Department News

If you have any news such as publications, awards, departmental news, or anything else you want to share,
please email Dr. Sachiko McBride (mcbridesa@marshall.edu).


SPS speaker series:”Faces of Physics”

Please support our current SPS students by logging onto thier Faces of Physics virtual speakers’ series. Through this event, SPS is hosting speakers every month during the 20-21 academic year. Links to past speaker talks and links to future YouTube live streamed talks can be found our SPS web page. The third speaker in the series will present on January 20th at 7pm (Dr. Bryan Kent Wallace — Fisk University). Our fourth speaker will be Dr. Abel Mendez — Planetary Habitability Laboratory at University of Puerto Rico at Arecibo on February 16th at 7pm and our fifth speaker will be Dr. Kandice Tanner — Center for Cancer Research, National Cancer Institute on March 17th at 7pm.

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Dr. Sean P. McBride was invited for a Guest Editor of Micromachines – 012/08/2020

Dear Colleagues,

With an ever-increasing global population comes an increased demand for economical sources of freshwater needed to sustain life. With only a few percent of all water on Earth being freshwater, and with only a fraction of a single percent of Earth’s available freshwater being accessible, having access to freshwater is a global problem. Additionally, the pollution of freshwater sources in areas where freshwater scarcity is already an issue compounds this problem. In recent years, the scientific community has witnessed new innovative filtration technologies developed from layers of porous self-assembled monolayers of gold nanoparticle membranes, monolayers of aligned carbon nanotubes, and porous graphene sheets, with many other systems spanning this wide range. All these recent novel advances in filtration membranes and separation technologies are working towards the same common goal, purifying one of our most vital resources on Earth, water.

Collectively, this Special Issue of Micromachines seeks to highlight recent research using nanoparticles, functionalized nanoparticles, self-assembled nanoparticles or nanostructures, or novel functionalized or nonfunctionalized nanoporous materials for water filtration, or alternatively for contaminant concentration in water for increased contaminant detection. Full research papers and review papers are welcome for systems that highlight successful contaminant removal from water using such nanomaterials. Papers presenting systems that demonstrate a controllable wide range of selectivity for specific contaminants are especially welcome; this contaminant selectivity can either be passively inherent to the filters, controlled during filter fabrication, or actively controlled during filtration.

Everyone at Micromachines is looking forward to receiving your submissions!

Prof. Dr. Sean P. McBride
Guest Editor

Here is a link of his article.


SPS earned an Outstanding SPS Chapter award for the 2019-2020 academic year! – 012/08/2020

Congratulations to the 2019-2020 Society of Physics students!

They have earned an Outstanding SPS Chapter award for the 2019-2020 academic year! A Society of Physics Students Outstanding Chapter award is the highest level of distinction given to SPS chapters and is received by less than 15% of top chapters annually, with just 96 of 844 chapters so honored this 2020 year. Previously they have been honored as being nationally recognized as a Distinguished University Chapter for each academic year from 2017-2019.

To the students, thank you to all those past and present that have made this possible in the 2019-2020 academic year!

Here is a link of the Marshall University News.


Congratulations Marshall University Spring 2020 Physics Graduates!

https://ensemble.marshall.edu/Watch/Wi9r7A4C.


Ellie White earns prestigious Goldwater Scholarship! – 04/02/2020

Marshall University Physics Department Student earns prestigious Goldwater Scholarship. Congratulations Ellie! Ellie is one of the 2 Marshall students who have ever earned the prestigious Goldwater Scholarship.
“Marshall University student Maria “Ellie” White has been named one of 396 college students to receive a prestigious Goldwater Scholarship.
The scholarship, a partnership between the Department of Defense National Defense Education Program and the Barry Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Foundation, is one of the highest honors undergraduates in STEM fields can receive.
The award offers a $7,500 scholarship for the junior and senior years of college. White is only the second Marshall University winner of the scholarship, and the first recipient in 20 years. She was the only student from West Virginia selected in the competition. A physics major, she plans to earn her Ph.D. in astrophysics studying astrobiology, radio astronomy instrumentation, and SETI. She aspires to work as a staff scientist at an observatory.” See article for more.


