Student/Faculty Research

Upcoming Physics Colloquia

(*all talks are held in Mara Auditorium, Masters 110 unless otherwise noted)


 Spring '15 Schedule

John van Noort 

 Friday, February 6th at 3:00 p.m.

 Sara Imari Walker, Assistant Professor, School of Earth and Space Exploration. Arizona State University

 "What is Life... And How Did It Emerge?"

 Wednesday, February 4th at 4:00 p.m.
 Fall '14 Schedule


Taylor Jacovich, '15, Gettysburg College

 "Activity-Cycle Viability of Kepler Input Catalog Stars in NGC 6811"

 Friday, December 12th at 3:30 p.m.


Dr. Matt Amthor, Department of Physics and Astronomy. Bucknell University 
 "On the Frontiers of Nuclear Structure"
Friday, December 5th at 4:00 p.m. 


Dr. Andrew Danner, Associate Professor Swarthmore College 

 Gettysburg College 1999

 "Digital Mapping with Lasers: Breakthroughs and Challenges"

Friday, October 24th at 3:30 p.m. 


Dr. Craig Foltz, National Science Foundation and Gettysburg College 

 "The Daniel K. Inouye Solar Telescope - Building the Next Big Thing in Paradise"

Thursday, October 9th at 3:00 p.m. 


 Dr. Earl Scime, Oleg Jefimenk Professor of Physics and Astronomy, West Virginia University

 "Sources of Complex Ion Velocity Distributions in the Laboratory, in Space, and in Simulation"

 Thursday, September 25th at 3:00 p.m.


 Spring '14 Schedule 


Asnika Bajracharya, '14, Gettysburg College
"Radiation in Soil"
David Thompson, '14, Gettysburg College
"Excited Precursors and the Elusive Mechanism of Projectile Fragmentation"
Wednesday, April 23rd at 4:00 p.m.

Lauren Nowicki, '14, Gettysburg College

"Conductivity of Electrospun Poly(ethylene oxide) Nanofibers Doped with Single Walled Carbon Nanotubes for use in Cell Regeneration Scaffolds and Biosensors"
Alicia Palmisano, '14, Gettysburg College.
"Exotic Neutron-Rich Oxygen Isotopes: 24O, 23O and 22O
Friday, April 25th at 3:30 p.m.

Timothy Wong, '14, Gettysburg College.
"Nonlinear Dynamics in an Optically Driven Van der Pol Oscillator"
Eva Hinkeldey, '14, Gettysburg College.
"Plasma Physics With Lasers"
Alan Lytz, '14, Gettysburg College.
"Plasma Diagnostics in the PCPD"
Wednesday, April 30th at 3:30 p.m.

Caitlin Hay, '14, Gettysburg College.

 "Behind the Eclipse: Observations of the Eclipsing Binary System EU Pegasi" 

Friday, May 2nd at 12:00 p.m. (*Masters Hall, Room 208*)



Dr. Peter Pella, W.K.T. Sahm Professor of Physics. Gettysburg College

"Maria Goeppert Mayer and the Shell Model of the Nucleus" 

Wednesday, April 16th at 4:00 p.m.


Caitlin Hay, '14, Gettysburg College

"The Exploration of Mars" 

Thursday, March 27th at 12:00 p.m. and Friday, March 27th at 3:00 p.m. 
*Masters Hall, Room 115 (Hatter Planetarium)*


Anne Emerson Leak, University of California, Santa Barbara
"Solving Health Problems with Science: Exploring Sustainable Community-Driven Science Education in Kenya"
Wednesday, April 2nd at 4:00 p.m.



Fall '13 Schedule

Dr. Peter Pella, W.K.T. Sahm Professor of Physics, Gettysburg College
"The Life and Times of Henry Gwen Jefferies Moseley"
Friday, March 28th at 3:00 p.m.


Dr. Mark Herrera, Research Scientist at Heron Systems, Inc.

"Nonlinear Dynamics of Cold Atoms" 

Friday, October 4th at 3:00 p.m.


Research opportunities, a hallmark of the Gettysburg College Physics Department, include summer research on and off campus, independent and collaborative research with faculty, and special projects that may incorporate work in the Observatory and Hatter Planetarium.  Colloquia enhance these opportunities.


Colloquia presentations take place throughout the academic year. These instructive, thought-provoking lectures and discussions on current topics in astronomy and physics are open to the public, as well as to all students, faculty, administrators and staff of Gettysburg College.

Talks have been given by scientists from colleges and universities, government and industry, as well as by Gettysburg faculty and senior physics majors. Past topics have included the physics of boomerangs, chaos, general relativity, plasma, astrometric inquiry from other observatories, the physics and chemistry of mesoscopic matter, high resolution imaging, holography, the top quark, solar sea power, superconductivity, the super collider, magnetic monopoles, medieval astronomy and much, much more.

For science majors, these colloquia offer a valuable opportunity to explore fields of interest and potential job opportunities.

*[latin colloquy + loqui to speak] conversation, dialogue; an academic meeting at which specialist(s) speak on a given subject and then answer questions about it.

Keep Posted:  Come see what physics and astronomy are all about!!