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Department News Fall 2008

New Faculty: This semester we welcome Dr. Timothy Stiles to the department. He comes to us from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and does research in Medical Physics. This semester Dr. Stiles is teaching 120 and Mechanics. His office is Julian 238, stop by and meet him!

Research Dr. Brooks' balloon research continues this semester with some exciting launches planned. Students in the Experimental Methods class will be participating, and you can read more about the research at the BASE site.

 

Department News Spring 2006

Guest Speakers We've had another semester full of talks attended by faculty and students. Mike DeCarlo, brother of Dr. Vic DeCarlo and accomplished comic artist, spoke about "The History and Science of Superheroes" on April 19. On February 9 Dr. Timothy Turkington from Duke University Medical Center gave a talk on "Medical Applications of Physics." Also Dr. Thomas Carter, Visiting Scientist in the Arms Control, Disarmament, and International Security Program at the University of Illinois gave a seminar on "The Chernobyl Nuclear Disaster" on May 3.

Physics Club On February 22 Sarah Carlson, Keith Hubbard, Andrew Beaver, and Tammy Kjonaas traveled to Ball State University in Muncie, IN to listen to a talk by the world-famous string theorist Brian Greene titled "String Theory: Reaching for Einstein's Dream." After the talk they spoke with Dr. Greene, had him sign their books, and took a picture with him.

 

Department News Fall 2005

Guest Speakers In celebration of the World Year of Physics, we had three guest speakers in the department this semester. On November 9 Dr. Dennis E. Krause, Wabash College, spoke about "Searching for New Forces at Sub-micron Separations using Casimir Force Experiments." On November 17 Dr. Erik Ramberg, Fermilab, gave a talk titled "Searching for Dark Matter in the Soudan Underground Laboratory." On December 7 Dr. Matthew Lister, Purdue University, talked about "Astrophysical Jets Associated with Supermassive Black Holes."

New Faculty Dr. Kiriyama has left DePauw and moved to Greenville, NC to pursue an degree in medical physics at East Carolina University. She will be deeply missed around the department, but we're very lucky to be welcoming a new faculty member at the same time. Dr. John Caraher joined us this fall. He was previously teaching at Wabash College. This semester he will be teaching Principles of Physics I and II and will soon be developing the new Atomic and Molecular Physics course.

New Lab Supervisor In December Andy Smith left DePauw as he accepted a position at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis in the Digital Libraries department. He's very happy with his new job, and we're excited for him. We'll miss him very much though! Tammy Kjonaas, a 2003 DePauw Physics graduate, accepted the position of Lab Supervisor.

Department Luncheon On September 22 we had a luncheon to celebrate Dr. Caraher joining the department and to give the first-year students a chance to get to know the upper-class physics students. Fifteen students attended the luncheon.

 

Department News Summer 2005

Summer Research This was a busy summer for the physics department; nine students worked on campus doing physics research for SRF! Four students, Jeremy Alland, Evan Dickerson, Jeff Tienes, and Nicholas Vetz, worked with Dr. Brooks and Andy Smith researching the flight of kicked footballs with various temperatures, pressures, and degrees of wear. Five students worked with Dr. Komives in DUNPL (DePauw University Nuclear Physics Laboratories) .

Department News Spring 2005

Faculty Award The Fisher Fellowship Award for 2005-2006 was awarded to Dr. Kertzman for "The First VHE Gamma Ray Survey with the Whipple 10m Telescope."  Congratulations, Dr. Kertzman!

World Year of Physics In celebration of the World Year of Physics, the department hosted an Open House on April 23. The event consisted of dozens of activities and displays, Star Lab presentations, and demonstration shows on pressure, sparks, heat, and engines. The event was very well attended by both students and the community.

 

Department News Fall 2005

Guest Speakers In celebration of the World Year of Physics, we had three guest speakers in the department this semester. On November 9 Dr. Dennis E. Krause, Wabash College, spoke about "Searching for New Forces at Sub-micron Separations using Casimir Force Experiments." On November 17 Dr. Erik Ramberg, Fermilab, gave a talk titled "Searching for Dark Matter in the Soudan Underground Laboratory." On December 7 Dr. Matthew Lister, Purdue University, talked about "Astrophysical Jets Associated with Supermassive Black Holes."

