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Physics & Astronomy

College of Arts & Sciences

Fall 2017

 

Students

intro lunch 2017 intro lunch 2017 The Department hosted a lunch on August 25 to welcome new Physics majors to ETSU, and to welcome back returning majors. First picture: Sitting on the near side of the table, left to right: Zak Simpson, Leo Krause, and two guests. Sitting on the far side of the table, left to right:  Isaiah Cox (partially hidden), Ron Kitchings, Dr. Mark Giroux, James Owens, Mark Jones, Zebedee Damrau, Peter Wagstaff.   Behind:  Dr. Mallika Dhar and Dr. Gary Henson.  Second picture, front: Zak Simpson, Macon Magno and Brianne Dunn.  Back: Karen Sullivan.

 

Alumni

 

Amanda MoffettETSU Physics graduate Amanda Moffett (Class of 2016) started a post-doctoral position in Astronomy at Vanderbilt University this fall.   She received a Ph.D. in Astronomy from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2014.

 

 

Jon Hall classroomPhysics graduate Jon Hall (Class of 2017) has started a job teaching Physics at Cherokee High School in Rogersville Tennessee.  His classroom is shown to the left.

 

 

Susan OlmstedETSU Physics graduate Susan Olmsted (Class of 2016) started graduate school in Physics at Vanderbilt University in Nashville Tennessee this fall.

 

 

Ashton MorelockETSU Physics graduate Ashton Morelock (Class of 2017) started graduate school in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at Florida State University this fall.

 

 

Danielle LathamPhysics graduate Danielle Latham (Class of 2017) started graduate school in Physics at Clemson University this fall.

 

 

David FrostPhysics graduate David Frost (Class of 2017) started graduate school in Mathematics at Clemson University this fall.

 

 

Elizabeth WilliamsThis Fall, Physics graduate Elizabeth Williams (Class of 2015) started a job teaching high school Physics and Chemistry at Science Hill High School, Johnson City Tennessee.

 

 

Fletcher GriffittsPhysics graduate Fletcher Griffitts (Class of 2017) started graduate school in Engineering at Georgia Tech this fall.

 

 

Devanshu AgrawalPhysics graduate Devanshu Agrawal (Class of 2014) started graduate school in Data Science at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville this Fall.

 

Holden DingusThis fall, Thomas Holden Dingus (Class of 2016) started the Masters of Teaching graduate program at ETSU.

 

 

Yujia WangYuijia Wang (Class of 2016) started graduate school in Chemical Engineering at Northwestern University in Boston Massachusetts.

 

 

 

Faculty/Staff

 Karen 2017Department Executive Aide Karen Sullivan came in second place in the August 2017 University Door Decorating contest.  She is shown here with some of her decorations.

 

 

 

Summer 2017

sunspots during partial solar eclipseA picture of the August 21, 2017 partial solar eclipse, taken by ETSU Physics major Macon Magno with a 3.5 inch telescope.  Some sunspots are visible.

 

 

 

Isaiah CoxPhysics major Isaiah Cox is working in the Department this summer with Dr. Beverly Smith, doing multi-wavelength studies of clumpy galaxies.

 

Taylor DennisPhysics major Taylor Dennis is also working in the Department with Dr. Beverly Smith this summer.  She is working with Hubble Space Telescope images of collisional ring galaxies.

 

Macon MagnoPhysics major Macon Magno is working in the Department this summer.  He is doing research with Dr. Richard Ignace involving modeling H-alpha lines of beta Lyrae.

 

 Brianne DunnPhysics major Brianne Dunn is also doing research in the Dept this summer with Dr. Beverly Smith.  She is studying interstellar gas in merging pairs of galaxies.

 

Dustin HensleyPhysics major Dustin Hensley is working in the Department on a research project with Dr. Gary Henson.

