion beams. Prof. Dumitriu was assisted this fall by Josh Moss '14 and this spring is being assisted by Daniel Choe '16. Candace Carducci '15 and Mimi Sakarett '15 participated in the Northeast Undergraduate Women in Physics Conference at Cornell University this January. David Niedzwiecki '05 completed his Ph.D. in biophysics at Syracuse University this year and gave a talk at HWS on his research in February.

Prof. Dumitriu, Visiting Assistant Professor Joshua Nollenberg, and Dr. Peter Spacher, the physics department technician, are leading a team of students, Candace Carducci '15, Mimi Sakarett '15, Lee Schneider '15, and Jacob Slade-Baxter '15, who are participating in the National Student Solar Spectrograph Competition, which will be held at the campus of Montana State University in Bozeman, Montana in mid-May. Prof. Also this year, Prof. Steven Penn was awarded a grant from the Royal Society of Edinburgh to fund a research visit to the University of Glasgow this summer, as part of his research with the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory (LIGO), where he chairs the coatings research group, while Prof. Donald Spector was elected to the Board of Directors of the Institute for Science and Interdisciplinary Studies.