Category: "Physics"

Gallicchio Receives NSF CAREER Grant to Explore Quantum Entanglement

Jason Gallicchio

The National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded a Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) grant to physics professor Jason Gallicchio, an expert in experimental cosmology, the study of the origin and evolution of the universe. The grant from the NSF Office of Multidisciplinary Activities and Quantum Information Science programs will fund the project “Using Astronomy to […]

Pezeshki Named Astronaut Scholar

Kaveh Pezeshki

Harvey Mudd College physics major Kaveh Pezeshki ’21 has been named an Astronaut Scholar for the 2020–2021 academic year by the Astronaut Scholarship Foundation (ASF). He is the 27th Harvey Mudd student to receive the honor. The ASF selects college students pursuing careers in science, engineering and mathematics who exhibit initiative, creativity and excellence in […]

Harvey Mudd Trustees Approve Spring 2020 Faculty Promotions

Images of HMC faculty members receiving promotions spring 2020

Promotions and tenure appointments for Harvey Mudd College faculty were approved by the board of trustees and will become effective July 1, 2020. Upon discussion and the recommendation of the Academic Affairs Committee, the board unanimously approved the following appointments. Karl Haushalter received promotion to full professor. Hired in 2003, he researches DNA repair processes […]

Harvey Mudd Donates PPE Supplies to Local Hospital

Sharon Gerbode gathers PPE for donation to local hospital

Harvey Mudd College faculty members, led by physics professor Sharon Gerbode, gathered excess personal protective equipment (PPE) supplies from their labs and donated them to Huntington Memorial Hospital this week. Gerbode sought ways to support health care workers and help them stay safe during the COVID-19 pandemic. She learned about PPE Link, a service created […]

Harvey Mudd Seniors Receive NSF Graduate Research Fellowships

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Two Harvey Mudd seniors, Savana Ammons and Emily Hwang, have been granted National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowships. In addition, five seniors and four Harvey Mudd alumni were awarded honorable mentions, a significant academic achievement. The NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students in NSF-supported science, technology, engineering and mathematics disciplines who are […]

Harvey Mudd Senior Publishes Two Physics Papers in Major Journals

Matthew Fox

Math-physics major Matthew Fox ’20 has published two single-author papers in high-impact journals. Physical Review D published “Palatini f(R,Lm,RμνTμν) gravity and its Born-Infeld semblance” in June, and the Journal of Mathematical Physics published “Multipole hair of Schwarzschild-Tangherlini black holes” in October. In December, in a seminar slot usually reserved for graduate students, postdocs and faculty, […]

Physicists Publish Evidence of Spin Memory Effect

Nicholas Breznay

A paper co-authored by physics professor Nicholas Breznay ’02 has been published in npj Quantum Materials. “Persistence of spin memory in a crystalline, insulating phase-change material” reports a new way to measure a key quantum-mechanical property of electrons in disordered solid materials: their spin. “Specifically, says Breznay, “we investigated a really cool class of compounds […]

Uncovering New Signals of Long-Lived Particles

Brian Shuve, physics professor, Harvey Mudd College

When Harvey Mudd College physics professor Brian Shuve began studying long-lived particles (LLPs) five or six years ago, the concept was somewhat of a fringe idea. Was it possible that particle collisions within the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) were throwing off new particles that slipped unnoticed past LHC detectors and that those particles could hold […]

NSF Supports Materials Science Research at Harvey Mudd

Hal Van Ryswyk

Three professors in three fields from two colleges are celebrating a National Science Foundation (NSF) grant for the acquisition of a standardized integrated toolset for photovoltaics fabrication and characterization. Hal Van Ryswyk, John Stauffer Professor of Chemistry and chair of the Department of Chemistry at Harvey Mudd College, and Pomona College physics professors Janice Hudgings and […]

Faculty Members Receive Promotions

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Promotions and tenure appointments for HMC faculty were approved during the May meeting of the HMC Board of Trustees. Eliot Bush (biology) and Theresa Lynn (physics) have been promoted to the rank of full professor. Both serve as chair of their respective departments. Bush, professor and chair of the Department of Biology, uses computational methods […]