TEDxMarshallU – Ellie White – 03/14/2020

Ellie White is a second-year physics student at Marshall University. Her goal is to pursue a PhD in astrophysics and work toward a career as a radio astronomer. She is co-director of a program called Open Source Radio Telescopes, which aims to introduce students to STEM topics by providing open-source software and instructions on how to build simple radio telescopes for citizen science. In addition, she has worked on a number of research and instrumentation projects with the Green Bank Observatory and the National Radio Astronomy Observatory’s Central Development Laboratory. She is particularly fascinated by the fields of astrobiology and SETI (the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence) and enjoys communicating her love of science with others and interacting with students. ~ https://www.ted.com/tedx/events/36329

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BOHB-BRRB5g


Green and White Day – 02/18/2020

The First Green and White Day was an exciting time for students! Students that stopped by the Physics tabled were treated to understanding this mesmerizing pendulm wave apparatus. The Physics Department always has cool demos for you to experience and play with at Green and White Day! Come join us at the next Green and White Day! Along with cool demos, we have lots of information on career paths in physics, starting salaries in the job market, and information on further graduate education in physics. Come check us out and ask some questions! Students, please contact Dr. Sean P. McBride (mcbrides@marshall.edu) if you have questions about what you did or saw today or want to learn more about what a degree in Physics can offer you.


SPS earned the Most Improved Organization award for 2019! – 01/25/2020

Congratulations to Marshall University’s Society of Physics Students (SPS)! The student organization has earned the Most Improved Organization award for 2019. Awesome job SPS! Thank you for all the hard work, service, and recruiting you do for the Physics Department, College of Science, and Marshall University! The award was presented to the group by David Cartwright, Instructor in Computer & Information Technology. The faculty advisor to the SPS group is Assistant Professor of Physics, Dr. Sean P. McBride, who was also the Keynote Speaker for the 41st Annual Leadership and Services Awards Ceremony.


Marshall graduate student works to connect research with a younger generation – 12/20/2019

Congratulations to Marshall graduate student Ryan Vincent on his outstanding research and efforts to share his love of science with the region’s high school students this past semester. Thank you for representing the Department of Physics and College of Science so well!
See article for more.


Green and White Day -12/06/2019

December’s Green and White day is in the books for 2019! The Physics Department always has cool demos for you to experience and play with at Green and White Day! Along with cool demos, we have lots of information on career paths in physics, starting salaries in the job market, and information on further graduate education in physics. Come check us out and ask some questions! Students, please contact Dr. Sean P. McBride (mcbrides@marshall.edu) if you have questions about what you did or saw today or want to learn more about what a degree in Physics can offer you. Thank you, Dr. Sachiko McBride, for providing some great demos. See you at the next green and white day!


MU Physics SPS recognized as a Distinguished SPS Chapter!

Congratulations to the Society of Physics Students for being once again nationally recognized as a Distinguished SPS Chapter! This is a an honor the group has held consecutively since fall 2017. A sincere thank you is in order for all your hard work and dedication to the SPS group, to the Physics Department, and to the University for helping to promote Physics and Marshall University through all your actions!


MU Research committee funding – 11/21/2019

A research student of Dr. Sean P. McBride, Mckenzie Granata, has received MU Research committee funding for her new project- Applying Young’s Modulus to Clinical Orthopedics and Sports Medicine. Overall, this project could also be developed into an effective inexpensive classroom teaching demonstration or laboratory module for introductory courses taught at sports medicine institutes, such as at Marshall University.


NASA Student fellowship program – 11/21/2019

Dr. Sean P. McBride has worked with the three undergraduate students below to help them submit to the NASA Student fellowship program. All three were successfully funded, thus each student will receive a $750 stipend to work in the laboratory next semester spring 2020 with each student receiving $250 in supplies for their project. Each was funded by WV NASA Space Grant Consortium under the advisement of the Marshall University NASA Space Grant Advisory Committee.

Jon Keaton – Mechanical properties of freely suspended self-assembled nanoparticle membranes.

Jeremy McCloud Functionalizing Commercial Filters to Enhance Rejection of Molecular Dyes.

Mckenzie Granata Applying Young’s Modulus to Clinical Orthopedics and Sports Medicine.

 


MS Thesis Defense – 11/11 & 13/2019

Congratulations to all our Physics MS Students in the GS80 Master’s program who have successfully defended their thesis work this past week. Ryan Vincent, Dillon Buskirk, and David Facemyer all did an outstanding job!


