Fall 2006 - Spring 2007 Dept News

Dr. Donald Lutternoser 
Dr. Donald Luttermoser became the new Chair of the Dept of Physics, Astronomy, and Geology on August 15, 2006, replacing Dr. David Close.

Dr. Blaine Schuber 
Dr. Blaine Schubert started as a new Assistant Professor of Geology Fall 2006. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Arkansas in 2004, and was a post-doctoral research fellow at the Gray Fossil Site from 2004 - 2006.

Dr. Donald Luttermoser Dr. Mark Giroux and Dr. Bev Smith 
Left image: Dr. Donald Luttermoser. Right image: Drs. Mark Giroux and Bev Smith. These pictures were taken in front of the Dept display at the Johnson City Mall during the `Arts and Sciences at the Mall' event September 15, 2006.

Drs. Steve Wallace and Blaine Schubertattended the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology meeting in Ottowa, Canada, in October. They presented three posters, entitled:

  • `Amphibians and Reptiles of the Mio-Pliocene Gray Fossil Site and their Paleoecologic Implications', by B. W. Schubert and S. C. Wallace.
  • `The Cave of Sloths: A Description of the Magalonyx jeffersonii Remains from ACb-3 Cave, Colbert County, Alabama', by W. Shaver, B. Schubert, and S. Wallace.
  • `Postcrania of Bristol's Red Panda, Pristinailurus bristoli', by S. C. Wallace and B. W. Schubert.

Drs. Yongli Gao and Michael Whitelaw attended the Geological Society of America meeting in Philadelphia PA, in October 2006. They presented a poster entitled `Rebuilding a Geology Program at East Tennessee State University through Outreach, Scholarship, and Recruiting Activities', by Y. Gao, M. J. Whitelaw, C. Gregg, S. C. Wallace, T. Burnham, and J. Brooks.

Dr. Chris Gregg attended the National Science Foundation, Human and Social Dynamics, Principal Investigator's Meeting in Washington D.C. from September 13 - 15, 2006. He and his collaborators presented two posters at this meeting, entitled:

  • `Natural warning signs of tsunamis: A case study in Thailand following the Indian Ocean earthquake and tsunami events of 2004', by C. E. Gregg, B. F. Houghton, D. Paton, R. Lachman, J. Lachman, S. Wongbusarakum, and D. M. Johnston.
  • `Tsunami preparedness and effectiveness of warnings in USA', by B. F. Houghton, C. E. Gregg, D. A. Gill, D. Paton, L. A. Ritchie, D. M. Johnston.

Dr. Chris Gregg attended the 7th New Zealand Natural Hazards Management Conference 2006 in Christchurch New Zealand August 22 - 25. He gave a talk entitled `Tsunami Warnings: Perspective from Hawaii and Thailand'.

From November 6 - November 10, 2006, Dr. Donald Luttermoser attended the 14th Cambridge Workshop on `Cool Stars, Stellar Systems, and the Sun' held in Pasadena California. He presented a poster entitled `Cool Stars Sing the Blues -- The Encore'.

Drs. Richard Ignace and Mark Hancock attended the Jan 2007 meeting of the American Astronomical Society. Rico gave a talk on An X-ray View of the Interacting Binary Beta Lyrae with Suzaku and Mark gave a talk on Restarting Galaxy Formation in Arp 82: An UV, Optical and Mid-IR Study of Star Formation in NGC 2535/6.

Dr. Richard Ignaceattended the `Solar and Stellar Astrophysics' symposium in Glasgow, Scotland on January 28, 2007, given in honor of the 60th birthday of Professor John C. Brown Regius Professor of Astronomy and Tenth Astronomer Royal for Scotland. Rico gave a talk entitled `The Hanle Effect for Circumstellar Envelopes'.

Randy KeelingFormer ETSU Physics Major Randy Keeling (Class of 2001) recently started a new job as an Algorithms Engineer for Global Energy Decisions.

David Chamberlin-LongFormer ETSU Physics Major David Chamberlin-Long (Class of 2002) recently started working at the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Lab in Laurel Maryland.




Some pictures from the Upper East Tennessee Regional Science Olympiadfor middle school students held at ETSU on February 24, 2007. These pictures include pictures of the middle school participants as well as ETSU Physics majors and faculty, who assisted with the Olympiad.


Right: Dr. Gary Henson, Tournament Site Director.


ETSU Physics majors 
Front row, from left: ETSU Physics majors Alfred Hopkins, David Simpson, and Sabrina Hurlock.

ETSU Physics majors 
Standing, in back: Physics majors Sabrina Hurlock, David Simpson, and Alfred Hopkins.

Taylor Burnham During Spring Break 2007, Dr. Steve Wallace took a group of students to Florida to dig at a fossil site near Gainesville, Florida. This picture shows geology major Taylor Burnham holding a claw and phalanx (finger bone) of the giant ground sloth (Eremotherium eomigrans). For more pictures from this trip, click here.

A group of ETSU Geology students attended the Tennessee Geoconclave in Fall Creek Falls State Park, Pikeville Tennessee, from March 30 - April 1, 2007. The ETSU team won the Rock identification event and the Rock Bowl, the geological equivalent of Jeopardy.

David Simpson and Dr. Don Luttermoser 
David Simpson won the 2007 Outstanding Senior in Physics Award. Here is a picture of Dept Chair Don Luttermoser presenting him the award. David is graduating in June, and will be attending graduate school at Penn State next fall.

David Simpson 
Physics major David Simpson presented his Honors Thesis project, `A Mathematical Derivation of the General Relativistic Schwarzschild Metric', on Tuesday, April 24, 2007.

David Simpson and advisors 
Here's a picture of David Simpson (middle) and his Honors thesis advisors, Dr. Robert Gardner (Math Dept) (on left) and Dr. Mark Giroux (Physics, Astronomy, and Geology Dept) (on right).

Taylor Burnham 
Geology major Taylor Burnham presented his Honors Thesis project on Monday April 23, 2007. The title of his project was `Geologic Controls of Washouts in the Chilton Coal Seam'.

Nikki Gibson 
Geology major Robyn (Nikki) Gibson presented her Honors Thesis project, `Sewell Coal Seam Case Study: Insight into Coal Bed Methane' on Monday, April 23, 2007.

Last updated 4/26/07 by B. J. Smith