 

 

Pisgah 2017Seven ETSU Physics majors participated in a workshop on Radio Astronomy held at the Pisgah Astronomical Research Institute in Brevard North Carolina from May 12 - 14, 2017.  From left to right: Zak Simpson, Kyle Stambaugh, Macon Magno, Jeffrey Fentress, Dustin Hensley, Josh Cassels, and Samantha Tesnear.   This workshop was funded by a grant from the PhysTEC organization.  For pictures from previous workshops, click here.

Fall 2016/Spring 2017

 Students

graduation 2017Six Physics majors graduated in May 2017:   David Frost, Christian Givens, Fletcher Griffitts, Jon Hall, Danielle Latham, and Ashton Morelock.  In picture left to right:  Danielle, David, and Ashton.

 

 

 

Oak RidgeFive members of the ETSU chapter of the Society of Physics Students toured Oak Ridge National Laboratory May 1, 2017.     Left to right:  David Frost, Kyle Stambaugh, Macon Magno, Danielle Latham, and Brianne Dunn.

 

 

 

 

 

Ashton MorelockFletcher GriffittsDani LathamChristian GivensThe annual Department Lunch to honor the graduating seniors was held Wednesday April 26, 2017.    Six students will graduate in May 2017.   Left to right: Ashton Morelock (left), Fletcher Griffitts (second picture, with Dr. Luttermoser), Danielle Latham (3rd picture), Christian Givens (fourth picture), David Frost, and Jon Hall.   Ashton Morelock was awarded the Outstanding Student in Physics prize for this year, for having the highest overall GPA among the graduating seniors.   Along with Ashton, Fletcher, Danielle, David, and Jon were recognized as Distinguished Graduates, having overall GPAs over 3.5.

 

Dani LathamDavid FrostChristian and FletcherFour ETSU Physics majors gave presentations in the Department on their Honors theses in April 2017.   These include Danielle Latham (left), whose thesis title was `Oxidative Quenching of Photoexcited Ru(II)-Bipyridine Complexes by Oxygen'.   David Frost's thesis title (second picture from left) was `Isotropic Oscillator Quantum Dots under a Magnetic and Spatially Varying Electric Field.  Christian Givens presented his thesis, titled `Sensitized Photo-Reduction of Aromatic di-N-oxides'.   Fletcher Griffitts gave a talk on his thesis, which was titled `Fullerenes in Solar Energy Cells'. 

 

Three Physics majors presented posters at the Appalachian Student Research Forum, held at the Culp Center at ETSU Wednesday April 12, 2017.    Brianne Dunn gave a poster titled `A Survey of Nearby Galaxies in X-Ray, UV, and Infrared Bands'.   Fletcher Griffitts presented a poster titled `Density Functional Theory (DFT) Studies on Charge Carrier Transmission Through Porphyrin-Fullerene Complexes'.   Ashton Morelock gave a poster titled `Finite Source Effects in the Microlensing of Radial Pulsating Stars'.   Both Fletcher Griffitts and Ashton Morelock won first place prizes in the Natural Sciences Division.

Three Physics majors gave talks at the Boland Undergraduate Research Symposium, held March 28, 2017 at the Millenium Centre in Johnson City.   Macon Magno gave a talk titled `Communicating with Raspberry Pis', while Danielle Latham gave a presentation entitled `Finding Quantum Yield of Ruthenium with Oxygen'.  David Frost's talk was titled `Visual Representations of Operatiions on the P-adic Integers'.

APS March 2017Five Physics majors attended the American Physical Society meeting held in New Orleans March 13 - 17, 2017.   From left to right:  Jon Hall, David Frost, Danielle Latham, Ryan Sears, and Brianne Dunn.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jon HallJon HallNumerous Physics majors helped out at the high school/middle school Science Olympiad, held at ETSU in February 2017.   At left are two pictures of Physics major Jon Hall setting up for an activity at the Olympiad.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dustin GilmerETSU Physics major Dustin Gilmer is doing an internship at Oak Ridge National Lab during the Spring 2017 semester.    His project title is `Binder Jet 3D Printing'.  His internship is part of the Science Undergrad Laboratory Internships (SULI) program funded by the U.S. Department of Energy.  

