Category: "Physics"

Harvey Mudd Faculty Promotions, Summer 2022

Dan Stoebel

Promotions and tenure appointments for Harvey Mudd College faculty were approved by the board of trustees at its May meeting. Upon discussion and the recommendation of the Academic Affairs Committee, the board unanimously approved the following appointments. Daniel Stoebel, a biology faculty member since 2010, received promotion to full professor. He studies the genetics and […]

2022 Harvey Mudd College Leadership Awards

HMC Leadership Awards

For the past decade, Harvey Mudd College has recognized outstanding examples of leadership during its annual Leadership Awards event, coordinated by the Division of Student Affairs. For the 2022 presentations, community members gathered via Zoom webinar for the ceremony to celebrate students, faculty and staff for their contributions on campus and beyond. A selection committee […]

Harvey Mudd Physics Major Awarded Prestigious Goldwater Scholarship

Albany Blackburn ’23

Albany Blackburn ’23, a Harvey Mudd College physics major, is the recipient of a Barry Goldwater Scholarship, the most prestigious national award for undergraduate STEM researchers. The award for undergraduate U.S. sophomores and juniors covers the cost of tuition, fees, books, and room and board up to $7,500 per year. This year, 417 scholarships were […]

NSF Supports Physics Research in Quantum Gravity

Vatche Sahakian

Recent research in string theory has spawned a new idea that gravity—which is tightly linked to our perception of space and time—might be an illusion, an approximate framework that is not fundamental. “Instead,” says Harvey Mudd College Professor of Physics Vatche Sahakian, “the way information intertwines in quantum mechanics might underly what we end up […]

Office of Naval Research Clinic Project Combines Physics and Engineering

Jason Gallicchio

Physics professor Jason Gallicchio is the director of a new Clinic project sponsored by the Office of Naval Research. The project, “Survey, geolocation, and precision transmission with airborne software defined radio,” is part engineering, part astrophysics and part experimental physics, and the end goal is a better understanding of dark matter and the formation of […]

Physics Paper Named ‘Editors Suggestion’ in Physical Review B

Nicholas Breznay

Harvey Mudd College Professor of Physics Nicholas Breznay ’02 and student researcher Isaac Zinda ’20 have co-authored a paper “Magnon-spinon dichotomy in the Kitaev hyperhoneycomb β−Li₂IrO₃”, which has been named an “Editor’s Suggestion” in Physical Review B. “In short, we used cutting-edge x-ray techniques to find evidence for never-observed ‘particles’ called magnons and spinons in […]

Harvey Mudd Trustees Approve Spring 2021 Faculty Promotions

Harvey Mudd College Shanahan building

Promotions and tenure appointments for Harvey Mudd College faculty were approved by the board of trustees at its May meeting. Upon discussion and the recommendation of the Academic Affairs Committee, the board unanimously approved the following appointments. Dagan Karp, a mathematics faculty member since 2008, received promotion to full professor. His research focus is algebraic […]

Harvey Mudd Seniors Perform Piano Recitals

Drinkward Recital Hall

Kathryn Chan ’21, Matthew LeMay ’21 and Kewei Zhou ’21 performed solo piano works recorded at home as part of their senior year studies for Harvey Mudd College. The trio are students in Scripps College music professor Gayle Blankenburg’s Piano Studio Recital class. Blankenburg says, “I’m particularly proud of these three. They are all playing […]

Four Harvey Mudd Students Receive 2021 Goldwater Scholarships

The most prestigious national award for undergraduate STEM researchers, the Barry Goldwater Scholarship, has been awarded to four Harvey Mudd College students: Tonatiuh Gonzalez ’22, Jacob Kelber ’23, Hanna Porter ’22 and Anna Soper ’22. The 409 Goldwater Scholars were selected on the basis of academic merit from a field of 1,256 natural science, engineering […]