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Fall 2012/Spring 2013
A picture from the September 13, 2012 meeting of the Society of Physics Students (SPS). From left to right: Olivia Miller, Bryan (Matt) Cannon, Yesenia Pascual-Cruz, Allysa Spooner Adams, Chance Brown, Jessie Deering, John White (behind), Alixanderia Egbert, William Jamieson, Taylor Cairnes.
Another picture from the September SPS meeting. From left to right: Erin Middlemas, Michael Baker, Pashupati Shah, Olivia Miller, Bryan (Matt) Cannon, Yesenia Pascual-Cruz, Alyssa Spooner Adams.
Two Physics majors attended the January 6 - 10, 2013 meeting of the American Astronomical Society meeting, held in Long Beach, California. Erin Middlemas presented a poster on 'Neutrino Production in Infrared Dark Clouds'. Alyssa Spooner Adams presented a poster entitled 'Polarization of Light Emitted from Mira-Type Stars'
Physics major Erin Middlemas attended the 2013 Southeast Conference for Undergraduate Women in Physics, held at the University of Central Florida in Orlando Florida January 18 - 20, 2013. Erin gave a talk entitled 'Neutrino Production in Dark Clouds'.
Several Physics majors and minors gave talks at the Boland Undergraduate Research Symposiumheld at the Millenium Centre in Johnson City on April 2, 2013. These include physics major Pashupati Shah 'Modeling of Natural Killer Cell Dynamics and their Role in Tumor Mitigation', physics/technology double major Xiqiao Wang: 'Accurate Hyperfine Coupling Calculations using DFT', physics minor/math major Isaac Justus: 'Analyzing Graphs by Degrees: Maximum Values for Trees', physics/math double major Erin Middlemas: 'Soliton Solutions of the Non-Linear Schrodinger Equation', physics minor/math major Jessie Deering: 'Downhill and Uphill Domination in Graphs and Related Graph Parameters, physics/math double major William Jamieson: 'General Bounds on the Downhill Domination Number in Graphs'. William Jamieson is shown to the left. and Erin Middlemas to the right. The presentations by Isaac Justus, Erin Middlemas, Jessie Deering, and William Jamieson were Honors theses presentations.
Three Physics majors presented posters at the Appalachian Student Research Forum, held at the Millenium Centre Thursday April 4. Elizabeth Williams (shown to the left) presented a poster entitled 'Diffuse X-Ray Emission in the Arp Atlas of Peculiar Galaxies'. Erin Middlemas had a poster titled 'Multi-Dimensional Analysis of Soliton Solutions to a Perturbed Non-Linear Schrodinger Equation'. Alyssa Adam presented a poster titled 'Polarized Light Emerging from Mira-Type Stars'.
Alyssa Adams thesis On April 17, 2013, Physics major Allysa Spooner Adams gave a seminar in the Department on her Honors thesis. Her thesis is titled 'Exploring the Properties of Mira-Type Stars with Spectropolarimetry'.
The Spring 2013 party in honor of our graduating seniors was held April 30, 2013. This picture shows 11 of the 14 Physics majors scheduled to graduate in May 2013. Back row, left to right: William Jamieson, Cory Ball, Xiqiao Wang, Pashupati Shah, Terrance McDermott, Chance Brown, Brandon Sexton. Front row, left to right: Brittany Self, Olivia Miller, Erin Middlemas, and Alyssa Spooner Adams. The other three graduating seniors are John Adams, Jack Hartsell, and Terry Warden.
X Wang During the Spring 2013 Department party, Xiqiao Wang (shown to left) was awarded the Outstanding Student in Physics Prize for 2013, for being the graduating senior Physics major with the highest overall GPA. In this picture he is shown with Department Chair Don Luttermoser. A total of 10 physics majors won 'Graduating with Distinction Prizes' this year, awarded to those Physics Majors with a GPA of 3.50 or higher: Alyssa Spooner Adams, Chance Brown, Laura Buchanan, William Jamieson, Terrance McDermott, Erin Middlemas, Olivia Miller, Brittany Self, Brandon Sexton, Pashupati Shah, and Xiqiao Wang.