 

 

 

 

 

Women 2017Four ETSU Physics majors attended the Undergraduate Women in Physics Conference, held January 13 - 14, 2017 at Virginia Tech.    Shown left to right are Danielle Latham, Ashton Morelock, Brianne Dunn, and Samantha Tesnear.   Ashton presented a poster on Microlensing of Radially Pulsating Stars, and Brianne had a poster entitled `A Survey of Nearby Merging Galaxies in X-Ray, UV, and IR'.

 

Hannah GreenePatrick KennedyTwo Physics majors graduated in December 2016:  Hannah Greene (left) and Patrick Kennedy (right).

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hannah GreenPhysics major Hannah Greene gave a seminar on her Honors thesis in the Department on November 28, 2016.   Her thesis title is `Clumpy Galaxies in the Early Universe as Compared to Nearby Normal and Interacting Spiral Galaxies'.

 

To watch a video of Hannah talking about her experiences at ETSU, click here.  To read an interview of Hannah about her ETSU experience click here.

 

 

 

 Dustin HensleyTwo ETSU Physics majors presented posters at the `McNair Poster Display' held October 7, 2016 at Tusculum College.   Dustin Hensley (shown on the left) presented a poster titled `The Luminous Blue Variable V2312 Cyg: A Photometric Analysis'.   Dustin Gilmer's poster was titled `An Assessment of Collaborative Leadership in Scientific Research'.

To read an interview of Dustin Gilmer about his experiences at ETSU, click here.   To watch a video of Dustin Gilmer, click here.

 

 

 

Ashton and Loganb=zPictures from the August 19, 2016 Department `Welcome to ETSU/Welcome Back' lunch for Physics students.  Left to right:  Ashton Morelock, Logan Norton, Bronson Lynn, Zachary Hayes.

 

 

Alumni

Susan OlmstedElizabeth WilliamsTwo ETSU Physics major graduates, Susan Olmsted (Class of 2016; on left) and Elizabeth Williams (Class of 2015) obtained Masters of Arts in Teaching degrees from ETSU in May 2017

 

 

Brandon LittleETSU physics graduate Brandon Little (Class of 2009) has recently started a new job at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in Research Triangle Park, in North Carolina.   His job title is Physical Scientist, and he is working with the Office of Air Quality Planning and Standards.

 

Ryen and Lawrence LaphamETSU Physics graduate Ryen Lapham (Class of 2011) sent the picture on the left of himself and his son Lawrence Michael Lapham, who was born May 23, 2016. Ryen is currently a graduate student in Physics and Astronomy at New Mexico Tech.

 

Jack HartsellETSU Physics graduate Jack Hartsell (Class of 2013) started graduate school in Mathematics at ETSU in Fall 2016.

 

 

 

Ben McKinneyETSU Physics graduate Ben McKinney (Class of 2015) started Medical School at Quillen Medical School at ETSU in Fall 2016.

 

 

 

 

Austin PatrickETSU Physics graduate Austin Patrick (Class of 2016) started graduate school in Medical Physics at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in summer 2016.

 

 

 

Susan OlmstedETSU Physics graduate Susan Olmsted (Class of 2016) is enrolled in the Masters in Teaching program at ETSU.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Summer 2016

Students

Holden DingusPhysics major Thomas Holden Dingus graduated in August 2016.

 

 

 

Group summer 2016Five ETSU Physics majors are working in the Department this summer as research assistants. Left to right: Macon Magno, Nicholas (Cole) Woo, Ashton Morelock, David Frost, Brianne Dunn

 

 

Brianne DunnPhysics major Brianne Dunn is working in the Department this summer with Dr. Beverly Smith, doing research on interacting galaxies.

 

 

 

David FrostPhysics major David Frost is working in the Department this summer with Dr. Frank Hagelberg.  He is doing research on quantum dots.

