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Volume 20, Issue 30 (June 2, 2014)


      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.

    • 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!

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    • 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.  

    • 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/

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    • 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

    • 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.

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