Green and White Day – 11/11/2019

November’s Green and White day is in the books for 2019! The Physics Department always has cool demos for you to experience and play with at Green and White Day! Come join us at the next Green and White Day! Along with cool demos, we have lots of information on career paths in physics, starting salaries in the job market, and information on further graduate education in physics. Come check us out and ask some questions! Students, please contact Dr. Sean P. McBride (mcbrides@marshall.edu) if you have questions about what you did or saw today or want to learn more about what a degree in Physics can offer you. Thank you, Dr. Sachiko McBride, for providing some great demos. See you at the next green and white day!


Physics at the 2019 International Festival – 11/09/2019

Physics at the 56th annual International Festival, which was sponsored by the Office of International Student Services, was a large success! The event was held in the Don Morris Room in the Memorial Student Center on Marshall University’s Huntington campus on November 9th from 4-8pm. Well over 100 kids, and many adults, got to see physics in action and play with cool hands on demos at the event. It was a great experience!


A-AAPT Meeting at Marshall University – 11/07-09/2019

Thank you to all participants and speakers at the 2019 Meeting of the Appalachian American Association of Physics Teachers (A-AAPT 2019) Thursday-Saturday, Nov. 7-9, on the Huntington campus of Marshall University. This successful meeting was open to students and high school teachers from throughout the region. The theme of this year’s meeting commemorated the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing. Dr. Don Thomas, former NASA astronaut and a veteran of four Space Shuttle missions, gave the free and open to the public keynote speech starting off the conference. Dr. Don Thomas stayed late and signed autographs in the Birke Art Gallery Atrium with the gallery holding special hours for the event. Bo Lowrey, a NASA solar system ambassador, also provided a free talk open to the public as part of the A-AAPT conference. The meeting had talks and workshops presented by local educators from surrounding high schools and universities. Thank you to the conference organizers Dr. Maria Hamilton and Dr. Sean P. McBride and thank you to Society of Physics Student members Ryan Vincent, Ellie White, and Jackie Sizemore for assisting in providing Scanning Electron Microscope/Atomic Force Microscope tours and assisting with conference registration. The success of the meeting would not have been possible without funding from education and outreach funds via NSF-EPSCoR RII-Track 1 OIA-1458952 and the State of West Virginia, the NASA West Virginia Space Grant Consortium, a local Section Meeting Award, American Association of Physics Teachers, the Appalachian Section of the American Association of Physics Teachers, and the College of Science and Department of Physics at Marshall University.


Astronaut Dr. Don Thomas Visits Marshall University – 11/07/2019

Thank you, Astronaut Don Thomas, for a wonderful talk this evening! The talk by Dr. Don Thomas marks the start of the Appalachian American Association of Physics Teachers Meeting (A-AAPT 2019), which goes on at Marshall University from Thursday-Saturday, Nov. 7-9, on the Huntington campus. This year’s meeting will commemorate the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing. The conference is open to students and high school teachers from throughout the region. Conference attendees will be able to participate in workshops presented by area educators, as well as having the opportunity to test out an Apollo space flight simulator and learn about the Pulsar Search Collaboratory, a citizen science project for students age 13 and up. Dr. Don Thomas, former NASA astronaut and a veteran of four Space Shuttle missions gave a fantastic talk titled “Overcoming Obstacles and Reaching for the Stars,” which started at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 7, in Room 154 of Smith Hall and was free and open to the public. A reception followed in the Birke Art Gallery Atrium, with the Birke Art Gallery in Smith Hall holding special hours of 6 to 9 p.m. for the event. Dr. Thomas stayed late and signed autographs and took pics with many Marshall students.


Wayne Elementary School Demo Show – 11/01/2019

Thank you to Wayne Elementary for recently visiting Marshall University and the MU Physics Department! I am not sure who enjoyed themselves more the morning of the demo show, the students from Wayne Elementary, or Drs. Sean and Sachiko McBride, both Assistant Professors in the Physics Department. The genuine reactions that the students displayed showed just how much they enjoyed the science demos. The students from Wayne elementary were a great group of students and super eager to be volunteers to participate in the science demos. They got ‘see’ sound with fire, walk on a non-Newtonian fluid, see Bernoulli’s principle in action, and much more. Overall a great energetic group of students!