Another picture from the Spring 2013 Department party is shown to the left. On left, in front, is Terrance McDermott. On right in front (partially cut-off) is Elizabeth Williams. Standing in far back to left is Dr. Rico Ignace. In the pink shirt with the hat is Brandon Sexon, sitting next to Olivia Miller.
Michael Baker Devanshu Agrawal Brittany Self Brandon Sexton Jessie Deering and William Jamieson Some more pictures of Department students from the Spring 2013 party. From left to right: Michael Baker, Devanshu Agrawal, Brittany Self, Brandon Sexton, Jessie Deering, and William Jamieson.
2013 grads A total of 14 Physics majors graduated May 11, 2013. Four of these are shown in the picture to the left. Left to right: William Jamieson, Olivia Miller, Erin Middlemas, and Chance Brown. On right is Physics minor/math major Jessie Deering. Other graduates not shown include Alyssa Adams, John Adams, Cory Ball, Jack Hartsell, Terrance McDermott, Brittany Self, Brandon Sexton, Pashupati Shah, Xiqiao Wang, Terry Warden.
An article about Physics graduate Moises Serrano (class of 2005) and his Ph.D. research appeared in the Fall 2012 issue of Illuminated Magazine, a publication about ETSU graduate research. Moises is now a Ph.D. candidate in the Biomedical Sciences program.
Walter Ryan Deskins (class of 2008) has accepted a position as the course director of physical science at Full Sail University in Orlando Florida. After leaving ETSU, he obtained an M.S. degree in Physics from Florida State University.
Physics graduate Sharon Gray (class of 2009) visited the Department January 28, 2013, and gave a seminar on her master's thesis in Biomedical Engineering, which completed at the University of Tennessee Space Institute. Her talk was entitled 'An Investigation of Rare Earth Co-doping in Fluorochlorozirconate Glass-Ceramic Imaging Plates to Improve the Storage Phosphor Properties for Computed Radiography'. She received her master's degree in May 2013.
Ryen Lapham (Class of 2011) visited the Dept Monday April 1, and gave a seminar on 'Far-Infrared Emission Lines in Lenticular and Early Type Galaxies'. Ryen is now a graduate student in the Physics Department at New Mexico Tech.
David Chris Carver (Class of 2009) graduated from Medical School at Quillen Medical School, East Tennessee State University
Dr. Hilding Neilson started a position in the Department as a post-doctoral researcher in Fall 2012. His research is in stellar atmospheres and stellar evolution, including radiative transfer. Hilding obtained a B.Sc. degree in Astrophysics from St. Mary's University, Halifax, Canada, and a Ph.D. in Astronomy from the University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada.
Dr. Hilding Neilson presented a poster at the January 6-10, 2013 meeting of the American Astronomical Society, entitled 'Stellar Evolution Models of Classical Cepheids Require Enhanced Mass Loss'
Dr. Mark Giroux was named one of the 'Ten Top Teachers at ETSU' in the February 27, 2013 issue of the East Tennessean Student Newspaper.
Dr. Richard Ignace organized a workshop entitled 'Education, Research, and Economic Impact: Making the Future Brighter for Northeast Tennessee'. This workshop was help March 20, 2013 at the Millennium Centre in Johnson City.
Kristen CampbellPhysics major Kristen Campbell is working this summer in the ETSU Dept of Physics and Astronomy with Dr. Beverly Smith on research involving X-ray images of interacting galaxies from the NASA Chandra telescope.
Hannah GreenePhysics major Hannah Greene is working in the ETSU Dept of Physics and Astronomy with Dr. Beverly Smith on multi-wavelength studies of star forming regions within interacting galaxies.
Joseph McnNeilPhysics major Joseph McNeil is working this summer with Dr. Richard Ignace on exoplanet light curves.
