Since the third candidate who was supposed to present tomorrow has cancelled, log in for Physics Table instead!  join us here

  • Cancellation of candidate talk #3

    The third candidate who was supposed to give their talk tomorrow during common time has accepted a position at another institution.  Instead, let’s meet for Physics Table!

    Also, please remember to fill in the feedback form for the first two candidates, if you haven’t already done so.  Please get your response in by tomorrow afternoon at 4 pm so Trenne can compile the information.  feedback form

  • Interested in diversity and inclusion in the department?

    Calling All Physics Students: Join the Physics Departments IDEA Team!

    Are you a student taking physics? Are you interested in addressing issues of inclusion, diversity, and equity in the Carleton physics department? The physics and astronomy department is putting together a team of faculty, staff, and students to submit a proposal to join the American Physical Society (APS) Inclusion, Diversity, and Equity Alliance (IDEA). Regardless of whether we are accepted, these issues are something that the faculty are excited to address. If you are interested in being a part of this team, please email Marty Baylor (mbaylor@carleton.edu). This team is not just for women, minorities, or others with identities underrepresented in physics, but anyone who cares about these issues. We are particularly interested in having first-year students and sophomore students represented, but any interested student should contact Marty. The expected time commitment for the proposal phase is a 1hr brainstorming session. The goal is for this team to be more active next Fall term.

  • Recent alum talk

    Ben Levy, who graduated in 2015, will meet with students to talk less about the grad program he’s pursuing and more about the teaching he’s been doing.  Join him on Friday during convo time, 10:50 am!

    Do it, do it better, do it right: magnetomotive ultrasound imaging, and experimental physics in the “real world.
    Abstract: From an early age, you probably learned that scientists work by asking a question, forming a hypothesis, collecting data, analyzing the data, and drawing a conclusion. The problem is that science rarely progresses in this neat, linear fashion, and so the 5-step scientific method often belies the day-to-day work that experimental physicists do. In fact, because of time and resource scarcity, one of the most important skills experimentalists need is an ability to determine which experiments can and should be run, before actually performing them. The “do it, do it better, do it right” approach describes the process scientists go through to iteratively build up to meaningful experiments without sacrificing massive amounts of effort and money in the process. By using my magnetomotive ultrasound imaging (MMUS) research as a case study and demonstrating this approach in action, I will attempt to shed light on the “real world” inner workings of a physics lab, and to answer the question, “what exactly do experimentalists do all day?”