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Volume 20, Issue 23 (April 14, 2014)

    • 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  

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

      **PLEASE NOTE** April 15th (Tuesday) Noon-1pm, we'll need to meet in the LDC Shearer Dining Room this week, instead of our usual Class of '51 room.  

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

    • 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.

    • Thursday, April 17th (week 3) 12:00 noon in Olin 141

      All students, faculty, and staff are invited to attend Patricia's presentation about the nature of lipid rafts.

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

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

      Friday April 18th (week 3)  

      David Sterling ’06 “Medical Physics”

      Carleton Physics alum David Sterling is a Medical Physicist with University of Minnesota Physicians.  After receiving his Bachelor’s in Physics from Carleton, he went on to attend Duke University where he received his M.S. in Medical Physics.    He now works to provide radiation therapy to cancer patients.  

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    • 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.

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