William Jamieson (Class of 2013) and Math major/Physics minor Jessie Deering (Class of 2013) were married June 8, 2013 at the Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville Alabama. Dr. Robert Gardner from the ETSU Math Department served as the officiant for the wedding(second picture left). Several other ETSU faculty attended, including Dr. Donald Luttermoser from Physics and Astronomy and Dr. Sandy Eagle from the Chemistry Dept (shown in 3rd picture from left), Drs. Beverly Smith and Mark Giroux from Physics and Astronomy (4th picture), Drs. Anant Godbole, Teresa Haynes, Robert Davidson, and Daryl Stephens from the Math Department. Groomsmen for the wedding included Physics majors Bryan Matt Cannon and Brandon Sexton, while bridesmaids included Physics majors Olivia Miller and Erin Middlemas. Physics major Chance Brown also attended.
Recent Physics graduate Pashupati Shah (Class of 2013) is working at Oak Ridge National Lab this summer.
Moises Serrano Physics graduate Moises Serrano (Class of 2005) defended his Ph.D. dissertation on Friday June 21, 2013. He is a graduate student in the Biomedical Sciences program in the Quillen College of Medicine at ETSU. His thesis was titled 'Novel Roles of RPA Phosphorylation in Cellular Response to DNA Damage'.
Chris CarverPhysics graduate David Chris Carver (Class of 2009) started work tthis summer as a Resident Physician at the Campbell Clinic for Orthopedic Surgery in Memphis Tennessee. Chris obtained his M.D. at Quillen Medical School at ETSU in May 2013.
Fall 2011/Spring 2012
Physics major Erin Middlemas attended the 53rd annual meeting of the American Physical Society division of Plasma Physics, held from November 14-18th in Salt Lake City. She was a co-author on a presentation entitled ' Effects of dust on the optical emission and electrical properties in a dusty plasma experiment ' by V. Land, A Paro, E. Middlemas, J. Carmona Reyes, A. Douglass, L. Matthews, and T. Hyde.
Physics Major Brett Bailey graduated from ETSU in December 2011.
Four ETSU physics majors attended the 3rd Annual Southeast Conference for Undergraduate Women in Physics, held in Knoxville Tennessee January 12-15, 2012. These students were Yesenia Cruz-Pascual, Laura Buchanan, Erin Middlemas, and Olivia Miller. Erin Middlemas gave a talk entitled 'Effects of Dust on the Optical Emission of RF Discharges: Experiment and Simulation.'
Her co-authors were Autumn Paro, Victor Land, Angela Douglass, Lorin Matthews, and Truell Hyde.
Matt Cannon Physics major Matt Cannon at the Department Christmas Party December 14, 2011
Jessica Webb Nashville 2012 Physics major Jessica Webb (on left) presented a poster at the annual undergraduate research 'Posters At the Capitol' event held in Nashville February 7-8, 2012.
Her poster was entitled 'Phase Lags and Shapes of Light Curves of Oxygen Rich Mira Variables'.
Two Physics majors and one Physics minor gave talks at the Boland Undergraduate Research Symposium, held at the Millenium Centre April 3, 2012. Olivia Miller gave a talk on 'Design of a High Resolution Imaging System for Ultracool Atoms', while William Jamieson gave a talk entitled 'Peaks and Valleys in Graphs, Part 2'. A talk on 'Peaks and Valleys in Graphs, Part 1' was given by Physics minor Jessie Deering.
Two Physics majors and one Physics minor presented posters at the Appalachian Student Research Forum, held at the Millenium Centre in Johnson City on April 5, 2012. Erin Middlemas presented a poster on 'Estimating Soliton Solutions of the Non-Linear Schrodinger Equation', while William Jamieson presented a poster entitled 'Hitting Set Size for Random Set Systems: The Quarter Pounder Approach'. Physics minor Jessie Deering was a co-author on the second poster.
Jessica Webb Don Luttermoser Spring 2012 Physics major Jessica Webb won the Outstanding Student in Physics Award for 2011/2012, as the graduating senior with the highest overall GPA. She is shown in this picture with the Department Chair, Dr. Donald Luttermoser.
