News & Events
- April 11, 2013: Knocking on Heaven′s Door - An Evening with Dr. LIsa Randall - Location McCallum Ballroom beginning at 7:30 p.m. Reception from 6:30 p.m. - 7:15 p.m. Crain Reception area.
The bestselling author of Warped Passages, one of Time magazine’s “100 Most Influential People in the World,” and one of Esquire’s “75 Most Influential People of the 21st Century,” Dr Randall gives us an exhilarating overview of the latest ideas in physics and offers a rousing defense of the role of science in our lives. Featuring fascinating insights into our scientific future born from the author’s provocative conversations with Nate Silver, David Chang, and Scott Derrickson, Knocking on Heaven’s Door is eminently readable, one of the most important popular science books of this or any year. It is a necessary volume for all who admire the work of Stephen Hawking, Michio Kaku, Brian Greene, Simon Singh, and Carl Sagan; for anyone curious about the workings and aims of the Large Hadron Collider, the biggest and most expensive machine ever built by mankind; for those who firmly believe in the importance of science and rational thought; and for anyone interested in how the Universe began…and how it might ultimately end.
- November 2012: Thirteen physics students and two physics faculty attended the 2012 Sigma Pi Sigma Congress in Orlando, Florida. Five students presented research in poster sessions attended by the over 800 meeting participants. Junior physics major Morgan Smathers won a prize for best presentation for her research with Dr. Hoffmeister. Congress attendees also toured NASA′s Kennedy Space Center, participated in workshops on connecting physics to the world, and listened to plenary lectures by such noted scientists as Dr. Freeman Dyson, Nobel laureate Dr. John Mather, astronaut and associate administrator for the NASA Science Directorate Dr. John Grunsfeld, and Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society Dr. Jocelyn Bell Burnell.
- Physics major and Taylor Fellow Josh Fuchs ′11 has won the 2009 Society of Physics Students Outstanding Student Award for Undergraduate Research. He will present his work at the 2009 International Conference of Physics Students in Split, Croatia. Read more . . .
Recent Publications (Physics faculty in italics, Rhodes students in bold)
- S. Banerjee, B. Taylor, and A. Banerjee, ``On the stability of electrostatic orbits", American Journal of Physics 77, 396-400 (2009)
- B.M. Chesnutt, A.M. Viano, Y. Yuan, Y. Yang, J.L. Ong, W.O. Haggard, and J.D. Bumgardner, “Design and Characterization of a Novel Chitosan/ Nanocrystalline Calcium Phosphate Composite Scaffold for Bone Regeneration”, J. Biomedical Materials Research A, 88a (2), 491-502 (2009)
- Shubho Banerjee, Kevin Andring, Desmond Campbell, John Janeski, Daniel Keedy, Sean Quinn, and Brent Hoffmeister, "Orbital Motion of Electrically Charged Spheres in Microgravity", The Physics Teacher, 46, 460-464 (2008)
- B.K. Hoffmeister, D.P. Johnson, J.A. Janeski, D.A. Keedy, B.W. Steinert, A.M. Viano and S.C. Kaste, “Ultrasonic Characterization of Human Cancellous Bone In Vitro Using Three Different Apparent Backscatter Parameters in the Frequency Range 0.6-15.0 MHz,” IEEE Transactions UFFC, 55 (7), 1442-1452 (2008)