Cole and Willey Give Invited Presentation at Geological Society of America Conference

Professor of Geology Ron Cole and Professor of Physics Dan Willey gave an invited presentation in an educational strategies session at the national Geological Society of America conference in Vancouver, BC. The title of their presentation was “Enhanced Diversity and Retention of Undergraduate STEM Majors at Allegheny College: Outcomes of a National Science Foundation S-STEM Program.” Cole also presented results of NSF-funded scientific research including new hypotheses on volcanism in southern Alaska with contributions by Marie Takach ’16 and colleagues at the U.S. Geological Survey, National Taiwan University, University of Alaska Fairbanks, Bucknell University, and Lehigh University.

Source: Academics, Publications & Research

Ben Burtt brings the force to film

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Star Wars sound editor inspires future filmmakers

By Katelynn Long, Contributing Writer
November 20, 2014
The Campus

Two production classes gathered into the small screening room in the Vukovich Center to listen to Benjamin Pickering Burtt speak on Monday, Nov. 10.

Burtt is a four-time Academy Award winner for his sound editing skills. He graduated from Allegheny in 1970, where he received his undergraduate degree in physics.

Assistant professor of communication arts John Reilly and professor Michael Keeley took a break from their typical lectures and let Burtt run their classes.

“[Burtt]’s talk was immensely important for the introductory production students because it allowed them to witness the creative measures he took during his early filmmaking days with limited means and rudimentary equipment,” said Reilly. “At the same time, it also allowed them to hear how he still considers the very basic components of effective storytelling even though he now has unlimited production resources and technology at his disposal.”

Read more.

Photo by Joe Bruch

Source: Academics, Publications & Research

Healthy Skin for a Happy Life as green as it gets

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By Rebekah Zook
October 13, 2014
Business & Tech News, Health
NEXT Pittsburgh

Note: Aaron Conner is an Allegheny College graduate from the Class of 2012.

Aaron Conner

Aaron Conner

Aaron Conner makes light of his career choices, right on his own website. “I am a college graduate with a Bachelor’s degree in Physics. Learned about stars exploding, now I make shampoo.”

Conner’s job involves more than just making shampoo. He built an almost entirely waste-free business from the ground up.

He is the founder of Healthy Skin for a Happy Life, a holistic company making bath and beauty products out of Wexford. Not only are their products entirely natural, but the process for their production is highly eco-friendly.

Conner says that it’s a combination of his collegiate experience, his many interests, and his desire for an innovative workspace that inspired him to forge his own business. And it’s his belief in their cause that keeps their products– and their process– pure.

Read the full story.

Source: Academics, Publications & Research

Petasis Co-authors Chapter in “Iron-Sulfur Clusters in Chemistry and Biology”

Professor of Physics Doros Petasis co-authored the chapter “Quantitative interpretation of EPR spectroscopy with applications for iron-sulfur proteins” in the book Iron-Sulfur Clusters in Chemistry and Biology. The book presents a comprehensive overview of research on iron-sulfur proteins with a target audience of graduate students and researchers in the field of bioinorganic chemistry.

Source: Academics, Publications & Research

Coates and Willey Present Work at Council on Undergraduate Research Workshop

Professor of Biology, Neuroscience, and Global Health Studies E. Lee Coates and Professor of Physics Dan Willey recently presented “Development of an Undergraduate Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activities Office at Allegheny College” at a Council on Undergraduate Research workshop held in Alexandria, Virginia. Coates also presented “Development of a Summer Research Community” during one of the workshop sessions.

Source: Academics, Publications & Research

Barry Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Program Recognizes Erin Brown ’15 and Neal Shah ’15

Erin Brown ’15 (double major in physics and mathematics) and Neal Shah ’15 (neuroscience) have been recognized by the Barry Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Program, which provides merit-based awards to college sophomores and juniors interested in a research career in the STEM fields. Erin has received a Goldwater Scholarship, and Neal is an honorable mention this year. Visiting Professor of Religious Studies and History Patrick Jackson, who also serves as the College’s nationally competitive awards advisor, worked with Erin and Neal on their Goldwater applications.

Source: Academics, Publications & Research

Four Students Present Research at the American Physical Society National Meeting

Erin Brown ’15, Dylan McNany ’14, Shannon Petersen ’15, and Mark Seraly ’15 presented the research they did on the interactions between water and surfaces with varying degrees of hydrophobicity with Associate Professor of Physics Adelé Poynor at the American Physical Society national meeting held in Denver this March. Shannon won an Undergraduate Research Presentation award for her oral presentation “Characterizing the Effect of Surface Hydrophobicity on Depletion Layer.”

Source: Academics, Publications & Research

Research Presentation on Water and Surface Interactions

Erin Brown ’15, Shannon Petersen ’15, Ariel Statman ’14, and Assistant Professor of Physics Adelé Poynor presented their research on the interactions between water and surfaces with varying degrees of hydrophobicity at the American Physical Society national meeting held in Baltimore in March.

Source: Academics, Publications & Research

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There will be tea on Fridays during the spring 2013 semester at 3:30 pm in the SPS lounge, room 108. 

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               2012 – 2013 SPS Officers

President: Keiron Stoddart
Vice President: Mike Hajduk
Secretary: Jessica Jeroski
Treasurer:      Brianne Zins
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