 

 

 

Cole WuPhysics major Cole Woo is working in the Department this summer with Dr. Richard Ignace.  He is doing research on stellar winds.

 

 

 

 

Macon MagnoPhysics major Macon Magno is doing research on stellar spectroscopy  this summer.  He is working in the Department  with Dr. Gary Henson.

 

 

 

Ashton MorelockPhysics major Ashton Morelock is working in the Department this summer on a research project  involving micro- lensing.  She is working with Dr. Richard Ignace.

 

 

 

Logan NortonPhysics minor Logan Norton is working in the Department this summer on a research project with Dr. Frank Hagelberg.  He is studying the optimal geometry for carbon nanostructures.

 

 

Faculty

 galpathDrs. Beverly Smith and Mark Giroux attended the "Mapping the Pathways of Galaxy Transformation Across Time and Space" conference, held on Catalina Island in California July 31 - August 5, 2016.  Beverly Smith presented a poster entitled "Diffuse X-Ray-Emitting Gas in Major Mergers", by B. J. Smith, K. Campbell, C. Struck, R. Soria, D. Swartz, and M. Magno.   Co-author Kristen Campbell is a recent ETSU Physics major graduate (Class of 2015), while Macon Magno is a current ETSU Physics major.

Fall 2015/Spring 2016 Department News

 

General 

Macon at transitAshton at transitOn May 9, 2016, the Department hosted a public viewing of the transit of Mercury, in conjunction with the Bays Mountain Amateur Astronomy Club.  The viewing was held on the ETSU campus.  ETSU Physics majors Macon Magno (left) and Ashton Morelock (right) assisted at this event.

Lee Anne WillsonLee Anne Willson with SPS studentsDr. Lee Anne Willson from Iowa State University visited the Department for three weeks in October and November 2015 as the Basler Chair of Excellence.    For more information about her background and her activities at ETSU, click here.  In the picture on the right, Dr. Willson (6th from left) is shown with Society of Physics Students Ashton Morelock, Susan Olmsted, Cole Woo, Patrick Kennedy,  Thomas Holden Dingus, Hannah Greene, David Frost, Blake Urban, Danielle Latham, and Logan Norton.

 

The American Institute of Physics named the ETSU Physics and Astronomy Department as a `Top Performer' among Universities and Colleges without graduate programs in Physics.  For more information, click here. 

Open HousePicture taken at the Observatory Open House September 19, 2015

Open House A second picture taken at the Open House on September 19, 2015.    Physics majors Thomas Holden Dingus and Andrew Boghozian have their arms raised.

 

 

 

 

 

open domeThe dome of the 14 meter telescope at Powell Observatory.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Students

Yujia Wang Six Yujia WangPhysics majors graduated in May 2016: William Asbury,  Brandon Henard, Gudmundur Kristjansson,  Susan Olmsted, Austin Patrick, and Yujia Wang.  Yujia Wang is shown at left.

 

 

 

 

Susan OlmstedPhysics major Susan Olmsted won the "Outstanding Student in Physics" prize for 2016, for being the graduating senior with the highest overall GPA.   Here she is shown at the April 20, 2016 Department Lunch honoring the graduating seniors.    In addition, graduating seniors Austin Patrick, Gudmundur Kristjansson, and Susan Olmsted were awarded prizes for graduating with distinction, with overall GPAs higher than 3.5. 

  Brandon HenardYujia WangTwo of the graduating seniors at the Spring 2016 lunch: Brandon Henard (left) and Yujia Wang (right).  

 

 

 

Ashton and LoganS2016 group AS2016 few other pictures from the Spring 2016 Dept lunch.  Leftmost picture: Ashton Morelock and Logan Norton. 

 

Austin PatrickOn April 25, 2016, Physics major Austin Patrick presented his Honors thesis.  It is titled `Photoinduced Electron Transfer and Its Applications'.

 

 

Holden DingusPhysics major Thomas Holden Dingus presented his Honors thesis on Monday April 18, 2016.  It is titled `Flickering Analysis of CH Cygni using Kepler Data'.

