May 2017: Andy Ding’2017 earned Research Honors for the research he conducted under the guidance
of Prof. Gabe Spalding. Andy's thesis, titled "STUDIES IN MESOSCOPICS AND QUANTUM
MICROSCOPIES” is available athttps://digitalcommons.iwu.edu/physics_honproj/18
Summer 2016: As usual, our physics students worked on a broad range of projects during their summer
2016 internships of various kinds, at research universities, government labs, private
companies, or on campus.
Morgan Bishop '18 worked at 4 Seasons Health Club as swim coach and swim instructor.
Hank Bolon '18 worked at the governors club in Chapel Hill, North Carolina as the
Emily Brown '17 worked at the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency in Springfield,
IL through the Governors Environmental Corps internship. I worked jointly with the
Office of Community Relations and the environmental education coordinator on the "Jr.
GEC" summer camp outreach and on posters and activities for the IEPA IL State Fair
Andy Ding'17 worked at Harvard University, John A. Paulson School of Engineering and
Applied Sciences, in their Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program.
Brannan Hutchinson '18 worked at Barnes-Jewish Hospital observing a cardiac anesthesiologist.
Dino Karas '17 worked at Fermi Lab National Accelerator Laboratory on the Muon to
Eon (Mu2e) project with Mechanical Engineers, Cryogenic Engineers and Engineering
Lunjun (Simon) Liu ‘17 worked at the Caltech SURF program, in TIME-Pilot group, physics
department, to study the epoch of reionization.
Krystyna Lopez '17 took a Ukrainian language course at Ukrainian Catholic University.
Matt McGill '17 worked at the University of Kentucky as a research assistant in an
atomic physics lab.
Adam Muellers '16 worked at Air Management Products and aided in the selection and
design of HVAC systems for commercial and industrial buildings.
Tim Smyk '18 worked at Morris Business and Technology Center as a maintenance worker
on various projects around the building.
Troy Southard '16 worked at Elkay manufacturing as an electrical engineering intern
on the next generation bottle-filling units and improving manufacturing processes
using Labview programming.
Rachel Westerkamp '18 worked for Wright Patterson Air Force Base as an ATR Center
Intern on a project called "Using Convolutional Neural Networks for SAR feature extraction."
Boyang Zhou' 17 worked at Detroit University as a researcher on Magnetic Hyperthermia.
May 22, 2015 Our own Taiyo Wilson, a PhD candidate in the Mechanical Engineering department at
UIUC, has been awarded a NASA Space Technology Research Fellowship (NSTRF). The NSTRF
program sponsors graduate students who show significant potential to contribute to
NASA’s goal of creating innovative new space technologies. Taiyo's research involves
developing computational methods for modeling non-equilibrium flows and gas-surface
and plasma-surface interactions. This work is of interest to NASA because predictive
modeling of chemically reacting flows is essential for the design and optimization
of future hypersonic vehicles.
A large fraction of our physics majors are doing exciting research work during this
summer. All five faculty members in the department have students working on research projects
with them. Here is a brief description of the various projects that our physics majors are working
on during their summer internships of various kinds, on campus, and at other research
universities, government labs, or private companies.
Kyle Connour'15 is working on Trojan asteroids, with IWU Prof. Linda French, at the
Observatario Cerro Tellolo, Chile.
Brian Kim'15 is working on laser-assisted electron scattering experiments, with IWU
Prof. Bruno deHarak, at the University of Kentucky.
Margaret McCarter'15 is doing a research internship, working in the tribology group
at Argonne National Laboratory, Argonne, IL.
Joe Richards'16 is working on fabricating nanovaterite particles and using a combination
of acoustic and optical techniques for laser trapping in resonant structures, with
IWU Prof. Gabe Spalding, at St. Andrews University, Scotland.
Hayley Roberts'16 is doing an REU research internship at the University of Colorado,
Kyle O'Shea'16, Fiona Breyer'17 and Lunjun Liu '17 are working on setting up an experiment for the study of cosmic dust analogues, with IWU Prof. Thushara Perera, at IWU.
James Connolly'17 is working as a manufacturing engineer intern at GKN, in Woodridge, IL.
Toan Le'17 is working with a spatial light modulator to compensate for scattering
inside some exotic complex fluids, with IWU Prof. Gabe Spalding, at IWU.
Maxwell Leonard'17, a physics economics double major, is working in the financial planning and analysis department at State Farm.
Matthew McGill'17, 2015 Bill Murphy Scholar, is working on chemical oscillations and
waves, with IWU Prof. Narendra Jaggi, at IWU.
Jake Nave'17 is doing glass research in an (industry) internship at Johnson Matthey Noble Metals.
