Category: "Physics"

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 […]

Harvey Mudd Alumni Association Announces 2021 Outstanding Alumni

HMC seal

As part of its annual awards, the Harvey Mudd College Alumni Association Board of Governors (AABOG) has announced the recipients of the 2021 Outstanding Alumni Award, which recognizes impact on Harvey Mudd College as well as service to society. The board of governors selected seven Outstanding Alumni. Given from alumni to alumni, the award recognizes […]

Sahakian and Helliwell publish Forward-looking Physics Textbook

Modern Classical Mechanics by Thomas Helliwell and Vatche Sahakian

Vatche Sahakian, professor of physics, and Thomas Helliwell, professor and dean emeritus, are co-authors of the book Modern Classical Mechanics published by Cambridge University Press. Modern Classical Mechanics is a forward-looking physics text that shows the deep connections between classical (Lagrangian) mechanics and modern research in theoretical physics. In this textbook, Helliwell and Sahakian present […]

Brian Shuve Named Cottrell Scholar

Brian Shuve, physics professor, Harvey Mudd College

Harvey Mudd physics professor Brian Shuve has been named a 2021 Cottrell Scholar, an award given each year to 25 outstanding teacher-scholars in chemistry, physics and astronomy by the Research Corporation for Science Advancement. Cottrell scholars receive $100,000 and join a group of educators and researchers focused on innovative teaching in the sciences. “I’m of […]

Shion Andrew Awarded Churchill Scholarship

Shion Andrew

Shion Andrew ’21 has been awarded the prestigious Churchill Scholarship, which offers exceptional American students the chance to pursue graduate studies at Churchill College at the University of Cambridge in England. One of only 16 students nationwide to receive the scholarship this year, Andrew, a physics major, plans to conduct astrophysical research at Cambridge during […]

Alumna Encourages Impactful Voting with Voteology

Holly Frank ’20

Harvey Mudd College alumna Holly Frank ’20 is working with colleagues at Voteology to help college students understand the impact of their vote. Voteology is an online platform that helps educate college-age voters about the impact of their vote and ways to combat gerrymandering. The site contains resources to help voters make informed decisions and […]

Harvey Mudd Student Co-designs New Salt Lake City Flag

Arianna Meinking '21

A lifetime of enjoying the mountains, skiing and national parks in southern Utah inspired the design Arianna Meinking ’24 developed for her hometown of Salt Lake City, Utah. Meinking and Ella Kennedy-Yoon, high school classmates, are co-designers of the city’s new flag, adopted last month by the Salt Lake City Council. Designs for the new […]