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Recent Grads win NSF Fellowship and Honorable Mentions

The National Science Foundation awarded a 2014 NSF Graduate Research Fellowship to physics alumna Tori Borish ’12, who is a research student in the laboratory of Anton Zeilinger at the University of Vienna, Austria.  Tori plans to enter a PhD program in physics in the United States in the fall. Physics alumni Joel Clemmer ’12, more »

Ben Augenbraun '15 wins Goldwater Scholarship

Congratulations to physics major Ben Augenbraun ’15 who was named a 2014 Barry M. Goldwater Scholar.  The U.S. Congress established this highly competitive national scholarship “to encourage outstanding students to pursue careers in mathematics, the natural sciences, or engineering and to foster excellence in those fields.”  It is widely recognized as a top honor for more »

Nathan Schine '13 selected as Apker Finalist

The American Physical Society selected Nathan Schine ’13 as a finalist for the 2013 LeRoy Apker Award. This national award is the highest honor for physics research by an undergraduate student in the United States. Nathan worked with Prof. Tiku Majumder and wrote a thesis titled “A Precise Measurement of the Stark Shift in the Indium 5P1/2 –> more »

Muzhou Lu '13 honored at AAS meeting

At this year’s American Astronomical Society (AAS) meeting in Bozeman, Montana, astrophysics major Muzhou Lu ’13 won the Solar Physics Division (SPD) poster competition for his presentation, “Observations and Modeling of Solar Coronal Structures Using High-Resolution Eclipse Images and Space-based Telescopes with Wide Field-of-View.”  Muzhou worked with Prof. Pasachoff in the Astronomy Department and traveled to observe more »

Prof. Tucker-Smith Awarded NSF Grant

The Large Hadron Collider (LHC) has already made enormous progress pushing forward the high energy frontier. During the coming years, the LHC will continue to probe some of the deepest mysteries in particle physics, including the origin of elementary particle masses and the nature of dark matter. In his research, Professor Tucker-Smith studies extensions of more »

Congratulations, Class of 2013!

Sixteen physics majors and three astrophysics majors received their Williams diplomas on June 2, 2013. All of the physics departments in the United States, including those at large universities, awarded an average of only 8.4 bachelor’s degrees per department in 2011,* the most recent year for which data is available. Our relatively large number of more »

Chris Chudzicki '10 wins Apker Award (2010)

The American Physical Society selected Chris Chudzicki ’10 as one of two winners of the 2010 LeRoy Apker Award, the highest honor for physics research by an undergraduate student in the U.S.

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Prof. Strauch Awarded NSF Grant (2010)

The National Science Foundation awarded a $233,186 grant to Prof. Frederick Strauch to support his research on quantum systems.

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Prof. Majumder Awarded NSF Grant (2010)

The National Science Foundation awarded a $285,000 grant to Prof. Tiku Majumder for his project titled “Precise Atomic Structure Measurements and Tests of Fundamental Physics in Group IIIA Atoms.”

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Kleppner '53 Honored with Bicentennial Medal (2010)

At Fall Convocation the College awarded Daniel Kleppner ’53 a Bicentennial Medal, which honors Williams alumni for distinguished accomplishment in any field.

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Comings and Goings (2010)

We welcome President Falk and Michele Rech, say goodbye to Barb Swanson, and acknowledge additional administrative responsibilities for Sarah Bolton and Tiku Majumder.

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Prof. Wootters Makes His Film Debut (2010)

A new documentary film titled “The Quantum Tamers: Revealing Our Weird and Wired Future” features Prof. Bill Wootters among other renowned scientists.

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Chudzicki & Olesen Named 2009 Goldwater Scholars

Physics majors Christopher Chudzicki ’10 and Scott Olesen ’10 were named 2009 Barry M. Goldwater Scholars, a top honor for undergraduate science students in the United States.

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Shelby Kimmel Selected as 2008 Apker Finalist

The American Physical Society selected Shelby Kimmel ’08 as a finalist for the 2008 LeRoy Apker Award, the highest honor for physics research by an undergraduate student in the U.S.