Julia Savich'17 is doing an REU research internship,involving forest bioproducts research, at
the Univesity of Maine-Orono.
Vasil Kukushliev'18 is doing an REU research internship at the University of Texas at Brownsville.
April 20, 2015 Margaret McCarter'15 has been named a recipient of the prestigious and competitive
National Science Foundation Graduate Fellowship. She will use this fellowship to pursue
her Ph.D. in Physics at the University of California, Berkeley, starting in Fall 2015.
April 19, 2015 Linda French and Jennifer Sieben are coauthors on a major article in Icarus, the leading journal of planetary astronomy. "Rotation lightcurves of small jovian Trojan asteroids." Linda M. French, Robert D. Stephens, Daniel Coley, Lawrence H. Wasserman and Jennifer
April 18, 2015 Ten physics students presented the research that they had conducted in collaboration
with various professors, at the
"Microfluidic generator of sub-10-micron hydrosomes" poster by Zhenghao Ding, Lunjun Liu, Gabriel C. Spalding* "Assembly, alignment, and maintenance of an automated Laser Cutter" poster by Zhenghao Ding, Lunjun Liu, Gabriel C. Spalding* "Demonstration of Ion Trap principles" poster by Zhenghao Ding, Lunjun Liu, Gabriel C. Spalding* "Designing optical traps from the bottom up" byToan H. Le, Joseph Richards, George W. Alex, Gabriel C. Spalding* " OscillatingChemical Oscillators" oral presentation by Ruomeng Zhang, Rita Xi Lin and Narendra K. Jaggi * " Interactive Physics Simulations" oral presentation by Jonathan Gholson and Narendra K Jaggi * " A New Laboratory for mm-/sub-mm-wave Characterization of Cosmic Dust Analogs", poster by Lunjun Liu and Thushara Perera* " Delving Deeper In To Space: Observing Areas Surrounded by Interstellar Dust" , poster by Beatrice Koka, Ryan Schonert , Rebecca Roesner* and Thushara Perera* musical performance by Krystyna Lopez *: name of faculty members supervising the research
February 3, 2015 Prof. Narendra Jaggi was appointed as Visiting Scholar in the Physics Department at the University of Ilinois Urbana Champaign, where he is working on highly correlated electron systems with Prof. Laura Greene
and Prof. Wan Kyu Park during his sabbatical leave. Jan 21, 2015: Prof. Narendra Jaggi was the inaugural speaker at the Fr. C. deBrouwer Memorial Interdisciplinary
Science Lecture Series, St. Xaviers College, Ranchi, India. The title of his talk
was " The Future of Science Education: It is already here."
Jan 8, 2015Sam Birsa'15 presented his research conducted in Prof. Thushara Perera's lab as a
poster at the 225th meeting of the American Astronomical Society in Seattle Washington. The poster was titled "A New Laboratory for MM-/Sub-MM-Wave Characterization of Cosmic Dust Analogs," Birsa, Samuel; Do, Huy; Williams, Frederick; Liu, Lunjun; Schonert, Ryan; Perera,
Thushara (All from IWU), and Dale Fixsen (NASA, GSFC). http://adsabs.harvard.edu/abs/2015AAS...22543405B
Profs. Kevin Strandberg and Bruno deHarak were awarded funding from the Recentering the Humanities Project, for a team taught course combining science and art for the creation of images. In Fiat
Lux Semper Scientific and Artistic Experiments in Light Imaging, students will work
with images, some based in reality, others not. What it means to “see” something depends
on one’s perspective – artists, philosophers, and scientists are unlikely to give
the same definition.
"The physics department here is incredible, and every professor is genuinely interested
in getting to know students and helping them succeed. They have really encouraged
me to seek out opportunities to do research and are always ready and willing to help
if I come to them for guidance." ~ Margaret McCarter, the University’s first Goldwater
recipient since 2003
January 23, 2014
Julia Savich, Jennifer Sieben, Margaret McCarter, Emily Brown, Krystyna Lopez, Chelsea
Davitt, and Beatrice Koka represented the physics and pre-engineering women of IWU
at the 2014 Midwest Conference for Undergraduate Women in Physics (CUWiP) , January
16-19, 2014, hosted the University of Chicago.
January 22, 2014
Professor Gabriel C. Spalding has been elected as a Fellow of SPIE, the international
society for optics and photonics. Fellows are members of SPIE who have made significant
scientific and technical contributions in the multidisciplinary fields of optics,
photonics and imaging. This high honor is awarded to acknowledge their technical
achievement, and for their service to the general optics community and to SPIE in
December 3, 2013 Professor Gabe Spalding has been named a Fellow of the American Physical Society, upon the recommendation of the Forum on Education. This is a high honor; only one
half of one percent of the membership of APS is elected to the Fellowship of the Society.