New Faculty Dr. Kiriyama has left DePauw and moved to Greenville, NC to pursue an degree in medical physics at East Carolina University. She will be deeply missed around the department, but we're very lucky to be welcoming a new faculty member at the same time. Dr. John Caraher joined us this fall. He was previously teaching at Wabash College. This semester he will be teaching Principles of Physics I and II and will soon be developing the new Atomic and Molecular Physics course.

New Lab Supervisor In December Andy Smith left DePauw as he accepted a position at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis in the Digital Libraries department. He's very happy with his new job, and we're excited for him. We'll miss him very much though! Tammy Kjonaas, a 2003 DePauw Physics graduate, accepted the position of Lab Supervisor.

Department Luncheon On September 22 we had a luncheon to celebrate Dr. Caraher joining the department and to give the first-year students a chance to get to know the upper-class physics students. Fifteen students attended the luncheon.

 

Department News Summer 2005

Summer Research This was a busy summer for the physics department; nine students worked on campus doing physics research for SRF! Four students, Jeremy Alland, Evan Dickerson, Jeff Tienes, and Nicholas Vetz, worked with Dr. Brooks and Andy Smith researching the flight of kicked footballs with various temperatures, pressures, and degrees of wear. Five students worked with Dr. Komives in DUNPL.

 

Department News Fall 2004

Faculty Awards Congratulations to Dr. Brooks and Dr. Kertzman! Dr. Brooks was recently awarded a Faculty Fellowship for 2005-2008 for his project "Modifying the Physics and Astronomy Instructional Delivery System Utilizing the Laptop Initiative and DyKnow."  Dr. Kertzman received a University Professor award for 2005-2009. 

 

Department News Summer 2004

Summer Research Dr. Komives and three students had a productive summer doing research on campus. Keep an eye on this spot for a link to their posters!

 

Department News Spring 2004

Graduation Congratulations to our senior class, Adam Shields, who is off to graduate school at the University of North Carolina.

Sigma Pi Sigma Initiation Five new members were inducted into Sigma Pi Sigma, the physics honor society, in April. Along with the requisite grade point average, prospective inductees had to demonstrate their belief in the laws of physics and come face to face with a swinging bowling ball. Check out the telling photos in our photo album!

Physics Club Physics club had an active semester. The club had two field trips, one to the Indiana University Cyclotron facility and the other to Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory. We also started “Connection Thursdays”, in which students and faculty gathered for lunch and viewing an episode of James Burke “Connections” series. Club members served as judges at the South Central Indiana Regional Science Fair in March. And last but not least, the club designed T-shirts this spring.

Nuclear Physics Research In April Dr. Komives and junior Aung Kyaw Sint presented a poster at the “International Conference on Precision Measurement with Slow Neutrons” in Maryland. Their poster is titled: A Gamma Polarimeter for Neutron Polarization Measurement in a Liquid Deuterium Target for Parity Violation in Polarized Neutrons Captured in Deuterium.

Sabbatical for Dr. Kertzman Dr. Kertzman was on leave spring semester to work on her gamma ray astronomy projects. And since she maintains the department web page, its a bit out of date. Once she catches up and finds out what went on while she was gone, she'll get the web page updated! Dr. Kertzman spent three weeks in Arizona conducting observations with the Whipple 10m Gamma Ray Telescope. She also worked on improving "2-D" analysis techniques for the Whipple data, and developed a sky survey method.

 

Department News Fall 2003

New Classrooms! The Julian renovation is pretty much finished, and we have all our new teaching spaces this fall. Our new class rooms are wonderful, with built in technology (computer, dvd, video, projectors, etc all at the touch of a button!). We also have a new computer lab, and a great student study room with individual desks for physics majors. It will take a good part of the semester to finish getting our stuff out of storage and getting settled in. Its been a long haul with this renovation, but it was worth it!

Julian Rededication We are hoping to see many of our alumni at the Julian Rededication Oct. 31- Nov. 1. There will be a physics department open house on Friday, Oct. 31 from 4:00 - 6:00. Here for the rededication and Board meeting, former Astronaut Joe Allan visited with students at breakfast and at an informal reception in the new physics lounge.

Physics Club Physics club had a good fall. We had an open house lunch in the new student study room. Dr. Joeseph West from Indiana State University gave a talk on the dynamics of rings. Physics club members participated in a Halloween Open House at McKim Observatory. The Advanced Lab class gave presentations of their projects at a physics club meeting. Students and faculty took a trip to hear a lecture by Dr. Brian Greene. Plans for a trip to Fermilab were moved until spring semester.