3rd Annual High School Physics Day, October 18th 2019 – 10/18/2019

The Third Annual High School Physics Day at Marshall University, October 18th 2019, 10am – 1:30 pm was a large success Thank you to all the University faculty, staff, and student helpers that helped make it an amazing day for the ~400 high school students and teachers spanning the tri-state! On this day a fun series of exciting physics demos were provided to all interested teachers and science-oriented students by the Physics faculty. A pizza lunch was provided, topped off with a quick game and prizes! Congratulations to Chesapeake HS on winning the lunch game, securing a drone for their school. Good discussions between Marshall faculty, high school teachers, and high school students were had during lunch. Students and teachers were also able tour teaching lab space in the Physics Department, which was filled with hand-on-demos. Teachers and students got to explore the cosmos in the department’s portable planetarium (Robert C. Byrd Biotechnology Science Building lobby, first floor) and investigate the nano-world using two Scanning Electron Microscopes (SEM), one in either room 200 or room 106 of the Science Building. HS students and teachers also learned about phase changes when making some liquid nitrogen ice cream. A special thanks to the Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine who helped sponsor the event, allowing for the construction of several new demos and a special thank you for the approval from the University for use of the Sodexo Catering Fund. Also, a special thanks to the Society of Physics Students who helped out tremendously with preparation for the event. If HSPD is an event you think a science class or classes from your school would like to attend next year in October 2020, please email Dr. Sean P. McBride at mcbrides@marshall.edu. RSVPs with estimated head count will be needed for accurate accommodations. We look forward to seeing you at HSPD in October 2020! Please do not hesitate to contact Dr. Sean P. McBride (mcbrides@marshall.edu) in advance if you have any questions or concerns or would like to provide feedback about your experience at HSPD 2019.


3rd Annual Physics Research Orientation and BBQ – 10/16/2019

The 3rd Annual Physics Research Orientation and BBQ was held on Wednesday October 16th from 5 pm to 8 pm at the St. Cloud Commons Lodge at 1701 Jackson Ave., Huntington, WV 25704. Buddy’s BBQ was catered for current Physics students and Alumni. Successful physics alumni gave 30-minute talks directed to the students and illustrated how they have used their physics degree. The Physics Faculty also gave very brief 6-minute talks so students were aware of the research occurring in their labs. Knowing what the faculty do research wise will be important when capstone time rolls around. Ryan Vincent, David Facemyer, Jayden Leonard, and Dillon Buskirk were all inducted into the Sigma Pi Sigma National Honor Society. Medical physicist, Chad Michell, earned his B.S. degree in physics and math from Marshall in 1991 and went to graduate school at Ohio State University where he completed a PhD. He is currently a diagnostic medical physicist working for a consulting firm in Maryland, Virginia, DC, Pennsylvania and West Virginia. His career has allowed him to work at the James Cancer Hospital and Research Institute, as a medical physicist in military hospitals, on deployments on aircraft carriers, work with emergency preparedness in shipyards, homeland security-related research, and humanitarian assistance efforts in Japan following the tsunami of 2011 just to name a few. Justin Angus, graduated from Marshall in 2007 and the earned a PhD from the University of San Diego. He is now working Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory as scientist working on Numerical Simulations of Z-Pinch Plasmas.


The Pool Hall – The Start of Physics Week 2019! – 10/14/2019

Physics week, October 14th through the 18th has started with students proving their geometry and conservation of momentum understanding to physics faculty via some from friendly games of pool. This was the first event of Physics Week on Monday October 14th, from 6-8pm at The Pool Hall, 1036 Washington Ave., Huntington WV 25704. Excellent pizza from Macros was provided. This event was no cost to students. This was a relaxed casual get together outside of class to shoot some pool with physics professors and have a little fun outside of class. On Wednesday October 16th from 5-8pm, the department will host the 2019 Physics Research Orientation and BBQ from 5 pm to 8 pm at the St. Cloud Commons Lodge at 1701 Jackson Ave., Huntington, WV 25704. Buddy’s BBQ will be catered. This event is no cost to the student. Come listen to past successful physics alumni how they have used their physics degree and also listen to very brief 6-minute talks from faculty about the research they do in their labs. Knowing what the faculty do research wise will be important when capstone time rolls around.


