Physics Department News

Class of 2016

Congratulations to the 2016 Physics Graduates

W&M announces 2016 Plumeri Award recipients

From a globally recognized leader in international criminal law and a leading linguistic scholar to a widely published neuroscientist, the 2016 Plumeri Awards for Faculty Excellence will be bestowed to 20 talented and visionary professors across William & Mary's campus.

‘Picasso at the Lapin Agile’ parallels COLL curriculum

The theatre department reached to the physics department for insight as it prepared to perform 'Picasso at the Lapin Agile,' a comedy by Steve Martin that examines the intersection of art and science.

It takes a research university

It takes a research university to bring together the resources required to address big questions, but the term “research university” takes a bit of unpacking in the context of an institution that, as the charter mandates, "shall be called and denominated, for ever, the College of William and Mary."

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Ultra-cold atoms deliver cool research

A Ph.D. student’s physics research on trapping and manipulating ultra-cold atoms will be honored at the Graduate Research Symposium on March 19.

High performance computing key to campus research

W&M IT's High Performance Computing (HPC) team provides the computing power, technical skill and intellectual acumen to support research computing at W&M.

JLab Research Advances Niobium Film Deposition

The work of Physics Ph.D. candidate Matthew Burton and his advisor R.A. Lukaszew is featured in the Volume 31 Number 5 edition of Cold Facts, a periodical produced by the Cryogenic Society of America

Library leads way in open access movement

Academic libraries nationwide are beginning to embrace the open access movement, an effort to provide unrestricted online access to research.

Nuclear physics panel advances Electron-Ion Collider development

A set of recommendations on ways to advance nuclear physics research in the United States includes the significant development of programs at Jefferson Lab in Newport News, a facility where scores of William & Mary scientists conduct research.

Nanomagnetism

A new book on nanomagnetism, edited by Physics Professor Ale Lukaszew.

The red region is an area of ionized hydrogen where stars are forming and the blue region is a cloud of dust particles that reflect the light from nearby stars.
Horror. Beauty. Science.

Jacob Gunnarson’s first reaction upon being handed the keys to the observatory was one of moderate horror.

Class of 2015

Congratulations to the 2015 Physics Graduates

Bergan ’15 named Jefferson Prize winner

Will Bergan ’15, a math and physics double major from Springfield, Virginia, is the 2015 recipient of William & Mary’s Thomas Jefferson Prize in Natural Philosophy, William & Mary's top honor for science and mathematics undergraduates.

Devil’s advocate ensures no one escapes island in annual Raft Debate

Devil’s Advocate Andreas Stathopoulos narrowly out-argued representatives from the humanities, social sciences, and natural and computational sciences to win the annual Raft Debate, convincing a capacity crowd that none of the disciplines were worth saving.

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

Neutrinos … and why we study them at William & Mary

Because these subatomic particles are so important on so many levels, there are many neutrino experiments going on and William & Mary physicists are involved in a number of them.

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.

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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.