Archive for 2010

Dorea Ruggles (’06) Wins NIH Research Award

Dorea Ruggles (’06) has received a Ruth L. Kirchstein National Research Service Award from the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Dorea is currently in the Biomedical Engineering Ph.D. program at Boston University. She writes, “The research I submitted deals with normal hearing adults and auditory attention. Auditory attention is what people do when they hear […]

Brian Smith (’00) Wins First Decade Award

The Gustavus Alumni Association has named Dr. Brian Smith (’00) as the winner of its First Decade Award. The First Decade Award recognizes early professional achievement. Criteria appropriate to selection include the difficulty of accomplishment; quality, creativity, and distinctiveness of performance; recognition by professional peers; and lasting contribution to the world of ideas and affairs. […]

Three Physics Majors Inducted into Phi Beta Kappa

On Saturday, May 1, 2010, three Gustavus physics majors were inducted into the Eta of Minnesota Chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, the nation’s oldest academic honor society. Bradley Abell (’10), Christina Lewis (’10) and Daniel Mellema (’11) were among the 17 Gustavus juniors and 43 seniors to receive this honor. They are shown in the […]

Michelle Price (’08) Wins Multiple Awards

Michelle (“MJ”) Price (’08), who is a graduate student in the Applied Physics program at the University of Michigan, has hit the trifecta! She has simultaneously been offered fellowships through the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program, the Department of Energy Science Graduate Fellowship Program and the Department of Defense National Defense Science and […]

Kelly Younge’s Article featured on NSF Website

Gustavus physics alumna Kelly Younge (’05), who is completing her Ph.D. in Applied Physics at the University of Michigan, has had her research featured on the NSF website. Taken from an article she has written for Physical Review, the full story explaining her work on “Trapping Giant Rydberg Atoms for Faster Quantum Computers” can be […]

Mike Bland Gives Annual Sigma Pi Sigma Lecture

On the evening of April 8, Gustavus physics alumnus Dr. Michael Bland (’02) delivered a lecture entitled “The Geophysical Evolution of Icy Satellites” to Gustavus physics students and faculty. Mike’s talk was the keynote address on an evening that celebrated the induction of seven Gustavus seniors into Sigma Pi Sigma, the national physics honor society. […]

Mark Nechanicky is Teacher of the Year

Gustavus physics alumnus Mark Nechanicky (’95) was named the 2010 Teacher of the Year in the Albert Lea, Minnesota, school system. After graduating from Gustavus, Mark earned a Master’s degree in Materials Science and Engineering from the University of Michigan and worked for five years doing electronics design in the auto industry. However, in 2004 […]

Physics Student Office Space

At Gustavus, any student who works for the physics department as a research assistant, teaching assistant, technical assistant, tutor or grader is given a space in one of our student office suites (Olin Hall Rooms 205, 206 and 207). These rooms tend to become focal points for student collaboration and interaction through all hours of […]

Gustavus Chapter of Sigma Pi Sigma

Since 2004 Gustavus has hosted a chapter of Sigma Pi Sigma, the national physics honor society. Founded in 1921, Sigma Pi Sigma is a member of the American Institute of Physics and a member honor society of the Association of College Honor Societies. Nomination and election are by the faculty, based upon student achievement in […]

Society of Physics Students

Gustavus is home to a very active chapter of the Society of Physics Students (SPS). In three of the past four years, Gustavus has earned an “Outstanding Chapter Award” from the national SPS office. The most recent award letter cites “the depth and breadth of SPS activities conducted by your chapter in such areas as […]