News & Activities

Congratulations to our 33 physics majors who graduated this year on May 12, 2012!  The department hosted a luncheon prior to the ceremony in the Integrated Science Center for the graduates and their families.  The department wishes all of our graduates the best of luck in their post-Geneseo endeavors!!!



On April 26, 2012, the Department hosted its annual Bridge Building Contest.  This year, Dr. Pogo and his students had fun building "Destructicon 2000", a LabVIEW-controlled bridge destroying robot.  Everyone had a great time watching the bridges break and we had a great turnout for this event.


The Department of Physics and Astronomy was well-represnted at Geneseo's sixth annual "G.R.E.A.T. Day", held on April 17, 2012.  We had over 37 students present posters and give oral presentations at this event, which showcases the wide variety of independent research projects that students work on under the supervision of faculty. Below is a photograph of some of the students from our department who participated in this event.



On Mach 8, 2012, the Department hosted its annual "Physics Bowl" competition.  Four teams of four students each competed in a game-show style competition where all the questions were physics-based.  Congratulations to four of our sophomore physics majors who took home the championship and also won some "fabulous prizes". 



On February 3, 2012, the Department hosted its 2nd annual "Women in Physics Mixer" in Milne Library.  This year we invited several of our women physics graduates back to campus so that our current students could meet them and network.  Thanks to all who helped make this event a success!



On December 12, 2011, the Department held its annual "Sigma Pi Sigma" Induction ceremony at the CAS House on Main Street.  Congratulations to all of the new inductees into this Honor Society! 


In November 2011, Drs. Fletcher, Freeman, Padalino, and Pogozelski (Physics Dept), Dr. Baldwin (Computer Science) and Dr. Mark Yuly (physics department at Houghton College) travelled to Salt Lake City, UT to attend the American Physical Society Division of Plasma Physics conference.  14 students presented 5 posters at this conference.  One of the posters by Megan Russ and Danae Polsin (research supervised by Dr. Padalino) was selected among the approximately 100 student posters at the conference as the best student poster.  Congratulations Megan and Danae!

(/PHOTO BY KEITH WALTERS '11)  On September 23, 2011, the Department of Physics and Astronomy welcomed back to campus 11 of our distinguished alumni for a panel discussion on how to succeed in "the Real World" with an undergraduate degree in physics.  The panel discussion was moderated by Department Chair Charlie Freeman and was attended by many of our current physics students.

Congratulations to Dr. Kurt Fletcher, who recently was promoted to the highest rank in the SUNY system, Distinguished Teaching Professor.  Dr. Fletcher joins Distinguished Teaching Professor Steve Padalino and Emeritus Distinguished Professor of Computational Astrophysics David Meisel as current members of our department to be promoted to the Distinguished rank in the SUNY system.  Past recipients of this honor in our department include Dr. Jerry Reber and Dr. Duke Sells. 

Dr. Fletcher was recognized for his achievement at the Opening Convocation on August 26, 2011 (photo above).  Congratulations, Dr. Fletcher!

On May 4, 2011 the Department hosted its annual "Junior/Senior dinner" to say goodbye to our graduating seniors and to wish them good luck as they leave Geneseo.

On April 28, 2011, the Department held its annual "Bridge Building Contest".  In this contest students built bridges out of balsa wood to see which one would hold the most weight.

On January 27, 2011, the Department hosted the Sigma Pi Sigma Honor Society induction dinner at the Campus House at SUNY Geneseo.

In November, 2010, 10 SUNY Geneseo students along with Drs. Freeman and Padalino presented research posters at the Division of Plasma Physics meeting of the American Physical Society in Chicago, IL.

Other events

  • On April 21, 2011, the Department held its annual "Physics Bowl" competition, in which teams of four students competed in a quiz-show style competition where all the questions were physics related!
  • On April 12, 2011, the Department participated in the College's annual "G.R.E.A.T Day" event.  At this event, 25 of our students presented posters and oral presentations to the rest of the campus on their research in physics.
  • On January 28, 2011, the Department sponsored its first annual "Women in Physics" mixer in Milne library. 

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