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Physics Talk

Speaker: Adam Riegel, Hofstra University

Date: Friday, February 19, 2021

Topic: Health Physics at Chernobyl

Abstract: Dr. Riegel will introduce physical concepts of radiation and the biological effects radiation has on the
human body through the lens of last year’s HBO miniseries “Chernobyl.” Topics will include differences in
alpha, beta, and gamma radiation, the units of radiation exposure and dose, and the illnesses caused by
significant acute radiation exposure such as those seen in the tragic nuclear incident at Chernobyl and
represented in the recent miniseries. Dr. Riegel will also briefly introduce the field of medical physics and
discuss opportunities in the MS in Medical Physics program at Hofstra University.
Dr. Adam Riegel obtained his PhD in medical physics in 2010 from the Graduate School of Biomedical
Sciences from the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas. Since that time,
Dr. Riegel has been a therapeutic medical physicist in the Department of Radiation Medicine at Northwell
Health. Dr. Riegel received board certification in 2013 and is currently the associate chief physicist at
Northwell. Dr. Riegel holds the rank of Adjunct Associate Professor in the Hofstra College of Liberal Arts
and Sciences, Associate Professor in the Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell, and is the
director of the medical physics graduate program at Hofstra University. Dr. Riegel is an active researcher
with numerous publications and is a participant in the regional and national medical physics community,
serving as a reviewer for several physics and radiation oncology journals and as a member of several
scientific and professional committees.

Time: 12:30 PM

Location: Zoom (email for link)

TCNJ Physics Students Win National Recognition

TCNJ Physics Students Win National Recognition

Student-Led Physical Sciences Organization is Honored with Award from the National Office of the Society of Physics Students as an Outstanding Chapter

The College of New Jersey’s chapter of the Society of Physics Students (SPS) has won an Outstanding Chapter Award from the SPS National Office. The chapter, advised by Professor of Physics Dr. Romulo Ochoa, has been recognized numerous years in a row for its excellence as a top-tier student-led physical sciences organization, a designation given to fewer than 10 percent of all SPS chapters at colleges and universities in the United States and internationally.

The Society of Physics Students (SPS) is a professional association designed for students and membership is open to anyone interested in physics and related fields. SPS operates within the American Institute of Physics (AIP), an umbrella organization for professional physical science societies.

SPS chapters are evaluated on their level of interaction with the campus community, the professional physics community, the public, and with SPS national programs. The Outstanding Chapter Award recognizes high levels of outreach as well as unique approaches to fulfilling the mission of SPS to “help students transform themselves into contributing members of the professional community.”

Physics Department Seeking Applicants for Assistant/Associate Professor

Physics Department Seeking Applicants for Assistant/Associate Professor

The Department of Physics at The College of New Jersey (TCNJ) invites outstanding applicants for a tenure-track position starting late August 2021. Candidates at both the Assistant Professor and Associate Professor level will be considered. The faculty member will serve as a role model and be a leader in helping to further increase and retain TCNJ’s growing number of women physics majors. TCNJ was awarded a prestigious Clare Boothe Luce Professorship by the Henry Luce Foundation. This award may be used to support this position. The Clare Boothe Luce professorship provides exceptional support for career development in teaching and research, including a combination of summer salary, funding for summer research students, travel funding, and discretionary funding. For more information on the Clare Boothe Luce Professorship, please see

The online application for this position can be found here:  Please contact with any questions.

Three TCNJ Physics Professors Receive Over $500k in Federal Grants to Study Geology, Optical Microstructures, and Atmospheric Science

Three School of Science faculty members in the TCNJ Department of Physics have been awarded grants from the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the Department of Energy (DOE) to support their research programs and engage undergraduate research collaborators in their work. Dr. David McGee, in collaboration with Associate Professor of Chemistry Dr. Heba Abourahma, received an NSF award to study a new microstructural fabrication system based on supramolecular azopolymer materials and digital polarization optics. Dr. Shannon Graham, Assistant Professor of Physics, received an NSF award to advance her work on slow slip episodes, geologic events that have been linked to large earthquakes. Finally, Dr. Nathan Magee, in collaboration with researchers from Pennsylvania State University, received an award from the Department of Energy to conduct a pilot study on the properties of mid-latitude cold clouds.

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Effect of COVID-19 on Campus Measured Seismically

What happens seismically when TCNJ learns and works from home due to COVID-19? TCNJ Physics professor Dr. Shannon Graham, in collaboration with Dr. Alan Kafka of Boston College, has observed a dramatic reduction in seismic activity. The image shows the seismic ‘noise’ on campus in blue and the daily average in orange. A clear trend begins on March 14, 2020. An increase in noise late last week is thought to be due to storms and high winds. (Computed with software from Thomas Lecocq @seismotom.)

Updates Regarding Summer and Fall 2020 Registration

Please see these general registration updates regarding Summer and Fall 2020:
1. Maymester, Summer I and Summer II sessions may be online only.
2. If you are a TCNJ student and would like to take a physics course at another institution, please fill out and submit a Course Authorization Form  ( ) to the physics program assistant Erin Chamberlin at
PLEASE NOTE: you must SAVE the form to your computer FIRST before filling it out, then save again after completing before attaching to your e-mail.
3. You do not need this form if the course is listed on NJ Transfer.
4. Note that we will authorize online labs taken at another institution.  This is a temporary waiver.
5.  If you are taking physics at Rutgers, the equivalent courses are 203+205 (for TCNJ Phy 201) and 204+206 (for TCNJ Phy 202)

Fall 2020 Registration Begins on April 7th, 2020

Registration for the Fall 2020 semester begins on Tuesday, April 7th, 2020.  For information on Physics courses and what waitlists are available, please go to  Please contact us at if you have any questions.

Physics Professor Part of New Jersey Sea Grant Award

Physics Professor Part of New Jersey Sea Grant Award

Dr. Nathan Magee, one of the Physics department’s Geophysics professors, is involved in the successful procurement of the New Jersey Sea Grant by Project SEA: Science, Education, and Action.  The grant will provide funding for new NGSS-aligned curriculum over the course of two years, with total funding equaling approximately $140,000.  The project is a collaboration with the TCNJ School of Education, TCNJ School of Science, and the Save Barnegat Bay foundation to design, test, and implement a new Ocean Science curriculum (for late elementary-middle grades) that includes up-to-date pedagogy, modern climate science, and a focus on New Jersey/Mid-Atlantic coastal issues.

Physics Club wins Outstanding Chapter Award from the Society of Physics Students

Physics Club wins Outstanding Chapter Award from the Society of Physics Students

TCNJ’s Physics Club has won the Society of Physics Students Outstanding Chapter Award for the 2018-2019 academic year.  This is the highest level of distinction given to Society of Physics Students chapters and is received by less than 15% of top chapters annually, with just 103 of 829 chapters so honored this year.  Congratulations to the faculty coordinator, Dr. Romulo Ochoa, as well as the students and student officers of the Physics Club for their fantastic work and service in the Physics department!  Please see the below link from the School of Science page for more information:

TCNJ Physics Students Win National Recognition