SPS trip – Green Bank Observatory – 10/05-06/2019

Marshall University’s chapter of the Society of Physics Students, SPS, just completed a two-day field trip to Green Bank Observatory, GBO, this past weekend October 5th-6th. The Green Bank Observatory is located in the National Radio Quiet Zone (NRQZ). A total of 6 physics majors (all SPS members) and one engineering major belonging to MU Space went to GBO this past weekend. Fun was had by all. Students of the group, along with Faculty Advisor to SPS, Dr. Sean P. McBride, got a rare chance go up on the 485-foot-high receiver of the Green Bank Telescope (not for the faint of heart by any means, you can see straight down through the metal grating at 485 feet above the ground), pretty awesome! Special thanks goes to SPS member Ellie White who played a large role in the organization of trip and has spent significant time at GBO doing research in radio astronomy over the years. Students on the trip also got to control a 40-foot radio telescope by themselves, collecting data, measuring the spectrum of neutral hydrogen coming from space at a frequency of 1420.4 MHz in the early morning hours on Sunday. The students also got to control a 20 meter diameter telescope remotely from the control room at Green Bank. Overall, both an exciting and educational trip!


Kanawha County College Fair! – 10/01/2019

For the third straight day in a row, the College of Science and the Physics Department from Marshall University have reached out to local juniors and seniors in surrounding high schools to help convey the opportunities that Marshall University has to offer. The Kanawha County College Fair was held Tuesday, Oct. 1at the Charleston Civic Center. Participating schools were Charleston Catholic, Cross Lanes Christian, Elk Valley Christian, South Charleston, Herbert Hoover, Nitro, Carver, Ben Franklin, Virtual, St. Albans, George Washington, Sissonville, Clay, Riverside, and Capitol. A special thanks goes out to Ryan Vincent for assisting in representing the Physics department, the College of Science, and Marshall University.


Huntington Area College Fair! – 09/30/2019

Associate Dean of the College of Science, Evelyn Pupplo-Cody, and Physics Department faculty, Sean and Sachiko McBride, rotated through to help staff a table at the Huntington Area College Fair to support the College of Science and its programs – Monday, Sept. 30 – at the Rec Center. The Huntington Area College fair ran from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. It is estimated that around 1,000 juniors and seniors from Cabell, Wayne, and Lincoln counties visited the fair. Schools that participated were Huntington High, Spring Valley, Tolsia, Wayne, Lincoln County, Cabell Midland, Cabell County Career Center, and Huntington St. Joe.


Green and White Day! – 09/28/2019

The first Green and White Day for the Fall 2019 semester is in the books (9-29-2019)! The Physics Department always has cool demos for you to experience and play with at Green and White Day! Come join us at the next Green and White Day! Along with cool demos, we have lots of information on career paths in physics, starting salaries in the job market, and information on further graduate education in physics. Come check us out and ask some questions! Students, please contact Dr. Sean P. McBride (mcbrides@marshall.edu) if you have questions about what you did or saw Saturday or want to learn more about what a degree in Physics can offer you. See you at the next green and white day! Thank you to Physics Major Ellie White for helping out Drs. Sean and Sachiko McBride.


Flight Science Camp! – 07/15-19/2019

Fifth through eight grade students from around the area have completed their Flight Science Camp which was held July 15th-19th at Marshall University in the Physics Department. This camp is designed and run by Dr. Jon Saken, Marshall University Associate Professor of Physics. From the earliest days people have been fascinated by flight, and dreamed of soaring like the birds. What makes flight possible? How can we build machines capable of flight? How can they carry us beyond Earth? In this course, students learned the answers to these questions and built their own simple planes and rockets to achieve this ancient dream of flight. With the help of Dr. Sean P. McBride, advisor to the Society of Physics Students, and Ryan Vincent, SPS member, the flight science camp students also learned about drag and pressure when riding on the SPS Hovercraft. Marshall University’s College of Science, in partnership with West Virginia Science Adventures, offers a total of nine full weeks of science-related camps for kids this summer, Flight Science Camp is one of those events. Contact Dr. Suzanne Strait for more details about remaining camps this summer and future summers (straitho@marshall.edu).


