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    • There will be NO Physics Table this week, because we're hosting a Physics Town Hall meeting in Olin 04 instead. 

    • Physics Table

      October 6, 2014

      Join us for a fun Physics Table lunch! 

      Tuesday, October 21st (week 6), we will hold our weekly Physics Table in the LDC's Shearer Dining Room.  Meet in the lounge area outside Olin 331 at about 11:55 am to walk over as a group, or just meet us inside the front door at the LDC. 

      ALL students, faculty, and staff interested in Physics are invited to join in.  You don't have to have any particular level of knowledge to come; we welcome everyone!  If you are off board, or if it's your first ever PT, we'll treat you to lunch.  

    • Total Lunar Eclipse

      October 1, 2014

                                         Goodsell Observatory
                                Carleton College Observing Event

                                                           Total Eclipse of the Moon
                                                                October 8, 2014
                                                                  4:15-6:45 am

      We will have the opportunity to see a total eclipse of the Moon before sunrise on Wednesday, October 8.  The eclipse will actually begin at 3:17am, but it won’t be noticeable until the Moon touches the Earth’s umbral shadow at 4:17 am. If it is clear, come view a lunar eclipse at Goodsell  or watch it at home!  Goodsell will be open (only if clear) Wednesday morning October 8 from 4:15-6:45 am.  Totality is from 5:27 to 6:22am when the Moon is fully within the Earth’s umbral shadow and the Moon usually turns a beautiful red. The Moon will set while still partially eclipsed.  If it is clear, Goodsell telescopes will be open in the domes and several other telescopes and binoculars available outside the Observatory.  If you don't want to come all the way to Goodsell so early in the morning, binoculars at home will do quite well for observing !

      Further details of the eclipse can be found at http://www.skyandtelescope.com/ 

      The image below from the above website helps to visualize the event.   Sunrise will be at 7:20am, so the eclipsed Moon will be setting in the west when the Sun is rising in the east.

           

                       Lunar Eclipse 

      Image courtesy of Sky & Telescope on-line.

    • Conflicting, separate worlds, or fully connected?  No matter where you fall on the religion, spirituality, faith or science spectra, come tell us what you think--and hear what other Carls & profs have to say!

      7:00 pm in the Chapel Lounge (basement of the Chapel, southeastern corner) on (most) Mondays: Sept. 22 and 29, Oct. 6, 13, 27, and Nov. 3. 

      Contact Jayne (pasternj@) or Iman (jafrii@) with questions or comments.  Hope to see you there!

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    • On Wednesday, Oct 22 at 3:30 pm, the Carleton and St Olaf physics departments will be holding a joint poster session for students to present what they did during the summer. This is intended to be an opportunity for physics majors to learn about the breadth of experiences that other physics students had during the summer (plus it's a chance to catch up with Matt Wiebold and Jay Tasson). We welcome posters ranging from summer research projects to posters about internships or teaching experiences. If you are a sophomore this event will help you to begin thinking about what you might want to do next summer. 

      Talk to Trenne or Melissa about transportation to the event! 

    • Senior meeting

      September 19, 2014

      Calling ALL seniors, and any juniors who might be doing comps this year: 

      You need to attend a Very Important Meeting (!) on Wednesday the 24th (week 2) during 6a in Olin 02. 

      If for some reason, you absolutely can't be there, email Joel (jweisber) to make alternative arrangements 
      to get all the info you will miss.  Thanks!

    • Pre-Engineering Meeting

      September 18, 2014

      For all new students interested in Engineering: 

      Join us in Olin 04 on Thursday, September 25th at 2:00 pm when Christopher Ramsay, the Associate Dean of the School of Engineering at Washington University in St. Louis will be here to discuss their Engineering program. 

      Come with questions, and eat treats! 

    • The Frank G. and Jean M. Chesley Lectureship has invited Cornelia Lang to speak in the Physics and Astronomy Department on Thursday, Oct. 9th during common time (12:00-1:00 pm) in Olin 04.  All physics students, faculty, and staff are invited to attend. 

      Observations of Giant Molecular Clouds in the Galactic Center: The Past, Current and Future of Star Formation

      The center of the Milky Way harbors a supermassive black hole and is surrounded by clouds of dense gas, densely packed massive star clusters, and magnetic filaments that appear to be tracing a strong and well ordered magnetic field. This environment is much different than the environment near the Sun and is likely to be common in the centers of most normal galaxies. Therefore, understanding how these clouds remain stable, collapse and eventually form the next generation of stars is crucial to understanding how astrophysics works in this unique region of the Galaxy. I will describe the results of recent observations with the (upgraded) Very Large Array have revealed in great detail the physical conditions in a sample of molecular clouds that have formed stars in the past, are currently in the vicinity of massive stars and that might be forming massive stars in the future.

       

       Click the 'permalink' for a link to a great article about the galactic center; it's a suggested read before attending this noon talk.

    • Town Hall Meeting

      September 16, 2014

      For any and all students interested in Physics, especially first-years and sophomores:  join us for a Town Hall meeting during which we'll have department representatives tell you everything you'd like to know about Carleton Physics, like declaring a major, becoming involved in special projects, planning for summer research or internships, and more!

      The fun will take place on Tuesday, October 14th during common time (noon-1pm) in Olin 04.  Come, listen, eat, and ask questions! 

    • Tuesday, September 30th, Phys/Astro alum Joe Swiggum '10 will be on campus to give a talk.  He will present during common time (12:00-1:00 pm) in place of Physics Table for the week.  The talk will happen in Olin 04.  Please join us!  

       

      Abstract

      In the summer of 2007, the 100-m Green Bank Telescope (GBT) was undergoing track replacement and remained stationary for several months. The 350-MHz GBT Drift Scan survey took advantage of this down time, collecting data and searching for radio pulsars as the sky drifted overhead. About 20% of the 1,500 hours of data collected were allocated for the Pulsar Search Collaboratory (PSC) --- an outreach program that aims to interest high school students in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) related career paths by involving students in cutting-edge pulsar research and data analysis. So far, the program has involved more than 2,500 students from 18 states, who have discovered 7 new pulsars and re-detected ~75. The discoveries include several interesting sources: a nearby millisecond pulsar, a disrupted recycled pulsar with a spin period of 33-ms, a 4.8-s pulsar that nulls 75% of the time and most recently, a 185-ms pulsar in the widest-known double neutron star system. Over 75 high school students have been included as co-authors on the first two publications describing their discoveries.

    • Fall Picnic

      September 15, 2014

      It's already time to get ready for the fall picnic!  We have reserved the Hill of Three Oaks for this Friday, September 26th.  We'll have the grill going, so c'mon over between 5 and 7 pm to grab a bite to eat and just relax after the crazy first two weeks of term.  

      Please RSVP to Trenne (tfields) if you'd like to come.  You'll need to include several bits of information:  

      • Say that you plan to come!
      • Include your Carleton ID # 
      • Indicate whether you are omnivore, vegetarian, or vegan

      Please RSVP by Tuesday (tomorrow!). 

      Seniors and DCC reps, I'll need 3-4 volunteers to pick up food and get everything out to the hill.  Thanks! 

    • Dr. Ivan Deutsch

      September 15, 2014

      Dr. Ivan Deutsch, Professor and Regents Lecturer of the Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of New Mexico, will speak on Friday, September 19th during 6a (3:10-4:10 pm this week) is Olin 02.  The title of his talk is "Breaking Heisenberg:  Controlling the Quantum World". 

    • Student Research Presentations

      September 13, 2014

      This week, we begin a series of presentations by students who did campus research, an off-campus REU, or another project over the summer of 2014.  They will be held in Olin 04 during 6a on both Wednesday (3:10-4:20) and Friday (3:30-4:30). 

      Wednesday speakers:  David Cutler-Kreutz  "The Startup Life: A Peek into the World of Silicon Valley and Tech" and Luke Hellwig  "Unusual Doping in VO2 Nanowires"

      Friday speakers:  Stephen Kuenstner  "Using Diffusion in Polymers to Write Holograms" and Charlotte Zimmerman  "Teaching Physics with TOPS at MIT"

      Come support your fellow students, learn about cool stuff they did, and find out how YOU can do the same! 

       

                    

    • Friday, October 3, 8-10 PM if the skies are clear. Join Carleton's resident astronomers to view the moon, stars, planets,  and nebulas.  The event will be cancelled at the last minute if cloudy.  Dress for the weather, since you'll either use a telescope outside or in the domes, which are neither heated nor cooled.

      Open houses are open to the community and held the first Friday of each month. Times vary.  A schedule is on the web at http://go.carleton.edu/observatory

    • Campus Poster Event

      August 20, 2014

      Student Summer Experiences Poster Session

      Come see what your fellow students did over the summer and get ideas about your future plans!!

      Students will be presenting their summer internship experiences posters to the Carleton community.  Please join the students in celebrating their accomplishments, while doing so, get some great ideas for your next summer experience, and learn about internship funding opportunities. 

      Check out more information on how these students funded their experience by clicking here.

      Refreshments will be provided.

      Date Friday, October 24 2014
      Time: 7:30 p.m.–8:30 p.m.
      Location: Weitz Commons
      Sponsored by: Career Center
      Contact: srechtzi, x4296
    • Junior Meeting

      May 30, 2014

      REMINDER!

      Monday (today!) June 2nd, all juniors plus faculty members will meet during the regular Contemporary time slot (5a or 1:50 pm) and classroom to discuss Important Things for Next Year.  

    • Contemporary Experimental Physics Poster Session
      Wednesday, June 4, during 5A, 2nd floor Olin

      From silly putty to STMs, come learn about the projects that students have been working on in Phys 342 this term.

    • Farewell Study Break

      May 30, 2014

      We've had some pretty awesome visiting professors the last few years!  Sadly, for all of us, we've got three who will be moving on to new things next year.  Come take a study break on Thursday (June 5th) at 2:00 pm in the 2nd Olin lounge to say farewell to professors Jay Tasson, Julie Coats, and Kassie Martin-Wells.  There will be treats, of course!

    • As a reminder, there will be NO Physics Table this week.  Instead, please come to Olin 02 at noon Tuesday to give input for our upcoming departmental review.  There will be pizza!

    • 2014 Julius Edgar Lilienfeld Prize Recipient Edward Ott will speak at Carleton College on Friday, May 16th at 3:30 pm in Olin Hall, room 141.    

                  

           

    • Plasma Physics

      May 5, 2014

      Noted plasma physicist Dr. Mike Brown of Swarthmore College will speak on Friday, May 9th during 6a (3:30-4:30 pm) in Olin 141.

      Cookies and coffee will be served in the 2nd Olin lounge immediately after the presentation.

       

      Is there a Universal Character to Plasma Turbulence?

      Turbulent fluctuations in conventional fluids like air or water seem to have a universal statistical character.  Measurements of statistical turbulence metrics in a wind tunnel or in a tidal basin seem to be the same.  It is not known whether plasma turbulence is universal.  The Sun launches a turbulent stream of high velocity plasma with imbedded magnetic fields into interplanetary space at about 400 km/s.  Properties of this solar wind have been studied for decades and much is known about fluctuations in the velocity, density, and magnetic field.  In this talk, I’ll discuss measurements in a high velocity plasma wind tunnel at Swarthmore College.  The SSX MHD wind tunnel features flow speeds up to 100 km/s, magnetic field of 0.5 T, and temperatures of nearly a million Kelvin.  Comparisons to measurements from the solar wind will be made. 

    • Random Wok

      May 5, 2014

      Seniors: 

      The Physics and Astronomy department will hold it's annual Random Wok dinner to celebrate your four years at Carleton. 
      Bring your favorite stir-fry ingredient and come for an evening of food and conversation.  You should have gotten an invitation
      in campus mail!  Please reply to Cindy (cblaha) to RSVP. 

    • Spring Picnic

      April 28, 2014

      Friday, May 16th (THIS FRIDAY!!) from 5:00 pm to 7:30ish

      Converge, one and all, on the Hill of Three Oaks for a picnic!  We will supply the food and drinks, plus a few toys/games.
      Bring your flying discs, musical instruments, stilts, or other Fun Things for entertainment purposes.  If you haven't done it yet, send an RSVP to Trenne with your name, student ID #, and dietary preferences.  Come join us! Contact Trenne (tfields) with questions.

       

    • 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! 

    • Come view a total lunar eclipse at Goodsell Observatory or watch it at home! The observatory will be open (if it's clear) Tuesday morning, April 15th, from 1-3:30 AM (that's TONIGHT, for you night owls!). Totality, when the moon usually turns a beautiful red, is from 2:06 to 3:25. The Earth's shadow takes its first real bite out of the Moon at 12:58. We will have the 16" telescope open in the dome and several other telescopes and binoculars available on the pad outside. If you don't want to come all the way here in the middle of the night, binoculars at home will do quite well!

      Cindy Blaha and Joel Weisberg, Physics and Astronomy  

    • From the St. Olaf calendar: 

      Tuesday, April 15 at 7:00 pm in the Viking Theater, St. Olaf campus

      Physics: Film “Copenhagen”
      A 2002 PBS adaptation of the play by Michael Frayn, staring Stephen Rae as Neils Bohr, Daniel Craig as Werner Heisenberg and Francesca Annis as Margrethe Bohr.

      Inspired by actual events, Copenhagen revolves around a 1941 meeting between Niels Bohr of Denmark and Werner Heisenberg of Germany. Long ago, Heisenberg had been Bohr’s student and the two had developed some of the key insights of modern physics together. Now, they find themselves on opposite sides of World War II, with Heisenberg in charge of the German atomic program. Heisenberg makes a secret trip to see the Bohr’s but the details of their discussions are unclear. What were the reasons for the trip, what did they discuss and what conclusions, if any did they reach.

    • Fridays, 6a (3:30-4:30), Olin 149 (please note room change for this week!)

      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 May 2nd (week 5)  

      Kelen Tuttle ’04 “"Explaining Physics to Non-Scientists"

      After graduating with a B.A in Physics from Carleton, she went on to get her M.S. in Science Journalism from Boston University.  She has worked as a Science Information Specialist at SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory, and as the Editor-in-Chief of Symmetry Magazine. 

      Too impatient to conduct science research herself, Kelen Tuttle '04 has built a career in science journalism. She spends her days interviewing scientists, asking them all her questions and getting immediate answers--well, most of the time. In return, she shares their stories with the general public in easy-to-understand language that captures the curiosity and excitement of scientific endeavor. Kelen will talk about the wide range of roles she's undertaken at Department of Energy-funded laboratories, including running a magazine about particle physics, overseeing communications with decision-makers in Washington DC, and writing press releases and science features. She will also offer advice on how scientists can best share their research with non-scientists directly.  

    • Carleton College Light Pollution Presentations and Observatory Open House Friday, May 2

      Carleton College's Department of Physics and Astronomy welcomes the public to two events this Friday.   Presentations will begin at 8 pm in Olin 141 on the environmental impacts and health consequences of artificial light at night,  as well as actions that can be taken to protect our dwindling natural resource of darkness at night.  The research leading up to the presentations was done in a class led by astronomy professor Cindy Blaha.

      If it is clear, the presentations will be followed by a Goodsell Observatory Open House from 9-11 pm for personal sampling of dark sky views, nebulas, and planets; as well as urban sky glow. Dress warmly!  The open house (but not the presentations) will be cancelled if it is cloudy.

      Light Pollution Presentations:  8-9 PM, Olin 141

      Goodsell Observatory Open House 9-11 PM only if clear

       

    • 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.

    • SDA Office Hour

      February 24, 2014

      Registration for spring term is next week!  Your SDAs, Zach Lynn and Anne Sledd will have an office hour TODAY during 6a in the second floor lounge.  Snacks will be available while you get pressing questions answered about how to plan for spring courses and beyond!

    • Opportunities at the University of Minnesota: Civil, Environmental, and Geo-Engineering

      Special Presentation 9:30 am, February 13, 2014 Olin Hall, Room 04
      Joseph F. Labuz, MSES/Kersten Professor & Head Department of Civil Engineering University of Minnesota

      The University of Minnesota (UMN) offers great opportunities for students interested in civil, environmental, or geo- engineering to earn degrees in these programs, two of which are unique in the State of Minnesota (BEnvE and BGeoE).    Under the guidance of a world-class teaching and research faculty, students in our department focus on creating knowledge and skills that best serve the infrastructure needs of our society, a mission we refer to as “engineering for the benefit of society.”
      We invite high quality students to enroll in our undergraduate or graduate programs, and to participate in the innovative teaching, internships, and research experiences in the Department of Civil, Environmental, and Geo- Engineering (name change effective July 1, 2014). Students will have opportunities to work on a range of important problems from renewable energy such as wind and biofuels to environmental restoration of lakes and streams, from transportation networks to seismic imaging.
      Curriculum of the three programs will be explained, and specific examples of current projects will be outlined. The presentation will conclude with a brief discussion on “listening to rock.”
      Refreshments will be served.

    • Physics Table

      January 24, 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), we have an app for that!

      January 28th (Tuesday) Noon-1pm, the LDC Class of '51 Dining Room is when and where you should be.  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.

