Students Inducted into the Scientific Research Honor Society

Three of our students, Rui Zhang ’18, Miranda Mazzio ’18, and Thomas Buerkert ’18, were inducted into Sigma Xi Scientific Research Honor Society.  Sigma Xi is a research honor society for scientists and engineers founded in 1886 at Cornell University by a junior faculty member along with a few graduate students.  Members are elected on basis of their research achievements.  Congratulations!

Miranda Receives the Nicholas and Susan Nicolaides Research Fellowship

Miranda collecting data with a confocal microscope.

Congratulations to Miranda Mazzio!  Miranda received the Nicholas and Susan Nicolaides Research Fellowship.  Dr. Nicholas Nicolaides is a 1987 graduate of Saint Joseph’s University and the CEO of Morphotek.  Nicholas and Susan Nicolaides have been long-time supporters of the SJU Summer Scholars Program.  This fellowship entitles Miranda to receive research supplies and travel funds to present at a scientific conference.  Miranda is working with Dr. Piotr Habdas conducting research on the particle dynamics of dense colloidal suspensions with varying inter-particle potential using confocal microscopy.

Students Present at the 19th Mid-Atlantic Soft Matter Workshop

Miranda Mazzio ’18, Rui Zhang ’18, and Michael Jenkins ’19 (left to right) visited University of Maryland in February where they attended the 19th Mid-Atlantic Soft Matter Workshop.  All of them gave oral presentations on their research. Miranda talked about her 3D studies of particle dynamics in dense colloidal suspensions with varying interparticle attraction.  Rui presented preliminary results of studies on motion of a probe particle through dilute colloidal suspensions.  Finally, Mike presented his most recent attempts in applying machine learning to “live” tracking of colloidal particles.

Izzy and Zack presented at the 252nd American Chemical Society National Meeting and Exposition

Two of our students attended and presented at the ACS National Meeting in Philadelphia.  Isabella Goodenough ’16 (chemistry major and physics minor) presented a poster titled “Charge Accommodation in n-Doped Ethynyl-Bridged π-Conjugated Porphyrin Arrays”.  Zachery Brown ’17 gave a talk titled “Studying particle dynamics in the reentrant glass transition using colloidal suspensions”.  Awesome job!

Department of Physics hosted AAPT Southeastern Pennsylvania Section Spring 2016 Meeting

On April 1st and 2nd the Department of Physics hosted The American Association of Physics Teachers Southeastern Pennsylvania Section Spring 2016 Meeting. Paul Hewitt was the featured guest speaker and gave a presentation titled “Equations as Guides to Thinking” on Friday evening. Saturday’s featured speakers were Paul Steinhardt (Princeton University) who gave a presentation titled “Once Upon a Time in Kamchatka” and Rick VanBerg (University of Pennsylvania) who delivered a talk titled “Sixty Years of Experimental Neutrino Physics – A Somewhat Personal Perspective”. For detailed program please see the flyer.

Zack presented at American Physical Society March Meeting

Zachery Brown ’17 attended the APS March Meeting in Baltimore during the March 13th week. He gave a talk titled “Probing Dynamical Heterogeneity in Dense Colloidal Suspensions with Depletion Attraction”. His talk was about his recent results of studies of particle dynamics in dense collodoidal suspensions and was given in a regular science session titled Colloids: Interactions, Structure, Statistics.

Mars, Venus, Jupiter and the Moon in the Morning Sky

More than 25 students got up very early to view the three planets and the Moon visible in the morning sky on Wednesday (11/4/15).  They were able to see beautiful images of the three planets and were even able to take a few snapshots with their phones.  Spectacular Jupiter with its Galilean moons wowed the students and the Moon with its craters is always impressive to see.  We will announce the next sky viewing event in advance.

Department of Physics hosts AAPT Workshop on Measuring Mass

On October 3rd Department of Physics hosted the first of three physics workshops of the Southeastern Pennsylvania Section (SEPS) of the American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT).  The theme was “Measuring Mass”.  Participants constructed and calibrated a number of different kinds of apparatus to measure inertial and gravitational mass. This was a hands-on workshop with some “take-home” goodies for their own classes.  The Workshop presenters were Barry Feierman and Kathleen Hennessy.

Stunning Saturn

Noticing beautiful weather and cloudless sky on Wednesday evening (8/26/15) Ms. Kathleen Hennessy promptly decided to dust off our telescopes and direct them at Saturn and the Moon. About 100 students from Ms. Kathleen Hennessy’s and Dr. Neel Haldolaarachchige’s Investigations in Astronomy class stopped by to marvel at clear images of Saturn and always astonishing craters of the Moon. They were aided by Dr. Philip Smith (History Department) and his amazing reflectors. We will try to announce the next sky viewing event in advance.

Students present at a regional meeting

Gregory Hogan ’16 and Zachery Brown ’17 attended a professional meeting where they gave an oral presentation about their research. 15th Mid-Atlantic Soft Matter Workshop was held on July 24 2015 at University of Maryland. The goal of the workshop is to create a highly interdisciplinary workshop that draws upon researchers from academic, industrial and National Laboratories in the Mid-Atlantic region. A soft matter workshop provides an ideal forum for researchers with interests that reside at the interface of conventional disciplines. The workshop will also naturally assist in the career advancement of young scientists by acquainting them with the local academic and industrial research community.