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2007-2008

  • Byron Drury '08 has been selected by the American Physical Society as a finalist for the prestigious Apker Award, which is given annually to an undergraduate who has "demonstrated exceptional potential for scientific research by an original contribution to physics". As a finalist, Byron receives an award of $2,000, plus his expenses for traveling to Washington DC for the final interview process. His research is supervised by Prof. Peter Love of the Haverford Physics Department, and centers on circuit models for quantum computation. This recognition underscores Haverford's strong commitment to student-faculty research. In fact, only 12 years ago another Haverford physics major, Ben Williams '96 was the winner of this national award, for research done together with Prof. Jerry Gollub on mixing and turbulence.Read the News Story
  • Andy Ewald (Physics/Biophysics '97) sends this update: "I will be leaving California this fall, after 11 years. After Haverford, I earned a PhD in Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics at Caltech '03, applying advanced microscopy techniques to problems in early vertebrate embryology. I have spent the last 5 years studying the cellular basis of epithelial growth and invasion in both normal developmental and cancerous contexts in Zena Werb's lab at UCSF. I used light and electron microscopy techniques to study the cellular and cell adhesional basis of epithelial tissue movements. This fall I am moving to Baltimore with my wife, Shannon Marshall (Caltech '02), and our daughter, Eleanor Marion Ewald, to start as Assistant Professor of Cell Biology in the Center for Cell Dynamics at Johns Hopkins Medical School. I will be continuing to use diverse microscopy techniques to understand the genetic control of cell behaviors during normal and neoplastic epithelial growth. With the benefit of time I appreciate better how unique the interdisciplinary training is at Haverford and I am glad, as an alumnus, to see that it has even been expanded beyond what it was when I was there. "
  • We are delighted to write that Haverford/Caltech 3/2 Engineering senior Marc Grossman not only is graduating in 2008, he also won the Harry Leiter Memorial Prize in Mechanical Engineering. This prize is awarded to a Caltech candidate for the degree of Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering who has demonstrated extraordinary creativity as judged by a faculty committee. The prize consists of a citation and a cash award, and it recognizes Marc's work on his senior thesis project, a novel airplane design described at this website: http://www.marcgrossman.com/rotoplane/Rotoplane.html.
    "If you want to pass the link on to any possible 3/2's it is in many ways a good taste of what engineering here is. (Although much more practical than any class I've ever taken here.) Check out the Feb 3 Flight Test. That's todays testing and it went very well... all things considered."
  • Todd Edwards writes to report the birth of Abby Rose Edwards, his and Margot's first child! (See photos at: http://picasaweb.google.com/doctor.todd/Baby ) He also sends updates about his writing career (which operates alongside his biochemistry/biophysics consulting career) at: http://toddcedwards.com
  • We are pleased to hear that this fall Andrew Yeats (Physics '07, who spent this year doing physics research in Spain) will start a PhD program in physics at University of California at Santa Barbara, and that Kate Carlisle (Physics '07, who spent the year working and traveling in Europe) will start a PhD program at Yale Divinity School.
  • Candace Shih (Astronomy '01), now a newspaper editor and journalist in California, visited campus this spring to give a presentation on digital media in journalism.
  • News Image Starting fall 2008, astrophysicist Beth Willman will join our Physics and Astronomy departments as an assistant professor. Willman uses both observational and computational techniques to study near-field cosmology. Read the News Story
  • A collaborative article in Nature Physics co-authored by Professor Jerry Gollub appeared on March 16 The article shows how a driven fluid containing particles can self-organize into a special state in which the particles avoid colliding with each other. This work was a collaboration involving both Haverford and New York University scientists.
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  • Prof. Jerry Gollub has been named as an "Outstanding Referee" by the American Physical Society. Scientific journals, such as Physical Review Letters, use referees to evaluate manuscripts that are submitted for publication. This job, which includes making detailed suggestions for improvements and screening which submissions are worthy of publication in the most prestigious journals, is absolutely vital to the integrity of the scientific enterprise. It is extremely rare for referees to receive any public commendation for their efforts. Further details are available here.