The citation reads, in part: " For his work to create a community of physics educators
focused on physics laboratory instruction beyond the first year; ..."
October 14, 2013 Precise observations of asteroids by three Illinois Wesleyan University physics majors
have resulted in the designation of the University’s Mark Evans Observatory as an
official observing site. The three are: Kyle Connour ’15 and Chelsea Davitt ’14, both
of Bloomington, and Daniel La Rocca of Palatine, Ill., a 2013 graduate of Illinois
Wesleyan. For more information, click here. October 1, 2013 Professor Gabe Spalding chosen to receive the prestigious 2014 Jonathan Reichert and
Barbara Wolff-Reichert Award for Excellence in Advanced Laboratory Instruction. The Prize was established to recognize
and honor outstanding achievement in teaching, sustaining (for at least four years),
and enhancing an advanced undergraduate laboratory course or courses at US institutions. It
consists of $5,000 and a certificate with the appropriate citation. The citation that
will appear on the certificate reads as follows: “For introducing contemporary concepts and significant enhancements to “beyond-first-year”
physics laboratory courses, and for playing a key role in organizing the nation-wide
Advanced Laboratory Physics Association and being its first president.”
September 23, 2013 Professor Linda French and D. La Rocca (IWU'13) are co-authors on these papers. 1) "A Troop of Trojans: Lightcurves of 24 Trojan Asteroids," by L. M. French, R. D. Stephens, D. R. Coley, L. H. Wasserman, F. Vilas, and D.
La Rocca 2) "Lightcurve for (152756) 1999 JV3," by R. D. Stephens and L. M. French. These papers are available online here.
September 9, 2013 llinois Wesleyan's Mark Evans Observatory is now an official observing site recognized
by the Minor Planet Center (MPC), due to the efforts of Kyle Connor ('15), Chelsea
Davitt ('14) and Daniel La Rocca ('13). The three physics majors worked over the
summer under the direction of Physics Professor Linda French to install a new telescope
and electronic camera at the observatory. Their observations of a wide range of asteroids
were of sufficiently high precision for the MPC to designate a permanent code to the
Evans Observatory. The MPC is housed at the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory
under the auspices of the International Astronomical Union.
September 6, 2013 Professor Thushara Perera receives a grant from a National Science Foundation grant
to study the properties of cosmic dust through. The $178,261 grant will support obtaining
laboratory instruments and fund the stipends for two student research assistants each
year of the two-year grant period. https://www.iwu.edu/news/2013/09-NSF-funds-cosmic-dust-study.html
August 26, 2013 Sam Birsa'2014 received the 2013 Bill Murphy Summer Research Award to set-up single
quantum interference experiments for our upper-level laboratory curriculum.
August 25, 2013 Patrick Dahl'2013 and Professor Gabe Spalding are co-authors of a paper titled "(Not) just torquing around " at Optical Trapping and Optical Micromanipulation X Authors: Gabriel C. Spalding, Illinois Wesleyan Univ.; Christine E. M. Demore, Zhengyi Yang,
Institute for Medical Science & Technology (United Kingdom); Patrick M. Dahl, Illinois
Wesleyan Univ. and Institute for Medical Science & Technology (United Kingdom); Peter
Glynne-Jones, Univ. of Southampton (United Kingdom); Andreas Melzer, Michael P. MacDonald,
Sandy Cochran, Institute for Medical Science & Technology (United Kingdom)
August1, 2013: Professor Perera and IWU students Alejandro Mancera'2015 and Jesse Schaar'2012, co-authored
a research paper titled "An Efficient and Optimal Filter for Identifying Point Sources in Millimeter/Submillimeter
Wavelength Sky Maps" in PUBLICATIONS OF THE ASTRONOMICAL SOCIETY OF THE PACIFIC, 125:838–848, 2013 July T.A. Perera (IWU), G.W. Wilson (Umass, Amherst), K.S.Scott (NRAO), J.E. Austermann
(CASA), J.R. Schaar (IWU), and A. Mancera (IWU).
June, 2013: Professor Bruno deHarak presented two posters at the 2013 Joint Meeting of the APS
Division of Atomic, Molecular & Optical Physics and the CAP Division of Atomic, Molecular
& Optical Physics, in Quebec City, Canada. The first (with co-authors K. Bartschat
and N.L.S. Martin) was titled "Energy dependence of the (e,2e) recoil/binary peak ratio across He autoionizing levels". The second (with co-authors B. Nosarzewski, M. Siavashpouri, and N.L.S. Martin) was
titled "Eletron-helium laser-assisted free-free scattering for incident energies from 30
- 200 eV: effects of polarization direction".
