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Volume 20, Issue 24 (April 21, 2014)

    • If you would like to have lunch with Physics students, faculty, and staff, during which you might discuss some physics (or maybe nothing at all related to physics), please join us!

      April 22nd (Tuesday) Noon-1pm, we'll meet in the Class of '51 Dining Room (back to our regular room!) for lunch and discussion. 

      Meet in the study area outside Olin 331 just before noon to walk over together, or meet us there.  ALL students interested in Physics, faculty, and staff are welcome and encouraged to join us; you do not need to have any certain level of experience with physics.  First-year students are definitely welcome!  The department will treat you to lunch if you are off board or if it's your first ever Physics Table.

    • Current Physics majors, faculty, and staff are all invited to participate in the traditional first lab for newly-declared Physics Majors.

      Join us in the 2nd Olin student lounge on Thursday, April 24th beginning at 4:00 pm for a treat! 

    • Fridays, 6a (3:30-4:30), Olin 141

      The Department of Physics and Astronomy is pleased to present this year’s Physics 123 series.  “What Physicists Do” is our annual series of five lectures by invited speakers, many of whom are Carleton Physics alumni.  It is intended to introduce students to a broad range of real-world physics and to give some perspective on the kinds of work done by people with a physics background.  After each presentation, please join us in the 2nd Olin student lounge for coffee & cookies, and the opportunity to talk face-to-face with the featured speaker. 

      Friday April 25th (week 4)  

      John Daniel ’89  “From Ozone Depletion to Climate Change: Scientifically Rewarding, Politically Charged”

      John S. Daniel is a research scientist at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).  He has been at NOAA since earning his Ph.D. in physics from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, in 1993. He has focused his primary research in the fields of ozone depletion and climate change, but he is fascinated by historical meteorology.

      John will discuss the current status of these two environmental issues from a scientific perspective and point out some of the significant outstanding questions.  A career in an environmental science field can be extremely rewarding; however, it is important to recognize that there can be unique opportunities and challenges associated with working in a high-profile field. He will identify some of these that he has encountered during his career as a research scientist.

    • Northfield will be celebrating Earth Day on Friday, April 25th and Saturday, April 27th (Week 4).
      Come check out one or several of the FREE events scheduled for this year! 

      Follow the link below for event times and locations, including an Entertainment & Soup Supper at Weitz on Saturday.

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    • Are you interested in working in the Physics and Astronomy Department next academic year?  We have many positions available including Lab Assistant, Tutor, Grader, Shop Assistant, Lab Set-up, Computer/Technical assistant, and Electronics Lab assistant.  Assignments are set up by term, for either 5 or 10 hours/week.  Follow the link below to fill out an interest form.  We assign jobs based upon Physics experience first, and preference second, giving first priority to those who submit the form earliest.  Though we can generally give you as many hours as you ask for, at times we have more work students than hours and can not guarantee you'll get all the hours you'd like.  


      Please submit the form by the end of April; I'll then send out a tentative work schedule around mid-May. 



    • Educational Associate in Physics -- Energy Topics

      The department is looking to hire a graduating senior to work with Arjendu Pattanayak and Melissa Eblen-Zayas, as well as the Center for Community and Civic Engagement (CCCE), to develop curricular materials and activities and to support projects with community partners around issues of energy efficiency and renewable energy. If interested, please submit a resume and a brief statement (1-2 pages) highlighting your strengths and what interests you about the position. Applications should be e-mailed to Arjendu (apattana@carleton.edu) and Melissa (meblenza@carleton.edu); evaluation of applications will occur on a rolling basis. Contact Melissa or Arjendu with questions.

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