Group majors Spring 2012 A Group of Physics majors, at the Spring Department Party in April 2012. From left to right: Taylor Cairnes, Chance Brown, Nic Willis, Jessica Webb, Joe Weatherly, and Olivia Miller.
Five Physics majors graduated from ETSU in May 2012. They are: Kyle Barnes, Ben Dykes, Melvin Joseph Weatherly, Jessica Webb, and Nicolaus Willis.
Ryen LaphamETSU Physics graduate Ryen Lapham (Class of 2011) started graduate school in Physics and Astronomy at New Mexico Tech this fall.
Harry Powell Mike Houchins Fall 2011Physics Department Alumnus Mike Houchins (class of 2001; on right in photo) visited the Department on Monday October 3, 2011 and gave a presentation at the Physics seminar on his work at Liquidia Technologies.
His presentation was titled ' Pattern Replication In Non-Wetting Templates: An Introduction to Liquidia Technologies and the Novel PRINT™ Platform'. In addition to his formal presentation, Mike spent time talking to current students about his career path and training. In this photo, he is shown with retired Department faculty member Dr. Harry Powell (on left), who attended Mike's presentation. After his graduation from ETSU, Mike received an M.S. degree in Material Science from Clemson University in 2006.
Rick McGill Harry PowellPhysics Department Alumnus Rick McGill (class of 1996) visited the Department on October 31 2011, and gave a seminar on his work at Eastman Chemical Corporation. Rick is now a Principal Physicist at Eastman. His talk was titled 'Physics as a Career: No Tricks and No Treats'. In this photo, he is shown with retired Dept faculty member Dr. Harry Powell (on right), who attended the presentation.
Jason Beaulieu Elizabeth Williams Spring 2012Physics major alumnus Jason Beaulieu (Class of 2010) gave a seminar in the Department on April 23, 2012. He is currently completing his Master's Thesis in Mechanical Engineering at Virginia Tech. His talk was titled ' A Dynamic, Interactive Approach to Learning Engineering and Mathematics'. He will be starting work at OSIsoft Corporation in Johnson City in May. In this picture, he is shown with current Physics major Elizabeth Williams.
Drs. Richard Ignace and Tabetha Hole gave presentations at the January 2012 meeting of the American Astronomical Society, held in Austin Texas. Dr. Frank Hagelberg gave a talk entitled 'Magnetism in Carbon Nanostructures' at Tennessee Tech on March 13.
Physics major Elizabeth Williams is working in the Department with Dr. Beverly Smith this summer, doing research on hot interstellar gas in interacting galaxies using data from the NASA Chandra telescope.
Alyssa Spooner AdamsPhysics major Alyssa Spooner is doing research with Dr. Richard Ignace this summer in the Dept.
Xiqiao WangPhysics major Xiqiao Wang is doing research this summer in the Department, using density functional theory to calculate radiation damage to DNA. He is working with Dr. David Close.
Taylor CairnesPhysics major Taylor Cairnes is doing research in the summer in the Department with Dr. Beverly Smith, investigating Spitzer infrared colors of galaxies.
Erin MiddlemasPhysics major Erin Middlemas is participating in a Research Experience for Undergraduates program this summer at the University of Wisconsin. She is doing research on neutrinos.
Chance BrownPhysics major Chance Brown is participating in a Research program this summer at the University of Southern Florida, in Material Science. He will be working on a project entitled 'Interatomic potentials for atomistic simulations of matter under extreme conditions' with Dr. Ivan Oleynik.
Olivia MillerPhysics major Olivia Miller is participating in a High Energy Physics research program through Duke University this summer, which involves research at CERN in Europe. Click here to read the article about Olivia that appeared in the July 12th Johnson City Press. Click here to read her Elog of her activities during her summer program.
Physics major William Jamieson and Physics minor Jessie Deering are participating in a Research Experience for Undergraduates at Auburn University this summer, in graph theory.