June 6, 2013: Professor Thushara Perera gave a contributed talk at the summer meeting of the American Astronomical Society (AAS meeting 222) titled "An Efficient and Optimal Technique for Identifying Point Sources in Millimeter/sub-millimeter
May 9, 2013 Christopher Jent '15 and Nickolas Miller '16 presented a poster at a reception for
the IWU Board of Trustees. The poster described work on 3D tracking that they performed
with Professor Bruno deHarak.
April 20, 2013: Seven students, working on various research projects with Prof. Bruno de Harak, presented
their work at the annual John Wesley Powell Research Conference at IWU. Juan GomezVelez '14 and Kyle French '14 presented a poster on "Laser-Based Pressure Measurement" Victoria Halevy '14 presented a poster on "The Iridescence of Morpho Butterfly Wings" Xi Lin '16 and Madeline Lyons '16 presented a poster on "Characterization of Dust" Christopher Jent '15 and Nickolas Miller '16 presented a poster on "Determining the Location of an Object In 3 Dimensional Space Using a Two Camera System"
November 12, 2012 Professor Bruno deHarak co-authored a research paper in Physical Review A, "Dipole-quadrupole interference spectroscopy: Observation of an autoionizing He 1D
Rydberg series" Phys. Rev. A 86, 053408 (2012)
September 7, 2012: Professor Linda French leads NSF-funded study of asteroids. Adding to the body of
knowledge regarding the formation and evolution of our solar system will be the focus
of a National Science Foundation (NSF)-funded study led by Illinois Wesleyan University
Chair and Professor of Physics Linda M. French and involving astronomers from Georgia
State University, Lowell Observatory in Arizona, and the Center for Solar System Studies
in California. https://www.iwu.edu/news/2012/09-faculty-french-NSF-grant.html
August 27, 2012: Professor Linda French becomes the Chair of IWU Physics Department.
July 2012: Professor Gabe Spalding is co-editor of the Proceedings of SPIE. Optical Trapping and Optical Micromanipulation IX, Proceedings SPIE 8458, edited by
K. Dholakia, G. C. Spalding (SPIE, Bellingham, WA 2012).
April 20, 2012: Professor Gabe Spalding explains his collaborative research that may lead to technology
for more precisely targeting and destroying tumors.
April 14, 2012: Four students, working on various research projects with Prof. Bruno de Harak, presented
their work at the annual John Wesley Powell Research Conference at IWU. Jonathan Castro '15 and Alejandro Mancera '15 presented a poster on "Nature of Friction
within System of Interleaved Sheets". Joseph Lim '13 presented a poster titled "On Edwin H. Land's Retinex Theory: Developing
a Classroom Demonstration for Color Vision. " Alan Russian '15 (also mentored by Prof. Liffiton) presented a poster on " Monte
Carlo Simulations of Electron Scattering Experiments."
April 11, 2012: Chair and Professor of Physics Narendra Jaggi has been named the 2013 winner of the
Kemp Foundation Award for Teaching Excellence at Illinois Wesleyan University. It
is the University's highest teaching honor: https://www.iwu.edu/news/2012/04-honors-recap.html
August 29, 2011: A team led by Professor Gabe Spalding has been awarded a grant of more than $450,000
from the National Science Foundation. Professor Spalding is the principal investigator
on a project aimed toward improving laboratory instruction in physics for undergraduate
college students in the United States.“ https://www.iwu.edu/news/2011/fea_NSFGrant_00811.shtml
August 21, 2011: Professor Gabe Spalding is, with Kishan Dholakia, Chair of the Conference on Optical
Trapping & Optical Micromanipulation (OTOM'11), which took place in San Diego, August
August 15, 2011: Professor Gabe Spalding has co-authored a paper Gunnsteinn Hall, Gabriel C. Spalding,
Paul J. Campagnola, John G. White, and Kevin W. Eliceiri, "Fast localized wavefront
correction using area-mapped phase-shift interferometry," Opt. Lett. 36, 2892-2894
July 29, 2011: "Nathaniel Wolanyk, a 21-year-old rising senior from Illinois Wesleyan University,
said he was “mind-boggled” by the research and extensive materials available at UAB.
He got to work with diamonds during his research of the superconductivity of iron-selenium
compounds at high pressures." " I walk away from this experience more confident in
myself and have a larger appreciation of research,” said Wolanyk, who now plans to
attend graduate school at UAB. http://uabnews.blogspot.com/2011_07_01_archive.html
July 28, 2011 : Professor Bruno deHarak presented a poster entitled "Electron-helium free-free scattering in the presence of a laserfield" at the XXVII International Conference on Photonic, Electronic and Atomic Collisions
in Belfast, UK.