    • Dr. Eric Hazlett, faculty candidate, will be on campus Monday and Tuesday of this week.  He will give a teaching presentation Monday, January 20th, at 8:30 am (1a) in Olin 101.  His talk will be about Optics: Nature Always Takes the Shortest Cut.  Please come join the discussion (yes, it's early, but worth it!)

      Eric will also be presenting a research talk on Tuesday, January 21st during common time (12:00) in Olin 04, during which lunch will be provided.  His talk is titled: What's Colder than Cold?  Not a Polar Vortex, but Laser-Cooled Atoms, of Course!   After his presentation, coffee and cookies will be served in the 2nd Olin lounge so that students can meet Eric, discuss the presentation, or ask any questions about his research or candidacy.

      The Physics Department strongly encourages all faculty, staff, and students to attend these talks.  We'll ultimately choose one of these candidates to become a tenure-track faculty member, who will then help shape the department and curriculum for years to come. 

    • We will NOT have Physics Table this week, since we have a tenure-track faculty candidate on campus. 

      Come hear him speak and have lunch instead! 

    • Internship Information

      January 17, 2014

      Hello Physics majors!

      Want to get an internship? 

      Come to Weitz 236 (Larson Room) on Tuesday, January 21st from 7:30-8:30pm for student-to-student consulting
      on all of those questions you haven't had a chance to ask: the how, when, why, and where of internships. 

      Physics major Scott Dossa '14 will be offering his wisdom and expertise on finding internships, along with students working in a variety of sectors including: health, education, government, law, non profit work, environment, and more.  

      There will be refreshments!!!

    • Carleton Astro alum, Dr. Sidney Wolff, Class of ’62, will be visiting campus to deliver convo on Friday and to talk with current students on Thursday both in the Physics & Astronomy Department as well as in the Career Center.  Sidney has been involved in planning, building and operating most of the premier observatories in the nation.  She has tremendous insights into the state of field as well as many great stories of her work in shaping the next generation of observing.  And Sidney is eager to talk to current physics majors about their plans and interests.  You are invited to share in opportunities to meet with Sidney.  See below for further information!

    • Snowshoe Arb Walk

      January 14, 2014

      Sunday, January 26th, 2014 6:30 pm, Rec Center

      Join Arboretum Director Nancy Braker and Astronomer Joel Weisberg for an Arb Snowshoe Walk Under the Stars.  Learn about the night sounds of the Arb, and the stories of the stars.  Dress warmly and bring no lights!

      See http://apps.carleton.edu/campus/arb/current/?event_id=1082304&date=2014-01-26 for more details and last-minute information about possible cancellation due to clouds or extreme cold. Backup dates are Tuesday and Wednesday.

    • Dr. Derek Thuecks, faculty candidate, is on campus this week.  He will give a teaching presentation today, Monday, January 13th, at 3:10 pm (6a) in Olin 04.  His talk will center on interacting objects and Newton's Third Law.  Please come join the discussion! 

      Dr. Thuecks will also be presenting a research talk on Tuesday, January 14th during common time (12:00) in Olin 04, during which lunch will be provided.  His talk is titled:  Laboratory Plasma Astrophysics:  Bringing Space Physics Down to Earth.   After his presentation, coffee and cookies will be served in the 2nd Olin lounge so that students can meet Derek, discuss the presentation, or ask any questions about his research or candidacy. 

      The Physics Department strongly encourages all faculty, staff, and students to attend these talks.  We'll ultimately choose one of these candidates to become a tenure-track faculty member, who will then help shape the department and curriculum for years to come.  

    • Dr. Julie Coats, faculty candidate, will be on campus Thursday and Friday of this week.  Dr. Coats will be presenting a research talk on Thursday, January 16th during common time (12:00) in Olin 04, during which lunch will be provided.  Her talk is titled: Single-Molecule FRET Studies of Protein-DNA Interactions.   After her presentation, coffee and cookies will be served in the 2nd Olin lounge so that students can meet Julie, discuss the presentation, or ask any questions about her research or candidacy.

      Julie will also give a teaching presentation Friday, January 17th, at 3:30 pm (6a) in Hulings 120.  Her talk will be about springs.  Please come join the discussion!

      The Physics Department strongly encourages all faculty, staff, and students to attend these talks.  We'll ultimately choose one of these candidates to become a tenure-track faculty member, who will then help shape the department and curriculum for years to come.  

    • Acclaimed Nature Writer Professor Paul Bogard Lectures on the Beauty of

      the Night Sky and How to Preserve it at Carleton College

      Date&Time:  Wednesday, January 8, 7 PM

      Location:  Boliou Hall Room 104

    • Systems Approaches for Sustainability

      A special project opportunity will be offered during winter term to explore systems approaches to sustainable design with Melissa Eblen-Zayas (associate professor of physics), Joe Gransee-Bowman (MS in architecture, sustainable design), and Martha Larson (Manager of Campus Energy and Sustainability). Possible topics we may consider include feasibility studies of year-round greenhouses in Northfield as part of sustainable living system design, exploring the potential for net zero energy buildings on campus and in the community, developing a framework for planning and integrating sustainability projects on campus, investigating the history and development of local community sustainability projects, etc. This 2 credit special project course will be offered on a S/Cr/NC basis only and students will be expected to participate in 5-6 meetings during the term, actively contribute to group projects between meetings, and present results in an appropriate forum. Students with interests in engineering, environmental studies, and sustainable design are all welcome.

      Want to know more? Come to an info session on Wednesday Nov 13 at 8 pm in Olin 103 or contact Melissa Eblen-Zayas (meblenza).

    • Physics Pumpkins

      October 28, 2013

      Einstein Pumpkin

      The 2013 Physics Pumpkin Parade

      Rally your team, come up with a plan, and create!  We're looking for physics-themed jack-o-lanterns, or some sort of physics-themed display that incorporates pumpkins.  Send a representative from your team to Olin 331 to pick up your department-supplied pumpkin and carving kit on Monday the 28th (week 7).  Bring your finished creation back to Olin 331 by noon on Halloween Thursday to display. **Location change!** We will descend to the student lounge on 2nd Olin admire the pumpkin presentations and have Halloween treats during common time.

    • This week we wrap up the series of presentations done by Carleton Physics and Astronomy students to showcase the research they did this past summer.  This week's talks will take place Tuesday, Nov. 5th and Thursday, Nov. 7th at 12:00 (common time) in Olin 02.  A light lunch will be provided each day. Please note:  the Tuesday presentations will take the place of the regularly scheduled Physics Table for this week.

       

      Tuesday's presenters:  

      David Atkinson and McCoy Becker will discuss Nonrelativistic Expansions of the Lorentz-Violating Standard-Model Extension

      Thomas Bertschinger will present on:  Observer and Particle Transformation and Newton's Laws

       

      Thursday's presenters: 

      Berit Goodge and Luke Hellwig will speak about A New Growth Method for EuO Thin Films

      Shail Mehta's presentation is about M33 and Dwarf Galaxies in the Local Group

      Taylor Baildon, Emily Longley, and Hayden Tournabene will present their research on HII Regions in M31

       

    • SDA Office Hour

      October 28, 2013

      Come to the second Olin lounge this Thursday at common time for a Physics SDA office hour. It's a great opportunity to ask questions about registration, meet some physics majors and eat free food. Questions? Contact lynnz or sledda.

    • Mercer Law Info Session

      October 27, 2013

      From the Career Center:

       

      Mercer Law Information Session

      Brittany Smith, from Mercer Univ. Walter F. George School of Law "Mercer Law" in Georgia will be on-campus to talk to interested students.

      Thursday, November 7th, 2013 12:00 pm-1:00 pm

      Location: Sayles-Hill Lounge

      Contact: Andrea Kubinski, Andrea Kubinski, x5511

       

    • Physics Table

      October 21, 2013

      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), we have an app for that!

      October 22nd (Tuesday) Noon-1pm, the LDC Shearer Dining Room is when and where you should be.  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. 

       

    • Sophomores! 

      Remember to attend the Sophomore Meeting on Thursday, October 24th (week 6)                                                                                                                                                                 at 12:00 noon in Olin 002.  There will be food!

    • Internship Information

      October 21, 2013

      Hey awesome Carls!


      We want you to learn about the cool internships your fellow Carls were up to this summer, funded by Carleton scholarships YOU can apply to get.

      WHAT: Summer Internship Poster Session
      WHEN: Thursday, Oct 24, 7:30-8:30pm
      WHERE: Great Hall

      Looking forward to seeing you there. Cheers!
      Your Career Advisors

    • Interested in working with Peace Corps?

      Workshop with Leslie Miles ’11

      What: Peace Corps Information Session with Leslie Miles  ’11
      Recently returned Peace Corps volunteer Leslie Miles will present about his experiences serving in Cambodia from 2011 to 2013. He will share candidly about work responsibilities, living conditions, volunteer support, and behavioral policies within the Peace Corps.

      At the end of the session, Miles will be available to meet with students individually to answer questions about the program and assist those who are currently applying.

      When: Today!  October 14, 2013 from 7:00pm-8:00pm
      Where: Leighton 301

    • Carleton Phys/Astro alum Ryan Terrien will be here for a visit and will give a presentation during common time on Thursday, Oct. 17th (week 5) in Olin 101.  A light lunch will be provided.

    • This week (week 4) there will be NO Physics Table.  Instead, please join us Tuesday (and Thursday!) during common time to hear Physics and Astronomy students present on the research they conducted this past summer.  We will meet in Olin 02; a light lunch will be provided each day. 

    • TEDx at Carleton

      September 30, 2013

      TEDx is Coming to Carleton on Saturday, October 12

      Register now to be a part of this immersive, full-day experience of enlightening talks and thoughtful conversation.  19 speakers and countless student organizers value your support and hope to see you there!

    • Engineering program meeting

      September 23, 2013

      For all potential engineers:

      On Thursday (September 26) will have a visit from a representative of
      the dual degree program at Washington University - St. Louis. He will be
      available to meet with students from 10 am to noon, in Olin 202. If you
      are interested in the dual degree program this would be an excellent
      opportunity to receive more information about Washington University,
      their engineering school, and everything about the dual degree.

      See you there!

      Nelson Christensen, Engineering Advisor

    • Physics Table

      September 19, 2013

      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), we have an app for that!

      October 1st (Tuesday) Noon-1pm, the LDC Shearer Dining Room is when and where you should be.  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. 

       

    • THIS WEEK: Friday, Sept. 27th (week 3) we will have our annual fall department picnic from 5-7 pm on the Hill of three oaks.  Details are posted on the bulletin board outside Trenne's office and in Olin stairwells.  Everyone interested in Physics is encouraged to attend!  Juniors and Seniors, if you bring along a first-year student or a sophomore, we'll put your name in a drawing for a Goodbye Blue Monday gift certificate.

      Please email Trenne with an RSVP which includes your meal plan no. and veggie/vegan/omni meal choice.

    • Welcome to Fall Term 2013!

      September 16, 2013

      Welcome, new students, and welcome BACK returning students! 

      Stuff for you to make note of, or remember, or act on:

      Senior Meeting

      A meeting will be held for all seniors on Friday, Sept. 20th (week 2) in Olin 02 at 3:30 (6a).
      You'll discuss comps and post-Carleton options.  Joel Weisberg, our department "Comps Czar"
      and a campus career coordinator will be there to cover everything you need to know.  Any current
      juniors who plan to do their comps this academic year should also attend!

      Social Media

      Did you know that the Physics and Astronomy department has it's own Facebook page?  Twitter account? 
      Yes!  Both truly exist!  Log onto Facebook to "like" our page (Carleton College Physics and Astronomy)
      or check out Twitter and follow us at: https://twitter.com/CarletonPhysAst

       There, you can find science-related posts, fun trivia, and information about department people and events.

    • On Tuesday, September 17, the Minnesota State Senate Higher Education Committee will hold a Town Hall Forum at Carleton to hear from students, faculty, staff and those from the broader Northfield area community about their views on issues facing higher education. Committee chair Senator Terri Bonoff will visit as part of a statewide listening tour to learn more about private colleges in Minnesota, and the important part they play in educating our future leadership and workforce. Committee member Senator Greg Clausen and other elected officials will attend as well.

      Join in the Town Hall Forum on Tuesday from 2:45-3:30 p.m. in Great Hall.

      Senator Bonoff is taking her listening tour to 20 colleges around Minnesota during the month.  To find out more about her tour and how you can share your ideas, please visit http://mnhighered.wordpress.com/

    • Women in Physics!

      September 16, 2013

      The Women in Physics and Astronomy (WiPA) group at the University of Minnesota is hosting "Life after Undergrad", an event for undergraduate women in physics and related fields.  We would like very much to invite female undergraduate students in your department to our event. The basic information is as follows:

      Date: Monday October 7th, 2013
      Time: 6:15-9:15 PM
      Location: Tate Lab of Physics, University of Minnesota - Twin Cities, East Bank (specific room TBA)
      Who: All undergraduate women currently majoring in or interested in physics or related fields (astronomy, engineering, etc)

      RSVP:wipa@umn.edu  (preferably by Sept. 26, 2013)
      Cost: FREE

    • If you would like to have lunch with Physics students, faculty, and staff, during which you might discuss some physics, we have an app for that!

      June 4th (Tuesday) Noon-1pm, LDC Class of '51 Dining Room is when and where you should be.  Meet on 3rd Olin at 11:50 to enjoy a companionable walk over or just meet us there.

       

    • FOCUS students:  You are Invited to the FOCUS End-of-Year Ice Cream Social!

      Please join all of the FOCUS students in celebrating the end of another successful year and congratulate the seniors on their upcoming graduation from 3:30-4:30 pm on the last day of classes, Wednesday, June 5.  We will gather in the amphitheater area between Hulings, Olin, and Mudd if the weather is good.  In case of poor weather, we will move inside the link on the ground floor of Olin/Mudd.  Ice cream and good conversation will be plentiful, and we hope to see you there!

      Cindy Blaha, Eric Egge, Deborah Gross and Debby Walser-Kuntz

    • Honors Convocation

      May 28, 2013

      Honors Convocation Friday, May 31st at 3:00 pm 

      Kai Knutson ’11, recipient of a Larson International Fellowship and a Watson Fellowship will present this year’s convocation address. This is a great opportunity for students to celebrate the achievements of friends and classmates--there are several Physics and Astronomy majors who will be honored at the convocation.   Please come and congratulate them!

    • MIPs campfire

      May 28, 2013

      From Physics major Zach Lynn:

      This Friday, May 31st, (week 9) Men in Physics will be having a campfire somewhere in the Arb (hopefully the Hill of Three Oaks) at 8pm. There will be s'mores, music, football and lots of shenanigans. All are welcome. Email lynnz or tearsj with questions.


    •     *    *    *    * PICNIC! *    *    *    *


      THIS Friday, May 24th (week 8) we will hold the annual end-of-year picnic for ALL Physics and Astronomy students, faculty, and staff.
      It will be held at the Hill of Three Oaks starting at 4:00 pm, but the fun will continue until 8-ish if you can't make it 
      right away.  If strange, inclement Minnesota weather threatens, we will move things to the patio area in front of Olin Hall.
      If you are currently of Junior class standing, by tradition you should volunteer to help take grills, coolers, food, etc. over to
      the hill.  Please email Trenne to let her know that you can, in fact, help with these essential tasks.

      Frisbees, balls, tightropes, juggling implements, and other fun things are welcome to join us.     

      If you plan to attend the picnic, please email Trenne (tfields@carleton.edu) to RSVP.  If you have a board plan, be sure to
      include your student ID number.   You should also indicate if you prefer a vegetarian meal option.  

      PLEASE RSVP BY TUESDAY (tomorrow), MAY 21 AT NOON! 

       

       

    • Carleton is currently engaged in creating a Facilities Master Plan for the campus. The Science Planning group is charged with determining what investments in facilities are necessary for the College to maintain its historic leadership in undergraduate physical and biological science education. Getting input from current students is a crucial part of that process. To that end, student representatives from the DCC as well as SDAs will be facilitating a student conversation about classrooms, labs, research spaces, and social/study spaces in the department to find out what about those spaces works well, and what doesn't.

    • Physics Table

      April 29, 2013

      April 30th (Tuesday) Noon-1pm, LDC Class of '51 Dining Room

      Join physics students, faculty and staff for lunch at the LDC.  Meet us on 3rd Olin at 11:50 for the short walk over or meet us there.

    • Thursday, April 25, 2013
      7:30 p.m.
      Olin 149

      The Carleton Chemistry Department is very pleased to welcome Prof. Robert Grubbs from the California Institute of Technology as our 2013 Mohrig Lecturer in Chemistry.  Prof. Grubbs won the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 2005 and is a leader in “green chemistry” and development of new catalysts and processes that are both useful and environmentally friendly, and he will deliver a lecture on this topic on Thursday, April 25 (see abstract below).  We hope you will be able to attend!  Refreshments will be served after the lecture.  

      “Green Chemistry and Catalysis” 

    • Professor Bob Jacobel, professor of Physics at St. Olaf College, will be on campus Friday, April 26th to speak in the Geology department.  His presentation is titled "Water Beneath the Ice--Investigations of an Antarctic Subglacial Lake".   He will speak at 4:30 pm in Mudd 73. Everyone is welcome!

