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Volume 20, Issue 13 (January 20, 2014)

    • 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! 

    • 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!

    • 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 for more details and last-minute information about possible cancellation due to clouds or extreme cold. Backup dates are Tuesday and Wednesday.

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    • 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.


      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.

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