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2011-12 Physics News

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W&M Physics at Y.E.S. Science Night

At the Yorktown Elementary School Science Night W&M students and faculty impressed and amazed visitors with a variety of interactive demos organized by Prof. Irina Novikova and Prof. Wouter Deconinck, with the help of the Society of Physics Students.

Ringing the neutrinophone

ON A normal day physicists from the MINERvA collaboration based at Fermilab, America’s main particle-physics facilty, near Chicago, study neutrinos in the hope of unlocking the mysteries of the universe. In their spare time, though, they decided to test an idea that is (slightly) more down to Earth.

Society of Physics Students Jlab Tour 2012
Society of Physics Students Tour of Jefferson Lab

On the Friday March 2, the last day before spring break, a group of thirteen William & Mary physics students visited the Jefferson Lab accelerator facility in a tour organized by the Society of Physics Students.

Sarah Phillips
2012 JSA Postdoctoral Research Grant Winner Takes Aim at Never-Before-Seen State of Matter

NEWPORT NEWS, Va., Feb. 15 - Very few people can claim being the first to see a new state of matter. Sarah Phillips wants to join those select few. Today, Phillips got one step closer to that goal when she was named the recipient of the 2012 JSA Postdoctoral Research Grant at the U.S. Department of Energy's Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility.

Student, professors receive PBK awards

On Feb. 28, the Alpha of Virginia Chapter of Phi Beta Kappa presented awards recognizing the accomplishments of Allison Oldham '13 and Professors Robert Leventhal and Barbara Watkinson.

Key neutrino behavior observed at Daya Bay

An international team of physicists has reported the first set of observations detailing important behavior of neutrino oscillation, an accomplishment that is a necessary step to additional experiments intended to answer fundamental questions about the makeup of the universe.

William & Mary physics team has role in neutrino experiment

A team of William & Mary physicists has an important role in the Daya Bay Reactor Neutrino Experiment, a multinational collaboration to advance science's understanding of ubiquitous, yet mysterious, particles known as neutrinos.

A better & bigger Small Hall

“The building itself is always part of a physics experiment” says Keith Griffioen, professor and chair of the physics department. And in recent years, he added, Small Hall often was an unwanted part.