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Fall 2020/Spring 2021
Physics major Richard McDonald (shown) gave a talk titled `Implementing a Uranium Fission Insert at the LANL Ultracold Neutron Source' at the Virtual Division of Nuclear Physics conference, which was held October 29 - November 1, 2020. The Division of Nuclear Physics is a division of the American Physical Society. A link to his talk is provided here. Richard was supervised on his project by Dr. Robert Pattie. Physics major Kinsey Copeland also made a presentation at the meeting. Her project was titled `Determining the Charge Sharing Bias between Pixels in Nab Silicon Detectors'. She was supervised on her project by Dr. Leah Broussard from Oak Ridge National Laboratory.
Physics Alumnus Isaiah Cox (Class of 2020) started graduate school in Physics at Clemson University this fall.
Physics Alumnus Bronson Lynn (Class of 2020) started graduate school in Chemical Engineering at Clemson University this fall.
Physics graduate Mark Jones (Class of 2020) started graduate school in Financial Mathematics at Florida State University this fall.
Physics Alumnus Dr. Benjamin McKinney (Class of 2015) finished his M.D. at Quillen Medical School in May 2020, and has started a Residency in Emergency Medicine in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.
Physics major Zebedee Damrau is working with Dr. Beverly Smith this summer on X-ray measurements of galaxies in clusters.
Physics major Kinsey Copeland is participating in the Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internships (SULI) summer research program for undergraduates at Oak Ridge National Laboratory this summer. The SULI program is funded by the U.S. Department of Energy. Kinsey is investigating the impact of charge-sharing between detector pixels on the accuracy of reconstruction of electron energy in the Nab experiment.
Physics major Richard McDonald is working with Dr. Robert Pattie this summer on research involving optimizing the design of a low enrichment uranium fission neutron multiplier for the Los Alamos ultracold neutron source.
Physics major David-Michael Byrne is working on a research project with Dr. Robert Pattie this summer involving modeling the transport of ultracold neutrons in a time of flight spectrometer.
Fall 2019/Spring 2020
Two Physics majors attended the October 2019 meeting of the American Physical Society Division of Nuclear Physics held in Crystal City Virginia. ETSU student Isaiah Cox was the lead author on a
poster titled `Temperature Dependence Measurement of the Light Yield in Stilbene'.
ETSU student Taylor Dennis was the lead author on a poster titled `Characterizations
for a Mirror Neutron Search'. ETSU Assistant Professor Dr. Robert Pattie also attended
Physics major Shawn Toner presented a poster at the Virtual Appalachian Student Research Forum in April 2020. The in-person forum was cancelled because of the COVID-19 virus, however, student abstracts and posters were made available virtually. Shawn's poster was titled "X-ray Emitting Hot Gas Production in Nearby Merging Galaxies".
Five Physics majors graduated from ETSU in May 2020. In order from left: Isaiah Cox, Taylor Dennis, Mark Jones, Bronson Lynn, and Peter Wagstaff. All five of them were awarded prizes as `Graduating with Distinction'. Bronson Lynn was awarded the Outstanding Student in Physics Award for the year, being the graduating senior with the highest overall GPA.
ETSU Physics major graduate William Jamieson (on left) (Class of 2013) has completed
a Ph.D. in Mathematics at the University of Nebraska, in Mathematical Biology. He
is now employed at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, in their Global Modeling and Assimulation Office.
ETSU Physics minor/Math major Jessie Deering (now Jamieson), Class of 2013, is now
employed at Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory. She is also shown in the picture
on the left.
Several Physics majors are participating in summer research and/or internship programs
at ETSU or other institutions this summer. They include:
Physics major Shawn Toner is working in the ETSU Physics and Astronomy Dept this summer with Dr. Beverly Smith. He is working with images of interacting galaxies at multiple wavelengths, including infrared, optical, ultraviolet, and X-ray.
As part of a summer Research Experiences for Undergraduates program, Physics major Peter Wagstaff is working at Miami University this summer. He is working in the Bose Einstein Condensate lab, building the optics and coils for laser cooling and magneto-optical traps.
Physics major Taylor Dennis is working on neutron experiments at Oak Ridge National
Laboratory, as part of the Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internships (SULI) program
of the U.S. Department of Energy. At left is a picture of her making a presentation
on her research at the "Ignite-off" competition, as part of her internship. She was
a finalist in the competition. Click here for more information about the Ignite-off presentations. Click here for an interview of Taylor about her experiences.
Physics major Isaiah Cox is doing an internship this summer at Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico. This internship is also part of the SULI program supported by the U.S. Department of Energy.