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Professors Jones and Majumder Elected APS Fellows (2008)

The American Physical Society (APS) has elected Prof. Kevin Jones and Prof. Tiku Majumder to the status of Fellow.

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Prof. Aalberts Awarded NSF Grant (2008)

The National Science Foundation awarded Aalberts a $260,819 grant to continue research through 2010 on pseudoknot structures of RNA molecules and their frequency.

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Prof. Aalberts awarded NIH Grant (2008)

The National Institute of Health awarded a grant of $220,479 to further Prof. Aalberts’ work: “Binding and Splicing mRNA.”

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Prof. Wootters Wins APS Prize (2007)

The American Physical Society has announced that Prof. Bill Wootters is the 2007 recipient of its Prize for a Faculty Member for Research in an Undergraduate Institution.

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Professors Loepp and Wootters Publish Cryptography Book (2006)

Cambridge University Press recently released “Protecting Information: From Classical Error Correction to Quantum Cryptography” by Mathematics professor Susan Loepp and Physics professor Bill Wootters.

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Prof. Majumder Awarded NSF Grant (2006)

The National Science Foundation awarded a $229,500 research grant to Prof. Tiku Majumder to continue his high-precision spectroscopic study of thallium and other heavy elements.

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Prof. Tucker-Smith Awarded NSF Grant (2006)

The National Science Foundation awarded a $20,000 grant to Prof. David Tucker-Smith to support his research in elementary particle theory.

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Recent Grads Win NSF Fellowship and Honorable Mentions (2006)

The National Science Foundation awarded a 2006 NSF Graduate Research Fellowship to astrophysics alumna Lissa Ong ’04, and honorable mentions to physics alums Laura Effinger-Dean ’06, Christopher Holmes ’03, and Sarah Iams ’04.

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Prof. Wootters wins 2006 International Quantum Communications Award

The 8th International Conference on Quantum Computation, Measurement, and Computing will honor Prof. Bill Wootters with the 2006 International Quantum Communications Award.

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Nathan Hodas '04 Wins 2004 Apker Award

The American Physical Society selected Nathan Hodas ’04 as one of two winners of the 2004 LeRoy Apker Award, the highest honor for physics research by an undergraduate student in the U.S.

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Prof. Aalberts Awarded NIH Grant (2003)

The National Institutes of Health awarded a $155,183 grant to support Prof. Daniel Aalberts’ research on splicing, folding and stretching nucleic acids.

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Physics Alumnus Wins 2003 Nobel Prize in Economics

Robert F. Engle has won the 2003 Nobel Prize in Economics for discovering statistical methods for “analyzing economic time series with time-varying volatility.”

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Bequest Honors William Edward McElfresh (2002)

Williams College has received a $12.6 million gift in honor of former physics professor and department chair William Edward McElfresh.

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Professors Bolton and Majumder Awarded NSF Grants (2002)

The National Science Foundation awarded research grants to Prof. Sarah Bolton and Prof. Tiku Majumder.

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Charlie Doret '02 Wins the Apker Award (2002)

The American Physical Society chose S. Charles Doret ’02 as a winner of the 2002 LeRoy Apker Award, the highest national honor for physics research by an undergraduate student.

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The Chronicle Features Williams Tutorials (2002)

Prof. Kevin Jones ’77 and his students Dave Ticehurst ’04 and Jeff Garland ’03 appear in an article published in The Chronicle of Higher Education describing the tutorial program at Williams College.

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Prof. Wootters Elected Fellow of the American Physical Society (2000)

The American Physical Society (APS) has elected Prof. Bill Wootters to the status of Fellow for his “contributions on the foundations of quantum mechanics and groundbreaking work in quantum information and communications theory.”

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Brian Gerke '99 Wins the Apker Award (1999)

The American Physical Society selected Brian Gerke ’99 as a winner of the LeRoy Apker Award, recognizing “exceptional achievements in physics research by undergraduate students.”

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Prof. Majumder Wins a NIST Precision Measurement Grant (1999)

The National Institute for Standards and Technology (NIST) awarded a 1999-2001 Precision Measurement Grant to Prof. Tiku Majumder of the Department of Physics.

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