East Tennessee State University
Department of Physics, Astronomy, and Geology
Department News
Summer 2006

Student Activities

Another photo from Twyla's and Daniel's wedding. From left to right: Dr. Beverly Smith, Dr. Mark Giroux, Dr. Gary Henson, Kristin Stone, Dr. Donald Luttermoser, Jackie West, David Chamberlin-Long, Mike Houchins, Jennifer Salyer Houchins. For a larger picture, click here.

A collection of students and former students, taken at the July 25, 2006 Dept Pizza Lunch.
Back row, left to right:
Alex Burke (REU student from Vassar College), Ryan Deskins (ETSU Physics major), Ryan Bessey (REU student from Berry College).
Front row, left to right:
Sabrina Hurlock McGuire (ETSU Physics major), Amanda Moffett (2006 graduate), Kristin Stone (2005 graduate).

Faculty Activities

  • Dr. Richard Ignace presented a poster at the `Mass Loss from Stars and the Evolution of Stellar Clusters' meeting in Lunteren, the Netherlands, May 29 - June 1, 2006.

  • Dr. Gary Henson flew on the NASA `Weightless Wonder' in August 2006 as part of the Hands-On Regional Museum's `Zero G Zoomers' team. The team participated in NASA's Reduced Gravity program for Museums and Science Centers. Hands-On, partnered with Greeneville High Shool teachers and students and with ETSU through Dr. Henson and the Engineering Technology department to perform an experiment on soap bubbles in a weightless environment. Dr. Henson led the science efforts in writing their proposal `The Sustainability of a Spherical Soap Film in Microgravity'. The team was testing to see if soap bubbles will last longer in the absence of gravity since the soap film should not thin out as rapidly as it does under normal gravity. The team designed a totally enclosed apparatus under computer control which would create soap bubbles to be filmed during the flight. Mr. Bill Hemphill and Dr. Paul Simms (ETSU dept. of Engineering Technology) were invaluable as the engineers behind the apparatus which successfully flew August 10 and 11. The bubbles did indeed last longer in microgravity, floating as freely as the experimenters themselves! For more information, read the August 16, 2006 article in the Johnson City Press.

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    Last updated: 8/16/06 by B. J. Smith.