    • It's time to continue on with the process of selecting a new Visiting Professor!  Hopefully you made it to some of the candidate presentations--now come let us know what you think.   Please join us Thursday, April 11th at noon in Olin 101 to talk about the three candidates over lunch.  Here's your chance to help shape the department.  Take this opportunity to voice your opinion on YOUR Physics future.  

    • Physics students:  you are invited to attend a dinner with Physics 123 speaker Paul Grossi ('89) this coming Friday, May 12th at Chapati.  Enjoy an evening of friendly conversation which may or may not include some physics talk, but which will definitely include a very tasty dinner, sponsored by (read: paid for by) the Physics and Astronomy department.  RSVP to sign up with Trenne (tfields) via email by 2 PM Thursday.  Sorry, but we have to limit dinner to the first 6 students who respond.  Meet in the department office common area and be ready to leave by 5:29 PM Friday.  Those of you interested in teaching may especially be interested in speaking with Paul. 

    • Series of three lectures presented by candidates for the Visiting Professor position in Physics and Astronomy. 

      These lectures will take the place of the regularly scheduled Physics Table lunch discussions during the first two 

      weeks of the term.  STUDENTS:  come take part in shaping your future!  Give your feedback on the presenters and  

      help select one of YOUR new professors!  (Have lunch on us!)

      The final one will take place April 9th in Olin 04 at noon.  

    • Tuesday, March 12th, 4 pm in the Olin 2nd floor lounge

    • Physics Table

      January 17, 2013

      March 5 (Tuesday) Noon-1pm, LDC Class of '51 Dining Room

      Join physics students, faculty and staff for lunch at the LDC.  Meet us on 3rd Olin at 11:50 for the short walk over or meet us there.

    • Physics Table

      January 17, 2013

      February 26 (Tuesday) Noon-1pm, LDC Class of '51 Dining Room

      Join physics students, faculty and staff for lunch at the LDC.  Meet us on 3rd Olin at 11:50 for the short walk over or meet us there.

    • Physics Table

      January 17, 2013

      February 19 (Tuesday) Noon-1pm, LDC Class of '51 Dining Room

      Join physics students, faculty and staff for lunch at the LDC.  Meet us on 3rd Olin at 11:50 for the short walk over or meet us there.

    • Physics Table

      January 17, 2013

      February 12 (Tuesday) Noon-1pm, LDC Class of '51 Dining Room

      Join physics students, faculty and staff for lunch at the LDC.  Meet us on 3rd Olin at 11:50 for the short walk over or meet us there.

    • Physics Table

      January 17, 2013

      February 5 (Tuesday) Noon-1pm, LDC Class of '51 Dining Room

      Join physics students, faculty and staff for lunch at the LDC.  Meet us on 3rd Olin at 11:50 for the short walk over or meet us there.

    • Physics Table

      January 17, 2013

      January 29 (Tuesday) Noon-1pm, LDC Class of '51 Dining Room

      Join physics students, faculty and staff for lunch at the LDC.  Meet us on 3rd Olin at 11:50 for the short walk over or meet us there.

    • Saturday, March 2nd at 6:00PM.  Evans Hall, 1st floor lounge.

    • SDA Office Hours

      January 14, 2013

      January 24 (Thursday) noon-1pm, Olin 2nd floor lounge

       As deadlines for summer REUs, fellowships, and grants are approaching, your physics Student Departmental Advisers (SDAs) Aurora Roth and Frazier Mork are holding office hours. There will be pizza and juice! (hooray for free food!).

      Bring any questions you have about applying for REUs (Research Experience for Undergraduates, generally aimed at juniors) or other summer opportunities. There are many opportunities for freshman and sophomores to get involved in research and we can help you navigate that process too! We are happy to review your draft proposals or applications for summer research.You can also talk to us about the physics major in general and any other questions you might have.

      Keep in mind that being a physics student means that you can be successful at research beyond what you might think of "traditional physics research", from climate change to engineering to education. The skills you are gaining in physics classes can be applied to almost every science and professors want to work with students who have these skills. Now is the time to explore and get involved in whatever you're interested in!


      Feel free to email rotha and morkf if you have any questions! 

    • Physics Table

      January 14, 2013

      January 22 (Tuesday) Noon-1pm, LDC Class of '51 Dining Room

      Join physics students, faculty and staff for lunch at the LDC.  Meet us on 3rd Olin at 11:50 for the short walk over or meet us there.

    • Physics Table

      January 4, 2013

      January 15 (Tuesday) Noon-1pm, LDC Class of '51 Dining Room

      Join physics students, faculty and staff for lunch at the LDC.  Meet us on 3rd Olin at 11:50 for the short walk over or meet us there.

    • Physics Table

      January 4, 2013

      January 8 (Tuesday) Noon-1pm, LDC Class of '51 Dining Room

      Join physics students, faculty and staff for lunch at the LDC.  Meet us on 3rd Olin at 11:50 for the short walk over or meet us there.

    • January 11 (Friday) 3:30-4:30pm, Olin 02

      Ever wondered how students get a summer research position at Carleton?  Want to know more about REUs?  This meeting is for you.  Come learn everything you need to know about summer research.

    • Physics Table

      November 5, 2012

      November 13 (Tuesday) Noon-1pm, LDC Class of '51 Dining Room

      Join physics students, faculty and staff for lunch at the LDC.  Meet us on 3rd Olin at 11:50 for the short walk over or meet us there.

    • Physics Table

      October 29, 2012

      November 6 (Tuesday) Noon-1pm, LDC Class of '51 Dining Room

      Join physics students, faculty and staff for lunch at the LDC.  Meet us on 3rd Olin at 11:50 for the short walk over or meet us there.

    • October 22 (Monday) 4:30pm, Olin Lobby

      Join us in celebrating the research accomplishments of the 2012 Clare Boothe Luce Research Scholars.  Visit with the Scholars to enjoy their posters and learn about their research projects.  Refreshments will be served.

    • Physics Table

      October 22, 2012

      October 23 (Tuesday) Noon-1pm, LDC Class of '51 Dining Room

      Join physics students, faculty and staff for lunch at the LDC.  Meet us on 3rd Olin at 11:50 for the short walk over or meet us there.

    • SDA Office Hours

      October 22, 2012

      October 25 (Thursday) noon-1pm, Olin 2nd floor lounge

      Our SDAs Aurora Roth and Frazier Mork will be in the lounge to answer questions about physics classes and the department.  Pizza will be provided for lunch.

    • October 25 (Thursday) 4:30-6:00pm, WCC - Larson Meeting Room

      Students from all departments present their research.  Everyone is invited to attend this celebration of student scholarship.

    • October 2 (Tuesday) noon-1pm, Olin 202

      The Washington University Engineering Representative will be at Carleton to visit with students interested in doing the 3/2 engineering program at Wash U.  Lunch will be provided.  Please RSVP to Mary Drew if you planning attending this informational meeting.

    • Physics Table

      October 1, 2012

      October 2 (Tuesday) Noon-1pm, LDC (no room reserved)

      Join physics students, faculty and staff for lunch at the LDC.  Meet us on 3rd Olin at 11:50 for the short walk over or meet us there.

    • October 3 (Wednesday) 3:15-4:20pm, Olin 04

      All student workers in the Physics & Astronomy Department are required to attend this MANDATORY training meeting.  If for some reason you can not attend you must check out a video of the meeting from Mary in Olin 331.

    • Physics Table

      September 17, 2012

      September 25 (Tuesday) Noon-1pm, LDC Class of '51 Dining Room

      Join physics students, faculty and staff for lunch at the LDC.  Meet us on 3rd Olin at 11:50 for the short walk over or meet us there.

    • September 28 (Friday) 5-8pm, Hill of Oaks

      Join Physics & Astronomy students, faculty and staff for a fun outdoor event. 

    • September 11 (Tuesday) Noon-1pm, Olin 202

      All physics students are invited to have pizza lunch with faculty and staff on second Olin.  Come get to know your new professor and classmates and renew old friendships.

    • Physics Table

      September 7, 2012

      September 18 (Tuesday) Noon-1pm, LDC Class of '51 Dining Room

      Join physics students, faculty and staff for lunch at the LDC.  Meet us on 3rd Olin at 11:50 for the short walk over or meet us there.

    • Senior Meeting

      September 7, 2012

      September 21 (Friday) 3:30-4:30pm, Olin 02

      All senior physics majors should plan to attend this important meeting to discuss your senior year and preparing for life after Carleton.  Any juniors thinking of doing comps this year should also plan to attend.

    • Physics Table

      May 28, 2012

      May 29 (Tuesday) Noon-1pm, LDC Class or '51 Dining Room

      Join physics students, faculty and staff for lunch at the LDC.  Meet us on 3rd Olin at 11:50 for the short walk over or meet us there.

    • Physics Table

      May 7, 2012

      May 15 (Tuesday) Noon-1pm, LDC Class or '51 Dining Room

      Join physics students, faculty and staff for lunch at the LDC.  Meet us on 3rd Olin at 11:50 for the short walk over or meet us there.

    • Physics Table

      May 7, 2012

      May 8 (Tuesday) noon-1pm, LDC Class of '51 Dining Room

      Join Physics & Astronomy students, faculty, and staff for lunch at the LDC.  Meet us in the Olin 3rd floor lounge for the short walk over or meet us there.

    • Mother's Day

      May 7, 2012

      May 13 (Sunday) All Day, Everywhere

      Be sure to call your mother and tell her that you love her.  She misses you and wants to hear from you.

      "My mother was the most beautiful woman I ever saw. All I am I owe to my mother. I attribute all my success in life to the moral, intellectual and physical education I received from her." ~George Washington

      "Grown don't mean nothing to a mother.  A child is a child.  They get bigger, older, but grown?  What's that suppose to mean?  In my heart it don't mean a thing."  ~Toni Morrison, Beloved, 1987

    • DCC Meeting

      April 23, 2012

      April 24 (Tuesday) noon-1pm, Olin 202

      There will be a meeting of the Physics & Astronomy Department Curriculum Committee.  Lunch will be provided.

    • Physics Table

      April 23, 2012

      May 1 (Tuesday) noon-1pm, LDC Class of '51 Dining Room

      Join Physics & Astronomy students, faculty, and staff for lunch at the LDC.  Meet us in the Olin 3rd floor lounge for the short walk over or meet us there.

    • Celebrate!

      New Major Celebration

      April 23, 2012

      April 24 (Tuesday) 4-5pm, 2nd floor lounge

      All newly declared majors are invited to a celebration with Physics & Astronomy faculty and staff.  Root beer floats will be served.

    • March 30 (Friday) noon-1pm, LDC Shearer Dining Room

      Join physics students, faculty, staff and PHYS 123 speaker Ali Tasson for lunch at the LDC.  Meet on 3rd Olin at 11:50am for the short walk over or meet us there.

    • CBL Career Panel Discussion

      February 24, 2012

      March 6 (Tuesday) noon-1pm, Olin 02

      Please join us for a panel discussion with three alums talking about their career paths since Carleton and their experiences as women in technical fields:

      • Silva Theiss (Class of '87, CS/Physics), Senior Research Scientist at 3M
      • Jennifer Bell (Class of '88, Physics), Project Executive, IBM
      • Jennifer Ginder (Class of '97, CS), Technical Support, IBM

      Lunch will be provided.

       

    • Physics Table

      February 20, 2012

      February 28 (Tuesday) noon-1pm, LDC Shearer Dining Room Plan to have lunch with physics students, faculty and staff at the LDC at noon.  We can meet on 3rd Olin or you can meet us there.

    • Physics Table

      February 20, 2012

      February 21 (Tuesday) noon-1pm, LDC Shearer Dining Room Plan to have lunch with physics students, faculty and staff at the LDC at noon.  We can meet on 3rd Olin or you can meet us there.

    • SDA Office Hours

      February 6, 2012

      February 16 (Thursday) noon-1pm, Olin 2nd floor lounge

      Ross and Min Yao will be hosting SDA hours in 2nd lounge on Thursday. They will be answering questions about classes, playing phyctionary and will have food.

    • Physics Table

      February 6, 2012

      February 7 (Tuesday) noon-1pm, LDC Shearer Dining Room Plan to have lunch with physics students, faculty and staff at the LDC at noon.  We can meet on 3rd Olin or you can meet us there.

    • Physics Table

      January 9, 2012

      January 10 (Tuesday) noon-1pm, LDC Shearer Dining Room Plan to have lunch with physics students, faculty and staff at the LDC at noon.  We can meet on 3rd Olin or you can meet us there.

      Please note the change in day and room from fall term!

    • Physics Table

      November 7, 2011

      November 17 (Thursday) noon-1pm, LDC Class of '51 Dining Room Plan to have lunch with physics students, faculty and staff at the LDC at noon.  We can meet on 3rd Olin or you can meet us there.

    • Physics Table

      October 31, 2011

      November 3 (Thursday) noon-1pm, LDC Class of '51 Dining Room Plan to have lunch with physics students, faculty and staff at the LDC at noon.  We can meet on 3rd Olin or you can meet us there.

    • Nostalgia for the Light

      October 24, 2011

      October 25 (Tuesday) 7:30pm, Weitz Cinema

      Renowned Chilean filmmaker Patrizio Guzman contemplates the stars with astronomers in the Atacama Desert observatory even while meditating on time, and his own country's troubled political history.

    • October 26 (Wednesday) 3:45-5:15pm, Weitz Center 236

      Every fall Carleton hosts this celebration of student scholarship in the sciences and math.  Students presenting posters have carried out research at Carleton and other institutions.  Everyone is invited to attend and talk with the students about their work.

    • October 28 (Friday) 10:50AM, Skinner Chapel

      Jeff Lieberman is the star of Discovery Channel’s Time Warp, where cool science is s-l-o-w-e-d down to better understand movement as an art form. Lieberman is also a physicist, roboticist, sculptor, musician and photographer. He explores the connections between the arts, sciences, education, passion, creativity, and the potential future of human consciousness, using technology to see beyond the limits of our normal human perception. He composes music in the duo gloobic, and has performed in Carnegie Hall. He shows technological sculptures around the world, to bring people an emotional and mystical connection with science and the universe. Having finished four degrees at MIT in physics, math, mechanical engineering, media arts and sciences, he is exploring the applications of technology to evolving and shifting human consciousness. Lieberman presents a fantastical view of the merging of art and science as he helps perceive the world in a whole new way.

    • October 4 (Tuesday) Noon-1pm, Gould Library Athenaeum

      Trevor Paglen, astronomer Joel Weisberg, and curator Laurel Bradley will explore the topic of "Seeing is Knowing" from various disciplinary perspectives, veering into personal and political terrain.  Audience participation encouraged! 

       

    • Physics Table

      October 3, 2011

      October 13 (Thursday) noon-1pm, LDC Class of '51 Dining Room Plan to have lunch with physics students, faculty and staff at the LDC at noon.  We can meet on 3rd Olin or you can meet us there.

    • Student Worker Meeting

      October 3, 2011

      October 5 (Wednesday) 3:15-4:20pm, Olin 04

      All student workers in the Physics & Astronomy Department are required to attend this MANDATORY training meeting.  If for some reason you can not attend you must check out a video of the meeting from Mary in Olin 331.

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      Physics Table

      September 26, 2011

      October 6 (Thursday) noon-1pm, LDC Class of '51 Dining Room Plan to have lunch with physics students, faculty and staff at the LDC at noon.  We can meet on 3rd Olin or you can meet us there.

    • DCC Meeting

      September 26, 2011

      September 27 (Tuesday) noon-1:00pm, Olin 202

      There will be a meeting of the Physics & Astronomy Department Curriculum Committee discuss proposed changes to a few physics courses.  The committee will also be finishing up work on scenarios for discussion at the Student Worker Meeting.  Lunch will be provided.

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      Physics Table

      September 19, 2011

      September 29 (Thursday) noon-1pm, LDC Class of '51 Dining Room Plan to have lunch with physics students, faculty and staff at the LDC at noon.  We can meet on 3rd Olin or you can meet us there.

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      September 30 (Friday) 5:00-8:00pm, Hill of Oaks

      Join Physics & Astronomy students, faculty and staff at the Hill of Oaks for the annual picnic.  Please be sure to RSVP at https://apps.carleton.edu/curricular/physics/events/picnic_rsvp/ by Thursday Sept 22. 

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      Physics Table

      September 12, 2011

      September 22 (Thursday) noon-1pm, LDC Class of '51 Dining Room

      Plan to have lunch with physics students, faculty and staff at the LDC at noon.  We can meet on 3rd Olin or you can meet us there.

    • Physics Table

      September 12, 2011

      September 15 (Thursday) noon-1pm, LDC Class of '51 Dining Room

      Plan to have lunch with physics students, faculty and staff at the LDC at noon.  We can meet on 3rd Olin or you can meet us there.

    • September 16 (Friday) 7:00-9:00pm, Weitz Center for Creativity

      Seeing is Knowing: The Universe, an exhibition presenting contemporary art, historical books, and photographs, charts and scientific visualizations, considers the powerful role of vision and the visual in exploring celestial realms.  Artists and scientists (Joel, Cindy and John)  offer fresh perspectives on astronomy, and give new life to poetic celestial metaphors.  More information can be found here.