  • Byron Drury '08 Awarded Winston Churchill Scholarship. The physics major is the first Churchill recipient in the College's history. Read the News story
  • This semester we are conducting a search to hire a new faculty member in astronomy, since Bruce Partridge will retire in May, 2008. Bruce plans to stay on at Haverford as an emeritus professor, doing research on the Planck satellite and the Atacama Cosmological Telescope (among his usual busy slate of projects.) Stay tuned for more news as this search progresses.
  • This year's White House Christmas card was painted by former H/C Phys major David Drummond '68. First Lady Laura Bush chooses watercolorist Drummond's East Colonnade to represent this year's theme, "Holiday in National Parks." More information is available at drummondart.com
  • Michael Lerner (Physics '99) writes from the Biophysical Society meeting to say that he is now an IRTA Postdoctoral Fellow at the Laboratory of Computational Biology at the NIH National Heart Lung and Blood Institute.
  • This fall, Peter Love (Assistant Professor, Physics) was awarded a Cottrell College Science Award by the Research Corporation. Congratulations, Peter!
  • This fall, student and faculty works from Haverford's physics and astronomy department were featured in a Cantor-Fitzgerald Art Gallery exhibit of multimedia prints by noted science photographer Felice Frankel,and curated by physics faculty member Suzanne Amador Kane. The student/faculty show, Art or Data?, included scientific images and accompanying essays by majors Andrew O'Hara and Byron Drury, postdoc Nick Oullette, and faculty Jerry Gollub, Bruce Partridge and Peter Love. Check out the Photos from the opening
  • Stephon Alexander (Physics '93) won a prestigious National Science Foundation CAREER grant this fall, one of only 10 such awards in physics this year. Congratulations, Stephon!
  • Read about Owen Newkirk's ('02) career in radio broadcasting at: http://timesunion.com/ss.asp?s=618784&c=&b= and: http://www.albanyriverrats.com/news/?id=13361
  • At the January 2008 Winter Meeting of the American Association of Physics Teachers we caught up with Jennifer Blue (now on the faculty at Miami University) and Amy Perlman (now teaching high school science after getting her masters in education.)
  • Via email we hear from Dave Burkhardt, enjoying biophysics grad school at University of California at San Francisco, Ben Feldman (Physics grad school, Harvard) and Andrew Yeats (doing research in Madrid, Spain!), among others. Stay tuned for further updates.
  • We heard that alumnus Greg Dobler (Physics '01) is now a postdoc at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics.
  • Sophomore Anna Klales (Physics and Math '09) has won a Goldwater Scholarship. Read more about Anna in a news article here.
  • Stephon Alexander (Physics' 93) visited Haverford for an unusual set of talks about his work at the interface of theoretical particle physics, astrophysics and cosmology, in a talk titled "Dark Matter: The Mr. Hyde of Cosmic Inflation"--and his avocation as a serious jazz saxophonist, in a talk titled "Some Thoughts on Combining Physics and Music". Read about Stephon in a news article here.

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2006-2007


Here are our 2007 Physics & Astro grads, looking good at Commencement!  They are (top to bottom, from left to right):  Dave Burkhardt, Kate Carlisle, Charles Collett, Ben Feldman, Jonnie Pober, Ben Polak, Anya Stettler and Andrew Yeats.  Congratulations all!

  • Justin Cantley writes to say he will be teaching science at the Stuart Country Day School starting next fall.
  • Jim Duncan (Physics '03) writes to say that he and Laura will be moving to Corvallis, Oregon in the fall, where he will be studying geography and land management in Oregon State's PhD program, a logical extension of his interest in the environment.
  • We hear that Nick Travers '05 has entered the Applied Math Ph.D. program at UC Davis.
  • Lindsay Subers writes to say she is enjoying her Bioengineering Masters program at Drexel.
  • Sophomore Anna Klales (Physics and Math '09) has won a Goldwater Scholarship.
  • Rupali Chandar (Physics & Astro '91) will start as a professor in astronomy at University of Toledo in August 2007.  She is currently doing astronomy research at the Carnegie Institute.
  • We only recently learned that Greg Voth, a former teaching postdoc in Jerry Gollub's research group has won a Sloan Foundation Research Fellowship.  Greg is on the physics faculty at Wesleyan now.