Astronomical events Late summer, Dr. Kiriyama kept a close watch on Mars, taking regular images with a web cam. She also arranged a Japanese Moon Festival at McKim for the September full moon. Dr. Kiriyama and Kertzman set up a telescope for viewing the large sunspot group in October.

 

Department News Summer 2003

Summer Research We had a busy summer around the department. Six students were here working on four different projects. Heather Byars worked with Dr. Brooks and Andy Smith building a robotic solar telescope, Matt Bowers and Aung Kyaw Sint worked with Dr. Komives on a nuclear physics experiment to measure the depolarization of neutrons, Alaska Subedi did a computational quantum mechanics project with Dr. Kiriryama, and Leslie Moore and Sara Baughman observed variable stars at McKim Observatory with Dr. Kertzman. Senior Adam Shields was off campus working on a nuclear physics experiment at TUNL (Triangle Universities Nuclear Lab). You can find more information about their projects on the student research page.

 

Department News Spring 2003

Graduation Seniors Maren Fjord, Tammy Kjonaas, Tommy Mitchell, Mark Rickard, and Tim Tharp graduated this May. They are off to graduate programs in physics, engineering, and chemistry, or to jobs. Good luck to one of our favorite classes!

New Department Suite We were able to move into our new departmental office suite during Winter Term. The new physics office space in in the smaller western addition to Julian (basically we are over the former loading dock!). We are all very happy with the new space. We also are using three of our new classrooms. Things are a bit crazy, as we have no storeroom this semester. All our lab equipment is in various places in the basement, and Andy is kept busy moving equipment around. The student study room also is not finished yet, but the majors have been making use of the departmental common area. The renovation should be finished late this summer, and by fall semester we will have all our new space for teaching.

New Look to the Electronics Course This spring Dr. Brooks is teaching his newly revised electronics course in the newly renovated electronic/optics lab room.

Sabbatical for Dr. DeCarlo Dr. Decarlo is on a sabbatical leave this spring. He is working on compiling a book of papers and articles on cosmology.

Physics Club Physics Club has had a good semester. Dr. Kiriyama and Dr. Komives have each given talks about their research, and the club had a great time one evening going bowling! They are still hoping to hold an egg drop contest this semester. When it happens, I'll post the photos here!

Gamma Ray Astronomy Once again, senior Tammy Kjonaas and Dr. Kertzman made a trip to Arizona to observe with the Whipple 10m gamma ray telescope. This time things didn't go too well....the weather was bad (clouds and even snow!) and a power problem damaged the high voltage crate. Tammy and Mary finished off their trip by rewiring the high voltage system. But the fun didn't stop there...their travel home was disrupted by an ice storm in Dallas. After countless cancelled flights, made it home 48 hours late. 

In April, Dr. Kertzman gave a talk "Ground Based Very High Energy Gamma Ray Astronomy" to the Indiana Astronomical Society. 

 

Department News Fall 2002

New Faculty Dr. Alexander Komives joined the department this fall. This year he will be teaching introductory physics, electricity and magnetism, and the SRF first year seminar. He is also busy establishing his research lab in experimental nuclear physics.

Building Renovation We are in the midst of the Julian Science and Math Center Renovation project. Its been noisy, dusty, too hot or too cold, but in the end we will have a wonderful new facility. During Winter Term the physics faculty will move into our new office suite, and for spring semester we will have half of our new teaching lab spaces ready to use for classes. The entire renovation project will be completed for classes fall semester 2003.

Physics Club Physics club has had an active semester with several talks, a trip to the play "Copenhagen", and a trial run of an egg dropping contest.

Gamma Ray Research Senior Tammy Kjonaas and Dr. Kertzman had a five night observing run at the Whipple Gamma Ray Observatory. This was Tammy's third gamma ray observing trip.

New Look to the Optics Course On his sabbatical last spring, Dr. Brooks revamped both the optics and electronics course. This fall the new optics course was taught to a full class of ten students.

 

Department News Summer 2002

Summer Research Student Tim Tharp spent the summer at Los Alamos National Lab, New Mexico working for an REU program in plasma physics. Tammy Kjonaas worked for a summer REU program with the National Radio Astronomy Observatory in Green Bank, WV.


