Richie Bonventre ’08 Wins 2018 URA Tollestrup Award

Posted on Sep 20, 2018 in News

Congratulations to alum Richie Bonventre ’08 (now at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory) for winning the 2018 Universities Research Association Tollestrup Award. The award recognizes outstanding postdoctoral research at Fermilab or in collaboration with Fermilab scientists. According to the announcement here “Researchers on the Mu2e experiment look for evidence that muons can change directly into electrons. The telltale signature of this decay is an electron with an energy of 105 million electronvolts (MeV). The rate of this conversion is so rare that in order to catch just...

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Physics and Astronomy Student and Faculty Present at CAARI 2018 Conference

Posted on Aug 31, 2018 in Faculty, News, Research, Students

Three faculty and a student in the Department of Physics and Astronomy presented their research at the 25th International Conference on the Application of Accelerators in Research and Industry (CAARI 2018) in Grapevine, Texas, in August. Prof. Heather Watson gave a talk titled “Diffusion in sulfide and sulfate minerals with planetary applications.” A presentation titled “PIXE Analysis of Synthetic Turf” was given by Prof. Michael Vineyard. Prof. Scott LaBrake and Sajju Chalise (’19) gave an oral presentation titled “Distribution of Heavy Metals Along New York’s East River.” Sajju Chalise...

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Union Astronomy Faculty and Students Present at ASNY50 Astronomy Meeting in New York City

Posted on Jul 26, 2018 in News

Professors Koopmann and Wilkin and students Max Libre ’19, Gianna Morton ’21, Aiyana Poulin ’19, and Jason Sindoni ’21 attended the Astronomical Society of New York 50th Anniversary Celebration, “The State of Astronomy and Astrophysics” July 11-13, 2018, at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City. They gave the following presentations: Prof. Koopmann (Contributed Talk): The Undergraduate ALFALFA Team: A Model for Involving Undergraduates in Astronomy Collaborations Prof. Wilkin (Contributed Talk): Spiral Nebulae from Orbiting Winds Gianna...

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Jeopardy! asks question about Chad Orzel’s book

Posted on Jun 1, 2018 in Faculty, News

A question on the May 23 episode of Jeopardy! featured the work of Chad Orzel, the R. Gordon Gould Association Professor of Physics. See this video.

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Ion-Beam Analysis Group Publishes Paper

Posted on Mar 16, 2018 in News

The Ion-Beam Analysis Group recently published a paper, “PIXE Analysis of Synthetic Turf,” in Environment and Ecology Research. The authors are Michael Vineyard, the Frank and Marie Louise Bailey Professor of Physics; Scott LaBrake, senior lecturer of physics; Sajju Chalise ’19; Morgan Clark ’17; Skye Conlan ’18; and Zachary Porat ’20. See also: ARTICLE_INFO and Download Paper.

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Prof. Vineyard Presents at 7th International Symposium on Energy

Posted on Jan 17, 2018 in News

Prof. Michael Vineyard presented a paper titled “PIXE Analysis of Synthetic Turf” at the 7th International Symposium on Energy in Manchester, England, on Aug. 13-17, 2017. The project was performed in collaboration with Scott LaBrake, Sajju Chalise (’19), Morgan Clark (’17), Skye Conlan (’18), and Zack Porat (’20). The focus of the study is to measure the concentrations of elements heavier than calcium in synthetic turf blade and infill samples to search for the presence of heavy metals and other toxic substances.

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