  • This year's March Meeting of the American Physical Society saw many presentations featuring research by Haverford students, faculty and alumni, including talks by present students Ben Feldman and Andrew Yeats, and a talk on the "physics of ribbon curling" featuring the first-year summer research performed by Anna Klales at Harvard University.  Our reunion dinner included these students plus alums Carl Knutson (now a grad student in physics at UT Austin), Randy Dorwiese (formerly Dorwart;  now on the staff at NIST in Colorado), Conor Puls (a physics grad student at Penn State).  Walter Smith and Suzanne Amador Kane were on hand for the dinner, with Peter Love joining us afterward for faculty/student pool at the Tarantula Billiard room.  (resulting scores:  Faculty 1, students 0;  women 1, men 0)
  • At this year's Seattle annual meeting of the American Astronomical Society/American Association of Physics Teachers, we had a big turnout for the annual Haverford reunion meal, held this year at the Pike Street Market.  Present were students Joe Coish (see next item also) and Ella Willard-Schmoe, alumni David Rothstein (now a postdoc at Cornell), Andrew West (see updates below) a postdoc at UC Berkeley, Liese van Zee (now an astro prof. at Indiana University) and Jennifer Blue ((now an physics prof. at Miami University).  Also present were Suzanne Amador Kane, Scott Shelley and Froney Crawford, now a faculty  member at Franklin and Marshall.  A great time was had by all at the meeting and lunch!
  • Also Check out the March/April 2007 American Astronomical Society Newsletter, which mentions Joe Coish's poster from the Seattle meeting as winning one of the honorable mentions for undergraduate work for the Chambliss Astronomy Achievement Student Awards. More details are in the newsletter.
  • Andrew West (Physics/Astro '98) writes to say:  "I am in my second year as an astronomy postdoc at Berkeley and am starting (slowly) to think about the next phase.  Thing have been going really well for me. I am writing a lot of papers and getting involved with some excellent projects that will hopefully last for many years to come.  I have been teaching one of the NSF Chautauqua short courses every year and working with several people to address issues of women and minorities in astronomy (including attending the National Society of Black Physicists Meetings). I also go married last year (to an archaeologist who attended Bryn Mawr)."
  • Aaron Clauset (HC Physics &CS '01) has published a paper on surprising scaling law behavior in terrorist attacks; his work has been covered in global media such as The Economist, The Guardian, Die Welt, Nature News and Physics Web. The reference is: A. Clauset, M. Young and K. S. Gledistch, "On the Frequency of Severe  Terrorist Attacks." Journal of Conflict Resolution 51 (1) (2007). A  slightly older version is at http://arxiv.org/abs/physics/0606007. Aaron recently completed his doctoral work in Computer Science at the  University of New Mexico, though his research has strong connections to physics, and he now is a post-doctoral researcher at  the Santa Fe Institute. As an aside, SFI has a strong  REU program, and he would encourage any Haverford folks who are  interested in complex systems research to consider it.  Among Aaron's other publications is a recent Physical Review Letter  (94, 018701, 2005).
  • We are very happy to announce that Peter Love joins our physics department this year as an assistant professor in theoretical and computational physics. A native of the U.K., Peter completed his undergraduate degree in physics at Oxford University in 1997, during which he performed summer internships at NASA Goddard space flight centre and at the Joint European Torus nuclear fusion project. He completed a D.Phil. in theoretical physics at Oxford University under the supervision of Dr. J.M. Yeomans and Prof. P.V. Coveney in 2001, specializing in lattice-gas cellular automata models of complex fluids. He then completed a one year postdoctoral appointment with Prof. Coveney at the Centre for Computational Science, Department of Chemistry, Queen Mary, University of London, continuing his work on lattice gas cellular automata and co-authoring a grid based computing proposal funded by the EPSRC.
    In March 2002, Peter took a postdoctoral position at Tufts University Department of Mathematics working with Prof. Bruce Boghosian on the implementation of classical and quantum lattice gas models on future quantum computers.
    In Fall 2004 he joined D-Wave Systems, Inc. as Senior Applications Scientist - working on early applications of superconducting quantum computers, including quantum chemistry. Peter was also a co-recipient of a 2003 High Performance Computing Challenge award from the Association for Computing Machinery and DARPA. Peter explains, “The questions which motivate my research are: How can computation help us understand nature, and how can understanding nature improve computation? These questions are very interdisciplinary, and I enjoy collaborations with chemists, physicists, computer scientists and mathematicians. I am particularly interested in defining simple discrete models which lead to efficient simulation methods for studying physics, and in the prospect of using future quantum mechanical computers to better simulate physics and chemistry.”