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      2011 Spring Picnic

      May 9, 2011

      May 13 (Friday) 4:30-8:00pm, Hill of Oaks

      The annual spring picnic will take place this Friday.  Thanks to Xinxin, Shao Min and Michael K for volunteering to help.

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    • Phys/Astro students from both St. Olaf and Carleton will present their summer research projects in a joint poster session at St. Olaf.  It will take place in the 4th floor atrium of Regents Hall.

    • Senior meeting

      September 15, 2014

      All senior physics majors, and any juniors who might be doing comps this year, need to attend a planning 
      meeting on Wednesday Sept 24, 3:10 pm, in Olin 02.  This is a very important meeting, so you need to put
      this on your calendar.  If you absolutely can't make it, email Joel (jweisber) to make alternate arrangements
      to get the info you will need.  Thanks!

    • Seniors: 

      The faculty and staff of the Physics and Astronomy Department would like to take you all to lunch to celebrate the completion of your studies here at Carleton.  We'll eat at The Ole Store across the river on Tuesday the 10th at noon.  The distance is walkable and definitely bikeable.  If you would like a ride, meet on 3rd Olin by 11:45 to hook up with someone who can transport you.  

      PLEASE RSVP to Trenne (tfields@carleton.edu) regarding both lunch and a ride, if needed.  

    • Senior Canoe Trip

      May 27, 2014

      LAST CALL!  If you haven't yet RSVPed, please contact Trenne!

                  Yes, it's almost time for the historic annual senior physics event: the Cannon River Canoe Trip!  You are hereby invited (at your own expense, unfortunately) to join friends and faculty in an exploration of the wilderness between Cannon Falls and Welch, on

      Thursday, June 12. (During Senior week)

      We'll leave from the road between Olin / Mudd and the LDC at 8:30 a.m., and drive to Welch, where we'll leave our cars. The canoe outfitter will then take  us back to Cannon Falls with our canoes.   From there it's an easy 3-hour paddle (longer if you turn over, or get lost in the shortcuts) on the scenic route to Welch.  We'll stop for lunch on the way. We'll arrive back at Carleton around 2:00..  Please join us!

      The cost?  A paltry $20 per person (or slightly more or less, depending on the number who go).  No canoeing experience is necessary (it's even more fun that way).  Bring the cash, sunscreen, clothes that won't mind water and mud, and a lunch.

      Have a special friend who'll be jealous if left out?  Bring her or him too!

      We do need to know in advance how many are coming, so reserve a place by Monday, June 8 at noon, with Trenne (voicemail at 4383 or email at tfields or a written note are all fine). 

      ·            Please give us a phone number in case we have to wake you up! 

      ·            If you have a car, please let Trenne know how many people it holds.

      Word on the street has it that  some old folks (aka staff) will be there.  You too be there , or be square!

      For more information, go to http://www.welchmill.com/canoeing-kayaking/

    • Senior Showcase

      March 31, 2014

      Senior Showcase 2014

      Carleton's annual Senior Showcase event will take place this year on Thursday, May 8 from 11:45 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Severance Great Hall. Senior Showcase is the only opportunity for seniors to be in direct contact with all campus offices who need to touch base with them prior to graduation. This is a "one-stop shop" required for members of the class of 2014. Please read further for more information.

    • Senior Showcase

      March 10, 2014

      Seniors!  Call for Reservations

      Carleton's annual Senior Showcase event will take place this year on Thursday, May 8 from 11:45 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Severance Great Hall. Senior Showcase is the only opportunity for seniors to be in direct contact with all campus offices who need to touch base with them prior to graduation. This is a "one-stop shop" required for members of the class of 2014. Please read further for more information.

    • Mid-Term Break Field Trip!

      January 31, 2014


      Carls in Business & Communications is a networking opportunity during mid-term break. You will load the bus at 10:45am and head up to Target Corporate Headquarters to have lunch with Brandon Moersch '00, Corporate Counsel. From there, you will either break off and participate in the business or communications sector.

      If you participate in the business sector, you will meet with Bonnie Melville '92, Director of Daily Operations at Redbrick Health. You will then meet with Nick Brokke '06, Portfolio Manager at Wells Fargo Bank.

      If you participate in the communications sector, you will meet with Christine Dennis '93, SVP, Director of Engagement for Martin|Williams. You will then meet with David Kennedy-Logan '94, Communications Officer with The McKnight Foundation.

      For the conclusion of the day, everyone will meet back up at Dorsey & Whitney, LLP for a "Student & Alumni Networking Reception". Return to campus will be 8:30pm.

      Space is limited to 15 students per sector. Register in the Career Center at your earliest convenience!

      Sponsored by the Carleton Career Center, the Carleton Twin Cities Business Network, Target Corporate Headquarters, Redbrick Health, Wells Fargo, Martin|Williams, McKnight Foundation and Dorsey & Whitney, LLP.

    • David Sterling '06, will be at Carleton on Thursday, January 30th, to participate in the Career Center's 30 Minutes Program. Students are encouraged to sign up for a half an hour one-on-one meeting with David if they are interested in learning more about his profession, life after Carleton, or one of the many career paths for physics majors. See his full bio below.

    • Dr. Eric Hazlett, faculty candidate, will be on campus next week.  He will give a teaching presentation Monday, January 20th, at 8:30 am (1a) in Olin 101.  His talk is called Optics: Nature always takes the shortest cut.  Please come join the discussion!   (What better way to start off your week?)

      Dr. Hazlett will also be presenting a research talk on Tuesday, January 21st during common time (12:00) in Olin 04, during which lunch will be provided.  His talk is titled: What’s Colder than Cold?  Not a Polar Vortex, but laser-cooled atoms of
      course! 
         After his presentation, coffee and cookies will be served in the 2nd Olin lounge so that students can meet Eric, discuss the presentation, or ask any questions about his research or candidacy. 

      The Physics Department strongly encourages all faculty, staff, and students to attend these talks.  We'll ultimately choose one of these candidates to become a tenure-track faculty member, who will then help shape the department and curriculum for years to come. 

    • Student Research Celebration

      September 23, 2013

      A note from Beverly Nagel, Dean of the College:

      Planning for this year’s Student Research Celebration is underway. The Celebration will be held on October 23rd, 3:30 to 5:30, in Weitz Commons.  If you worked on research projects over the summer, please apply to show your work at the Student Research Celebration. This is a poster session, and we hope to fill Weitz Commons and hallways with examples of student work from this past summer. The deadline for students to apply is coming up soon- September 30th. Students apply by going to the following link: https://apps.carleton.edu/campus/ltc/Student_research/.

    • Nobel Conference 2013

      September 16, 2013

      This year the Nobel Conference at Gustavus Adolphus is on “The Universe at its Limits”.  Talks will range from new discoveries in particle physics and the accelerating universe to the cosmic background radiation and the future fate of the universe.  Check out the schedule of speakers and presentations at the Nobel Conference website http://gustavus.edu/events/nobelconference/2013/.

      The conference will be on Tuesday, October 1 and Wednesday, October 2.  We have reserved a limited number of tickets and transportation to and from Gustavus.  Vans will leave at 7:45am and return about 5:30pm.  If you are interested in attending please contact Cindy Blaha (cblaha@carleton.edu) as soon as possible.

    • Commencement!

      June 3, 2013
      • Plans are in place for the 139th Commencement in the proud history of Carleton College. Commencement festivities will begin on Friday, June 14, with a variety of receptions and celebratory events. Details about the weekend can be found online.

        The Commencement ceremony will take place Saturday morning, June 15, at 9:30 a.m. on the lawn west of Hulings Hall with seating to accommodate all guests. The academic procession will assemble on the sidewalk alongside of Laird Hall at 9 a.m. and will begin marching in pairs toward Music Hall at 9:20 a.m. Diagrams for processional and recessional routes for faculty can be found here. Complimentary box lunches will be provided following the ceremony.

        In case of bad weather, the ceremony will be held in the Recreation Center.

        Kerry Raadt, College Relations

    • All Physics and Astronomy majors are invited to this reception to celebrate the completion of your Carleton studies. It will be held on Friday, June 14th from 2:30-3:30pm on the patio between Boliou and the CMC.  Parents and other family members are also invited to attend.  We will serve a variety of small desserts along with water, lemonade, and iced tea.  Come join us for this social hour, relax, and enjoy the company of your classmates, families, faculty, and staff.

    • Ice Cream!

      May 7, 2012

      May 15 (Tuesday) 5pm, Olin Patio

      Come celebrate spring with your fellow physicists on Tuesday, May 15 (8th week) at 5pm. We will have ice cream and toppings for anyone interested in physics (bring your friends!) at the Olin patio. Contact eberlel with questions.

    • Physics Table

      February 6, 2012

      February 14 (Tuesday) noon-1pm, LDC Shearer Dining Room Plan to have lunch with physics students, faculty and staff at the LDC at noon.  We can meet on 3rd Olin or you can meet us there.

    • Lunch with Danny Wells

      September 12, 2011

      September 19 (Monday) noon-1pm, LDC Shearer Dining Room

      Danny Wells '10, graduate student at Northwestern University, will be talking informally with interested students about pursuing applied math (specifically theoretical research in fluids, optics, numerical analysis, perturbation theory, and nonlinear dynamics), mathematical biology, as well as applying for NSF funding.  Any interested students are invited to have lunch with Danny.

    • watermelon

      May 22 (Friday) 4-8pm, Hill of Oaks

      All Physics & Astronomy students, faculty, and staff are invited to the annual spring picnic. Please RSVP no later than May 12 by clicking on this link and filling out the form

      https://apps.carleton.edu/curricular/physics/events/picnic_rsvp/.

    View all items in Future Events.
    • From the dean's office: 

       
      "Here are the latest details about the student event that is scheduled with
      the architects from EYP on Wednesday, Oct. 22.  The time has been changed to
      6:30 - 8 p.m. and the location will be Olin 141.  We will have pizza and pop
      available for dinner.  If each department could recruit 5-10 students to
      attend this meeting that would be very helpful.  Please let us know
      approximately how many you expect from your department so that we have an
      idea how much food to order.  Please let me know if you have any questions
      about this."

       

      Email Trenne if you are interested in participating!  

    • Engineering Technician – temp 3-6 months

      This position will support engineers in the design development, testing, documenting, verification, validation, and commercializing of new products.

       

      Duties:

      Assist Engineers in the Design and Development of new Products and Processes and under their direction:

      ·       Prepare and test samples of development materials
      ·       Document product testing results, including visual observation
      ·       Organize, catalog, analyze and present results
      ·       Seek clarification and additional training as needed in order to complete assigned tasks
      ·       Organize work in a way that allows for efficient teamwork.
      ·       Perform other duties as assigned

      Previous Experience

      Good computer skills Word, Excel

      Required Qualifications

      ·       High school Diploma
      ·       Good personal Organizational skills
      ·       Good Communication skills
      ·       Ability to handle multiple projects
      ·       Reliable

      Preferred Qualifications

      ·       Proficiency with general lab procedures
              Knowledge of IPC test methods

      Hours are 12pm -8pm
      Pay is 16-18

      To learn more about our company please go to:

       www.sheldahl.com  or www.multek.com

      Interested applicants can submit their resume to tammy.krienke@multek.com

    • Hello! My name is Rachael Merritt and I am the President of Wayne State's Society of Physics Students.  Every November we host a regional Undergraduate Research conference.  Our conference this year will be held on Friday, November 7th from 2:30pm - 7pm.  Students, if you have participated in undergraduate research and would be interested in presenting a poster at our conference, please follow the registration link for the conference below:

      If you have any questions, please let me know. 

      Rachael Merritt, President
      Society of Physics Students
      Department of Physics & Astronomy
      Wayne State University
      Detroit, Michigan

      http://waynestatesps.wordpress.com/

    • Distinguished Women Visitors

      September 29, 2014

      Distinguished Women Visitors Fund Seeks Proposals

      The Elizabeth Nason Distinguished Women Visitors (DWV) Fund is seeking proposals from students, faculty, and staff for 2014-2015. Potential visitors are prominent women who would bring to campus a perspective on what it is like to be a woman in her field. Applications are due by November 1. Later applications will be considered on a case-by-case basis if there are funds remaining. To submit a proposal, please complete this form.

    • Scienct Network article

      September 22, 2014
      UCS Science Network

      Are you a postdoctoral fellow looking for a job in science policy? Or maybe an engineer who is thinking about a career change? A student who wants to know what your options are outside of academia? Join us for our upcoming discussion for advice.

      So You Want to Work in Science Policy: What the experts wish they knew when they were students
      Date: Thursday, September 25
      Time: 3:00 p.m. EDT

      Register Today

      This interactive Google+ Hangout will feature scientists who have experience at the intersection of science and policy. They'll take your questions and offer advice about resources to take advantage of and opportunities to seek out for those who are interested in science policy careers.

      I hope you can join us.

      Sincerely,
      Melissa Varga
      Melissa Varga
      Outreach Associate and Community Manager
      Science Network
      Union of Concerned Scientists

      P.S. On the Google+ Hangout we'll also be revealing our new slate of resources for early career scientists. You don't want to miss it!

       

    • Welcome Back

      September 15, 2014

      To:                All Physics Majors and Students Interested in Physics
      From:            Melissa Eblen-Zayas, Chair, Department of Physics and Astronomy
      Date:             14 September 2014

      Welcome back everyone! It's wonderful to have you back on campus, and we hope you've enjoyed your summer.  Here’s a quick orientation for the coming year.

      Who’s who?

      Marty Baylor and Arjendu Pattanayak are both back from sabbatical, and Eric Hazlett has joined our department as the newest experimental physicist. Eric earned his PhD from Penn State University, and he has most recently been a post-doctoral researcher at the University of Chicago. His research focuses on trapping atoms to explore quantum interactions. Please stop by and introduce yourself to Eric. His office is Olin 335, and his lab is Olin 306.

      In addition, the Student Departmental Advisors for this year are Shail Mehta and Carolyn Raithel. They are excellent resources if you have questions about the department.

      How to get involved in the department?

      Physics and astronomy faculty are always excited to work with students on a variety of research projects. During the year, you can earn credit for this research by registering for Special Projects, which are worth 2 or 3 credits. The list of available projects for this fall is posted on the web: https://apps.carleton.edu/curricular/physics/ResearchatCarleton/projects/

      I’d encourage you to talk with faculty about projects that look interesting to you.

      The department is looking for Department Curriculum Committee (DCC) members from each of the sophomore, junior, and senior classes.  The DCC usually meets about once per term, and they discuss issues related to the departmental curriculum and maintaining an engaging physics community here at Carleton. This year the department will be undergoing an external review, which involves bringing physicists from other schools to visit Carleton and help us evaluate our program. The DCC will play an important role in this process. Please send me an e-mail (meblenza@carleton.edu) if you are interested in being involved.

      What’s coming up in the department?

      Radiations, which appears weekly on-line and in your in-box, is the best way to find out what is going on in the department. We use Radiations to advertise department activities,  internship opportunities, and curricular updates, so please try to glance at it each week. If you are not on the Radiations e-mail list, please send Trenne Fields, our departmental administrative assistant, a quick e-mail (tfields@carleton.edu) so that she can add you to the list. 

      Physics Table, a chance for students, faculty, and staff to get together for lunch, will be during Common Time on Tuesdays this term. Most Tuesdays we will eat in the LDC Shearer Dining Room, but the first week of classes we will have a pizza lunch on 2nd floor Olin on Tuesday, September 16.

      There are several get-togethers and meetings that we are planning for early in fall term:

      Senior physics majors meeting       Wed Sept 24, 3:10 pm                      Olin 02

      Fall picnic (all physics students)     Fri Sept 26, 5-7 pm                           Hill of Oaks

      Making Olin your “home away from home” 

      As you know, physics majors tend to spend quite a bit of time in Olin. This year, the department has requested keys to Olin 204/210 and Olin 301/302 for all declared physics majors. These keys can be picked up at Facilities. If you are doing research with a faculty member, fill out a key request form with your research advisor. Then pick up a key from Trenne.  Because all majors will have keys, there should be no need for propping open doors. Please make sure that when you leave a lab for the evening that you close and lock the door after you.

      Juniors and seniors, in addition to the mailboxes outside Trenne's office on third Olin, there are cubbies with your names on them in Olin 210 on the northeast wall. This space will give you some place to store books, papers, etc. that often proliferate as the term progresses. Cubby space will be available by the end of the first week of classes.

      You are invited to help us make our Olin “home away from home” a place filled with good humor and hard work and a space with a strong sense of community. Please let me know if you have ideas for strengthening the physics community, and best wishes for a wonderful fun-and-physics-filled year ahead!

    • Hello!

