On January 31, 2014, the Department of Physics held its third Women in Physics Mixer at Milne Library. We were happy to hear a report from 9 physics majors from SUNY Geneseo who attended the 2014 Conference for Undergraduate Women in Physics, held in Stony Brook University and Brookhaven National Lab, and also a satellite conference held at the University of Maryland. We also welcomed back to campus several female alumni for this event.
During the winter break, Dr. Steinhauer took a group of Geneseo physics majors to Kitt Peak National Observatory in Tuscon, AZ. Dr. Steinhauer reports that the weather was fantastic and he is very pleased with the data obtained during this observing run.
On December 9, 2013, the department held its annual Sigma Pi Sigma induction ceremony at the Big Tree Inn on Main Street in Geneseo. We are very proud of the academic achievements of those students inducted into this physics honor society. Congratulations!
Drs. Padalino and Fletcher took a group of students to present research posters at the 2013 Division of Plasma Physics conference held in Denver, CO. Students presented research on a variety of projects related to inertial confinement fusion.
During the Labor Day weekend in 2013, the department hosted a 50th anniversary celebration. We welcomed back to campus a large number of alumni and emeriti faculty back to the department along with their families. The festivities included a reception held in the integrated science center, two golf tournaments (a "ball" golf tournament organized by Dr. Steinhauer and a "disc" golf tournament organized by Dr. Pogozelski), a happy hour at the Vital Spot, and we held a grand outdoor picnic at Long Point Park on Conesus Lake. Thanks to all of those who attended this wonderful event. We really enjoyed seeing everyone again to celebrate our department.
We are very excited that the department has added two new faculty member this Fall.
Dr. Anne Pellerin, a new tenure-track Assistant Professor, served as an assistant professor in the physics and astronomy department at Mount Allison University in New Brunswick, Canada. Anne received a Ph.D. in astrophysics from the Université Laval in Canada in 2010, and she is an expert in the study of young stellar populations. Dr. Pellerin has observational experience with both ground-based and space telescopes. Anne has done work on the Hubble Space Telescope and she also has experience supervising undergraduates in research.
Paul Baker joined our deaprtment this fall as a new Visiting Assistant Professor. Paul received his Ph.D. in physics from Montana State University. Paul is an expert in the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO) project and is a member of the LIGO Scientific Collaboration (LSC), where he is searching for gravitational waves from black hole ringdowns.
On May 18, 2013, SUNY Geneseo held its 147th Commencement ceremonies. As usual, the department hosted a luncheon to meet with the graduates and their families. This year, the department produced no fewer than 38 majors, making SUNY Geneseo one of the largest physics departments of its kind in the nation. We are very proud of our graduates and wish them the best as they go out into the real world!