  • Ben Williams (HC Physics '96) writes:  "Since receiving my PhD a few years ago, I've been doing a postdoc in the same field, further developing the technology of terahertz quantum cascade lasers. I will be leaving MIT shortly, and I will be starting in January in a tenure-track position at UCLA in the EE department. My plans are to continue my work in terahertz applications of quantum cascade lasers, and focus on the development of lower dimensional nanostructures for infrared and terahertz optoelectronics."
  • Stephon Alexander (HC Physics '93) is now an assistant professor in Penn State's physics department.  Stephon writes on his webpage that his research is at the interface between string theory, quantum gravity and cosmology.  (He also notes his ongoing commitment to involving undergraduates in research.)
  • Ben North (HC Physics & Biophysics '99) is now a postdoc at Fox Chase Cancer Institute, working on bioinformatics after finishing up his Biophysics PhD at U. Penn. with Bill DeGrado.  Bill noted in a recent conversation that Ben was the only student he knows of who got a first author scientific paper out of his preliminary research rotation!
  • Sarah Burke (HC Astronomy '06) is working as a research assistant at the Australia Telescope (a radio telescope outside Sydney). 
  • Adolphe Alexander (HC Physics '05) checks in to say he will receive his engineering Masters this fall from Lehigh University.  His thesis research is on the construction and software development for an "artificial nose" device to detect explosives and other chemical signatures.  He plans on working in the Bay Area after graduation.
  • Marc Grossman is our first physics major to undertake the new Caltech 3/2 Engineering program.  A California native, Marc is especially interested in mechanical engineering.  He has worked at Seagate Corporation as a summer intern as well as creating a new Advanced Physics Lab project on fabricating microfluidics circuits from scratch, with Andrew Yeats (HC Physics '07) and Conor Puls (HC Physics '06)

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2005-2006

  • Todd Edwards (Physics & Biophysics '93) writes to tell us about his upcoming marriage (website at: http://margotandtodd.pbwiki.com/ ) with photos, and his adventures in science writing. Congratulations, Todd!
  • Josh Adelman (Biology/Biophysics '03) writes to report that a paper of his was accepted in Molecular Cell: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.molcel.2006.04.022. Josh is a PhD candidate in Biophysics at the University of California at Berkeley, where he is working on modeling the mechanochemical activity of the Phi29 viral packaging motor in collaboration with the Bustamante lab.
  • Bruce Partridge visited with multiple departmental alumni during this summer's Alumni Weekend. Here is a summary of his report. There waas an interesting session on Women in Science run by three members of the Class of '91, Jen Blue, Sarah Marie Belcastro and Liese van Zee. They talked about the national situation in the Physical Sciences and related field. Liese is an Assistant Professor in Astronomy at the University of Indiana. Jen Blue is working in physics and science education at Miami University of Ohio, and Sarah Marie is a visiting professor of mathematics at Smith. Sarah Marie also co-directs the Hampshire College Summer Studies in Mathematics (HCSSiM), a six-week intensive summer enrichment program for talented high-school students. (See earlier reports on Liese and Jen below for more details.) Hank Donnelly '86 is now working at the Center for Naval Analysis outside Washington. Asa Hopkins is doing a Ph.D. at Caltech; his project involves building a lattice of atom traps on a single chip. He is strongly interested in science policy and even the interface between science and politics. Aaron Clauset was there, and reports he is close to finishing his PhD in networking at the University of New Mexico. Randy Dorwart is a member of one of the teams building detectors for the Atacama Cosmology Telescope, in which Steve and I are somewhat involved. He's at NIST in Colorado, and is becoming an expert on arrays of microwave-frequency bolometers, devices that basically will allow us to do for millimeter waves what CCD's did for the optical.
  • Theresa (Horne) Dazey (Physics '03) writes from China, where she and her husband are teaching English. She writes "It took us a few years to save up to come here, but now that we're here we're having a great experience. It's certainly a different experience from the other side of the desk! It's also a very different educational system, and makes me realize just how lucky I was at Haverford. During the holidays we've also had some time to travel around China, which has been amazing. Even so, I miss living in the States, and this summer my husband and I plan to return to Indiana. I am applying for jobs, and in the fall I will apply to graduate schools."
