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2015 Summer Internship – Hallie Stidham

SUMMER STUDENT RESEARCH SERIES Hallie Stidham (REU @ CERN) Rising senior Hallie Stidham spent the summer working near the Franco-Swiss border at CERN, the site of the world’s largest particle physics laboratory! She is working with the Columbia University ATLAS group to analyze 13 TeV data from the Large Hadron Collider, the same facility that reported […]

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2015 Summer Internship – Max Mauer

SUMMER STUDENT RESEARCH SERIES Max Maurer (SuRPS @ HPU) Rising sophomore Max Maurer worked at HPU with Dr. Fiser as part of the university’s inaugural Summer Research Program in the Sciences (SuRPS). Their project, titled “Biomimetic Cilia-Driven Fluid Flow,” focused on producing highly flexible and magnetically-responsive biomimetic cilia. Once the cilia were created, they placed them […]

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Springs Released from Uniform Circular Motion

Matt Carnaghi’s freshman research project on the motion of a collapsing spring released from uniform circular motion has been submitted to the American Journal of Physics. The project resulted in a fruitful collaboration with Jeff Regester of Greensboro Day School and Tom Dooling of UNC Pembroke. A YouTube video describing the project and its results […]

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Salary Data for B.S. Physics Graduates

What starting salary can you expect?  The latest data compiled for the class of 2011 and 2012 has been released by AIP. You can read the full report. According to AIP, “After receiving their degrees, 43% of physics bachelor’s either accepted employment, continued in positions they held while an undergraduate, or were seeking employment.” Most […]

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Update on Alan Vasquez Soto’s Research

Alan Vasquez Soto (a) has spent his SuRPS time focusing on CS 1246, a pulsating star about 600 light-years from Earth. Similar to a vibrating guitar string, this star ‘pulses’ once every six minutes, which results in a periodic change in its luminosity. Alan has been using the SKYNET web interface (b) to monitor CS […]

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This week in Dr. Barlow’s Universe

Rodrigo Catalan-Hurtado is using the 1.5-meter SMARTS telescope in Chile to collect nightly optical spectra of a newly-discovered binary star system. The attached figure shows an example of a single spectral image. The bright vertical “stripes” are individual spectral orders that together cover the wavelength range 450 nm (leftmost order) to 850 nm (rightmost order). […]

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This week in Dr. Fiser’s lab

This week we used a potentiostat to create arrays of nickel tubes ten microns long and approximately 600 nm in diameter. The potentiostat sends a current through a solution of nickel ions, causing the ions to travel into a template with cylindrical pores, creating the tubes. We analyzed these tubes using the scanning electron microscope […]

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2015 SuRPS – Matthew Carnaghi

Matthew Carnaghi (’16) is a senior majoring in physics and computer science. Matt is working with Dr. Fiser at HPU in the university’s inaugural Summer Research Program in the Sciences (SuRPS). Their project is titled “Using biomimetic cilia arrays to investigate the flow of mucus in the human lung.” Their goal is to use life-sized artificial cilia (high […]

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