Nick Pingel (Univ of Wisconsin student)Nick Pingel, an undergraduate at the University of Wisconsin, is working in the Department this summer with Dr. Richard Ignace. He is participating in the 'Southeastern Association for Astronomy' (SARA) Research Experience for Undergraduate program run through Florida Tech.
Tony DeRucchis (Univ of the Cumberlands student)Tony DeRucchis, an undergraduate at the University of the Cumberlands, is doing research this summer in the Dept with Dr. Gary Henson. He is also part of the SARA REU program.
Sabrina Hurlock (Class of 2010) has started graduate school this summer in Engineering Science at the University of Tennessee Space Institute.
Jason Beaulieu (Class of 2010) started a new job at OSIsoft Corporation in Johnson City. Jason completed a masters in Mechanical Engineering from Virginia Tech this spring.
Jessica Webb (Class of 2012) will be teaching at Unicoi County High School starting in Fall 2012
Physics graduate Jesse Delatte (class of 2010) has been teaching English in China for the last two years.
Bev Smith at AAS Meeting Mark Giroux at AAS MeetingDrs. Beverly Smith and Mark Giroux attended the American Astronomical Society meeting in Anchorage Alaska June 10 - 14. They presented a poster entitled 'Beads, Knots, and Gems: The Role of Swallowtails and Caustics in Triggering Star Formation in Interacting Galaxies', by B. J. Smith, M. L. Giroux, and C. Struck.
Dr. Tabetha Hole will be starting a visiting faculty position at Weber State University in Utah this summer. She is currently a post-doctoral researcher in the Department.
The Dept, in conjunction with the Bays Mountain Astronomy Club, hosted a public viewing of the Venus Transit on June 5, 2012. For pictures, see the Johnson City Press web site.
Fall 2010/Spring 2011
Faculty and Staff
Mallika Dhar started a new position as Lecturer in the Department. She recently finished her Ph.D. in Computational Science with Emphasis in Physics from the University of Southern Mississippi. She previously obtained a B.S. degree in Physics from the University of Calcutta in India and an M.S. in Physics from the University of Southern Mississippi.
Eleven Physics majors were awarded 'Learning Experiences in Astronomy and Physics' (LEAP) scholarships from a new program funded by the NASA Tennessee Space Grant program and the ETSU Foundation. For more information about this scholarship, click here.
Four ETSU Physics majors attended the 2nd Annual Southeast Conference for Undergraduate Women in Physics, held January 14-16, 2011 at North Carolina State University in Raleigh North Carolina. These students were Olivia Miller, Erin Middlemas, Yesenia Cruz Pascual, and Laura Buchanan. Olivia Miller presented a poster on her research entitled 'Ultraluminous X-Ray Sources in Interacting Galaxies'. This research was done in collaboration with Dr. Beverly Smith.
Physics Major Ryen Lapham participated in 'Posters at the State Capitol Day' in Nashville TN in February 2011. At this event, undergraduates from various Tennessee Universities presented posted on their research to the state legislators. Ryen's poster was on 'Star Formation in the Interacting Galaxy Arp 107'. The press release on this event is posted here.
Several Physics majors and Physics/Astronomy minors gave presentations at the Boland Undergraduate Research Symposium and/or the Appalachian Research Forum, held at the Millenium Centre in Johnson City across the street from ETSU March 22 and 24, respectively. These presentations included the following talks:
William Jamieson (Double Major, Physics and Math): 'Characterizations of the Interated Hypercube Graph Family'
Ryen Lapham (Double Major, Physics and Math):
'Star Formation in the Interacting Galaxy Arp 107'
Jessie Deering (Astronomy Minor/Math Major):
'Double Domination of Graphs and their Complements'
Jeremy Brooks (Physics Minor):
'Curve Fitting of Cardiac Action Potentials'
Olivia Miller (Physics Major) :
'Ultra-Luminous X-Ray Sources in Interacting Galaxies'
Ryen Lapham (Physics/Math Major):
'Star Formation in the Interacting Galaxy Arp 107'
Two Physics Majors completed Honors Theses during Spring 2011. Coral Franklin (shown at left) presented her thesis entitled 'Spitzer IR Colors of Normal Spiral Galaxies as a Function of Hubble Type' on April 11. Ryen Lapham presented his thesis 'UV, Optical, and Infrared Imaging of the Interacting Galaxy Arp 107 and Its Star Forming Regions' on March 21.
