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Physics Honor Society Induction

Physics Honor Society Induction

On Wednesday, April 6th, the TCNJ Physics Department inducted our newest members to the Sigma Pi Sigma honor society. In the photographs are Manesha Bandamede, Katie Boaggio, CarriEve Horner, Tim Osborn, Brianna Santangelo, Shreyas Shirodkar, Tyler Viducic, and Shannon Wesley. Benjamin Campos and Krishna Sheth were also elected but were unable to attend. Prof. AJ Richards gave a brief talk about the messages we have sent to possible extra-solar civilizations. As a TCNJ alumnus (class of 2007) and fellow Sigma Pi Sigma member, he also conducted the formal induction ceremony after welcoming remarks by Prof. Paul Wiita, a member of Sigma Pi Sigma for 44 years. As the number of majors has grown we have now switched from biannual to annual ceremonies to honor the highest achievers among our junior and senior classes (some of the latter were also inducted last year).

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TCNJ Physics Alumnus Wins National Science Foundation Fellowship

TCNJ Physics Alumnus Wins National Science Foundation Fellowship

Mitchell Revalski, class of 2014, has been awarded a prestigious National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship in Astronomy. This three-year fellowship will support his work on outflows from Active Galactic Nuclei with Prof. D. Michael Crenshaw at Georgia State University. While still at TCNJ, Mitch was co-author on two papers with Dr. Wiita and several other students.

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Young Women’s Conference in STEM

Young Women’s Conference in STEM

TCNJ Physics Majors, Brianna Santangelo and Shannon Wesley, did some outreach at the Young Women’s Conference in STEM at Princeton University.  The conference is a chance for middle school and high school girls to discover more about careers in STEM fields, and many STEM employers and academic institutions set up booths to expose the attendees to some of the possibilities.  The students and their faculty mentors, Dr. AJ Richards and Dr. Angela Capece, set up demonstrations to showcase the TCNJ physics program.

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TCNJ Physics Department Gets a New AFM

TCNJ Physics Department Gets a New AFM

The Physics Department is excited to announce the arrival of a new Atomic Force Microscope (AFM). The AFM is the Bruker Dimension Edge, a state of the art research tool for investigating nanoscale features in a variety of condensed matter systems. The system will be housed temporarily on the 3rd floor of the physics department, and will be used by students and faculty in Physics, Chemistry, and Biology.

Kelly O’Connor Wins Travel Award from The Biophysical Society

Kelly O’Connor Wins Travel Award from The Biophysical Society

Kelly O’Connor, senior physics major, won a 2016 Education Committee Travel Award to present her abstract at the Biophysical Society’s 60th Annual Meeting, which was held February 27 – March 1 in Los Angeles, California. She was honored at the Education, Inclusion and Diversity, and Professional Opportunities for Women Committees Travel Awardee Reception on Saturday, February 27. Her paper title is “Mapping Neuronal Connectivity Using Laser Photostimulation and Calcium Imaging.” Her faculty mentor is Dr. Tuan Nguyen.

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TCNJ Students Teach Girl Scouts That Physics Is Fun

TCNJ Students Teach Girl Scouts That Physics Is Fun

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On March 8th, Uni Gupta, Kristen Miner, Ian Reed, Brianna Santangelo and Shannon Wesley visited a Girl Scout troop at Lawrenceville High School. They enjoyed working together with the scouts to conduct experiments in optics, waves and mechanics together. More photos are here.

TCNJ Physics Majors Will Be Presenting Their Research At The March APS Meeting

TCNJ Physics Majors Will Be Presenting Their Research At The March APS Meeting

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TCNJ physics majors Kellie Olear, Cody Combs, Ben Campos, and Ed Witkowski will be presenting their research at the 2016 March meeting of the American Physical Society in Baltimore, MD. The meeting will bring together nearly 10,000 physicists, scientists, and students from all over the world to share research from industry, universities, and major labs. The work to be presented was performed under the mentorship of Dr. David McGee, and is focused on the novel optical properties of organic thin films.

Professor Nathaniel Magee Receives $1.2 Million Award from NSF

Professor Nathaniel Magee Receives $1.2 Million Award from NSF

Professor Nathaniel Magee was recently awarded a $1.2 million grant from the National Science Foundation for the preparation of the next generation of secondary education physics teachers. The award is part of the NSF Robert Noyce Scholarship Program, and also includes Prof. AJ Richards, Prof. Paul Wiita, and Prof. Lauren Madden from the TCNJ School of Education. The award will provide extensive scholarship and training opportunities for TCNJ physics students interested in contributing to the critically important need for highly trained secondary education physics teachers.

The SPS National Council Awards The TCNJ chapter a Distinguished SPS Chapter for 2014-2015 Award

The SPS National Council Awards The TCNJ chapter a Distinguished SPS Chapter for 2014-2015 Award

The Society of Physics Students’ National Council has awarded the TCNJ chapter a Distinguished SPS Chapter for 2014-2015 Award.  The selection is based on an assessment of the depth and breadth of SPS activities conducted by a chapter presented in the annual report.   This designation recognizes efforts made to build community and propel students into their careers as prepared professionals.

Brianna Santangelo Attends American Association of Physics Teachers Conference

Brianna Santangelo Attends American Association of Physics Teachers Conference

Brianna Santangelo, junior physics major, attended a conference of the American Association of Physics Teachers in New Orleans, LA from January 9th through January 12th.  Her faculty mentor is Dr. AJ Richards.

“Brianna Santangelo is working with me on a project to study the different types of questions that high school physics teachers ask their students.  She was very interested in examining how teachers use questions to effectively guide students towards better understanding, so I helped her formulate a focused, answerable research question to investigate this.  Brianna conducted a thorough search of previous studies from science education research literature, helped develop the experimental design, conducted videorecorded observations of high school physics lectures, transcribed the data, and took the lead in conducting the analysis and coding.  This winter, she accompanied me to New Orleans for the 2016 American Association of Physics Teachers conference and presented a poster she had created to physics education researchers and practitioners.  During this next semester, she will conduct more observations in different classroom environments, and attempt to find a connection between the types of questions high school physics instructors ask and how well their students build understanding of Newtonian physics.”

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