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Current Events

The final event in our regular Fall 2018 Seminar Series will take place on Monday November 26th, when David Altman (Department of Physics, Willamette University) will be presenting. Talks are held on selected Monday and Wednesday afternoons and are free and open to the public. More information, including details from past terms, can be found on our seminars and events page, with new schedules posted as available.

The Columbia-Willamette Chapter of Sigma Xi will hold their 15th Annual Student Research Symposium on November 16th, 2018. The deadline to submit abstracts is November 2nd, and more information about that process can be found on their 2018 Symposium website.


Department News

The 12th Annual Mark Gurevitch Memorial Lecture took place on May 11th, 2018 and featured Nobel Laureate David Wineland. More details about this event can be found in the PSU events calendar, and more information about the history of these lectures can be found on our Mark Gurevitch Memorial Lecture Series page.

The Columbia-Willamette Chapter of Sigma Xi held their 14th Annual SX-CW Student Research Presentations on November 14th in the Smith Memorial Student Union Ballroom. Congratulations to the Physics Department graduate students who won awards: Mike DeArmond (1st place, Physics category), Theodore Stenmark (2nd place, Physics category), Chris Scheffler (3rd place, Physics category), and Sayantani Karmakar (1st place, Environmental Science category). A full list of awards and poster abstracts can be found on the Sigma Xi Columbia-Willamette Chapter website.

Ralf Widenhorn's achievements in the development of biomedical physics coursework have been featured in PSU's Research Quarterly Review. In addition to bringing a biomedical context to lectures and labs in the general physics sequence for students in pre-health degree paths, he has also created networks connecting innovators in pre-health education with the support of the National Science Foundation and the American Association of Physics Teachers. The full article, along with links to his YouTube series on biomedical physics and his own website, is also published as one of PSU's Research & Strategic Partnerships profiles.




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