July 2011: Patrick Dahl conducted research under the auspices of the summer Research Experience
for Undergraduates (REU) program at Case Western Reserve University. Casey Hennesey conducted research under the auspices of the summer Research Experience
for Undergraduates (REU) program. Nathaniel Wolanyk conducted research under the auspices of the summer Research Experience
for Undergraduates (REU) program at University of Alabama at Birmingham. He studied
the effects of ultra-high pressures on the superconducting properties of newly discovered
June 14, 2011: Professor Bruno deHarak presented a poster at the 42nd Annual Meeting of the APS Division
of Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics in Atlanta, GA, "Using Laser Induced Breakdown To Probe Pressure" Dan LaRocca '13, Evan Baker '11, and Nicholas Goble '11, were co-authors.
Professor Bruno deHarak was also a co-author for another poster at the 42nd Annual
Meeting of the APS Division of Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics in Atlanta, GA, "Development of a multipass cell for atomic collision experiments in the presence
of a laser field".
April 1, 2011: Physics Department Chair and Professor Narendra Jaggi presented a paper at the Spring
Meeting of ISAAPT, Eastern Illinois University, Charleston, IL " Visualizing the Process of Minimization of Functionals Using Mathematica" http://helios.augustana.edu/isaapt/s11/isaapt.html
April 1, 2011: Professor Gabe Spalding heads up a new initiative to bring contemporary experiments
in quantum mechanics into the undergraduate curriculum: http://www.advlab.org/spqm.html
March 15, 2011: Professor Gabe Spalding is co-principal investigator on a National Science Foundation
proposal that just received $49,687 in funding. The proposal supports a nationwide
initiative for faculty-staff training in contemporary advanced laboratory instruction
February 10, 2011: Professor Bruno deHarak had one more research paper published: "High-energy electron-helium scattering in a Nd:YAG laser field" B. A. deHarak, L. Ladino, K. B. MacAdam, and N. L. S. Martin Phys. Rev. A 83, 022706 (2011)
December 9, 2010: Professor Bruno deHarak published a paper in "Physical review A": "Out-of-plane (e,2e) angular distributions and energy spectra of helium L = 0,1,2
B. A. deHarak, K. Bartschat, and N. L. S. Martin Phys. Rev. A 82, 062705 (2010)
November 28, 2010: Professor Linda French will give a talk on John Goodricke and his colleagues to the
Historical Astronomy Division of the American Astronomical Society on January 8.
It's entitled "The 'Three York Astronomers' and the Royal Society of London."
November 10, 2010: Junior Derrick Rohl has been accepted into the Research Experience for Undergraduates
Program (REU) of the National Science Foundation. Derrick will spend January to March
of 2011 conducting research at the Cerro Tololo Interamerican Observatory in La Serena,
Chile. His research, supervised by Professor Linda French, focuses on Trojan asteroids,
which revolve around the sun in the same orbit as Jupiter. https://www.iwu.edu/news/2010/stn_DerrickRohl_01110.shtml
October 6, 2010: Derrick Rohl was a co-author with Professor Linda French and others on a presentation
at the meeting of the Division for Planetary Sciences of the American Astronomical
Society. Title of the presentation: " Rotation Properties of Three Jovian Trojan Asteroids."
Fall 2010: Professor Bruno deHarak is the co-editor of the Proceedings of the International Symposium
on (e,2e), Double Photoionization and Related Topics & 15th International Symposium
on Polarization and Correlation in Electronic and Atomic Collisions. The symposium
was held during summer 2009, and the Proceedings have just been published as a special
issue of J.Phys. Nicholas L S Martin and Bruno A deHarak 2010 J. Phys.: Conf. Ser. 212 011001 http://iopscience.iop.org/1742-6596/212/1/011001
September 2010: Junior Taiyo Wilson conducted research in Gamma-ray Astrophysics during Summer 2010
at the NSF/REU program at the University of Notre Dame. His work was published in
the annual report and you can read his paper at the following URL. http://physics.nd.edu/assets/29008/wilson_taiyoreupaper2.pdf
September 2010: Junior Nick Goble conducted research during Summer 2010 at the NSF/REU program at
Case Western Reserve University. He worked with Prof. Philip L. Taylor of CWRU and
investigated the "Equilibrium Shape of a Dielectric Droplet in an Electric Field" http://www.phys.cwru.edu/reu/2010/
August 2010: Kundan Chaudhary conducted research during Summer 2010 at the Materials Research
Laboratory at the University of Illinois Urbana- Champaign . He worked in the research
group of Prof. Jennifer Lewis, and explored the application of so-called 'Janus
rods' in microfluidic devices using confocal microscopy.
