Congratulations to Mechanical Engineering major and Astrophysics minor Madeleine Miller ’19, who has won a prestigious Brooke Owens Fellowship! Maddie will spend the summer in San Francisco working on satellites with the Planet company. Read more about Maddie in the Union Chronicle.
Congratulations to Computer Engineering major and Astronomy minor Riley Konsella for winning a Watson Fellowship. Riley will be studying transportation models in Denmark, Norway, Rwanda, Singapore, Vietnam and Brazil. See the Union Chronicle story for more about Riley and the fellowship.
Prof. Sam Amanuel presented a paper on critical length that influences the heat of fusion of nano materials at the American Physical Society March meeting in New Orleans. Physics majors Jason Turner ‘18, Alexander Clain ‘15 and Caleb Novins ‘15 co-authored the paper.
Senior Morgan Clark won an award of excellence for her presentation on “Ion-Beam Analysis of Artificial Turf” at the Conference on Applications of Accelerators in Research and Industry (CAARI 2016). There were 74 student posters at the conference and Morgan was one of five students to win!
Prof. Michael Vineyard presented a poster titled “Undergraduate Research and Training in Ion-Beam Analysis of Environmental Materials” at the Interfaces Against Pollution conference in Lleida, Spain, on September 4-7, 2016. Physics faculty Scott LaBrake and Heather Watson, and six students (Sajju Chalise ’19, Morgan Clark ’17, Andrew McCalmont ’16, Brendan McGuire ’18, Iseinie Mendez ’17, and Joshua Yoskowitz ’16) were co-authors on the poster.
Heather Watson, assistant professor of physics and astronomy, has been awarded a $292,000 grant from NASA for her project entitled,”Diffusion in Iron-Nickel Alloys and Sulfides: Constraints on Segregation and Crystallization of Early Planetary Cores.”
Prof. Watson’s project will contribute to the education and research training of several young and aspiring scientists including at least one promising female high school student and several Union students from the fields of astronomy, geology and physics.
Learn more about Prof. Watson’s research project here:
Eighteen Physics & Astronomy summer research students presented posters about their research to faculty and students. Student research projects were supported by Union College Summer Fellowships, NASA and NSF grants, and donations by Physics & Astronomy alumni.
Chad Orzel, associate professor of physics, appeared on the popular NPR program, “Here and Now,” to talk about Americans’ basic science understanding, and how much it matters.
A live production from NPR and WBUR Boston, in collaboration with public radio stations across the country, “Here and Now” reflects the “fluid world of news as it’s happening, with timely, smart and in-depth news and conversation.”
The interview was part of the program’s weeklong series on the state of science in America.
Research professor A. G. Davis Philip, 87, died peacefully at the Capital Living Nursing and Rehabilitation Center on March 28, 2016. He received his BS in Physics from Union College; MS in Astronomy from New Mexico State University; and his PhD in Astronomy from Case Institute of Technology. He taught at the University of New Mexico and SUNY at Albany and joined Union as a research professor in the 1970’s. He is best known for his work on globular clusters,and his work was published in over 60 referred scientific journal articles and numerous conference proceedings. He organized and chaired many meetings in the field of astronomy and edited and published the proceedings. He was a Visiting Fellow at Yale, a Visiting Astronomer at Moletai Observatory (Lithuania), Vatican Advanced Technology Telescope (Arizona), and the CASLEO Observatory (Argentina). He was the first American astronomer to use the 6-meter telescope at the Special Astrophysical Observatory in Russia in 1980 (the largest telescope in the world at the time). He was a founder and longtime Secretary and Treasurer of the New York Astronomical Corporation and Astronomical Society of New York and for 10 years he administered theAmerican Astronomical Society’s Harlow Shapley Visiting Lectureships program, which sends astronomers to colleges to spread the excitement of modern astronomy and astrophysics and encourage students to pursue a career in astronomy. Further details may be found in Dave’s obituary.
Congratulations to Brent Shapiro-Albert ’16, who has won the 2016 Chambliss Astronomy Award of the American Astronomical Society, the professional society for U. S. astronomers. Brent was awarded the prize for the research he presented at the January 2016 meeting of the American Astronomical Society. Prizes are awarded by judges from the professional astronomy community, based on posters presented by the undergraduates at the meeting. Brent is one of only 8 undergraduates from across the country who received this prestigious award. He is the first Union College student to receive the award. He will receive a Chambliss medal.
Brent’s poster, “Modeling Pulsar Trajectories to Determine Birth Locations,” described his senior thesis work in the Department of Physics and Astronomy with Professor Gregory Hallenbeck. Brent began his research last summer when he was chosen as a research intern in the Cornell University Department of Astronomy. He was awarded one of 8 research slots at Cornell from a pool of over 300 applicants from across the US. He has continued his work on pulsars as his senior thesis. He is studying the trajectories of pulsars, dense stellar remnants, to determine where they formed in our Galaxy.
Brent is planning to attend graduate school in astronomy after graduating from Union in June.