      I am part of the recruitment department for EnSoft Corp., a software development company in Ames, Iowa, affiliated with the Iowa State University Research Park. We have posted a software engineering position for physics majors that may be of interested to graduating seniors or young alumni. The position can be viewed here directly: http://ensoft.theresumator.com/apply/35ClxF/Software-Engineer-Entry-Level-for-Physics-Major.html If you would like more information about Ames, our company, or our career opportunities, please visit: http://www.ensoftcorp.com/careers

      Jacob Van Patten
      EnSoft Corp.
      Industry and Academic Coordinator
      JacobVanPatten@ensoftcorp.com

    • Work to protect the Boundary Waters with Environment Minnesota this summer! 

      To learn more and apply, visit www.JobsThatMatter.org or call our Minneapolis office at 612-331-8400.

      The Fund for the Public Interest is a national non-profit organization that works to build support for progressive organizations across the country. We run campaigns for the Human Rights Campaign, USPIRG, and Environment America. This summer we will be in over 50 cities, working and lobbying to help win environmental and social justice campaigns. In Minnesota, we’ll be working with Environment Minnesota to protect the Boundary Waters from toxic sulfide mining.

      Last summer our staff worked to stop toxic gas drilling, end subsidies for junk food, and build support for equal rights for all Americans. Throughout the summer, our staff will build valuable leadership skills. Currently, we have paid positions open on our campaign staff in each of our locations across the country. We require that interested candidates are hard workers and have excellent communication skills. 

      As a member of our staff, you will fund-raise, build the membership of our partner groups, and educate and activate citizens on critical issues. You will also have the opportunity to organize press conferences and build coalitions with other non-profit organizations. While on staff, you will gain knowledge of pressing issues, learn how to effectively generate public support, and obtain a firm understanding of the political process. 

      To apply, please visit www.JobsThatMatter.org or call our Minneapolis office at 612-331-8400.

    • A 10 week position is available for a student to work on a major upgrade to Carleton's weather site.  The project involves some electronics and a lot of computer programming on Mac and Linux systems.  The successful candidate will be writing Python, PHP, MySQL and other code.  You need not know all these languages, but must be able and interested to learn them.    This summer's goal is to develop and implement a single-board computer system which can communicate with weather sensors, gather and store data from those sensors and then pass those data to another computer which runs a database and web server.

      Carleton has been gathering and sharing weather data since 1881, and these data are the oldest official weather records in the state.  Our weather site pioneered some now-common methods of presenting weather data graphics on the web.    Most of the work on the site has been accomplished by students, and we look forward to continuing that tradition.  We're looking for someone with a friendly attitude, attention to detail, and an interest in weather, scientific instrumentation, and of course computing.  


      If interested please contact Tom Baraniak or Doug Foxgrover.


      Tom Baraniak
      Olin 208
      x4033
      Tbarania@carleton.edu

      Doug Foxgrover
      CMC 133
      x5508
      dfoxgrov@carleton.edu

    • Are you interested in sustainable agriculture?

      Whitewater Gardens Farm is currently looking for motivated, energetic field assistants for the 2014 season. Seasonal full-time and possible part-time positions are available running from May through mid to late October. There is a possibility of a part-time position throughout the winter months, as well.  Greenhouse duties would include planting and transplanting potted plants, planting, maintenance, and harvesting crops grown in the full-season greenhouse and hoop houses.  Field work would include planting, weeding, hoeing, and harvesting.  Washing, post harvest prep, packaging and boxing would be included also.

      Special responsibilities may include food safety monitoring and recordkeeping, pack facility assistant, primary greenhouse assistant, plus more.  Must be able to lift up to 40 lbs. and work in sometimes uncomfortable weather conditions.  Passion for local sustainable food a must!

      Whitewater Gardens Farm raises a large variety of vegetables for farmers markets, CSA, and wholesale. We use organic (not certified), biological methods.  We strive to help create a healthy future for both our community and the planet.  Join us in our journey!

      Contact:

      Lonny and Sandy Dietz
      Whitewater Gardens Farm
      17485 Calico Hill Rd
      Altura, MN 55910
      507-932-5225

    • Are you interested in sustainability or energy issues? Do you want to learn more about local efforts in this arena? The city of Northfield is looking for two student interns this summer to help the city with its implementation of the GreenStep Cities initiative (http://greenstep.pca.state.mn.us/index.cfm).  You would be working under the supervision of Jasper Kruggel, city engineering/GIS technician. Contact Melissa Eblen-Zayas for more information. 

    • 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.  

      https://apps.carleton.edu/curricular/physics/for_students/forms/workpreference/

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

       

      Trenne

    • Summer 2014 jobs

      April 7, 2014

      Environment Minnesota will be working this summer with with the Fund for the Public Interest, a national non-profit that runs campaigns on environmental and social justice issues for groups like Environment America, U.S. PIRG and the Human Rights Campaign. We’re gearing up for our summer campaign and hiring students for jobs on our campaign to protect the Boundary Waters from toxic sulfide mining.  Follow the link below for more information!

    • 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.

    • SISE

      March 31, 2014

      ANNOUNCING THE 4TH ANNUAL
      SUMMER INSTITUTE ON SUSTAINABILITY & ENERGY

      2014 Program: UrbanENERGY
      Hosted by the Energy Initiative (University of Illinois at Chicago)
      In partnership with Argonne National Laboratory; Clean Energy Trust; Energy Policy Institute at Chicago (University of Chicago); Energy and Sustainability Engineering (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign); Institute for Sustainability & Energy at Northwestern (Northwestern University); Wanger Institute for Sustainable Energy Research (Illinois Institute of Technology)

    • It's a Boy!

      March 10, 2014

      Carleton Physics Department:

      Natalie and I decided to have a baby on Tuesday, and we came home from the hospital yesterday. Everyone is doing well!

      Walter Michael Wiebold was born at 12:27pm Tuesday, and was 7 lbs 4 oz, 19.5 inches long (3.28 kg, 49.5 cm for those of you into that sort of thing). His big brother was very excited to meet him and loves to hold him!

      I look forward to working if nothing else geographically close to the department next year.
      Thanks,

      Matt Wiebold
      Assistant Professor
      Department of Physics
      College of St. Benedict / St. John's University
      mwiebold@csbsju.edu

      Walter Michael Wiebold 

    • Study Abroad Info

      February 24, 2014

      Calling all Physics & Astronomy students! 

      Are you considering a study abroad or off-campus program before you graduate from Carleton?  There are lots of great options available through the Associated Colleges of the Midwest (ACM).  Most ACM programs feature independent study, research, or internship opportunities.  And all ACM programs are designed for students at liberal arts colleges, making them perfect for Carleton students.

      If you’re interested in Physics & Astronomy, here is an ACM program you should check out:

      While Carleton’s application deadline for programs in Summer and Fall 2014 is Thursday, 17 April, if you want to go on an ACM program the deadline is Saturday, 15 March.  Make sure you speak with someone in the Off-Campus Studies department ASAP to complete the Carleton application and approval process! 

      For more info on ACM programs, go to www.acm.edu/programs

      Hannah
      Hannah Whitehead
      Recruiting Associate | Associated Colleges of the Midwest (ACM)
      11 E. Adams St. Suite 800 | Chicago, IL 60603 USA | +1 312.263.5000 | Fax +1 312.263.5879
      E-Mail: hwhitehead@acm.edu | Website: www.acm.edu

      ACM… Expand Your World.

    • Environmental Physics Course Second Five Weeks of Spring Term

      To majors interested in environmental issues, consider Environmental Physics (Phys 152). In this class, your will get to look at environmental issues through the lens of physics, mainly those related to energy (especially thermodynamics) and the environment. It is a second-five-week spring course which has a prerequisite of an introductory physics five-week course.  Mostly it is taken by majors from other sciences, and only rarely by physicists.  Recently we realized that it can provide useful insights even to majors, with its emphasis on practical applications (including labs and a tour of Carleton's energy infrastructure).  It might make an especially attractive spring term package when combined with "What Physicists Do," the 1-credit, first five week lecture series. Yes, some of it will repeat material you have seen elsewhere, but much will be new. Contact Joel for more details.


    • Minnesota Technical Assistance Program (MnTAP) Internships

      MnTAP is seeking junior or senior college students to work on waste reduction and energy efficiency projects at companies in Minnesota for the summer of 2014. MnTAP anticipates funding up to nine projects for the summer of 2014 in locations around the state. The projects are at different companies and in a variety of industries.

      To apply for an internship, complete the online application form. Priority will be given to students who apply before March 1, however applications will be considered until all positions are filled. Students do not need to be enrolled at the University of Minnesota to apply.

      http://www.mntap.umn.edu/intern/student_overview.htm

    • Environmental Physics Course Second Five Weeks of Spring Term


      To majors interested in environmental issues, consider Environmental Physics (Phys 152). In this class, your will get to look at environmental issues through the lens of physics, mainly those related to energy (especially thermodynamics) and the environment. It is a second-five-week spring course which has a prerequisite of an introductory physics five-week course.  Mostly it is taken by majors from other sciences, and only rarely by physicists. Recently we realized that it can provide useful insights even to majors, with its emphasis on practical applications (including labs and a tour of Carleton's energy infrastructure).  It might make an especially attractive spring term package when combined with "What Physicists Do," the 1-credit, first five week lecture series. Yes, some of it will repeat material you have seen elsewhere, but much will be new. Contact Joel (jweisber) for more details.

    • Physics Phacebook

      February 14, 2014

      Did you know that the Physics and Astronomy department is on Facebook and Twitter?  

      We use them to make announcements, post upcoming events, show what's going on in
      various courses, and even to have a little fun.  Check us out at "Carleton College Physics and
      Astronomy" on Facebook, (https://www.facebook.com/CarletonPhysicsAndAstronomy) or @CarletonPhysAst (https://twitter.com/CarletonPhysAst) on Twitter. 

    • Mellon Mays Fellowship

      February 10, 2014

      Calling all sophomore and junior Physics majors with a commitment to diversity: consider applying for the Mellon Mays Fellowship.  The Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship (MMUF) is one of the Foundation’s premier programs and the centerpiece of the Foundation’s long-term effort to help remedy the serious shortage of faculty of color in higher education.  MMUF aims to create a legacy of qualified and gifted scholars who will provide opportunities for all students to experience and learn from the perspectives of diverse faculty members.

      https://apps.carleton.edu/campus/intercultural/mellonmays/

      Contact Melissa Eblen-Zayas or Bill North if you have questions.

    • Grader needed!

      February 3, 2014

      Work study students:

      We've lost one grader for PHYS 151 during the 2nd five weeks of winter term.  Please send a quick email to tfields@carleton.edu if you are interested in picking up a few extra hours.  Thanks! 

    • Become an Environment America Fellow: Fight for a green future. Learn what it takes to win.

      My name is Michelle Hesterberg.  I graduated from Carleton in 2011, and now I’m the Plains Federal Field Organizer at Environment America.  We’re a statewide citizen-based environmental advocacy group.  We’re about clean energy, clean air, clean water, and protecting open spaces – right now our top priority is doing our part to stop global warming. And, we’re hiring!

      Environment America is a federation of 29 state-based groups with nearly 100 professional staff and more than 1 million members, activists and allies across the country.  Each year, we hire graduating seniors with the passion, the commitment and the talent it takes to stand up to polluting industries, fight for a green future and do what it takes to win.  Our Fellowship Program is a two-year crash course in the nuts and bolts of environmental activism, organizing, advocacy and the type of institution-building that can sustain long-term battles.

      As a fellow, you’re not just learning how to make an impact; you’re making one. If you want to hear more straight from our current fellows, we put together a short video for you. You’ll find it on our website here After two years as a fellow, you’ll have learned the ropes, gained invaluable hands-on experience and you’ll have made a real difference for the environment.  Hear from two former fellows about the work they're doing now to fight fracking here.

      To learn more and apply, visit jobs.environmentamerica.org. Our early application deadline is Sunday, February 16th.

      And if you’re not graduating this year, you should apply to be an Environment Minnesota intern – you’ll learn how to make an impact on critical environmental issues, and there’s no better way to get the experience to launch your career with us.

      I look forward to hearing from you!

      Michelle Hesterberg '11
      Environment America Plains Federal Field Organizer
      mhesterberg@environmentamerica.org
      o: (612) 331-3315
      c: (651) 206-9685

    • The Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences at the Medical College of Wisconsin sponsors a 10-week paid internship program. 
      The Summer Program for Undergraduate Research (SPUR) www.mcw.edu/spur is accepting applications for SPUR 2014.  This
      program provides students with a hands-on intensive research experience.  If you are currently a sophomore or junior with an
      interest in a summer internship, you are encouraged to apply to:  http://www.mcw.edu/graduateschool/programsSPUR/SPUR-Application.htm

    • Interested in Teaching?

      January 24, 2014

      Grade 6-12 Science Teaching Opportunities & Virtual Job Fairs

      Each year, Southern Teachers Agency helps hundreds of candidates find jobs at outstanding private & independent schools throughout the mid-Atlantic and South – nearly 600 schools in 16 States from Pennsylvania to Florida to Texas. Private schools value candidates who have participated in a teacher certification program, but have the flexibility to hire teachers with a strong academic background in physics who have not taken courses in education.

      The hiring season for the 2014-15 academic year will begin very soon and we encourage interested students to apply to STA as soon as possible.  Schools have already begun to list vacancies for the next school year! The STA online application can be found on our website: www.SouthernTeachers.com.

      We are excited to share our news about STA’s recruitment fairs in 2014! Beginning February 6th, STA will host 12 virtual recruitment fairs throughout the hiring season: Thursdays @ STA!  Registered STA candidates may participate in these fairs and will have the opportunity to meet school administrators through prescheduled, real-time digital interviews for vacancies, with zero travel and zero registration costs.  In order to participate in the first virtual fair of 2014 on February 6th, interested students should apply to STA for candidacy as soon as possible. For more information about Thursdays @ STA, click here.

      Shannon Johnston
      Coordinator of College Recruitment
      (434) 295-9122
      STA . . . because your students deserve the best

      SouthernTeachers.com

    • Teach for LearningWorks!

      January 20, 2014

      Breakthrough is a national organization that provides six weeks of free academic programming for middle schoolers. Another key feature of the program is that all Breakthrough teachers are high schoolers and college students. (High school juniors & seniors are eligible to apply, as well as current college seniors.) There are more than 30 Breakthrough sites across the country, and each site's structure and culture is different. I'm writing on behalf of the Minneapolis site, LearningWorks, where I've spent my last two summers teaching. LW teachers choose their topic, create their own curriculum, assignments, and activities. LW is an incredible program, and I encourage anyone even remotely interested in education to apply. 

      The application deadline is Feb. 25, 2014, and the application is a bit of work, so it's a good idea to start now. 

      Noam Wiggs, a director of LW, will be tabling with me in Sayles on Wednesday morning from 11AM-1PM, so stop by if you have any questions or curious about the program. 

      Who: High school & college students interested in teaching/education
      What: a summer internship teaching middle schoolers + incredible opportunity. Application deadline is Feb. 25, 2014
      When: LearningWorks 11:00am-1:00pm
      Where: Sayles tables

      Feel free to email me at judillam for any questions or concerns you have about Breakthrough, LW, the application, what it's like to write lesson plans, etc.

    • NASA program

      January 17, 2014

      STUDENT SUMMER INTERNSHIPS AT JOHNS HOPKINS UNIVERSITY APPLIED PHYSICS LABORATORY

      The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) is offering summer projects for students interested in working on NASA missions or space-related research opportunities at APL. Students will receive a stipend for the 10-week program, and housing will be provided. Visit the website for more information and to apply:

      Applications are due January 27, 2014.

    • Majors Fair

      January 6, 2014

      This year's Majors and Concentrators Fair will be held on Tuesday, January 14, from 6:30 - 8:00 p.m. in Great Hall.  This is an opportunity for first-years and sophomores to learn about many different sorts of academic options available to them--majors, concentrations, pre-professional programs, and more. Refreshments will be served. 


      If you have any questions, contact Becky Krogh (x4311). 

    • NASA internship

      January 6, 2014

      NASA (summer 2014) internships!

      Interested?  Check out https://intern.nasa.gov/ossi/web/public/main/index.cfm?solarAction=view&subAction=content&contentCode=HOME_PAGE_INTERNSHIPS#internProg

      to submit an application.   Students can specify areas that interest them but do not have to select specific internship programs.  Most NASA internships are limited to U.S. citizens.   Most NASA internships are limited to U.S. citizens.  Most programs require a GPA of at least 3.0 (out of 4.0).  Students receive a stipend to participate in NASA internships, much of which will be spent on expenses like food and housing, though the experience they receive is "priceless!"
       Offers usually start going out about the end of January so it is best for students to apply by then even though the website says that applications are accepted until March 1, 2014, for summer 2014 placements.  We hope to be able to fund 5-6 students for summer 2014 NASA internships.

    • Schuler Scholar Program

      January 6, 2014

      AmeriCorps Math Scholar Coaches needed! 

      The Schuler Scholar Program is a non-profit organization based in nine partnership high schools in the northern suburbs and the city of Chicago. The SSP prepares students who are bright and motivated, but underserved, to succeed at the most competitive colleges and universities. Schuler Scholars are typically first-generation college-bound, come from under-resourced families and communities, and will need financial assistance in order to attend college. Many Scholars are from a population that is under-represented on college campuses.