Physics major Bronson Lynn is participating in a Research Experiences for Undergraduates program at the University of Minnesota this summer.
Physics major Zebedee Damrau is working with Dept faculty member Dr. Robert Pattie this summer in his research lab on campus.
Four Physics majors graduated in May 2019: Left to right: Samantha Tesnear, Darwin
Gamble, Nicholas Woo, and David Binns. David Binns won the 2019 `Outstanding Student
in Physics' Award.
Physics graduate Holden Dingus (class of 2016) completed a Masters in Arts in Teaching at ETSU in May 2019.
Four Physics majors presented posters at the March 12, 2019 Appalachian Student Research Forum held at the Millenium Centre in Johnson City Tennessee. Left to right: Bronson Lynn, Peter Wagstaff, Mark Jones, and Isaiah Cox. Peter Wagstaff's poster was titled `Spatial Extent of Diffuse X-ray Emitting Regions of Major Mergers'. Mark Jones had a poster titled `Detached Tidal Dwarf Galaxies'. Isaiah Cox had a poster titled `EDGES: Radial Star Formation Histories in Nearby Galaxies NGC 4102 and UGC 07608'. Bronson Lynn was a co-author on a poster led by Kwabena Fobi from the Chemistry Department, titled `Extraction, Purification, and Characterization of Radioprotective Agent gamma-Tocotrienol Isomer in Palm Oil'.
ETSU Physics majors Zebedee Damrau (right) and Isaiah Cox (middle) presented posters
at the January 2019 meeting of the American Astronomical Society, held in Seattle
Washington. ETSU graduate Macon Magno (left) also presented a poster. Macon is
now a graduate student at Texas A&M Commerce. Zebedee's poster was titled `Modeling
Variability in f/i Line Ratios for X-rays from Stellar Winds'. The title of Isaiah's
poster was `EDGES: Radial Star Formation Histories in Nearby Galaxies NGC 4102 and
UGC 07608'. Macon's poster was `H-alpha Spectroscopy of Bright Stars'.
ETSU Physics and Astronomy Department faculty member Dr. Robert Pattie hosted a team
meeting of the Ultracool Neutron tau (UCN tau) research group. The meeting was held
at the Millenium Centre in Johnson City February 2-3, 2019. The UCN tau experiment
is being conducted at Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico. ETSU undergraduate
Physics major Isaiah Cox also participated in the meeting.
Physics graduate Brianne Dunn (Class of 2018) started graduate school in Physics at Clemson University this fall.
Physics graduate Macon Magno (Class of 2018) started graduate school in Physics at Texas A+M Commerce this fall.
Physics graduate Zakery Simpson (Class of 2018) started graduate school in Medical Physics at the University of Toledo this fall.
Physics graduate Dustin Gilmer (Class of 2018) started graduate school at the University of Tennessee at the Bredesen Center for Interdisciplinary Research.
Physics/Math graduate Joshua Cassels (Class of 2018) reports that he is now working as an Operations Analysis at Cellular Sales Inc, in Knoxville Tennessee
New Assistant Professor of Physics Dr. Robert Pattie started teaching at ETSU in Fall 2018. Dr. Pattie received his B.S. in Physics from Virginia Polytechnical Institute and his Ph.D. in Physics from North Carolina State University. Before coming to ETSU, he was a Post-Doctoral Researcher at Los Alamos National Laboratory. He is an expert in low energy subatomic physics, particularly experimental work on ultracool neutrons.
Physics majors Mark Jones and Peter Wagstaff are working in the Department this summer with Dr. Beverly Smith. They are working on projects involving multi-wavelength images of interacting and merging galaxies.
Physics major Zebedee Damrau is working with Dr. Richard Ignace this summer on a research project studying stellar winds.
Physics major Isaiah Cox is participating in a Research Experience for Undergraduate program in Astronomy at the University of Wyoming this summer.
Seven Physics majors graduated in May 2018: Josh Cassels, Brianne Dunn, Dustin Gilmer, Charles Patrick Lewis, Macon Magno, Zak Simpson, and Kyle Stambaugh.
The Department hosted a lunch April 25, 2018 in honor of the seven Physics majors scheduled to graduate in May 2018. From left to right: Macon Magno, Josh Cassels, Charles Patrick Lewis, Kyle Stambaugh, Zak Simpson, Brianne Dunn, and Dustin Gilmer. At this lunch, Macon Magno was presented with the `Outstanding Student in Physics' prize this year, for having the highest overall GPA. Macon and Brianne were both honored as `Distinguished Graduates'.
