All the latest news from
faculty, staff, and students.
Executive Aide Brenda Aldridge
retired in June 2004 after many years at ETSU.
- The Department of Physics, Astronomy,
and Geology hosted a conference
on The Nature
and Evolution of Disks Around Hot Stars
July 7 - 9, 2004
at the Carnegie Hotel in Johnson City.
This conference is being organized by
Dr. Rico Ignace.
- The ETSU Dept of Physics, Astronomy, and Geology is
hosting a Science
Teacher's Workshop on Variable Stars this summer at the Harry
D. Powell Observatory. The workshop will run from June 15 -
- Dr. Don
Luttermoser gave an invited talk at the 204th American
Astronomical Society (AAS) Meeting held in Denver, CO from 30 May
through 3 June 2004 at a Special Session titled What's
New with Old Variable Stars?
His talk, titled The
Dynamic Atmospheres of Mira Variable Stars, was the first talk of
this session held on Thursday morning, 3 June 2004.
- Dr. David Close presented an invited talk at the
Computational Center for Molecular Structure and Interactions in the
Dept. of Chemistry at Jackson State University (May 13, 2004). His talk
was entitled`DFT Calculations on the Primary Radiation Induced Free
Radicals Observed in DNA Model Compounds'.
- Drs. David Close and Yuriy Razskazovskiy attended the 8th
International Workshop on Radiation Damage to DNA on May 25-30 in
Banff, Alberta, Canada. Photographs:
Dr. Close chaired the opening session on Radiation-Induced DNA Base
Damage I, and presented an invited talk on `Oxidatitive Damage to
Cytosine: Implication for Radiation Induced Damage in DNA'. Dr.
Razskazovskiy presented an invited talk on `Modification of Direct
Damage to DNA by Histone-Mimicking Polypeptides'.
- Dr. David Close attended the 2004 Teaching Nonproliferation
Institute on June 11- June 15 in Asheville, NC.
- Dr. Close presented an invited talk at the Curriculum
Development Workshop on `Physics 1030, a new course on Physics and
- Dr. David Close attended the Institute for Energy and
Environmental Research 2004 workshop on Delegitimizing Nuclear Weapons
(June 22-27) in Takoma Park, MD. Dr. Close presented a talk entitled
`Is Radioactivity bad for you?'
Student News and
- Amanda Moffett (ETSU Physics Major) is working with Dr.
Beverly Smith on variable stars this summer. This research is
supported by a
NASA Long Term Space Astrophysics grant.
- Physics major Rachel Baker is attending an NSF funded
Research Experience for Undergraduates at the University of Wisconsin
summer. She has placed an on-line description of her project
- Katie Hicks (Guilford College Physics Major) is working
with Dr. Gary Henson in an NSF funded Research Experiences for
Undergraduates program through the SARA consortium. Katie is acquiring
and analyzing BVRI photometry data for a select group of Post -
Asymptotic Giant Branch stars, looking for variability in these stars.
- Congratulations to ETSU Physics graduate Dave Haefner who
has been accepted to the Physics graduate program at the University of
- Congratulations to ETSU Physics alumni Mike Houchins (2001)
and his new bride Jennifer Salyer (Math major, Physics minor
2004). Mike and Jennifer will both be starting graduate school at
Clemson University in August 2004. Mike was accepted into
the Ceramics and Materials Engineering program while Jennifer will be
pursuing her advanced degree in Applied Mathematics.
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