Spring 2010: IWU Magazine runs a highly readable article by Tim Obermiller about the research conducted
by Professor Thushara Perera; it is titled " A Universe Filled With Questions". To
read this article and learn about Professor Perera's research, click on the URL below. https://www.iwu.edu/magazine/2010/spring/questions_perera.shtml
Spring 2010: Professor Linda French maintains a blog during her sabbatical leave in York, England,
where she is researching the life of York astronomer John Goodricke.To follow her
blog, click on the URL below. https://blogs.iwu.edu/lfrench/
Spring 2010: Professor Gabe Spalding gave an invited talk at a combined conference of the American
Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT) and the American Physical Society in Washington,
D.C., about a national survey regarding laboratory instruction during the final three
years of the undergraduate physics major.
December 4, 2009 at 4:00 PM Physics Student-Research Seminar Series Bibek Raman Parajuli'2010 gives a seminar "Design and Fabrication of multi-dimensional photonic crystals" [Work doneunder the supervision of Professor Paul V.Braun, University of Illinois
Urbana-Champaign during summer 2009]
By using the kinetic difference of physiochemical processes, highly porous or discrete
metal structures can be obtained. Through theoretical modeling and geometrical design,
the research expected to obtain metal structure with superior optical properties.
My research was to develop a multi-layered stack of a photonic crystal.
Friday, November 20 , 2009 at 4:00 PM Physics Student-Research Seminar Series Adam Chambers' 2010 gives a seminar on 'Superconductivity and the Proximity Effect in Nb/Cu Bilayers'
[The research was done during summer 2009 under the supervision of Professor Laura
Greene at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.]
Friday, November 6, 2009 at 4:00 PM Physics Student-Research Seminar Series Ryan Goetz' 2011 "Detecting Nonlinear Correlations in VIRGO Data Channels"
April 7, 2009: Physics Crystal Ball Coffeehouse Six physics alumni, Jane Andrew'1986, Steve Zimmerman'2000, Prakrit Jena'2005, Ryan Smith'2007 and Andy
Nelson' 2008 visited the Hart Career Center and spoke to 23 current physics students about their
careers after their physics degree from IWU. Many thanks to Professor Spalding,
Professor Detweiler, the Hart Career Center and the Alumni Relations Office for helping
plan and execute this valuable experience for our current students.
April 3-4, 2009: During the Spring Meeting of ISAAPT:
Three students made oral presentations at the Student Research Symposium: Alison Smith, Mark S. Kasperczyk, Nathan H. Frank Observation of a Resonance State in 25F. Leah Goldberg RPC Modifications for the PHENIX Collaboration Muon-Trigger Upgrade. Mark Kasperczyk, Alison R. Smith, Nathan H. Frank Observation of a Resonance State in 26F. Alison Smithwon the prize for the Top Student Presentation at the Spring Meeting of the ISAAPT,
for her paper.
Prof. Lew Detweiler offered a workshop "Hands On Astronomy" at the Mark Evans Observatory, and chaired a session. Prof. Linda French chaired a session, presented a Take -Five and organized a viewing on the quad by
Twin City Amateur Astronomers, Lee Green and Dan Miller. Prof. Narendra Jaggi organized the conference and presented a paper titled: "Embedding: An Approach to Integrating Computational Skills in the Curriculum." Prof. Thushare Perera presented an Invited Talk : "Measuring Ancient Light." Prof. Gabe Spalding chaired a session and presented a Take-Five.
April 3-4, 2009: The department hosted the Spring Meeting of the Illinois Section
of American Association of Physics Teachers (ISAAPT) at IWU: 66 attendees, 22 papers,
Student Research Symposium, three workshops. http://helios.augustana.edu/isaapt/s09/isaapt.html
March 12, 2009: Prof. Thushara Perera published a paper titled "An AzTEC 1.1mm survey of the GOODS-N field - I. Maps, catalogue and source statistics" in Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society (MNRAS), volume 390, pages 1227-1238,
year 2009 http://adsabs.harvard.edu/abs/2008MNRAS.391.1227P
February 6, 2009: Prof. Bruno deHarak accepted our offer to join IWU as an Assistant professor of physics, starting August
February 2009: Prof. Nathan Frank presented a talk titled "Cutting-Edge Undergraduate Research in Nuclear Physics" to the 2009 American Association of Physics Teachers Winter Meeting in Chicago, IL.