Six Physics majors presented posters at the Appalachian Student Research Forum on April 5, 2018. Their names and poster titles are: Brianne Dunn: `Hot, Cold, and Warm Interstellar Gas in Galaxy Mergers', Isaiah Cox: `Multi-Wavelength Statistics of Clumpy Galaxies', Taylor Dennis: `Clumps and Clusters in Ring Galaxies', Macon Magno: `A Study of the H-alpha Emission Line Shape in Beta Lyrae', Zakery Simpson: `Adolescent Alcohol-Drinking Leads to Long-Lasting Changes in the Medial Prefrontal Cortex', Dustin Gilmer: `Factors that Influence Success in Research Funding: A Quantitative Study'. In picture, from left to right: Zak, Isaiah, Macon, Brianne, Taylor, Dustin
Three Physics majors gave talks at the Boland Undergraduate Research Symposium, held March 27, 2018 in the Millenium Centre in Johnson City Tennessee. Dustin Gilmer (left) gave a talk titled `Factors that Influence Success in Research Funding: A Quantitative Study'. Macon Magno's talk was titled `A Study of the H-alpha Emission Line Shape in Beta Lyrae'. Zakery Simpson gave a talk titled `The Enduring Effects of Adolescent Alcohol Exposure on Glutamate Levels in the Prefrontal Cortex'.
Three ETSU undergraduate Physics majors presented posters at the American Astronomical Society meeting held in Washington D.C. in January 2018. Picture on the left: Isaiah Cox presented a poster entitled `Multiwavelength Statistics of Clumpy Galaxy'. Brianne Dunn had a poster entitled `Hot, Cold, and Warm Interstellar Gas in Galaxy Mergers'. Picture on the right: Macon Magno's poster was titled `A Study of the H-alpha Emission in Beta Lyrae'.
Undergraduate Physics major Taylor Dennis attended the Undergraduate Women in Physics Conference held at the University of Virginia in January 2018. She presented a poster entitled `Clumps and Clusters in Ring Galaxies'.
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.
Benjamin Seth Proffitt (2013) started a new job as an Educational Advisor for the TRIO Program, in the Veteran's Upward Bound program at ETSU.
ETSU Physics graduate Amanda Moffett (Class of 2006) 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.
ETSU Physics graduate Susan Olmsted (Class of 2016) started graduate school in Physics at Vanderbilt University in Nashville Tennessee this fall.
ETSU Physics graduate Ashton Morelock (Class of 2017) started graduate school in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at Florida State University this fall.
Physics graduate Danielle Latham (Class of 2017) started graduate school in Physics at Clemson University this fall.
Physics graduate David Frost (Class of 2017) started graduate school in Mathematics at Clemson University this fall.
This 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.
Physics graduate Fletcher Griffitts (Class of 2017) started graduate school in Engineering at Georgia Tech this fall.
Physics graduate Devanshu Agrawal (Class of 2014) started graduate school in Data Science at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville this Fall.
This fall, Thomas Holden Dingus (Class of 2016) started the Masters of Teaching graduate program at ETSU.
Yuijia Wang (Class of 2016) started graduate school in Chemical Engineering at Northwestern University in Boston Massachusetts.
Department 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.
A 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.
Physics major Isaiah Cox is working in the Department this summer with Dr. Beverly Smith, doing multi-wavelength studies of clumpy galaxies.
Physics 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.
Physics 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.
Physics 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.
Physics major Dustin Hensley is working in the Department on a research project with Dr. Gary Henson.
Seven 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
Five 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.
The 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.
Four 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 Operations on the P-adic Integers'.
Numerous 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.
ETSU 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.
Four 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'.
Two Physics majors graduated in December 2016: Hannah Greene (left) and Patrick Kennedy (right).
Physics 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'.
Two 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'.
Pictures 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.
Two 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
ETSU 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.
ETSU 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.
ETSU Physics graduate Jack Hartsell (Class of 2013) started graduate school in Mathematics at ETSU in Fall 2016.
ETSU Physics graduate Ben McKinney (Class of 2015) started Medical School at Quillen Medical School at ETSU in Fall 2016.
ETSU Physics graduate Austin Patrick (Class of 2016) started graduate school in Medical Physics at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in summer 2016.
ETSU Physics graduate Susan Olmsted (Class of 2016) is enrolled in the Masters in Teaching program at ETSU.
Physics major Thomas Holden Dingus graduated in August 2016.
Physics major Ashton Morelock is working in the Department this summer on a research project involving micro- lensing. She is working with Dr. Richard Ignace.
Drs. 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
Last updated December 10, 2019 B. J. Smith