Graduating Senior Coral Franklin won the 'Outstanding Senior in Physics' award for
2011, for having the highest overall GPA.
In this picture, she is posing with the food for the annual spring Department lunch in honor of our graduating seniors.
Here are two additional pictures of physics majors from the Spring 2011 Dept lunch. On the left is Brett Bailey; on the right is Josh Kindle.
Four Physics majors graduated from ETSU in May 2011, shown left to right above: John Burdette, Coral Franklin, Ryen Lapham, Trisha Massenzo
Kristin Stone Holmes (Class of 2005) started graduate school in Computational Sciences and Informatics at George Mason University this fall.
Qiongge Li (Class of 2010) started graduate school this fall in Physics at the University of Georgia.
Daniel Phillips (Class of 2010) started graduate school this fall in Microbiology at the University of Maryland in Baltimore. At ETSU, Daniel was a double major in Physics and Biology.
R achel Baker (Class of 2005) started a new job teaching physics at Daniel Boone High School in Fall 2010. She received an M.S. in Education from ETSU in 2009.
Renovations are now complete at the ETSU Planetarium. Dr. Henson oversaw the installation of the new digital Digitarium Planetarium in addition to new seating, air conditioning, and flooring. Dr. Luttermoser installed a new 5.1 audio system using a Sony-ES surround audio/video receiver, a Sony DVD player, and Paradigm Monitor-series speakers. Funding for the renovations was provided by the ETSU Technology Access program and the ETSU 'Friends of Astronomy' Foundation account.
Physics major Erin Middlemas is participating in a Research Experience for Undergraduates program at Baylor University this summer. Her summer research involves studying the effects of dust particles on argon plasma.
Physics major Olivia Miller is participating in a Research Experience for Undergraduate program at Bucknell University this summer. She is working with Dr. James Higbie designing and building an imaging system that will be used to obtain images of Bose-Einstein Condensates and their interactions.
Physics major Jessica Webb is working this summer in the ETSU Dept of Physics and Astronomy with Dr. Beverly Smith on research involving infrared observations of variable stars from the COBE/DIRBE satellite
Physics major Nic Willis is working this summer in the ETSU Dept of Physics and Astronomy with Dr. Beverly Smith doing research involving multi-wavelength observations on interacting galaxies
Drs. Mark Giroux, Beverly Smith, and Richard Ignace attended the May 2011 meeting of the American Astronomical Society in Boston Massachusetts. Dr. Giroux presented a poster entitled 'Mid-Infrared Observations of Possible Intergalactic Star Forming Regions in the Leo Ring'. Dr. Smith presented a poster entitled 'The Local Environments of Ultra-Luminous X-Ray sources (ULXs) in Interacting Galaxies'. The latter poster was co-authored by Physics major Olivia Miller. Dr. Ignace gave a talk entitled 'Linear Polarization of Oblique Magnetic Rotators'.
Drs. Richard Ignace, Gary Henson, and Tabetha Hole attended the 'Stellar Polarimetry: Birth to Death' conference held in Madison in June 2011. Dr. Ignace presented a poster entitled 'Considerations of the Hanle and Zeeman Effects in Oblique Magnetic Rotators'. Dr. Henson had a poster entitled 'Optical Polarization Observations of Epsilon Aurigae During the 2009-2011 Eclipse', while Dr. Hole had a poster entitled 'Can We Detect Clumpiness in Supernova Ejecta?' Dr. Ignace was a member of the Scientific Organizing Committee for this meeting.