February 2009: Prof. French has been awarded two weeks of telescope time at Cerro Tololo Interamerican Observatory
in May and July 2009.
January 2009: Prof. French presented "An Early Astronomical Observation by John Goodricke" to the Historical Astronomy Division of the American Astronomical Society at their
annual meeting in Long Beach, California.
November 2008: Alison R. Smith presented a talk, based upon her research with Prof. Frank, titled "Observation of a Low-Lying Neutron Unbound State in 25F" to the 19th Annual Argonne Symposium for Undergraduates in Science, Engineering,
and Mathematics at Argonne National Laboratory.
October 2008: Prof. Jaggi and senior, John Meuser presented a paper "Use of Mathematica in Intermediate Quantum Mechanics" at the Fall Meeting of Illinois Section of American Association of Physics Teachers
( ISAAAPT) at ISU, Normal, IL, October 10-11, 2008 http://helios.augustana.edu/isaapt/f08/details-15.html
October 10, 2008: The department completed a comprehensive Self-Studyfor the period 1997-2008, including its students, curriculum (theoretical, experimental
and computational), faculty and support staff, and facilities.
September 16, 2008: IWU research trip to observatory in Chile just completed: Prof. Linda French and IWU physics major Kundan Chaudhary have just returned from
their trip to an observatory in Chile, as part of their research work. A blog describing
the trip is available online at:https://blogs.iwu.edu/factrack/
September 5, 2008: Liquid NItrogen and Soap Bubbles at the SPS PIcnic: On Sunday, August 31, 2008, the IWU Society of Physics Students organized a picnic
at the historic Franklin Park. See the videos on YouTube online at: https://www.youtube.com/user/MadScientist3889
April 24, 2008: Dr. Thushara Perera joins the department as tenure-track Assistant
Professor of astronomy and physics. Click on the URL below to learn more about Professor
April 24, 2008: Professor Spalding gives the "Charles Lindberg Lecture" at UW-Madison.
The title of his talk: "Small Masses Require Small Forces: Micro-mechanical Control via Transfer of Optical
April 22, 2008: Professor Jaggi elected Chair of Promotion and Tenure Committee for
April 21, 2008: Beginning Fall 2008, Ikenna Odinaka ' 08 will pursue his Ph.D. in
Electrical Engineering at Washington University. Jay Christensen' 08 (physics minor) will be attending Rush Medical College in the
Fall. . April 18, 2008: Ed Price' 08 is joining Teach for America! He'll be teaching secondary
Chemistry in Memphis,TN.April 16, 2008: Ryan Esch '08 has been accepted into the dual-degree
program at Bradley, where he plans to study Civil Engineering. He plans to pursue
a Masters Degree.Scott Swisher '08 (physics minor) has been admitted into the graduate
Econ programs at Cornell, Wisconsin, Michigan, and Michigan State.April 14, 2008:
After numerous visits around the country, Becky Carlton '08 finally accepts the offer
from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, to pursue her Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering.After
much deliberation, Nick Timme '08 has accepted the offer from Indiana University
to pursue his Ph.D. in Physics.April 12, 2008: Professor Jaggi is the keynote speaker
at the Phi Kappa Phi induction ceremony. The title of his talk: "New wine in old
wineskins?: Is nuclear the new green?"
Three physics students present papers at the John Wesley Powell Research Conference. "Investigation into Factors Affecting the Operating Deflection Shapes of a Mandolin" by Thomas Traynor '08 (physics minor) and Prof. Morrison; "The mode shapes and frequencies of carbon fiber plates" by Nick Timme '08 and Prof. Morrison; "Stock Index pricing with random walk and agent based models" by Scott N. Swisher IV '08 (physics minor) and Prof. Seeborg
April 10, 2008: Colin Komar '08 will enter the Ph.D. program at West Virginia University
where he will study Plasma Physics.
April 9, 2008: Professor Wilson presents a workshop, "Hiroshima and Nagasaki for
Teachers,"at the University of Puerto Rico at Rio Piedras, San Juan, Seventh Conference:
Science, Environment and Society, La Ciencia al Servicio de la Paz y los Derechos
Humanos (Science in Service of Peace and Human Rights)
April 9, 2008: Alex Boecher '08 will pursue his graduate studies in Environmental
Studies at UW-Madison.
April 8, 2008: Sawyer Campbell '08 accepts the offer from The College of Optical Sciences
at The University of Arizona to do his PhD. in Optics.
April 6, 2008: In Fall 2008, Thomas Traynor '08 (physics minor) will do environmental
work for United Oil Products, in their R&D division, on developing renewable fuels.
