Summer 2010 News

Summer 2010 News


This summer, the Tennessee Board of Regent approved an Astronomy Minor for ETSU.   For more information about the requirements for the minor, click here.   To read the press release about the minor, click here.


Dr. Beverly Smith attended the Extragalactic Star Formation Conference held at the Cumberland Lodge, Windsor Great Park, England, July 5 - 7, 2010.  She gave a talk entitled `The Larson-Tinsley Effect in the UV: Interacting vs. Normal Spiral Galaxies'.

Mr. Brian Espino left ETSU this summer, to begin graduate school in Geophysics at Binghamton University, State University of New York.   Brian has been a lecturer at ETSU in Physics for the last three years.  Brian previously obtained an M.S. in Physics from Kansas State University in 2007.


During summer 2010, ETSU Physics major Coral Franklin is participating in an undergraduate research program in atmospheric science at the NASA Langley Research Center in Virginia.

ETSU Physics major Jessica Webb is participating in a summer Research Experience for Undergraduate program in Physics at Purdue University this summer.

New Physics graduate Sabrina Hurlock is working in the Department this summer with Beverly Smith on comparing radio and UV observations of interacting galaxies.

ETSU Physics and Math major Ryen Lapham is working in the Dept this summer with Beverly Smith on UV, optical, and infrared observations of interacting galaxies.

ETSU Physics major Ben Madsen-Larsen is working with Rico Ignace this summer on the Hanle Effect in Keplerian disks

ETSU Physics major Erin Middlemas is working this summer with Gary Henson on Be stars

ETSU Physics major Olivia Miller in working this summer with Beverly Smith on Chandra X-ray data of interacting galaxies

ETSU Physics major Tom Gemmer is working with Mark Giroux this summer on Galactic high velocity clouds

ETSU Physics major John Burdette is working with Gary Henson this summer on polarized light observations of the eclipsing binary star Epsilon Aurigae

Butler University Physics major Michael McFall is working with Rico Ignace this summer on rotationally modulated X-ray emission from structured Wolf-Reyet Wind, as part of the SARA REU program

Weber State University physics major Charla Boom is working with Tabetha Hole this summer on spectropolarimetry observations of supernovae, as part of the SARA REU program


Rachel Baker (Class of 2005) will start a new job teaching physics at Daniel Boone High School in Fall 2010.   She received an M.S. in Education from ETSU in 2009.

Scott Price (Class of 2009) is now working at
Safety and Ecology Corporation in Knoxville TN.

Twyla Smith Hall (Physics major Class of 2003) graduated from the Georgia Washington University with an M.B.A.  this year. She has started a job as a Booz Allen Hamilton Senior Engineering Consultant. Twyla received an M.S. in Aerospace Engineering from Virginia Tech in 2006.

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