Four Physics majors presented posters at the Appalachian Research Forum, held on campus Thursday April 7, 2016.    Macon Magno's poster was titled `A Survey of Equal Mass Mergers in the Infrared, Ultraviolet, and X-Ray'.   Ashton Morelock presented a poster titled `Emission Line Ratios and Oxygen Abundances in Interacting vs. Spiral Galaxies'.   Susan Olmsted's poster was titled `Star Formation in Ring Galaxies', while Phillip Wheeler's poster was titled `An Infrared Study of Type II Cepheid Stars from the WISE Satellite'.  Susan Olmsted's poster won first place in the Natural Science Division.

Four Physics majors gave talks at the Boland Undergraduate Research Symposium, held March 31 at the Millenium Centre in Johnson City Tennessee.   Susan Olmsted spoke on `Star Formation in Ring Galaxies'. Austin  Patrick gave a talk on `Photo-Induced Electron Transfer and its Applications'.   Thomas Holden Dingus gave a presentation titled `A Flickering Analysis of Chi Cygni using Keper Data'.    Dustin Gilmer gave a talk on `Focal Adhesion Kinase'. 

Susan Olmsted thesis Physics major Susan Olmsted presented her Honors thesis Monday March 21, 2016.  It was titled `Star Formation in Ring Galaxies'.

 

 

pisgah 2016Ten ETSU Physics/Astronomy majors/minors participated in a workshop on radio astronomy March 4 - 6, 2016, at the Pisgah Astronomical Research Center in Brevard North Carolina.   Left to right:  Susan Olmsted, Patrick Kennedy, Holden Dingus, Hannah Green, Macon Magno, Nicolas Woo, Josh Cassels, Katelyn Sobota, Christian Givens.  For more pictures and more information, click here.

 

 

 

 

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SusanPhysics major Susan Olmsted participated in the `Posters at the Capitol' event February 24, 2016 in Nashville.  She presented a poster entitled `Star Formation Rates in Ring Galaxies'.

 

 

 

SPS awardThe ETSU Society of Physics Student organization was named a `Notable SPS Chapter' by the National SPS organization, for the year 2014/2015.

 

 

 

 

Three ETSU Physics majors, Ashton Morelock, Susan Olmsted, and Brianne Dunn,  attended the Undergraduate Women in Physics Conference held in Atlanta Georgia January 15 - 17, 2016.    Ashton Morelock presented a research poster entitled `Emission Line Ratios and Oxygen Abundances in Interacting vs. Spiral Galaxies'.  Susan Olmsted presented a poster titled `Nuclear Data Compilation for Beta Decay Isotopes.'

 

Yonghui WangAndrew and SusanTwo Physics majors graduated in December 2015: Andrew Boghozian and Yonghui Wang.   Andrew is shown on the left (with Physics major Susan Olmsted).; Yonghui on the right 

 

 

TSusan, Holden, David Frosthree Physics majors at the December 9, 2015 End-of-Semester/Holiday Party.   In back: Susan Olmsted.   In front left to right: Thomas Holden Dingus and David Frost.

 

 

Susan at ConferencePhysics major Susan Olmsted attended the American Physical Society Division of Nuclear Physics meeting  in Santa Fe New Mexico October 28-30, 2015.   She presented a poster entitled ``Nuclear Data Compilation for Beta Decay Isotopes''.  She conducted this research last summer as part of a summer research program at the Triangle Universities Nuclear Laboratory.

 

 

 

 

 

William AsburyPhysics major Will Asbury gave a research talk at a conference for undergraduate research  held at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville October 30, 2015.  The conference was titled the Tennessee Experiential Learning Symposium.  His talk was titled  `Polarized light observations of the eclipse of Epsilon Aurigae'.  Dr. Richard Ignace from the ETSU Department of Physics and Astronomy also attended this meeting.   

 

SPS paintingThe Society of Physics Students painting on the ETSU Pride Walk.  Left to right:  Tim Payne, Susan Olmsted, Ashton Morelock, David Frost, Hannah Greene.