  • Ben Feldman (Physics '07) was awarded a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Multidisciplinary Scholarship in spring 2006. He will do research with Walter Smith under its auspices this summer and academic year.
  • Jerry Gollub's work on irreversibility was featured in the December 2005 issue of Nature (This work also featured a collaboration with former physics faculty David Pine, now at NYU Physics.) Jerry Gollub and Paolo Arratia's work on mixing was featured in a recent Physics Today article highlighting their recent Physical Review Letter on this topic. Jerry explains: "The basic idea is that chemical reactions can occur when two different fluids (like an acid and base) are mixed. The reaction doesn't happen all at once, but rather takes some time that depends on the effectiveness of the stirring of the mixture. We (Research Associate Paulo Arratia and I) showed that we could predict the extent of the chemical reaction at each instant by first determining a property of the stirring that we call the mean Lyapunov exponent. This quantity characterized the rate of stretching of the fluid into long filaments. (Imagine watching a drop of ink being stretched and folded into a thin filament as a fluid is stirred.) The main surprise and achievement was that the extent of the chemical reaction could be predicted for a variety of different fluid flow patterns from this single measured property of the fluid flow. While the work is mainly basic science, it could conceivably be used in chemical engineering if the work could be generalized from two dimensional to three dimensional flows."
  • Med school and related wrap-up: Mark Lee has gotten into medical school and is weighing where to attend, we hear from the Premed Committee; Elise (Pinero) Salerno is a medical student at U. Alabama at Birmingham. She writes, "This summer, I'll get to step out of the classroom and into the operating room to do research with a team of pediatric neurosurgeons here. I can't wait. " She and her husband are enjoying living in Alabama, and Elise finds time for singing in an a capella choir and running half-marathons. (Same Elise, same high energy level!); Matthew Wolpert writes that he is in dental school at OHSU, after a summer spent bicycle racing, as well as biking and camping 1600 miles from Portland Oregon to Boulder, Colorado!
  • Andrew West (Physics/Astro '98) has finished up his astro PhD at University of Washington, and writes "I am now at Berkeley now working in the Radio Astronomy Laboratory on a postdoctoral fellowship. Things are going great! I am collaborating with people at Drexel and Widener and will be sure to come by and say hi when I am in town visiting them."
  • Ben Feldman (Physics '07) was awarded an Howard Hughes Medical Institute Scholarship this spring. Congratulations, Ben!
  • Brook Henkel (Physics/Astro '05) is going to follow his other (academic) love, the study of German, at the University of Chicago's leading PhD program in this area starting next fall. Congratulations, Brook!
  • Jerry Gollub has been elected to the Governing Council of the National Academy of Sciences, one of four scientists elected in a national election.
  • News from our friends at Bryn Mawr Physics: Liz McCormack was just elected a Fellow of the American Physical Society, a great honor.
  • More Bryn Mawr Physics news: Mike Noel just heard that he got tenure. Mike has been a great colleague this year, helping us out on our theory search. Congratulate Liz and Mike when you get a chance!
  • Even more good news: Froney Crawford, who has been teaching in our department for several years as a visiting professor, will joint the faculty of Franklin and Marshall College next fall in a tenure-track appointment. We are sad to have him go, but very glad he will be a nearby colleague in the long-term.
  • The Planck Explorer satellite has landed in the lobby of the KINSC! That monolithic object is actually a quarter-scale model of the satellite itself, which is resident at Haverford until late spring on the second stop of its US tour. Learn more about Planck at the European Space Agency website at: http://www.esa.int/esaSC/120398_index_0_m.html
  • It had to happen: One of our alumni was on reality TV. While the link lasts, check out Aaron Clauset (Physics/Computer Science '01) on "Average Joe".
  • Walter Smith continues to garner national attention with his Physics Songs project. Articles in the Wall Street Journal, Science, Physics Today and Discovery magazine all have featured his scientific song-writing efforts! Check out the updated links page.
  • Charles Thomas (Physics '05) writes to say that he has accepted a position teaching at Stoneleigh-Burnham School in Western Mass. for the coming school year.
  • Walter Smith and Suzanne Amador Kane shared the Haverford 2005 Innovation in Teaching Award.

