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Physics Department News

Gene Tracy: 'Ray Tracing and Beyond'

Gene Tracy is one of the authors of a collection of techniques, methods and equations that can be used in more complex ray-tracing applications.

Ted Dintersmith '74 to welcome new students at Convocation

Alumnus Ted Dintersmith '74 will speak at William & Mary's 2014 Opening Convocation ceremony, scheduled for 5:15 p.m. Aug. 27 in the Wren Yard. The annual event welcomes new students to campus and marks the beginning of the academic year.

It’s not a drone: It’s a Creative Adaptation

Reed Beverstock '14 and Daniel Duane '15 make up a team that is preparing video modules to be used in an initiative titled Enhancing Problem-Solving Skills Using Online Tutorials.

Four projects receive Creative Adaptation funding

Four projects designed to improve the quality, scope and/or efficiency of programs at William & Mary were made possible this semester with support from the provost's Creative Adaptation Fund.

2014 Commencement

Physics Dept. Commencement ceremony is May 11 at 1:30 PM on the Small Hall Lawn

A SHOT IN THE DARK

Physicists are still searching for dark matter—the universe’s missing puzzle piece

Be there…or be 1/r²

The hyper-rational world of science has always made a bit of room to accommodate legend and William & Mary will soon be home to a living piece of one of the most well known scientific legends: a descendant of Isaac Newton’s apple tree.

Newton Day

Ceremony to celebrate the planting of a direct descendent of the apple tree that inspired Isaac Newton's theory of gravitation. The tree is a gift of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, propagated and donated by Bill Mackintosh.

Knock, knock, knocking on the proton’s weak charge

David Armstrong, Chancellor Professor of Physics at William & Mary and chair of the department, is a member of the Qweak Collaboration, a collection of scientists who recorded the first ever direct measurement of the weak charge of the proton at the Department of Energy's Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility (Jefferson Lab).

Vahle Honored with 2013 W&M Alumni Fellowship Award

The Fall 2013 winners of the Annual Alumni Association awards were honored at a banquet at the William & Mary Alumni House on Thursday September 19. Patricia Vahle, Associate Professor of Physics was one of the recipients of the 2013 Alumni Fellowship Award.

John Delos
Breathing more easily

The premature baby’s life is well monitored, but precarious. Among the dangers that preemies face are episodes of central apnea.

Wanted, dead or alive (not dead and alive)

Hans von Baeyer says that we all can stop worrying about Schrödinger's Cat. Science's most famous imaginary feline may indeed be dead—or perhaps it's alive. But it is certainly not both.

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2013 Commencement

Physics Dept. Commencement ceremony is May 12 at 2:30 PM on the Small Hall Lawn

Physics Teaching Award

Anne Norrick is awarded the 2012 Rolf G. Winter Teaching Award

Physics postdoc wins research grant at Jefferson Lab

Chris Monahan is the recipient of the 2013 JSA Postdoctoral Research Grant at the U.S. Department of Energy's Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility, which will provide $11,000 for his research.