      We believe that high-achieving but vulnerable students will be successful in obtaining a college degree if they are motivated, have access to academic and enrichment programs while in high school, are well informed of college options, receive support from a wide network, and secure financial assistance.

      Here is a link to our website: www.schulerprogram.org

      We are in search of high achieving recent college graduates to serve as AmeriCorps Math Scholar Coaches.  Specific responsibilities include, but are not limited to: monitor Scholar progress in math and science, provide assistance to Scholars in math and sciences, manage math online enrichment programs, facilitate math and science after school programs,  chaperone college visits, and plan Scholar outings.   Overall, our Scholar Coaches are invaluable members of our team and act as mentors to our Scholars.

      Kerry Pearson
      Educational Counselor
      Schuler Scholar Program
      Highland Park High School
      433 Vine Ave.
      Highland Park, IL 60035
      Website |  Facebook |Blog

    • Summer Science Fellowship

      January 6, 2014

      Carleton Summer Science Fellows -- Application deadline Jan 13

      The goal of the Summer Science Fellowship is to broaden participation of historically underrepresented groups (including gender, ethnicity, socioeconomic background, and disabilities) in the sciences/math. Carleton Summer Science Fellows will have the opportunity to work in a research lab either at Carleton or at another institution for two summers with a summer stipend of $4200. Summer Science Fellows will be expected to enroll in the 1 credit Science Fellows Research Colloquium in the spring before and the fall following their research experience.

      Eligibility:
      - First or second year student
      - Must have completed at least one introductory science course with lab by the end of the first year. Students interested in CS/math/stats must have completed at least one course in those fields
      - Interest in obtaining a PhD in a science/math field or exploring science/math as a potential career.

      The application is available on-line at https://apps.carleton.edu/mathscience/students/summer_fellows/

      Questions? Contact Melissa Eblen-Zayas, meblenza@carleton.edu

    • Interested in a PhD in either Geochemistry or Cosmochemistry?  Check out the University of Chicago!  

    • Attention physics majors, particularly juniors:

       
      If you are thinking about the possibility of pursuing a career in teaching physical science at the pre-college level, then you may be interested in the six-week summer program "TOPS" sponsored by the MIT-Harvard Center for Ultracold Atoms. Information is at http://cuaweb.mit.edu/Pages/TOPS.aspx
       
      The program is sponsored by the MIT-Harvard Center for Ultracold Atoms. Questions?  Contact:

      Daniel  Kleppner

      Lester Wolfe Professor of Physics, Emeritus
      Co Director, Center for Ultracold Atoms
      MIT room 26-237, Cambridge, MA 02139

    • Physics REU at Rutgers

      November 4, 2013

      Thanks to funding from the National Science Foundation, the Department of Physics and Astronomy at Rutgers University will host an on-campus Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program in the summer of 2014. This page answers basic questions about the program, but we also invite you to visit the links above to learn more about about which projects may be available this summer, what Rutgers and central New Jersey have to offer, how to contact us if you have questions, and how you can apply to the program. We thank you for your interest and hope to see your application soon! 

       

      http://reu.physics.rutgers.edu/

    • Summer Research Opportunity

      October 28, 2013

         

           NU-MRSEC

      Summer research experience for undergrads at the Materials Research Science & Engineering Center (MRSEC) @ Northwestern University.

    • Research Seminar 2014

      October 28, 2013

      Research Your Future in Science

      Summer 2014 seminar for undergrad students

    • For any science & engineering students looking to get into careers in national security, economic development, international relief, or foreign policy: 

      Georgia Tech is looking for you! We offer a Master’s of Science in International Affairs (MSIA) that specializes in Science, Technology, and International Affairs. Any science/engineering majors (especially those pursuing a political science, policy, or economics minor) would be a good fit for this program. Our program is also great for graduating seniors who want to add an extra edge to their resume; or who want to broaden their job horizons. Our department’s faculty includes political scientists, economists, physicists, chemists, computer scientists, and policy experts from across a wide spectrum of issue areas and regional specialties. 

    • Follow the link for an interesting article published last week in the New York Times about research into why fewer women than men enter and stay in scientific fields.

       

      http://nyti.ms/171ODYr 

    • Click the link below to find information about workshops, job fairs, internships, etc., courtesy of the Career Center!

    • Hello!

      I am a ’97 Physics alum working in the Twin Cities for Tokyo Electron (TEL).  We just opened several internship positions for the summer of 2014:

      -          Software Engineering

      -          Electrical Engineering

      -          Process Engineering

      -          Mechanical Engineering

      -          Quality Engineering

      Tokyo Electron is an international capital equipment manufacturer for the semiconductor industry.  The Chaska, MN location was originally FSI International and was acquired by TEL last year.  TEL FSI supports Tier 1 semiconductor device manufacturers and foundries worldwide including Intel, Global Foundries, Samsung, TSMC, and UMC.

      I started at FSI International in 1995 as a summer intern working in the process engineering group.  Seventeen years later I am the Product Engineering Manager for one of our three product lines and a dangerous example of what can happen as the result of a summer internship – that being long term employment.

      TEL is part of a dynamic and highly technical industry.  Summer interns have the opportunity to work directly with engineers within cross-functional teams on real projects that are being released to our customers.  This is hands-on work that includes time spent doing background research, lab work, prototyping, coding, test set-up and data collection, data analysis, and group presentations.

      We are looking for motivated students with a technical background that can learn quickly, communicate effectively, and bring creativity to their work.

      The start/ end dates are flexible to the individual’s schedule, but we need people available for the full summer.

      I have attached a word document summarizing each position.  Interested students are encouraged to visit our website at www.tel.com and post a resume there, and/or resumes can be forwarded to me at this email address.  I am also available to answer questions regarding TEL and our internships or review resumes before submission. 

      Best regards,

      Christina Rathman        
      ANTARES Engineering Manager
      ANTARES/ ZETA Process Engineering
      TEL FSI, Inc

      Christina.Rathman@us.tel.com

      Phone

      952-258-9649

    • EPIC job opportunity

      September 16, 2013

      EPIC is currently looking for talented individuals for our Technical Services/Problem Solver positions!

      Problem Solver/Technical Services

      If you’d like a career that is both challenging and meaningful, consider Epic. We’re a worldwide leader in healthcare software, caring for 49% of Americans.  Chances are we are affecting the life of someone close to you.

      As a Problem Solver (Technical Services) at Epic, you will build strong and lasting relationships with your customers and deliver top-notch technical guidance, ensuring they realize their full potential using our software. You'll apply your creativity and problem-solving skills to design unique solutions, from improving efficiency and patient safety to optimizations and software upgrades.

      We’re currently hiring engineers, math, physics and MIS or related majors for both 2013 and 2014 start dates. If you think you might be a good fit for Epic, apply at http://careers.epic.com/position-197 or send your resume to Gillian@epic.com

      .

    • Princeton - UChicago Fall 2013 Quantitative Trading Conference

       

      http://quanttradingprinceton.wordpress.com/

    • KSTF Teaching Fellowships

      September 16, 2013

      2014 KSTF (Knowles Science Teaching Foundation) teaching fellowship application deadline is coming up! 

       Check the link below for more information:

       

      http://campaign.r20.constantcontact.com/render?llr=sujl4kkab&v=001MtYzh8Ksh1AF9TNmeEDcyijOVMNI9YiQf44C-8fOcHP-BBXdXnWRtOCJjAArKs894QcClA4q1xbiSIzWYFxegbr1FdmGHSV5lrtMVDgmEzpsNAeC0MYvuChhH_dsYIVe

    • Check out Astro 113!

      May 17, 2013

      Joel says: Consider registering for Astro Lab (113) Fall Term 2013, under the stars  every clear Wednesday night.  Learn the sky and how to use telescopes and imagers.  Everyone who receives this has adequate background. If you need a permission form because you do not have official prereqs or have questions, contact Joel.  You will need to be free every single Wednesday evening for the first half-term, and can miss one  time thereafter.

    • Did you possibly forget to turn in a work request for next year?  It just so happens that there are still a couple of spots available to work in the Physics Department during fall term.  You should have taken at least P151, and some background in electronics is a plus.  You could find yourself helping with the electronics class, OR having fun as the electronic assistant.  If Astronomy is your passion, we've got a spot for you there as well.  Email tfields@carleton.edu to let Trenne know you are interested. 

    • 1964 classmate  and Physics alum Paul Zitzewitz has passed away.  His wife, Barb, asks that we let the college know.

    • Work Requests Due

      April 29, 2013

      Students:

      Interested in working in the Physics and Astronomy Department next year?  All students who have completed PHYS 151 are eligible to apply.  You should have received an email with instructions, but here's your reminder. 


      The online application form can be found here: https://apps.carleton.edu/curricular/physics/for_students/forms/workpreference/.

      The application deadline is April 30, 2013 !

    • Are you interested in education reform?  Consider joining Match Corps:  Chicago, a full-time, in-school professional tutoring fellowship overseen by Match Education.  We are seeking smart, idealistic, relentless people for the 2013-2014 school year.  Each Fellow works with two students at a time for each period of the school day, and will have  a personal caseload of 12 students for the entire school year.  Fellows drive student achievement by providing individualized instruction, and by building personal and meaningful relationships with students and their families.   Click here: http://hrservices.uchicago.edu/benefits/index.shtml  for more information and an application.      

              

    • The Carleton Physics and Astronomy Department now has it's very own Twitter feed and Facebook page!  We'd like to be able to stay in touch with you, and to better help you remember those one-time events such as special lectures, lunches, evening get-togethers, and other things you might not remember to put on your calendar or in your phone.  You may also be captivated by fun tweets or fascinating science facts posted on the Facebook page.  Simply like our Facebook page, "Carleton Physics and Astronomy", and/or follow us on Twitter via @CarletonPhysAst. 

    • Summer Job Opportunity

      April 12, 2013

      Students!

      Are you looking for a "hands on" summer job?  This summer All Energy Solar is looking to hire solar panel installers in Northfield as part of the Solarize Northfield initiative. Training is provided. For more information, please contact Charlie Stark at cps@deskmedia.com.

    • Physics tutor needed

      April 8, 2013

      Individual Physics 131 tutor wanted:

      Physics 131 student desires individual tutor (at regular student pay rate).  Please contact Joel if interested, @ jweisber@carleton.edu.  

    • Seniors:  If you are unsure of your post graduation plans, please consider this opportunity from Professor Nelson Christensen's gravitational wave colleagues at the University of Glasgow in Scotland.   

       

      The Institute for Gravitational Research at Glasgow University is seeking applications for a PhD studentship starting in 2013.  They are looking for an experimentalist to take up PhD studies in Glasgow, and do research in their lab.

    • Biology Seminars

      April 1, 2013

      Link to the Biology Department's spring seminar information:

    • EPIC job opportunity

      April 1, 2013

      EPIC is a national leader in electronic health records, looking for bright and motivated problem solvers to join their Server Systems and Technical Services teams. 

    • Tuesday, April 9, 2013 at 11:00 am

      Hoversten Chapel at Augsburg College

    • Physics of Cooking

      March 14, 2013

      Monday, April 8, 2013 at 7:00 pm 

      Hoversten Chapel at Augsburg College

    • For all Pre-Med and Physics students:

      The AAPM (American Association of Physicists in Medicine) has grants/fellowships for undergraduates who are interested in careers in Medical Physics. Follow the link below for more information and application information/deadlines. 

      http://www.aapm.org/education/grantsfellowships/Default.aspx

      David Sterling is a 2006 Carleton Physics graduate now working for the University of Minnesota as a medical physicist covering Maple Grove Medical Center.   He can be contacted at: david.a.sterling@gmail.com and welcomes emails from current students.  He is happy to answer any questions you may have. 

    • Student Research Showcase

      February 20, 2013

      This is a reminder of the March 8 registration deadline for the Student Research Showcase.  The Showcase is an innovative web-based competition which affords a great opportunity for students to compete in an international event without paying expensive travel costs.

      Students are invited to submit project descriptions for consideration to present. Judging categories include Behavioral Sciences, Biochemistry, Cellular & Molecular Biology, Chemistry, Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, Engineering, Environmental Sciences, Geo-Sciences, Math & Computer Science, Physics & Astronomy, Physiology & Immunology and Social Sciences.

      More than 400 judges from five continents have already volunteered to review student presentations.

      For more information visit http://www.sigmaxi.org/showcase2013 Contact meetings@sigmaxi.org with questions.

      Students who wish to present should e-mail a brief (50 words or less) project description with the subject line "Showcase Presentation Description" to meetings@sigmaxi.org .

      Approval to present and registration instructions will follow the submission of project descriptions within two business days.  Presentations must be pre-approved before a student may participate in the 2013 Research Showcase.

    • Are you interested in medical science research?

      On  January 29th,  (Week 5) at the Career Center, come talk one-on-one with Carleton Alum Scott Kaufmann about his oncology research at the Mayo Clinic.

      Visiting Alum:
      Tuesday, January 29 - Scott Kaufmann '75, Oncology Research, Mayo Clinic

      Sign up through the Tunnel. Log in and click the Events tab on the right.
      http://apps.carleton.edu/career/students/find_jobs/resources/tunnel/
      or come to the Career Center!

      More information at http://apps.carleton.edu/career/programs/30_minutes/students/winter2013schedule/

    • Students interested in doing summer break scientific research at other institutions should be aware of Carleton's Robert J. Kolenkow and Robert A. Reitz Fund for Undergraduate Research. Created by a donor, and honoring Carleton former professors Kolenkow and Reitz, the fund supports student research. Up to ten students in the natural sciences and mathematics will be supported summer break 2013, with each student receiving funds not to exceed $4200. Funding is available to Carleton international students. Support could take the form of a stipend, travel funds, housing, etc., and it could be used to supplement financial support offered by a sponsor at another institution if the student demonstrates that the sponsor's contribution is insufficient. If interested, submit an application by February 5 identifying a sponsor at another institution, a brief description of research plans with your specific role, and a budget paragraph justifying requested funds. Decisions about funding will be made before Spring Break. More information about the Robert J. Kolenkow and Robert A. Reitz Fund and the online application form can be found at: http://serc.carleton.edu/cismi/students/KolenkowReitz.html.

    • Have you ever considered working in the medical field?  During Week Three (Medicine) at the Career Center, come talk one-on-one with Carleton Alumni about their careers in the world of medicine.

      Visiting Alumni

      • Tuesday, January 15 - Robert Meiches '76, Chief Executive Officer, Minnesota Medical Association
      • Wednesday, January 16 - Jessica Radway '04, Physician Assistant
      • Friday, January 18 - Lisa Bailey P '14, Surgeon, Bay Area Breast Surgeons, Inc.

      Sign up through the Tunnel under the Events tab

      http://apps.carleton.edu/career/students/find_jobs/resources/tunnel/

      or stop by the Career Center!

      More information at http://apps.carleton.edu/career/programs/30_minutes/students/schedule/

    • Here is an interview with Betsy Cannon 'll on her experience at Hacker School:
      http://www.wired.com/geekmom/2012/12/hacker-school-experience.

      The Hacker School a three-month, full-time school in New York for becoming a better programmer.  Tom Ballinger '09 is a facilitator at Hacker School, and he'd be happy to talk with any Carleton physics majors interested in learning more about this opportunity after graduation.

    • Summer Science Fellowship

      January 4, 2013

      Are you a first or second year Carleton student interested in majoring in the sciences or math? Consider applying for a Summer Science Fellowship. This program aims to broaden participation of historically underrepresented groups (including gender, ethnicity, socioeconomic background, and disabilities) in the sciences and math by providing research opportunities for two summers as well as mentoring activities. The application deadline is January 11th. More information and the application can be found at http://serc.carleton.edu/cismi/students/summer_fellows.html

    • Breakthrough Saint Paul

      December 4, 2012

      Breakthrough Saint Paul helps motivated students overcome adversity to prepare for college with the support of older students passionate about education. Each year, we seek a diverse group of talented undergraduate and high school students (juniors/seniors) to apply for our paid, nine-week summer teaching internship, complete with training and classroom teaching experience. In addition to teaching middle school students from the Saint Paul Public Schools, interns work closely with professional instructional coaches to create lessons and get feedback on their teaching throughout the summer. This internship was ranked as one of the TOP TEN SUMMER INTERNSHIPS FOR COLLEGE STUDENTS by the Princeton Review. 

       

      This year's application deadline is Monday, February 25th. 

      This opportunity is open to ALL MAJORS!

       

      Please check out the website for more details!

    • TOPS

      November 20, 2012

      If you are considering a career in teaching physical science at the pre-college level, then you may be interested in the six-week summer program "TOPS" sponsored by the MIT-Harvard Center for Ultracold Atoms. Information is at http://cuaweb.mit.edu/Pages/TOPS.aspx

       

      The application deadline is February 1, 2013.

    • Through its participation in the Minnesota Space Grant Consortium, Carleton offers MnSGC Scholarships up to $1000 to students whose area of study and career goals are related to NASA's interests in space, space-related sciences,  and engineering.  Student applicants must be registered full-time at Carleton and must be U.S. citizens.