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2004-2005

  • Visiting Professor of Physics Paul Halpern appeared on television on Friday, May 27 on WHYY, speaking about the World of Physics celebrations surrounding the 100 year anniversary of Einstein's "miracle year".
  • Jerry Gollub has a Reference Frame editorial in the May 1st 2005 edition of Physics Today called "Reflections on Teaching: Learning from Students".
  • Brook Henkel (Physics/Astro '05) has been awarded a Fulbright grant for the 2005-2006 school year. Brook will be working in Hamburg as an English teaching assistant at a German Gymnasium (a public, college-preparatory high school). His appointment in Germany is through the Pädagogischer Austauschdienst (PAD, which directly translates as "Pedagogical Exchange Service"). Brook is very much looking forward to returning to Germany after his time spent Studying Abroad there!
  • Daniel Fromowitz writes to say he's enjoying life with three kids, lots of home improvement projects and working at Lockheed Martin.
  • Visiting Professor of Physics Paul Halpern appeared on WHYY's Radio Times on Friday, April 15 to talk about the World of Physics celebrations surrounding the 100 year anniversary of Einstein's "miracle year". Listen in at Radio Times' website.
  • Lynne Raschke (Physics/Astro '98) came to campus to give a talk in the new Young Academic Alumni series. Lynne is finishing up her PhD in astronomy at UC-Santa Cruz/Lick Observatory, and will shortly be starting a postdoc at that same institution. She has been in on the ground floor using adaptive optics, and she shared observations with our majors from her research and the novel ways she's found to combine teaching with her doctoral work.
  • Amy Perlman (Physics '05) just won a Knowles Science Teaching Foundation fellowship. This award provides $10,000 a year for two years for tuition
    assistance in a certification or masters program, a $1,000 a month stipend if she chooses to be a full time student and is not employed full time, professional development activities, a mentor, and classroom grants. The classroom support and such is renewable up to five years. If you want to read a bit more about it, you can go to an article about this.
  • More about Amy P (see previous entry): She also gave a talk entitled "Electrical Breakdown of Carbon Nanotubes in Ultrahigh Vacuum" at the American Physical Society's March meeting, held this year in Los Angeles. Walter Smith (her supervisor) was also there presenting and dodging the national media (see next item!)
  • Walter Smith was featured on NPR, the Wall Street Journal and the Chronicle of Higher Education for his Physics Songs project. Check out this link to learn more!
  • Jerry Gollub has just been elected to the Council (Governing Board) of the National Academy of Sciences in a national election of the Academy. This is an important opportunity for Jerry to continue contributing at the interface between science and public policy, as well as an honor for Haverford. Congratulations, Jerry!
  • Christine Lamanna (Astro '04) writes to tell us she will be starting a graduate program in University of Arizona - in the Department of Ecology and EvolutionaryBiology. She writes, "A Physics degree is much more flexible than it may seem when you're graduating. Our analytical, mathematical and programming skills can easily transfer to other fields - even Ecology. I'm going to be working with Dr. Brian Enquist on issues of macroecology, species distribution and allometric relationships. I can't wait to get started!" She also notes: "My job as a Research Astronomer here at the University of Wyoming will be opening up in August when I leave for graduate school. I've had a really great time working here, and have developed so much as a scientist. My advisor, Danny Dale, is working on really interesting topics (in observational cosmology, galactic evolution and particularly H-alpha and IR observations of galaxies) and he is a great person to work for. If there are any seniors looking for something besides grad school to work on next year, I would highly recommend this job! The job is posted on the AAS job register: http://members.aas.org/JobReg/Jobregister.cfm "
  • Theresa Dazey (Physics '03) writes to let us know that she got married to Jason last year, and that they are both working in Bloomington, saving up and doing the paperwork to go work in China in the fall; she writes she plans to go to graduate school after that adventure!
  • Joshua Adelman (Bio/Biophysics '01) has just received a Department of Energy Computational Fellowship. This competitive graduate student award is given to only 15 out of 350 applicants each year. Josh is a PhD candidate at UC Berkeley in their Biophysics program.
  • Jennifer Blue (Physics '91) is an Assistant Professor of Physics at Miami University. Suzanne saw her at this year's AAPT meeting. She got her PhD from University of Minnesota, and she has been involved in physics education research efforts. Jennifer reports that she and her husband Rick Colby (another HC alum, now a Religion professor at the same university) are happy living in Ohio and keeping up with other alumni--more news to come!
