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.
ETSU Physics graduate Austin Patrick (Class of 2016) started graduate school in Medical
Physics at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in summer 2016.
Physics major Thomas Holden Dingus graduated in August 2016.
Five 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
Physics major Brianne Dunn is working in the Department this summer with Dr. Beverly
Smith, doing research on interacting galaxies.
Physics major David Frost is working in the Department this summer with Dr. Frank
Hagelberg. He is doing research on quantum dots.
Physics major Cole Woo is working in the Department this summer with Dr. Richard Ignace.
He is doing research on stellar winds.
Physics major Macon Magno is doing research on stellar spectroscopy this summer.
He is working in the Department with Dr. Gary Henson.
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.
Physics 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
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
On 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.
Dr. 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
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.
Picture taken at the Observatory Open House September 19, 2015
A second picture taken at the Open House on September 19, 2015. Physics majors
Thomas Holden Dingus and Andrew Boghozian have their arms raised.
The dome of the 14 meter telescope at Powell Observatory.
Six Physics majors graduated in May 2016: William Asbury, Brandon Henard, Gudmundur Kristjansson,
Susan Olmsted, Austin Patrick, and Yujia Wang. Yujia Wang is shown at left.
Physics 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
Two of the graduating seniors at the Spring 2016 lunch: Brandon Henard (left) and
Yujia Wang (right).
A few other pictures from the Spring 2016 Dept lunch. Leftmost picture: Ashton Morelock
and Logan Norton.
On April 25, 2016, Physics major Austin Patrick presented his Honors thesis. It is
titled `Photoinduced Electron Transfer and Its Applications'.
Physics 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'.
Physics major Susan Olmsted presented her Honors thesis Monday March 21, 2016. It
was titled `Star Formation in Ring Galaxies'.
Ten 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.
Physics 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
The 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.'
Two 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
Three 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.
Physics 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
Physics 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.
The Society of Physics Students painting on the ETSU Pride Walk. Left to right:
Tim Payne, Susan Olmsted, Ashton Morelock, David Frost, Hannah Greene.
Students 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.
Students in the Variable Stars class, running the telescope. Left: Marc Cloyd. Right:
Another picture of students in the Variable Stars course. Left to right: Ashton Morelock,
Macon Magno, and Marc Cloyd.
Twelve Physics Majors attended a lunch for majors in the Department August 21, 2015.
Devanshu Agrawal (Physics and Math double major, class of 2014) completed a masters
in Mathematics from ETSU in May 2016.
Recent 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.
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).
ETSU 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
Physics 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.
ETSU Physics graduate Joseph T. McNeil (Class of 2015) started graduate school in
Physics at the University of Florida in Gainesville in Fall 2015.
ETSU Physics graduate Kristen Campbell (Class of 2015) started medical school at the
University of Tennessee in Memphis this fall.
ETSU Physics graduate Elizabeth Williams (Class of 2015) started graduate school in
Education at ETSU this fall.
ETSU Physics graduate Zhicheng Zhang (Class of 2015) started graduate school in Mathematics
at ETSU this fall.
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.
Dr. Richard Ignace won the College of Arts and Sciences Research Award for 2015/2016
Department 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.
Retired Physics Professor Harry D. Powell attended the Dec 9, 2015 End-of-Semester
As noted above, former ETSU physics major Sharon Gray started a job as a lecturer
in the Department in Fall 2015.
A picture of Department faculty member Beverly Smith at the Physics major lunch,