      More information and an application can be found at  https://apps.carleton.edu/curricular/physics/for_students/Scholarships/MnSGCScholarship/.  The application deadline is November 28, 2012.

    • 30 Minutes at Career Center

      October 23, 2012

      Have you ever considered working in Engineering or Architecture? The 30 minutes program at the Career Center allows students to visit with Alumni and talk to them about their jobs in a casual setting.

      During Week 7 (Oct 29-31) at the Career Center come talk one-on-one with Carleton Alumni about their jobs in Engineering and Architecture.

      Visiting Alumni
      Monday, October 29 - Steve Wilmot '90, Art History Major, Architect, SMSQ Architects

      Tuesday, October 30 - Rolf Oliver '62, History Major, President, Oliver & Associates Inc.

      Wednesday, October 31 - Steve Sallstrom '81, Mathematics Major, Senior Principal Design Engineer, The Toro Company


      Sign up through the Tunnel under the Events tab
      http://apps.carleton.edu/career/students/find_jobs/resources/tunnel/
      or come to the Career Center!

      More information at http://apps.carleton.edu/career/programs/30_minutes/students/schedule/

    • Drawing on chemistry and physics principles, this course will focus on the relationship between the structure and physical properties of materials, how materials science can address environmental and energy challenges, and the technological and societal impacts of materials development. Topics to be covered will vary from year to year, but may include material life cycle assessment, traditional plastics and biodegradable alternatives, materials and technologies for solar energy conversion, and the role of materials in developing energy efficient buildings.

      This course meets during 3A, and counts toward the applied physics requirement for the physics major. Contact Melissa Eblen-Zayas if you have any questions.

    • 30 Minutes at Career Center

      October 22, 2012

      Week  7 – Technology - Come network one-on-one with Carleton alumni working in technology.
      Monday, October 22 - Sebastian Celis '03, Software Developer, Mobiata
      Tuesday, October 23 - Josh Pepper '97, Product Designer, Microsoft
      Wednesday, October 24 - Charles Schmidt '97, Lead Infosec Engineer,The MITRE Corporation
      Sign up in the Tunnel for all 30 Minutes sessions!

    • Have you ever considered a career in Law? Well, if not, maybe you should talk to Physics Major alum and current Lawyer Daniel Tysver!

      Week 6 (Oct 15-17) at the Career Center come network one-on-one with Carleton Alumni Lawyers and learn about their careers.

      Visiting Alumni
      Monday, October 15 - Daniel Tysver '86, Physics Major, Partner, Beck & Tysver Law Office
      Tuesday, October 16 - Nadia Elnagdy '06, English Major, Assistant County Attorney, Hennepin County Attorney’s Office
      Wednesday, October 17 - Jim Alexander '81, History Major, Assistant U.S. Attorney, U.S. Attorney’s Office, Minneapolis

      Sign up through the Tunnel under the Events tab
      http://apps.carleton.edu/career/students/find_jobs/resources/tunnel/
      or come to the Career Center!

      More information at http://apps.carleton.edu/career/programs/30_minutes/students/schedule/

    • Do you excel  in Physics, Math, Chemistry and/or Biology?  Can you explain one or several of these sciences to others?  If so, then we need you!

      We need you to teach students that were child soldiers, girls that were  sex slaves or those that were orphaned by the war waged by Joseph Kony's Lord's Resistance Army (LRA).  The first goal is to see that these youth can pass the National Examination so that they can build a future for themselves. Second goal is to ignite a passion for the sciences.

      Are you up for the challenge?

      If so, then please read NGOabroad website
      http://www.ngoabroad.com/
      and send answered Questionnaire and resume to: info@NGOabroad.com

      This is a volunteer opportunity.  Come whenever it fits into your schedule after May 2013.  Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

    • Carleton's Kolenkow Reitz Fund supports students doing research at other institutions during winter and summer breaks.  Up to eight students in the natural sciences and mathematics will be supported winter break 2012, with each student receiving funds not to exceed $1500.  More information and an online application can be found at http://serc.carleton.edu/cismi/students/KolenkowReitz.html

      The applications for winter break support are due October 15, 2012.

    • Hertz Graduate Fellowship

      October 1, 2012

      The Hertz Foundation is offering graduate fellowships for innovators in the applied physical, biological and engineering sciences. They are looking for applicants with exceptional creativity, a broad understanding of physical principles, and outstanding potential for innovative research. Preference is given to seniors and first year graduate students. The application deadline is November 2, 2012. Note that only general GRE scores are needed at this time. More information and an application can be found at www.hertzfoundation.org.

    • Help local Northfield students with math and science! Be a volunteer tutor through the CCCE and work with students one-on-one or in a group setting at Northfield or Faribault High School. Email clarkr for more info if interested.

    • DCC Members Needed

      September 17, 2012

      Physics students are needed to serve on the Department Curriculum Committee.  DCC members serve as a liason between physics & astronomy students and the faculty.  Members are committed to attending DCC meetings and department events, and are responsible for organizing other events over the course of each year.  If you are interested in serving= contact Melissa, meblenza.

    • WIPA - Physics Research 101

      September 11, 2012

      The Women in Physics and Astronomy (WiPA) group at the University of Minnesota is hosting "Physics Research 101," an event for undergraduate women in physics and related fields.  All female  undergraduate students are invited to attend. The basic information is as follows:

      Date: Monday October 1st, 2012
      Time: 6:30-9:30 PM
      Location: Tate Lab of Physics, University of Minnesota - Twin Cities, East Bank (specific room TBA)
      Who: All undergraduate women currently majoring in or interested in physics or related fields (astronomy, engineering, etc)

      RSVP:wipa@umn.edu  (preferably by Sept. 20, 2011)

      Cost: FREE

    • Goodbye to Graduates

      May 28, 2012

      The department would like to wish goodbye and good fortune to Dustin, Jason, Colleen, Jonathon, Ross, Ben, Michael, Louisa, Valerie, Kiyo, Kevin, Traci, Sam, Micah, Minty, Kyle, Min Yao, Tyler, Emily, Lisa, Becky Sarah and Shao Min.  Best of luck to all the graduates of 2012!

       

    • Free webinar on “Everything you wanted to know about physics grad school”

      In this webinar on Tuesday, June 12 from 3:00pm-4:00pm ET, undergraduates will have an opportunity to have an open, candid discussion with a panel of Graduate Students about their experiences. Topics will include the grad school selection and application process, financial support through teaching and research grants, coursework and qualifying exams, and research and thesis writing. For more info and to register, click here.


    • ASTR 113 Fall Term

      May 14, 2012

      Astro 113 night lab - the funnest course at Carleton (says Joel). Consider signing up for it for fall term. Anyone reading this has adequate prerequisites.  Contact Joel with questions.

    • PHYS 234 Fall Term

      May 14, 2012

      Next fall, Bill Titus will be offering Physics 234, Computer Simulation in Complex Physical Systems.   This course only requires one 5-week, introductory physics course (131, 132, 141, or 142), and the subject material is applicable to all the sciences, mathematics, and computer science.   In particular, the course will focus on the development of techniques to study complex physical systems from a computational/probabilistic standpoint using Mathematica.  Some potential topics include random walks, percolation clusters, avalanches, traffic flow, the spread of forest fires and diseases, and the inverse problem in geophysical gravity studies.  The latter topic will involve a brief introduction to Bayesian statistics.   No Mathematica skills are assumed.  The course will be taught on the Tuesdays/Thursday schedule and the class sessions will be a mixture of discussion, lecture, and computer laboratory work.  If you have any questions about the course, feel free to contact Bill.

    • The Picnic is set for Friday, May 25.  Please RSVP here https://apps.carleton.edu/curricular/physics/events/picnic_rsvp/ so we know how much food to purchase.  Students who are on board will have one meal deducted from their meal plan to help defray the cost of the picnic. 

    • The Soudan Underground Lab is looking for 3 undergraduate students who are studying in the science and/or education field to work at the Soudan Underground Lab this summer.  This position involves leading the science tours of the lab as well as continued development of our Outreach program.   These positions are open for the full summer, 10 weeks starting in June. We will be working 10 hour days with a maximum
      of 40 hours per week. Schedules can be flexible but our goal is to cover all tours which happen at least twice day, 7 days a week. There will also be 2 or 3, K-12 teachers and an Outreach coordinator that will work with you during the summer. Housing arrangements can be provided if needed.    Visit www.soudan.umn.edu to learn more about the lab.

      Visit https://employment.umn.edu/applicants/jsp/shared/Welcome_css.jsp and search for requisition number 177945 for the job posting, more information, and a description of how to apply.

      Deadline is fast, 15 May.

      --


      Dr. Rik Gran, Associate Professor of Physics, U Minnesota Duluth

    • Spring Picnic

      April 23, 2012

      The date for the spring picnic has been set for Friday, May 25 on the Hill of Oaks - mark your calendars now.  Thanks to Louisa Eberle for volunteering to help with this event

    • The Physics & Astronomy Department relies heavily on our students to serve as laboratory assistants, graders, tutors, and technical assistants in support of our academic program.  We strongly believe that such activities provide important benefits to you beyond the obvious monetary compensation.  Seniors and recent grads will tell you that a lot of good solid learning occurs, and new insights develop.  You can, and should, cite this experience in future employment or grad  school applications, just as we will cite it in formulating  supporting letters for you.

      It is time to arrange these job positions for next year.  All students who would like to work in the Department should fill out an application found here.  Applications must be received by April 15, 2012.

    • Do you want to be an unusually effective first year teacher in a high-poverty charter school?

      If so, you should consider MATCH Teacher Residency--a highly innovative, one-year teacher residency program.

      Basically, we give recent college graduates one year of incredibly intense training designed to make them unusually effective rookie teachers. We then help them find positions in high-need schools, and continue to support them as they begin their careers in the classroom.

      What sets MTR apart from other teacher prep programs? 1) We’re prescriptive, like a sports coach or piano teacher; you learn and practice very specific “Teacher Moves.” 2) Trainees are specifically being prepared to teach in certain charter schools with a track record of “turning around” low-performing kids. 3) We have a very particular approach, which involves building relationships 1-on-1 with kids and parents, then using those relationships to run a tight ship in class, enforcing rules consistently, and pushing/demanding a LOT from our kids.

      MTR is no different from the MATCH Corps (our full-time tutoring program) from Monday to Thursday. However, unlike MATCH Corps, MTRs want to go on to become full-time teachers in high-poverty, “No Excuses” charter schools. So on Fridays and Saturdays, MTRs learn about the nuts and bolts of teaching, do tons of practice, and get a lot of coaching.

      We’re especially proud of our brand new elementary school, MATCH Community Day, which specifically serves students who speak a language other than English at home.  MATCH Teacher Residents have the option to serve at MATCH Community Day, or our previously established High School or Middle School.  For more information on MATCH Community Day, have a look at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RGUV8Jbeu-c

      Does MTR work? Yes—check out this study to see how MTR trained teachers tend to outperform other rookie (and second year) teachers:

      http://www.matchschool.org/publications/mtr_evaluation.pdf

      For more information about MATCH Teacher Residency, check out this video:

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=32mkkuQnFYU

      Or go to the website:

      http://www.matchschool.org/matchcorps/teacher.htm

    • Looking for Tutors

      February 27, 2012

      Tutor one-on-one with a Northfield student for about an hour a week! We constantly receive requests for tutors from the community. Sign up to fulfill one of these requests by following the link and filling out the Tutor Profile form. You will be added to our list of interested tutors and we will contact you when we find you a tutee match! Matches are based on subject area and the greatest area of need is in math and science! Contact vangb or steidele with questions.

      https://apps.carleton.edu/campus/act/tutoring/students/

      This program is supported by the ACT Center under the Center for Community and Civic Engagement (CCCE).

    • Sarah Titus and Bill Titus will be offering an applied geophysics course this spring, Geology 240.   The goal of the course is to understand, both from a physics and geology point of view, the near-surface structure of the earth using a very hands-on approach.  Students will collect, process, model, and interpret geophysical and related data using gravitational, magnetic, and seismic methods.  Ideally the course will have a good mixture of physics and geology students.  The classes are on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10:10 AM to 11:55 AM and the weekly lab is on Thursday afternoon from 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM.  The prerequisites for the course are one of the intro geology courses (100, 110, or 120) and one of the intro physics courses (131, 132, 141, 142), or the consent of the instructors.   If you have questions, you can talk with Bill (Olin 201) or email Sarah, who is presently in New Zealand leading the geology off campus program on the South Island.

    • Parents of a Carleton alum have sent us information about an internship opportunity available this summer.  Here are the details.

      Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) - San Diego would consider a U.S. citizen interested in a summer internship in the area of signal processing and Matlab programming to support research for military technology.  We will pay an hourly wage but can not pay for transportation and living expenses. Probably best suited for someone with family in San Diego or a stipend or scholarship from Carleton or other organization to cover expenses.

      Interested students should contact:

      Gerald Gerace, Ph.D.

      GERALD.C.GERACE@saic.com

       

    • Students interested in doing summer break scientific research at other institutions should be aware of Carleton's Robert J. Kolenkow and Robert A. Reitz Fund for Undergraduate Research. Created by a donor, and honoring Carleton former professors Kolenkow and Reitz, the fund supports student research. Up to ten students in the natural sciences and mathematics will be supported summer break 2012, with each student receiving funds not to exceed $4200. Funding is available to Carleton international students. Support could take the form of a stipend, travel funds, housing, etc., and it could be used to supplement financial support offered by a sponsor at another institution if the student demonstrates that the sponsor's contribution is insufficient. If interested, submit an application by Feb 16 identifying a sponsor at another institution, a brief description of research plans with your specific role, and a budget paragraph justifying requested funds. Decisions about funding will be made before Spring Break. More information about the Robert J. Kolenkow and Robert A. Reitz Fund and the online application form can be found at: http://serc.carleton.edu/cismi/students/KolenkowReitz.html.

    • APS Minority Scholarship

      January 9, 2012

      The American Physical Society has a scholarship program for minority undergraduate physics majors  The purpose of the program is to significantly increase the level of underrepresented minority participation in physics in the US.

      Any African-American, Hispanic American, or Native American U.S. citizen or permanent resident who is majoring or planning to major in physics, and who is a high school senior, college freshman, or sophomore is eligible to apply for the scholarship.  Engineering physics and applied physics majors also welcome to apply.

      Deadline: Friday, February 3, 2012

      More information and the application can be found at http://www.aps.org/programs/minorities/honors/scholarship/index.cfm.

    • The Speakeasy will continue to offer assistance with comps talks, student presentations, and all other public speaking events this term. Coaching is available in all areas of presentations including posture, articulation, projection, body language, eye contact, command of material, and effective use of visual aids. The Speakeasy coach can also work with students on the material of the presentation, including content, organization, flow, and clarity. Students Diana Fraser ('14) and Shavera Seneviratne ('13, English) staff the Speakeasy.

    • The Department of Physics & Astronomy is proud to offer the Clare Boothe Luce Research Scholars Program, which supports female science majors who are pursuing summer research projects in physics, astronomy, and computer science as well as cross-disciplinary research projects in computational physics, geophysics, biophysics, computational chemistry, and physical chemistry. The awards will be given annually to eight women in Physics & Astronomy and Computer Science or related fields. Each recipient will be paid a stipend of $4200 for 10 weeks of summer research, with additional funds allotted for research expenses and travel to meetings to present results.  The CBL Research Scholars will take part in cohort activities such as summer lunch meetings, presentation of a poster on their research at Carleton's annual poster session and participation in related CBL activities throughout the academic year following their summer research.

      To be eligible, the applicant must be:

      • Female interested in physics, astronomy, computer science or related fields.
      • U.S. Citizen
      • Preference is for 1st or 2nd year students

      The application deadline is 8AM January 23, 2012.  The application and more information can be found here.

    • Summer Science Fellowship

      January 3, 2012

      Are you a first or second year Carleton student interested in majoring in the sciences or math? Consider applying for a Summer Science Fellowship. This program aims to broaden participation of historically underrepresented groups (including gender, ethnicity, socioeconomic background, and disabilities) in the sciences and math by providing research opportunities for two summers as well as mentoring activities. The application deadline is January 13th. More information and the application can be found at http://serc.carleton.edu/cismi/students/summer_fellows.html

    • MATCH Corp

      November 15, 2011

      Recent Carleton alum Sara Parr sent this info to us about the MATCH Corp program. Sara says "I'm sending you this because I think some of this year’s senior Physics majors might be interested in the MATCH Corps, the program I’m currently doing.  Basically, it’s tutoring and teaching at an inner-city school in Boston.  Typically after the year, fellows go on to top grad schools in medicine, law, and the social sciences, become full-time teachers in high-need schools, or get involved in education policy and administration.  The application process is highly selective and the demands of the program are intense, but it’s been a really rewarding experience so far."

      All the info on the program can be found here: http://www.matchschool.org/matchcorps/process.htm

    • TOPS

      November 15, 2011

      If you are considering a pre college teaching career you may be interested in the six-week summer program for physics majors, TOPS, sponsored by the MIT-Harvard Center for Ultracold Atoms.

