Welcome to the Department of Physics and Astronomy at Union!


At Union, physics and astronomy classes are small and personal, instruction is characterized by individual attention, labs are taught by the regular faculty rather than by graduate students, and all students are encouraged to participate in undergraduate research with faculty.

Please visit the links at the top of the page for more information about our department. Please feel free to contact us with questions:

Department of Physics & Astronomy
Science & Engineering Center
Union College
Schenectady, NY 12308
Phone: (518) 388-6254
Fax: (518) 388-6947
Department Chair: Chad Orzel
Department Administrative Assistant: Lynnette Stec

Prof. Orzel Interviewed on Daily Planet (Discover)

Posted by on Feb 1, 2015 in Faculty, News | Comments Off

Prof. Orzel was interviewed about Deflate-gate on the Discovery Channel Canada. The program is streamed on the internet at http://www.discovery.ca/dailyplanet. Look for Episode 16 – January 26th 2015  and go to 34:44 minutes.

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Prof. Vineyard, LaBrake, and Students Publish Paper on Atmospheric Aerosols in Adirondacks

Posted by on Feb 1, 2015 in Faculty, News, Research, Students | Comments Off

An article by Michael Vineyard, the Frank and Marie Louise Bailey Professor of Physics, and Scott LaBrake, Senior Lecturer in physics, is being published in Nuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research B. The paper titled “Characterization of atmospheric aerosols in the Adirondack Mountains Using PIXE, SEM/EDX, and Micro-Raman spectroscopies” was co-authored by Salina Ali ’15, Benjamin Nadareski ’16, Alexandrea Safiq ’14, Jeremy Smith ’14, and Joshua Yoskowitz ’16. The article is published...

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Society of Physics Students voted “Volunteer of the Week”

Posted by on Jan 22, 2015 in News, Students | Comments Off

Students from the Society of Physics Students were deemed Volunteers of the Week for the week of Jan 22 from the Kenney Community Center. The students provide hands-on workshops to middle and high school students to help popularize physics and show its applications in everyday life, including liquid nitrogen ice cream and other fun science demonstrations. Recently, the group did a workshop for students on campus for the Kenney Community Center’s Martin Luther King Day program. They shared several science demonstrations and talked about what...

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