The Physics Club staffed a table for the Fall 2023 Welcome Back Fair on Monday, August 21st21, with members and faculty taking turns to greet students and welcome new members to the club.
Four physics majors are working with Dr. Davis and Dr. Levine on data logger projects. These are devices which control and read input from sensors and save them to an SD card for later use. Thus far, their designs utilize an Arduino microcontroller, custom circuit boards, and a simplified C-like open-source language. Versions have been… Read more »
IUSB physics professors Ilan Levine and Brian Davis, in coordination with emeritus biology professor Peter Bushnell, have established a broad collaboration with three different teams of marine biologists in an effort to reduce shark bycatch – the inadvertent catching of sharks – in commercial fishing operations. Notably, sharks have an organ which detects electric fields,… Read more »
Professor Davis was interviewed by ABC57’s Gordy Young about meteors and, more specifically, the fireball that was observed on August 2nd in Kentucky. Here’s a direct link to the clip: https://abc57.com/news
The department received a generous donation of an 11″ Scmidt-Cassegrain Telescope (SCT), manufactured by Celestron, from a community member last week. It’s an older model, but it has a motorized drive, and the primary mirror is in excellent shape. This won’t replace the 16″ telescope in our rooftop observatory, but we’re excited about new possibilities… Read more »
Prof. Brian Davis was interviewed on July 9th by Emmet Twomey for ABC57 regarding recent discoveries by the James Webb Telescope; here’s a direct link to the interview hosted by abc57.com.
The Department of Physics & Astronomy hosted our Alumni & Friends “50/200” Reunion Event during the weekend of Friday, May 12th, to Sunday, May 14th, 2023. This was a tremendous success from our perspective, with alumni coming from as far as California and former faculty member Steve Shore Zooming in from Pisa, Italy. The weekend opened… Read more »
Students in the Concord school system launch weather balloons each year to learn about project design and development, collaboration and, of course, the atmosphere. Since 2017 this annual project / event has been led by Ms. Elizabeth King, who is the teacher for high-ability students at Concord Ox-Bow. Here’s coverage, including pictures and video, from… Read more »
Physics major Joy Thompson will participate in the 2023 IU-MSI STEM initiative at IUB this summer. Joy has become quite involved in the SPS, while also progressing into upper-level physics courses and looks forward to diving into research this summer. She will receive a CTS scholarship for the 2023 – 2024 academic year and is… Read more »
Three students received the B.S. in Physics this year: Jordan Edwards Michael Kopczynski Preston Porter Jordan and Preston were both present for our commencement on Tuesday, May 9th, and that provided us with the opportunity to get a photo with two consecutive Student Excellence Award in Physics winners, as Jordan received it in 2022, and… Read more »