Catapult Summer Camp! – 07/8-9/2019

Marshall University’s College of Science, in partnership with West Virginia Science Adventures, offers a total of nine full weeks of science-related camps for kids this summer, catapult camp is one of those events. In this camp students will spend two exciting afternoons building catapults, learning some of the basic physics behind their operation, and have fun launching projectiles from them. The workshop will conclude with a competition with prizes based on accuracy and ability to hit targets! The catapult camp is led by Drs. Sean and Sachiko McBride in the Department of Physics at Marshall University. Sixth through tenth grade students from around the area participated in today’s catapult workshop. With the paint and glue dry, students won prizes for the best decorated catapult, the catapult that could launch a projectile the farthest, the catapult (and student operator) with the most precision and accuracy, who could do the most damage to a castle of soda cans with their catapult, and who could use their catapult to hit a moving target! The furthest shot was a very impressive 54 and half feet, students could get as close as six inches from their targets and in groups of less than three inches for the best three out of five shots, and we had two students that could hit a very challenging moving target!


Dr. Bruce M. Law Visited MU Physics Department – 06/20-21/2019

The Department of Physics at Marshall University was happy to help aid in welcoming and hosting Dr. Bruce M. Law from the Physics Department at Kansas State University in Manhattan Kansas. On June 21st in room 277 of the Science Building from 2:00 pm to 2:50 pm Dr. Law gave a talk to all interested faculty and students on the subject of “Particles at liquid surfaces: finite-size effects”. Additionally, Dr. Law visited the laboratory of his former PhD student, Dr. Sean P. McBride, now Assistant professor in the Physics Department at Marshall, to discuss a potential collaboration on an upcoming research project.


Girl Scouts of Kentucky Wilderness Road Council – 06/19/2019

The Department of Physics at Marshall University was happy to assist the Girl Scouts of Kentucky Wilderness Road Council (http://www.gskentucky.org/) recently this month. Specifically, the scouts were from Camp Judy Layne. Camp Judy Layne is located in Morgan County, tucked away in the Daniel Boone National Forest. The scouts we’re doing a space week. The scouts completed badge work at the planetarium and the physics department. Dr. Jon Saken provided an educational show within the portable planetarium and Dr. Sean P. McBride provided the basic understanding of how a hovercraft works with fun rides up and down the halls of the Science Building.


All Hands Meeting – 06/13/2019

Physics graduate students Ryan Vincent and Dillon Buskirk presented posters at the All Hands Meeting on Thursday June 13th held on the Marshall University campus in Huntington, WV. Ryan is working on nanofiltration with application towards water purification in the laboratory of Dr. Sean P. McBride and Dillon is working on gravitational wave research with Dr. Maria Hamilton, both mentors reside in the Department of Physics at Marshall University. Dr. Hamilton also provided a summary of the accomplishments of the gravitational wave group at the meeting. The All Hands Meeting was an organizational meeting as well as a celebration of accomplishments over the past year related to the EPSCoR Research Infrastructure award intitled Gravitational Wave Astronomy and the Appalachian Freshwater Initiative (Award Number: 1458952). Many other student and faculty researchers from Marshall University, West Virginia University, and West Virginia State University among others participated in the meeting.


Happy Retirement Dr. Ralph E. Oberly

Happy Retirement Dr. Ralph E. Oberly Dr. Oberly has been a cornerstone in the Physics Department for nearly five decades, starting in 1970. His devotion, dedication, and passion for helping Marshall University students succeed over the years has been unwavering. He has served as a respected role model for many young and experienced faculty. His presence in the classroom and in the department will be missed by both students and faculty alike. The Physics Department came together to get Ralph his official academic regalia from the Ohio State University, which was an admired item by Ralph for many years. We wish Ralph the best in his retirement and look forward to seeing him as emeritus faculty at future graduations