      The program is aimed at juniors, though sophomores sometimes participate. More information can be found at

      http://cuaweb.mit.edu/Pages/TOPS.aspx

      Sam Keller participated in this program last year so you could ask him about his experience.

    • Ever wanted to write a popular science article?  The good news! Griffiths Observatory is running its annual astronomy writing competition again this year.  All you have to do is to write a popular-level piece on some astronomical topic of your choice and you could win $1000 and be published in their magazine.  If you're interested in entering, talk to John Weiss for more details.

    • The Department of Energy (DOE) Scholars Program (http://orise.orau.gov/doescholars/default.htm) is now accepting applications for Summer 2012. The program offers summer internships with stipends of up to $650 per week depending on academic status to undergraduates, graduate students and post graduates at accredited institutes of higher education.  The application deadline is November 15, 2011.

    • Wouldn’t that be nice?  All you have to do is to design the winning poster for our lab doors that encourages students  to

      • re-lock lab doors when they unlock
      • close the lab doors when they are the last to leave and
      • make sure the lights are out and that the doors are locked if no one is in the room.  

      The poster must be such that it can be reproduced.  Send all entries to Mary Drew by midnight, Halloween.

    • Northfield high School is in need of physics tutors during second hour 8:45-9:30 am on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday or Fridays. They are also looking for science tutors for our after-school homework help program on Monday and Thursday's from 3-4:30 pm.  Interested volunteers should contact AmeriCorps Promise Fellow Katie Windschitl at Katie.Windschitl@nfld.k12.mn.us.

    • Hertz Graduate Fellowship

      October 3, 2011

      The Hertz Foundation is offering graduate fellowships for innovators in the applied physical, biological and engineering sciences. They are looking for applicants with exceptional creativity, a broad understanding of physical principles, and outstanding potential for innovative research. Preference is given to seniors and first year graduate students. The application deadline is October 31, 2011. Note that only general GRE scores are needed at this time. More information and an application can be found at www.hertzfoundation.org.

    • Sigma Xi Poster Workshop

      September 30, 2011

      Need ideas for Science or Math poster? Are you wondering how exactly one of these posters should look? Doug Foxgrover and Sarah Deel are offering a workshop this coming Tuesday, October 4th in which you’ll learn how to make a scientific poster. Bring your draft poster if you have one, or otherwise just bring your ideas, raw materials and data if you have any. No previous experience is necessary at all. The workshop will be held in CMC 110 from 8:00 pm to 9:30 pm. Refreshments will be offered. To RSVP for the workshop, please visit:
      http://serc.carleton.edu/cismi/students/poster_workshop.html

    • Carleton's Kolenkow Reitz Fund supports students doing research at Carleton and other institutions during winter and summer breaks.  Up to eight students in the natural sciences and mathematics will be supported winter break 2011, with each student receiving funds not to exceed $1500.  More information and an online application can be found at http://serc.carleton.edu/cismi/students/KolenkowReitz.html

      Please note that selection preference is given to off campus work.  The applications for winter break support are due October 15, 2011. 

    • The Career Center is starting up the "30 Minutes" program this fall, bringing students interested in a specific job or industry face-to-face with alumni experienced in that field. In just half an hour (hence the name), Carleton networking magic happens. Week 4 is featuring ENGINEERING/ARCHITECTURE alumni in positions such as civil, design, and equipment engineers, architects, and sustainability directors.  Other industries in the following weeks include Film/Media & Journalism, Law, and Consulting.   

      The idea is simple: Alumni take an afternoon off from work to meet with students for casual, candid, one-on-one conversations. Students ask questions about the alum’s industry, a typical day/week in their shoes, educational requirements, resources for learning more, and ways to gain experience in the field. Furthermore, alumni often refer students to contacts or resources outside of the Carleton network.

      These meetings are a quick thirty minutes, so students can get on with their busy lives at Carleton. The brevity and informality of the sessions makes them an engaging and low-pressure way to introduce students to the power of networking.

      NO APPLICATION NECESSARY, simply visit http://apps.carleton.edu/campus/career/30_minutes/ to sign up and read alumni bios!

      If you have any questions, contact gudule@carleton.edu.

    • Senior Questionnaire

      May 16, 2011

      All graduating seniors are asked to fill out  a questionnaire about their future plans, contact information and how they went about making plans for life after Carleton.  The questionnaire can be found at https://apps.carleton.edu/curricular/physics/for_students/forms/senior_questionnaire/.  It will take a few minutes to fill out, but we really do appreciate the information you choose to share with us.

    • Summer Survey

      May 16, 2011

      All Sophomore and Junior physics majors are asked to fill out a brief survey about your summer plans.  The survey will only take a minute to complete and can be found at https://apps.carleton.edu/curricular/physics/for_students/forms/summer_survey/.

    • Department or Office:  Office of Institutional Research and Assessment
      Date Open:  June 13, 2011
      Description:  The Office of Institutional Research and Assessment is looking for an Institutional Research and Assessment Intern for the Summer 2011.  The Intern will work closely with the IRA staff on a variety of research projects, reports, and data input, analysis, and maintenance depending on skills. A primary project will focus on the 2011 Writing Portfolio (WP) process — initially facilitating reading days in June and then inputting data, creating files to document the process and managing WP materials. If the skills are available, there will be opportunities to explore research questions through data analyses and creating visual representations of data as well as updating the office website.  Routine, clerical support work as needed. The work is interesting, varied, engaging intellectual, and offers opportunities both for creativity and for making genuine contributions to Carleton’s self-understanding.
      Requirements:  The work is generally quantitative and requires strong computer skills especially Excel, Microsoft Word, and Power Point. The ability to work independently with consistent attention to accuracy and detail is essential. Experience in research methods, survey research, and analysis, statistical techniques, Web design, are all helpful. This work involves confidential data, which requires absolute discretion and attention to data security.
      Hours:   
      June 13 - July 20:  Full-time  8-5, M-F   It is essential that the Institutional  and Assessment Research Intern be available to work with the summer Writing Portfolio evaluation the week after commencement and through July 20th  until all details of the evaluation have been documented, analyzed, and organized.
      July 20 – September 1: Hours are negotiable but full-time work is available. This position can potentially extend into Fall term.
      To apply:  Submit resume to Cherry Danielson, Associate Director of Institutional Research and Assessment cdaniels@carleton.edu  – Questions?  Call ext. 5740
      Please indicate your interest in this position right away.  We will begin interviewing immediately. 
    • Next fall, Bill Titus will be offering Physics 234, Computer Simulation in Complex Physical Systems.   This course only requires one 5-week, introductory physics course (131,132,141,or 142), and the subject material is applicable to all the sciences, mathematics, and computer science.   In particular, the course will focus on the development of techniques to study complex physical systems from a computational/probabilistic standpoint using Mathematica.  Some potential topics include random walks, percolation clusters, avalanches, traffic flow, the spread of forest fires and diseases, and the inverse problem in geophysical gravity studies.  The latter topic will involve a brief introduction to Bayesian statistics.   No Mathematica skills are assumed.  The course will be taught on the Tuesdays/Thursday schedule and the class sessions will be a mixture of discussion, lecture, and computer laboratory work.  If you have any questions about the course, feel free to contact Bill.  You can also talk with Chelsea Scott (Olin 14, x5636), the only person left at Carleton who took the course the last time it was offered.

    • Thank You Shao Min

      September 20, 2010

      A special thank you goes out to Shao Min Tan who drew the Radiations logo at the top of this newsletter.  Another example of how very talented all of the physics students are.  Thank you Shao Min!

    • The Department of Physics & Astronomy is proud to offer the Clare Boothe Luce Research Scholars Program, which supports female science majors who are pursuing summer research projects in physics, astronomy, and computer science as well as cross-disciplinary research projects in computational physics, geophysics, biophysics, computational chemistry, and physical chemistry. The awards will be given annually to eight women in Physics & Astronomy and Computer Science or related fields. Each recipient will be paid a stipend of $4200 for 10 weeks of summer research, with additional funds allotted for research expenses and travel to meetings to present results.  The CBL Research Scholars will take part in cohort activities such as summer lunch meetings, presentation of a poster on their research at Carleton's annual poster session and participation in related CBL activities throughout the academic year following their summer research.

      To be eligible, the applicant must be:

      • Female interested in physics, astronomy, computer science or related fields.
      • U.S. Citizen
      • Preference is for 1st or 2nd year students

      The application deadline is January 15, 2010.  The application and more information can be found here.

    • As information on REUs and internships comes into the department, it is posted online at http://apps.carleton.edu/curricular/physics/for_students/reu/.

      Check for new information often as this site gets updated regularly. Start preparing your applications over winter break because many of these REUs have deadlines in mid January and you will want to come back to Carleton ready to submit your applications.

      Please read the instructions for requesting letters of reference here http://apps.carleton.edu/curricular/physics/for_students/references/ before you ask for a letter of reference from a faculty member. This will make the process go more smoothly for everyone.

    • Do you have a passion for teaching high school science or math? Are you committed to becoming an outstanding professional teacher? A Teaching Fellowship from the Knowles Science Teaching Foundation can make all the difference.

      Applications are now being accepted for one of the most generous and comprehensive teaching fellowships available for individuals committed to becoming professional high school science or mathematics teachers.
      KSTF Teaching Fellowships provide up to five years of financial and professional support to exceptional individuals as they begin their careers teaching in U.S. high schools.

      Applicants should have:

      • at least a bachelor's degree in science, engineering or mathematics
      • received their most recent content degree within the past five years (Individuals currently enrolled in a secondary math or science teaching credential program are eligible if they are within five years of their most recent content degree and have not completed their teaching credential before December 2009.)


      Fellowships will be awarded in each of three disciplinary strands: biology, physical science, and mathematics. More information on the Fellowship can be found at http://www.kstf.org/fellowships/teaching.html.

      Application Deadline: Wednesday, January 13, 2010, 5:00pm EST

    • The National Science Teachers Association Conference will be held in Minneapolis October 29-31 at the Minneapolis Convention Center. Students interested in science education might enjoy attending Arthur Eisenkraft's presentations on the Active Physics curriculum and the Active Chemistry curriculum Thursday afternoon, October 29, from 2-3 and 3:30 to 4:30. Dr. Eisenkraft has also agreed to talk with our students about science teaching pathways. Dr. Eisenkraft taught in the NY City public schools for years with a PhD. U Mass Boston recruited him several years back and he has been involved in the Boston public school reforms as well as many aspects of teacher professional development at U. Mass. If you are interested in attending, please contact Mary to coordinate travel with Carleton students from other science departments.

    • Students interested in doing winter-break scientific research at Carleton or other institutions should be aware of Carleton's Robert J. Kolenkow and Robert A. Reitz Fund for Undergraduate Research. Created by a donor, and honoring Carleton former professors Kolenkow and Reitz, the fund supports student research. Up to ten students in the natural sciences and mathematics will be supported winter break 2009, with each student receiving funds not to exceed $1500. Funding is available to Carleton international students. Support could take the form of a stipend, travel funds, housing, etc., and it could be used to supplement financial support offered by a sponsor at another institution if the student demonstrates that the sponsor's contribution is insufficient. If interested, submit an application by Friday, October 16, identifying a sponsor at another institution or here at Carleton, a brief description of research plans with your specific role, and a budget paragraph justifying requested funds. Decisions about funding will be made by October 28. More information about the Robert J. Kolenkow and Robert A. Reitz Fund and the online application form may be found at: http://serc.carleton.edu/cismi/KolenkowReitz.html .

    • The Reduced Gravity Education Flight Program's Microgravity University provides a unique academic experience for undergraduate students to successfully propose, design, fabricate, fly and evaluate a reduced gravity experiment of their choice over the course of six months. The overall experience includes scientific research, hands-on experimental design, test operations and educational/public outreach. More information including deadlines can be found at http://microgravityuniversity.jsc.nasa .

    • Research, design, testing and analysis of applications involving flowable solids subjected to kinetic and thermal energy utilizing new technologies. Northfield area, flexible schedule, full or part time. Paid position. Contact John Zander at 663-7715 or jfzander@yahoo.com

    • Interested in going to a talk on dark energy on Thursday, May 7 ? Alex Filippenko, professor of astronomy at the University of California, Berkeley, will present "Dark Energy and the Runaway Universe" as part of the Karlis Kaufmanis Lecture Series ( http://www.astro.umn.edu/outreach/Kaufmanis2009.html ). The talk begins at 7:00pm so we will need to leave Carleton by 5:45pm. Contact Cindy by Tuesday, May 5 if your interested in going to the lecture.

    • Mother's Day

      May 4, 2009

      May 10 (Sunday) All Day Long, Everywhere

      Mother's Day is this Sunday. Don't forget to call your Mom and tell her that you love and appreciate her - that's all she really wants for Mother's Day.

      If you are really missing your mom, view this video to hear all the things she said to you everyday http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A7R9SFBLvIk.

    • The Women in Math and Science (WhIMS) club is looking for volunteers to help with Girl Scout Math and Science Day this Saturday morning. Mini-lessons will be taught to girl scouts in physics, chemistry, biology, geology, and math. If you are interested in helping out, please contact rosenheh, coxt

    • watermelon

      Mark your calendars. The date for the spring picnic has been set for Friday May 22 at the Hill of Oaks. Juniors willing to help with the picnic are needed. Please email Mary (mdrew) if you are willing to help.

    • Tiffany Cox's GEOLOGY Comps Talk is Tuesday, April 14, 5pm in Olin 141, for those of you who are interested in attending. She will be discussing an earthquake sequence from Mexico, which she spent the summer and the last two terms analyzing. There will be snacks, so come early.

    • SUL

      Internships are available to work work at the Soudan Underground Lab this summer. This position would involve working with the DNR giving science tours of the lab as well as continued development of our Outreach program. It might especially be a good opportunity for students who have just finished their sophomore year and have completed the Atom
      and Nuclear Physics course. Visit www.soudan.umn.edu to learn more about the lab, or ask Chris Marshall who was an intern there and can say more about the experience, and about losing a Toyota Camry to the local wildlife.

    • There is a new NSF-sponsored REU program in physics at Case Western Reserve University. The program is described at http://www.phys.cwru.edu/reu/. It is scheduled to run this summer from June 1 through August 7. They are seeking highly motivated undergraduates who wish to engage in an intensive ten-week research experience mentored by a CWRU faculty member. The application deadline is April 25.

    • MINNEAPOLIS, MN—(March 23, 2009) World renowned physicist and best-selling author Michio Kaku will discuss his book, Physics of the Impossible on Wednesday, April 15 at 7:00 p.m. at the University of Minnesota Bookstore in Coffman Memorial Union, 300 Washington Ave. S.E. Minneapolis.

      From the front line of some of the most exciting developments in physics research, Kaku explores the fundamentals—and limits—of the laws of physics as we know them today. He examines the impossible technologies abandoned by scientists and relegated to science fiction. Physics of the Impossible is a fascinating and wildly entertaining exploration of force fields, time travel, precognition, parallel universes and much more from one of contemporary physics’ most brilliant minds.

      Kaku is a professor of Theoretical Physics at the City University of New York. He is the author of Visions, Beyond Einstein, Hyperspace and Parallel Worlds. He is the cofounder of string field theory and hosts a nationally syndicated radio science program and the largest science web site on the Internet at www.mkaku.org.

      Kaku will sign copies of his book following the discussion. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, or to order a signed copy visit www.bookstore.umn.edu/genref/authors.html.

    • I Love Science Day at NHS

      January 23, 2009

      Northfield High School will be hosting an I Love Science Day for elementary students in grades K-5, February 14, 9:00-11:00am. We are looking for some physics & astronomy students who would be willing to do some hands on demonstrations geared toward elementary students. Email Mary Drew (mdrew@carleton.edu) if you would like to participate.

    • Each summer professors in the Physics & Astronomy Department at Carleton hire 8-10 students to do research with them during the summer. Some of the positions have been filled with students who have been doing special projects during the school year. A limited number of positions are still available. To find out which professors are hiring and how to apply visit our department webpage Summer Research at Carleton.

    • Bessie Schwarz, Carleton ’08, is holding an info session at 7pm on January 29th in Sayles 251 about the training school. Learn more about the Green Corps and ask all your questions.

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    • Physics Fulbrights

      September 24, 2012

      Answer to last week's trivia question: engineering associate at Medtronic. Sadly, no correct answers were submitted.  

      In the past five years, three physics majors have been Fulbright scholars. What were the three countries that these Fulbright scholars traveled to after graduation?

      Please submit your answer (along with your name and e-mail address) to the envelope labeled Radiations trivia outside Melissa's office (Olin 325). From the correct answers submitted by Wednesday morning at 9 am, one respondent will be chosen at random to receive a prize.

    • Carleton physics majors from the Class of 2012 are attending graduate school in all of the following fields except one: architecture, astronomy, civil engineering, earth and planetary science, electrical engineering, law, mechanical engineering, marine science, physics. Which one is NOT a field being pursued by one of last year's physics graduates?

      Please submit your answer (along with your name and e-mail address) to the envelope labelled Radiations trivia outside Melissa's office (Olin 325). From the correct answers submitted by Wednesday morning at 9 am, one respondent will be chosen at random to receive a prize.

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