March 2008: Professor Spalding is President of a new national organization called
ALPhA (for "Advanced Lab Physics Association"), which is working to establish a network
of instructors interested in the experimental part of the undergraduate curriculum,
emphasizing the arc of development desired beyond the introductory level. In this
capacity, Prof. Spalding hosted open meetings for Advanced Lab instructors from across
the nation both at the Winter Meeting of the American Association of Physics Teachers
(AAPT), which was held in Baltimore, and at the annual March Meeting of the American
Physical Society (APS), which was held in New Orleans. ALPhA is working collaboratively
with both APS and AAPT and can already point to a number of new resources that are
coming together to help Advanced Lab Instructors. -- So far, these include:
March 1-20, 2008: Colin Komar, Becky Carlton, Dan Haeger, Nick Timme and Alex Boecher
travel to universities around the country to decide which offer (of admission into
graduate school and scholarship/fellowship) they will accept.
January 2008: December graduate Janelle Bailey '08 accepts position at Farmer's Insuarance Company. December graduate Andy Nelson '08 accepts position (as research engineer) at the U.S.
Army Core of Engineers (CERL).
December 2007: December graduate Janelle Bailey '08 receives the prestigious full-ride
scholarship to attend law school at the University of Kansas City Law School, starting
Fall 2008; she accepts it.
November 2007: Prof. Nathan Frank publishes, with co-authors, " Exploring Neutron-Rich Oxygen Isotopes with MoNA" in Proton Emitting Nuclei and Related Topics-PROCON2007 edited by L. Ferreira and
October 2007: Professor Wilson conducts a workshop, A Natural -- Nuclear Physics, Nuclear War. Is It Missing from Your Physics Curriculum? at the IL-AAPT Fall Meeting at Lincoln Land Community College, Springfield, IL.
August 2007: Six students return to campus after exciting and successful summer research
at different research universities: Andy Nelson at UIUC, Becky Carlton at Washington
University, Colin Komar at Baylor University, Dan Haegar at UC Santa Barbara, Ikenna
Odinaka at UIUC, and Nick Timme at Kansas State University.
August 2007: Prof. Linda French starts her term as the Director of IWU's London Semester
August 2007: Prof. Gabe Spalding co-chairs the topical Conference on Optical Trapping and Optical Micro-manipulation IV (sponsored by SPIE), San Diego, California. For conference proceedings, click here
August 9, 2007: Prof. Ray Wilson guides a workshop at the International Institute
on Peace Education, 25th Anniversary Symposium at the United Nations, "Missing from
August 2007: Santanam Kasturi, M.Tech., appointed as Adjunct Instructor for Fall 2007 August 2007: David Wolfe, Ph.D., reappointed as Adjunct Associate Professor for Fall
2007 August 2007: Nathan Frank, Ph.D., joins the department as Visiting Assistant Professor
July 2007: Prof. Andy Morrison presents paper titled "Incorporating space missions into a fundamental astronomy course" at the AAPT Summer Meeting in Greensboro, NC.
March 2007: Prof. Ray Wilson, presents a paper, "Missing from Your Physics Curriculum?"at the IL-AAPT Spring Meeting at WIU, Macomb, IL.
August 2006: Prof. Gabe Spalding co-chairs the topical SPIE Conference on Optical Trapping and Optical Micro-manipulation III (sponsored by SPIE) August 2006: David Wolfe, Ph.D., appointed as Adjunct Associate Professor for Fall
July 2006: Prof. Beth Cunningham presents an invited talk at the National Conference of Physics Department Chairs (sponsored by the American Physics Society) in Maryland. July 2006: Beth Cunningham, Ph.D., the new Provost and Dean of Faculty at IWU, joins
the department as Professor of Physics.
August 2005: Prof. Gabe Spalding co-chairs the topical SPIE Conference on Optical Trapping and Optical Micro-manipulation II in San Diego, California.
June 2005, Andrew Morrison, Ph.D., joins the department as Visiting Assistant Professor June 2005, Deadly Objects In Space: Prof. Linda French charts objects in the solar
system, some of which come quite near Earth. French says new evidence leads her to
believe asteroids and comets may be comprised of the same materials. WGLT's Jim Browne
talks with her about her studies.
May 05: Prof. Linda French receives a Cottrell College Science Award from the Research
Alexander J. Laurie and Narendra K. Jaggi published an interdisciplinary study combining urban sociology and physics. Laurie, A. J., & Jaggi, N. K. (2003). Role of' vision' in neighbourhood racial segregation:
a variant of the Schelling segregation model. Urban Studies,40 (13), 2687-2704.
April 03: Alexander J. Laurie '03 was named a 2003 "Lincoln Laureate" by the State of Illinois.