Physics Convocation Day, Research Presentations, and Awards – 4/26/2019

The Physics Department has had a flurry of activity these last weeks of classes and finals week. On May 6th capstone presentations from Emily Sutherland, Rae Stanley, and Noah Wigton were delivered. On April 26th the department held its Research and Convocation Day. On this day, the department and visitors heard research talks from undergraduate and graduate physics students who have been conducting research in the labs of faculty members. Thank you to the following undergraduate and graduate students and visiting scholars for presenting who made it an outstanding event: Rae Stanley, Maria White, Emily Sutherland, Noah Wigton, Maria White, Ryan Howell, David Facemyer, Dillon Buskirk, Ryan Vincent, and Dr. Arka Chattopadhyay. Academic awards that were earned by the students were also conferred on this day. Emily Sutherland and Maria White earned the Outstanding Undergraduate Award and Michael Moon was recognized for his earning of the Academic Achievement Award. Maria White and Michael Moon also received the Alva and Dixon Callihan/John Marshall scholarship. Jon Keaton, Jayden Leonard, and Rae Stanley received the Dixon Callihan, Donald C. Martin, & Ralph Hron Memorial Scholarship. Additionally, Dallas Summers was awarded the Dr. Thomas J. and Mary A. Manakkil Memorial Scholarship. Congratulations to all the award winners


TAG students from Cabell County – 4-30-2019

The Physics Department was happy to host nearly two dozen 4th grade TAG (Talented And Gifted) students from Cabell County. The students got to see many things from holography, pendulum waves, conservation of angular momentum, to ‘seeing’ sound with fire, and much more. They all received official Marshall Physics bags for their lunches and had a blast with Drs. Ralph Oberly and Sean P. McBride.


Cabell Midland HS S.T.E.A.M. FAMILY FUN KNIGHT – 4/23/2019

On Tuesday April 23rd, the Physics Department visited Cabell Midland High School for their S.T.E.A.M. FAMILY FUN KNIGHT! Dr. Saken brought the portable planetarium, Dr. Sean P. McBride brought a portable atomic force microscope, and Dr. Sachiko McBride brought lots of fun physics demos. A fan favorite was Dr. Sachiko McBride’s demo illustrating Snell’s Law which dictates how light bends at the interface between objects having different optical densities.


Bluefield HS Motor Workshop – 4/23/2019

On 4/23/2019 students from Bluefield HS had the opportunity to build DC motors in a workshop hosted by the Physics Department! Students got to learn how magnetic fields and currents interact to produce magnetic forces on current loops. Students got to take their motors home with them and the winners with the fastest motor received official Marshall University Physics Department T-shirts. Students, please contact Dr. Sean P. McBride (mcbrides@marshall.edu) if you have questions about what you did today or want to learn more about what a degree in Physics can offer you. Dr. McBride thanks the Physics Department for continued support for such workshops and would also like to thank Makayla Bailey, a veteran assistant for helping the students today in the motor workshop.


3rd Annual Community Science Blitz 4/13/2019!

The Physics Department, along with many other departments in the College of Science at Marshall University, teamed up with West Virginia Science Adventures to participate in the 3rd Annual Community Science Blitz from 1 to 5 pm Saturday, April 13th. West Virginia Science Adventures is led by Dr. Suzanne Strait who was the main organizer for the event which occurred at the Science Building on Marshall University’s Huntington campus. The event was free and open to all ages. It started with an Easter egg hunt on Buskirk Field, followed by 25 stations of science fun for the entire family in the Science Building. The Physics Department showcased its portable planetarium run by Dr. Jon Saken as well as the department’s DIY hovercraft built by Dr. Sean P. McBride. Both kids and parents enjoyed hovering through the halls of the Science Building as well as seeing the stars in the planetarium. The Physics Department also had a station set-up for kids to launch homemade paper rockets run by students in MU Space. Many other activities were hosted in the College of Science. Many volunteers, including some from the Society of Physics Students, were present to help make sure the kids had an awesome day with the events hosted by physics! Drs. Sean and Sachiko McBride want to send out a special thank you to all the hovercraft pushers that helped make a memorable day for about 350 kids of all ages! Thank you to the following hovercraft pushers and helpers: Ryan Vincent, Jon Keaton, Evan Allen, Jacob Heskett, Logan Freeman, Bryson Haught, Ben Clark, Ellie White, Tabby Collins, and Josh Boiling, you all did an awesome job!


Green and White Day – 4/9/2019!

The Physics Department always has cool demos for you to experience and play with at Green and White Day! Come join us at the next Green and White Day! Today, the Physics department for the first time brought its newly acquired portable Atomic Force Microscope (AFM) to peer into the nano-world imaging 150 nm silica spheres and Dr. Sachiko McBride unveiled her new Snell’s Law optics demo, both were well received by students. Along with cool demos, we have lots of information on career paths in physics, starting salaries in the job market, and further graduate education in physics. Come check us out and ask some questions! Students, please contact Dr. Sean P. McBride (mcbrides@marshall.edu) if you have questions about what you did or saw today or want to learn more about what a degree in Physics can offer you. See you at the next green and white day!