  • We hear news of Mark Levine (Physics '01) from seniors in our annual senior seminar alumni interviews. Mark got a Masters in Public Policy from the Kennedy School of Government, and he has been involved in many leadership roles in building nonprofits, including founding Credit where Credit is Due and working as Executive Director of Teach for America--New York. He is presently the Vice President, Northeast Region of One Economy Corp.
  • Jim Duncan (Physics '03) is now working for the North Arizona Conservation Corps (part of Americorps) in Flagstaff: "They do habitat restoration, trail maintenance, fire fuel reduction and invasive species control. Lots of good experience to be had and in beautiful areas around Arizona."
  • Elise Pinero (Physics '03) writes: "I was married to Matt Salerno on September 18th in Montgomery, Alabama. After hurricane Ivan, we had no power in our area, but gorgeous weather for the wedding. It was a wonderful day." Congratulations, Elise!
  • We hear that Liese van Zee just won a prestigious NSF CAREER award. Liese (Chem/Astro '91) is now on the astronomy faculty at Indiana University, having been a Jansky Postdoctoral Fellow at NRAO-Socorro and a Research Associate at the Herzberg Institute of Astrophysics.
  • Jed Stamas (HC Physics/Astro '96) write to say: "For the past few years, I've been teaching physics, chemistry and mathematics in a variety of environments. I was a member of the faculty at the Academy at Charlemont, and have also worked with students in economically depressed parts of Cleveland, Ohio, Richmond, California, and Oakland, California. Currently I am a graduate student at the University of California, Berkeley. I am studying physics education in the MACSME program, which includes working directly with professors in their research groups." Greetings, Jed!
  • Haverford Physics/Astro Alum Ravi Sheth '90 is joining the University of Pennsylvania Physics/Astro faculty. His field is large scale structure of the universe (and he still loves cricket!)
  • Haverford College wins second consecutive national Howard Hughes Medical Institute grant at maximum award amount. The $1.6 million grant will continue HHMI's support for Haverford natural science research, scholarship, curricular, outreach and faculty development programs.
  • Steve Blau (HC Physics) is working at the American Institute of Physics and sends his greetings by way of Bruce Partridge.
  • We hear that Luke Somers (Physics '90) got married this summer. Nathaniel Rounds (HC math) visited us with the news, and also says that Luke is still working on bioinformatics at Fox Chase Cancer Center.
  • Lyle Roelofs has left to assume his new role as Provost and Dean of Colgate University. Lyle will officially be on leave of absence this year.

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2003-2004

  • Bruce Partridge gave a talk on Wednesday, June 16, on modern cosmology and the origin of the Universe entitled "The Biggest Nothing." It was part of "The Big Nothing," a Philadelphia-wide project exploring ideas of nothing and nothingness, initiated by the Institute of Contemporary Art of the University of Pennsylvania. It was held at Franklin Hall of the American Philosophical Society in Philadelphia.
  • Bruce Partridge was awarded the 2004 Students' Association Award for Community Service at Haverford's Commencement. This award is "presented to a Haverford faculty member who gives outstanding service to the Haverford community and who upholds the qualities intrinsic to a Haverford education."
  • Haverford's role in the development of the Atacama Cosmology Telescope in Chile was outlined in an article in the May 2004 Haverford Newsletter. Steve Boughn and Bruce Partridge are part of the multi-university consortium of astronomy professors involved in the project, and Sarah Burke '06 worked on the project in summer 2004.
  • A distributed computer cluster under development at Haverford and some associated pulsar searches (being conducted by Froney Crawford and the Haverford Pulsar Search Group ) were described in the article New Project Brings Stars to Haverford in the May 2004 Haverford Newsletter.
  • This spring, Anders Liljeholm (Physics and Philosophy '99) visited the department and gave a presentation to our majors about his work as a science educator at the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry. Check out his website.
  • Jim Duncan (Physics '03) visited the department this spring. Jim is working in the Seattle area and attending conferences and workshops on sustainable development and the environment.
  • Laura (Taylor) Kinnell (Physics '87) writes: The George School will be hiring a physics teacher for next year. Whoever we hire would probably be a dorm parent. Coaching ability is a big plus. The job announcement is available at http://www.georgeschool.org/jobs/. The head of the science department is a Haverford grad: Sue Petrone, Chemistry '86.
