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HWS Research Symposium

From invasive species to drone mapping, and the effect of stress on friendships to potential anti-cancer compounds, Hobart and William Smith students presented on a range of topics at this year's Student Research Symposium on Sept. 17 as one of Homecoming and Family Weekend's annual events. "The Research Symposium allows students to showcase their work from summer research projects and represents...  More >>

Gravitational Waves Detected from Second Pair of Colliding Black Holes

The LIGO Scientific Collaboration and the Virgo collaboration identify a second gravitational wave event in the data from Advanced LIGO detectors On December 26, 2015 at 03:38:53 UTC, scientists observed gravitational waves-ripples in the fabric of spacetime-for the second time. The gravitational waves were detected by both of the twin Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO) d...  More >>

Groundbreaking Gravitational Waves Research Honored

The international collaboration of scientists behind the recent breakthrough discovery of gravitational waves, of which HWS Associate Professor of Physics Steven Penn is a member, has been awarded two prestigious science awards for its landmark research: the Special Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics and the 2016 Kavli Prize in Astrophysics. The $3 million Breakthrough Prize will be shared...  More >>

Penn Talks Gravitational Waves Discovery on WXXI

Associate Professor of Physics Steven Penn was a featured guest on WXXI's "Connections with Evan Dawson" radio program, joining the Monthly Science Roundtable discussion on the recent breakthrough gravitational waves discovery made by the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory (LIGO) Scientific Collaboration (LSC). Penn played a major role in the mirror substrate and coating design f...  More >>

Hebb Awarded Grant for Astrophysics Research

Assistant Professor of Physics Leslie Hebb was recently awarded a $25,000 grant from the Research Corporation for Science Advancement (RCSA) to support her innovative time domain astrophysics research. The funding is part of a $100,000 grant awarded to Hebb and her two research partners to support their collaborative proposal to build and implement a telescope diffuser that can attain space quali...  More >>

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