Category: "Physics"

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 […]

NSF Funds Evolutionary Biomechanics Research

Mark Ilton

Some species of mantis shrimp uses elastic energy to drive its hammer-like appendages at speeds greater than 60 mph to break open snail and crab shells. In order to better understand the physical principles of this capability, Harvey Mudd College physics professor Mark Ilton is studying the evolutionary biomechanics of extremely fast, small systems, a […]

Sandia Clinic Team Publishes Nanocomposite Research

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Having overcome pandemic challenges, members of the 2019–2020 Harvey Mudd College Sandia National Laboratories Clinic team are celebrating publication of their research by Cambridge University Press. The Sandia Clinic project, one of 56 Clinic projects sponsored last academic year, concerns barium titanate (BTO), a ferroelectric material used in capacitors because of its high dielectric constant, […]

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, […]