 

 

 

 

variable star studentsStudents in the Variable Stars course, posing with the 14 inch telescope at Powell Observatory. Left to right:  Marc Cloyd, Hannah Greene,  Ashton Morelock, and Macon Magno.  Marc Cloyd is an Astronomy minor; the other three are Physics majors.

 

 

 

Variable Stars studentsStudents in the Variable Stars class, running the telescope.  Left: Marc Cloyd.  Right: Ashton Morelock.

 

 

 

variable starsAnother picture of students in the Variable Stars course.  Left to right: Ashton Morelock, Macon Magno, and Marc Cloyd.

 

 

 

 

 

  

12 Physics majors : August 2015Twelve Physics Majors attended a lunch for majors in the Department August 21, 2015.

 

 

 

Alumni

Devanshu AgrawalDevanshu Agrawal (Physics and Math double major, class of 2014) completed a masters in Mathematics from ETSU in May 2016.

 

 

 

Ben and ElizabethRecent Physics graduates Elizabeth Williams and Ben McKinney (both class of 2015) attended the Spring 2016 Dept lunch held on April 20, 2016.  Elizabeth is now a graduate student in the Masters of Teaching program at ETSU, and Ben works at Woodridge Hospital in Johnson City.

 

 

 

 

Ben, Elizabeth, Chance Three Physics alumni attended the December 9, 2015 End-of-Semester/Holiday Party.   Left to right:  Ben McKinney (Class of 2015), Elizabeth Williams (Class of 2015), and Chance Brown (Class of 2013).

 

Sabrina HurlockETSU Physics graduate Sabrina Hurlock (Class of 2010) started a new job teaching high school math/science/engineering at a charter school called Knowledge Academies, located outside of Nashville Tennessee

 

 

w jamiesonPhysics and Mathematics graduate William Jamieson (Class of 2013) was in the news for receiving a National Science Foundation graduate fellowship.   He is now a graduate student in Math at the University of Nebraska Lincoln.

 

 

J.T. McNeilETSU Physics graduate Joseph T. McNeil (Class of 2015) started graduate school in Physics at the University of Florida in Gainesville in Fall 2015.

 

 

 

 

Kristen CampbellETSU Physics graduate Kristen Campbell (Class of 2015) started medical school at the University of Tennessee in Memphis this fall.

 

 

 

 

Elizabeth WilliamsETSU Physics graduate Elizabeth Williams (Class of 2015) started graduate school in Education at ETSU this fall.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Zhicheng ZhangETSU Physics graduate Zhicheng Zhang (Class of 2015) started graduate school in Mathematics at ETSU this fall.

 

 

 

 

 

Sharon Gray ETSU Physics major graduate Sharon Gray (Class of 2009) started a job as a lecturer in the Physics and Astronomy Department at ETSU.   After graduating from ETSU, Sharon obtained a master's degree in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Tennessee.

 

 

 


Faculty

Rico IgnaceDr. Richard Ignace won the College of Arts and Sciences Research Award for 2015/2016

 

 

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Smith and GirouxDepartment faculty Dr. Beverly Smith and Dr. Mark Giroux attended a meeting of the Physics Teacher Education Coalition (PhysTEC) in Baltimore Maryland March 4 - 6, 2016.   They presented a poster entitled `Back to the Classroom: Teaching Radio Astronomy'.   This described a program in which Physics/Astronomy majors/minors participated in a radio astronomy workshop, then did classroom presentations on radio astronomy.   For more information and pictures of the workshop, click here.

Harry PowellRetired Physics Professor Harry D. Powell attended the Dec 9, 2015 End-of-Semester lunch.

 

 

As noted above, former ETSU physics major Sharon Gray started a job as a lecturer in the Department in Fall 2015.

Bev Smith at student lunch

 A picture of Department faculty member Beverly Smith at the Physics major lunch, August 2015.

 

 

 

       
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