Congratulations to Lucas Viani on the award of a Goldwater scholarship! Lucas did research in the department with Prof. Koopmann on the evolution of galaxies in group environments. More details about Lucas’s award may be found in this Union College news article.
Associate Professor of Physics and Astronomy Rebecca Koopmann ’89 organized the “Undergraduate ALFALFA Team Workshop” at Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico Jan. 14 to 16, sponsored by a recent NSF award. Rachel Almodovar ’15, an astronomy major, accompanied Koopmann and 17 other undergraduate students and 14 faculty members from 15 colleges and universities across the country. Together they learned about the ALFALFA project to study neutral hydrogen gas in nearby galaxies and carried out their own observations on the William F. Gordon telescope, the largest reflecting telescope in the world. See this Union College Chronicle story and visit The Undergraduate ALFALFA Team Workshop home page for more information.
Professor Chad Orzel provided expert opinion on a new study by an international team of scientists who tried to find out the actual size of a proton. Orzel is the author of How to Teach Physics to Your Dog and How to Teach Relativity to Your Dog. He is quoted in this Fox News piece.