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2013-14 Physics News

Our news stories are archived by academic year.
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


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.

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.