Department News Spring 2002

Sad News Dr. Paul Kissinger died of a heart attack on May 15. We were stunned and deeply saddened by his death. "Dr. K" retired in 2000, after 40 years with the department. 

Award Professor Victor Decarlo receives the "DISTINGUISHED PROFESSOR AWARD" for 2002-2004. The award is given for "sustained excellence in teaching and service". 

Sabbatical Leave Dr. Brooks is on sabbatical leave for spring semester 2002. During his leave, Dr. Brooks will work on redesigning two courses, Optics and Electronics.

Graduation Congratulations to graduating seniors Lucas Synder and Jeremiah Kermes. Lucas will be attending graduate school in astronomy at Ball State University in Indiana, and Jeremiah will be attending graduate schook in mathematics in North Carolina.



Department News Fall 2001

New Faculty This was a semester of change for us. Dr. Phillips left DePauw in June to accept a position at Loyola Marymount College in Los Angeles CA. We all wish Jeff the best of luck at his new position on the sunny west coast! Dr. Kiriyama joined the department at fall break, and will start teaching full time spring semester. She will be teaching Introductory Physics, Math Methods II, and Senior Seminar this spring, as well as getting her research in molecular and atomic physics underway.

Gamma Ray Research In November, Dr. Kertzman and junior physics major Tammy Kjonaas spent five nights observing at the Whipple Gamma Ray Telescope in Arizona.

 

Department News Spring 2001

SPS Inductees Congratulations to the following students who met the qualifications to be inducted into Sigma Pi Sigma, the national physics honor society.

 

Robert Anderson Renee Barnett
Aaron Ellis Jeremiah Kermes
Jesse Kinder Tammy Kjonaas
Anu Mathur Rachel Miller
Mark Rickard Alexander Scott
Lucas Snyder Tim Tharp


SPS recognizes outstanding scholarship in physics, encourages interest in physics at all levels and promotes an attitude of service of its members towards their fellow students, colleagues and the public. Although primarily comprised of physics majors, members are not required to be a physics major. The society was founded in December, 1921 and is a member of the American Institute of Physics. SPS has been at DePauw since 1966 and has over 125 members.


Robert AndersonRenee BarnettAaron EllisJeremiah KermesJesse KinderTammy KjonaasAnu MathurRachel MillerMark RickardAlexander ScottLucas SnyderTim Tharp

Gamma Ray Research at DPU Prof. Kertzman and physics major Tammy Kjonaas at the Whipple 10m gamma ray telescope on Mt. Hopkins, AZ. The two were there in April, 2001 studying active galactic nuclei and supernova remnants. For more information on Prof. Kertzman's research program visit her research page

 

Department News Fall 2000 The school year has begun! The department is excited by the new students who are taking physics for the first time, and we welcome back all of our returning majors. One noteworthy change is that a new textbook (Six Ideas that Shaped Physics by Thomas Moore) will now be used for Principles of Physics (Physics 121 and 122). The book reflects a new philosophy for the introductory course, one that emphasizes model building and problem solving. Putting this philosophy into action means that the course will be taught in a more student centered manner than before. The department is very excited by the changes and is confident that the students will learn more as well as enjoy the course.

 

Department News Spring 2000

Awards If it's spring, it must be time to congratulate another excellent group of physics majors on a year's accomplishments! The following students received departmental awards & scholarships:

Aaron Ellis- O.H. Smith Scholarship
Jeremiah Kermes- Condit Scholarship
Jesse Kinder- Austin D. Sprague Scholarship

Graduation This year, four outstanding students graduated with majors in physics. Congratulations on your hard work and good luck on your future!

Tim Osiek
Keoki Seu
Scott Spears
Brandon Witham

Faculty Retirement The end of era is upon us- Paul Kissinger recently retired. Dr. K taught at the University for 40 years and will be sorely missed. Since joining the faculty in 1960, Dr. K. has received several honors. He was chosen as the University's first Alumni Faculty Fellow and has been named an "Outstanding Professor" three times by students. In 1991, he received the Mr. and Mrs. Fred C. Tucker, Jr. Distinguished Career Award, which honors senior faculty members for their contributions to DePauw. In addition to teaching at DePauw, Dr. K. worked extensively with science enrichment programs in the military, as well as teacher workshops and summer institutes. As physics major Aaron Ellis said in a recent newspaper article, "Dr. K is one of the best professors I've ever had at DePauw."