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Department of Physics and Astronomy Annual Fall Picnic
Hosted by the University of Maine SPS Club
When: Saturday, September 21, 2013
Raindate: Sunday, September 22, 2013
Where: University of Maine picnic area
Steam Plant parking lot, College Avenue.
Time: Arrive anytime after 1 pm. The grills should be ready for cooking at about 1:30 p.m.
What to Bring: Bring lawn chairs, folding tables, etc. Also, bring a source of entertainment: such as chess, checkers, Frisbees, kites, musical instruments, etc.
Optional: Bring a salad, vegetable dish, dessert, etc. to share.
Hamburgers, hot dogs and soda will be provided for everyone.
Please respond to this notice by filling out the picnic form in the department office, or if you are an alumnus who is not on campus, call us at 581-1016.
If weather is looking inclement, call 581-1015 after 10 a.m. on Saturday for the picnic hotline.
Professors John Thompson and MacKenzie Stetzer are the recipients of a new research grant. “Research on learning and teaching at the physics-engineering interface: thermodynamics and electronics,” will be funded by the National Science Foundation Transforming Undergraduate Education in STEM (TUES) program, Phase 2; John Thompson, Principal Investigator, MacKenzie Stetzer, co-PI, W.A. Friess, D.B. Mountcastle, Senior Personnel; $599,999, 9/1/2013-8/31/2016.
Several students and a distinguished engineer were inducted into the Francis Crowe Society this month. You can read about the new members and their accomplishments here.
Daniel J. Breton (2011 UMaine Ph.D.) a Postdoctoral Research Associate at the Thayer School of Engineering, Dartmouth College has recently published a paper.
Breton, Daniel J., Koffman, Bess G., Kurbatov, Andrei V., Kreutz, Karl J. & Hamilton, Gordon S. (2012) “Quantifying Signal Dispersion in a Hybrid Ice Core Melting System,” Environmental Science & Technology, doi: 10.1021/es302041k
The full paper can be read here:
During their September 24th meeting the Board of Trustees approved the name of the soon to be constructed planetarium and observatory facility at UMaine, which will be known as the “Emera Astronomy Center.” The facility will be named for Emera Inc., an energy company focused on providing cleaner energy, after their $1 million gift to the university for the building’s construction. This gift was in addition to a $3.2 million gift given by a generous donor who wishes to remain anonymous.
Dean Astumian, Professor of Physics, has just been awarded the Foresight Institute’s 2011 Feynman Prize for Nanotechnology Theory – http://www.foresight.org/about/2011Feynman.html!
Approved!! Trustees approve new planetarium, observatory at UMaine
Bangor Daily News, July 18, 2011 Excerpt
BANGOR, Maine — The billions and billions of stars in the cosmos will be clearer and brighter in the new $5.2 million combined planetarium and observatory that the University of Maine System board of trustees approved Monday for the University of Maine campus.
The new structure will be built near Rangeley Road between the Hilltop parking lots and the Littlefield Garden. It is expected to be completed in about three years. Click on the link (above) for the “rest of the story”.