  • The APS has hired David Cooper (Physics '99) as a science policy fellow in its Office of Public Affairs in downtown Washington, DC. He will work with the OPA staff to advance science policy issues on Capitol Hill, focusing on the federal budget for science and technology research and on education issues.
  • Professors Bruce Partridge and Steve Boughn are part of the Atacama Cosmological Telescope consortium that just received funding to construct a new telescope in the deserts of northern Chile! This exciting opportunity includes funding for research positions for undergraduates, so we anticipate that our majors will play a role in this important development.
  • Lyle Roelofs, William H. and Johanna A. Harris Professor of Computational Science, Professor of Physics, and Associate Provost, has recently accepted Colgate University's invitation to become its next Provost and Dean of the Faculty. He will assume his new duties this summer.
  • Professor Steve Boughn has an article in Nature’s January 1, 2004 issue, titled "A Correlation Between the Cosmic Microwave Background and Large-scale Structure in the Universe." Read the Nature summary: “Dark Energy Is Out There” by clicking here.
  • Professor Jerry Gollub has received one of the most prestigious awards in physics, the 2003 Fluid Dynamics Prize of the American Physical Society (APS). The award will be presented at a ceremony on Nov. 23, 2003. He is the only winner in the history of the prize to hail from a liberal arts college.
  • Physics Today, December, 2003 issue: Haverford physicist Jerry Gollub contributed an article on the lack of continuum mechanics in physics education.
  • Thomas Crawford, a Haverford physics graduate, returned to Haverford to tell us about his work directing a large research effort at Seagate Technology, a major manufacturer of computer disk drives. He spoke at Haverford on February 11 to tell us about the Physics of Disk Drives, and to encourage students to consider career opportunities at Seagate.
  • Daniel Fromowitz also write to report that he and his wife are awaiting the birth of their third child. He is living in Schenectady, New York, and working at Knolls Atomic Power Laboratory.
  • Megan Roscioli (Astro '05) and Christine Lamanna (Astro '04) win Goldwater Awards in 2003
  • Reid Sherman (Astro '04) is spending the holidays at Australia at the Parkes Observatory --read about it!
  • Lynne Raschke (Physics/Astro '98) writes from astronomy grad school at UC-Santa Cruz/Lick Observatory. She's doing research studying the gas and dust in the centers of nearby galaxies using archived HST images and spectra but also data she's taken with the adaptive optics systems on the Lick and Keck telescopes. The main science driver is trying to understand the
    environments around supermassive black holes and their fueling mechanisms, with the hope of understanding why some galaxies are active and some are not if nearly all galaxies contain supermassive black holes. She's also doing work in science education, by working with staff at the nearby Exploratorium, and by spending summers teaching in high school and early undergraduate astronomy programs.
  • Suzanne Amador Kane was awarded a Mellon New Directions Fellowship. This grant will fund a sabbatical to develop new interdisciplinary laboratory curricula in Fall of 2004.
  • This fall's Physics 399: Senior Seminar featured visits from alumni Julie Zachariades (HC Physics '98), speaking on her career in teaching and subsequent graduate studies in forensic science, and David Cooper (HC Physics '99), speaking on his career in science public policy at the AAAS.
  • Todd Edwards (Physics/Biophysics '93) visited us this summer and told us about his new position at Proteodyne in the exciting new area of proteomics. Prior to that, Todd was doing research in proteomics at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory.
  • Josh Adelman (Biology/Biophysics '01) writes to say he's just started a Ph.D. program in biophysics at UC Berkeley.
  • Andrew Ewald (HC Physics '97) is the co-author of a new book, Microscopy: A Biologist's Field Guide by Scott E. Fraser, Andrew J Ewald. Andrew also notes that he got engaged to Shannon Marshall recently after receiving his PhD in biophysics from Caltech and starting a research position at University of California at San Francisco.
  • Craig Arnold (HC Physics '94) recently was appointed an assistant professor at Princeton in the department of aerospace and mechanical engineering.
  • Haverford College's physics faculty are participants in a recently awarded National Science Foundation Math-Science Partnership grant, starting October, 2003. Of the overall $12.5 million grant for five years, the Bryn Mawr - Haverford sub-award is roughly $700,000.

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