Category: "Research"

It’s all Relative. Or is it?

September 21, 2017

Vatche Sahakian

Recent developments in physics seem to point to a foundational rethinking of our understanding of physics principles and the notion of space-time. Harvey Mudd College physics professor Vatche Sahakian has begun research aimed at the ultimate resolution of these puzzles with “RUI: Emergent Spacetime in Matrix Theory,” a project recently funded by the National Science Foundation […]

Department of Chemistry Receives Second MRI Grant

September 15, 2017

Professor Jerry Van Hecke and students

The Harvey Mudd College Department of Chemistry is celebrating the news of a grant for equipment that is considered a fundamental tool in thermal analysis.  The National Science Foundation (NSF) is providing funds to Harvey Mudd College for the acquisition of a Thermal Analysis Model DSC 250 Differential Scanning Calorimeter, an important instrument that provides […]

Harvey Mudd Engineer Named Astronaut Scholar

September 6, 2017

Charles Dawson '19, Harvey Mudd engineer and Astronaut Scholar

The balance between real-world applicability and long-term research goals is not always easy to achieve. But, that doesn’t deter Charles Dawson ’19, winner of the prestigious Astronaut Scholarship for the 2017–2018 academic year. “In my career, I hope to find this balance by being mindful of the bigger picture of how to bring technological developments […]

Biology Professor Receives NSF Funding

September 5, 2017

Dan Stoebel

The National Science Foundation has awarded a grant of $112,226 to Harvey Mudd College Professor of Biology Daniel Stoebel for his project “RUI: The transcriptional response to quantitative variation in RpoS concentration in E. coli.” The award is expected to total $327,962 over three years. This proposal will expand opportunities for students in many ways, […]

NSF Grant Supports Storage-System Research

August 8, 2017

Geoff Kuenning consults with two students during a class

To help enhance the quality of systems research, the National Science Foundation has awarded Harvey Mudd College computer science professor Geoff Kuenning a grant totaling $161,186. The project, “Collaborative Research: CI-SUSTAIN: National File System Trace Repository,” will help alleviate a longstanding problem in the study of computer systems: the difficulty of providing workloads to drive […]

Rose Hills Foundation Supports Harvey Mudd Chemistry

July 31, 2017

Harvey Mudd chemistry laboratory

The Rose Hills Foundation has awarded a $500,000 grant to Harvey Mudd College to support the modernization of the Department of Chemistry instructional laboratories. The 58-year-old facility that houses the College’s chemistry department, the Jacobs Science Center, was HMC’s first laboratory building and has not had a major renovation since 1993. The Rose Hills Foundation […]

Biologists Use Latest Technology to Discover and Differentiate Coral Species

July 6, 2017

Underwater photographs of Sinularia mesophotica (funnel-shaped morphology of colonies).

Coral reef expert and Harvey Mudd College biologist Catherine McFadden is using the latest technological advances to delve deeper into the complex and diverse field of corals and their habitats. Working with collaborators on campus and around the world, McFadden has turned recent discoveries into three published papers, two of which reveal new species found […]

“How Good is Your Camera?” Harvey Mudd Physics Researchers Seek Answer

June 29, 2017

Young boy takes photo of parent at Harvey Mudd event

In a study published in the American Journal of Physics (May 16, 2017), Harvey Mudd researchers describe methods for measuring the spatial resolution of devices, such as digital cameras; it tries to answer the question, “How good is your camera?” The first author of this study is recent physics graduate Calvin Leung ’17, who worked with co-author […]