Distinguished Traveling Lecturer – 4/3/2019 and 4/4/2019!

Professor Orozco’s visit to Marshall on April 3-4 was largely a success. Dr. Orozco was generous with his time and knowledge by presenting two public lectures and two departmental colloquia and also meeting informally with students and faculty. Dr. Orozco is part of the Distinguished Traveling Speaker Program of the Division of Laser Science (DLS) of the American Physical Society. The purpose of the program is to bring distinguished scientists to primarily undergraduate colleges and universities in order to convey the excitement of Laser Science to undergraduate students. While at Marshall, Dr. Orozco also met President Gilbert, Provost Taylor and CoS Dean Somerville. Thomas Wilson, Professor of Physics at Marshall applied for the award that allowed the Department of Physics to host the renowned authority on Quantum Optics, Dr. Luis Orozco, Professor of Physics at the University of Maryland. Dr. Wilson, Dr. Maria Hamilton, and Dr. André Wehner all took part in the organization and planning of Dr. Orozco’s visit.


Logan HS Motor Workshop – 4/03/2019

On 4/3/2019 students from Logan HS students had the opportunity to build DC motors in a workshop hosted by the Physics Department! Students got to learn how magnetic fields and currents interact to produce magnetic forces on current loops. Students got to take their motors home with them and the winners with the fastest motor received official Marshall University Physics Department T-shirts. Students, please contact Dr. Sean P. McBride (mcbrides@marshall.edu) if you have questions about what you did today or want to learn more about what a degree in Physics can offer you. Dr. McBride thanks the Physics Department for continued support for such workshops and would also like to thank the wonderful assistants that volunteered to help with the workshop today: Tabby Collins (undergraduate, English) and Ryan Vincent (graduate student, Physics).


WV Science Olympiad – 3/16/2019

The College of Science held West Virginia’s 5th annual State Tournament of the Science Olympiad on March 16th, 2019. The event was led by WV State Director, Dr. Sachiko McBride (Physics), co-directors: Dr. Sean McBride (Physics), Dr. Jen Mosher (Biology), Dr. Elizabeth Niese (Mathematics), Dr. Rosalynn Quiñones-FernDández (Chemistry), Dr. Jon Saken (Physics), Matt Mundell (Computer & Information Technology), and the Dean of College of Science, Dr. Chuck Somerville. Dr. Thomas Wilson from Physics also assisted by being event supervisors for the sound of music challenge.

Nine teams from six high schools participated in 14 STEM events during the event day. This year Cabell Midland High School Team B won the overall competition. They will travel to Cornell University in Ithaca, NY to participate in the National Tournament between May 31st to June 1st.

Event’s pictures are posted on the WV SO FaceBook page.

 


Summers County HS Motor Workshop – 3/13/2019

We got to see some great teamwork yesterday by Summers County HS students when building DC motors in a workshop hosted by the Physics Department! Students got to learn how magnetic fields and currents interact to produce magnetic forces on current loops. Students got to take their motors home with them and the winners with the fastest motor received official Marshall University Physics Department T-shirts. Students, please contact Dr. McBride (mcbrides@marshall.edu) if you have questions about what you did today or want to learn more about what a degree in Physics can offer you. Dr. McBride thanks the Physics Department for continued support for such workshops and would also like to thank the wonderful assistants that volunteered to help with the workshop today: Makayla Bailey (undergraduate, Biological Science) and Ryan Vincent (graduate student, Physics).


Reaching for the Stars…The WV STEM and the Arts Film Festival

Many Marshall University colleges and departments were represented at the “Reaching for the Stars…The West Virginia STEM and the Arts Film Festival” on March 1st and 2nd at Marshall University. One third of the Physics Department faculty came out to help recruit and enlighten the minds of the younger generation. It is estimated on Friday alone that 800 students were in attendance over the course of the day. Dr. Jon Saken ran the Physics Department’s portable planetarium, Dr. Maria Hamilton provided demonstrations related to gravity waves and how they are produced, Dr. Sachiko McBride brought many hands-on engaging physics demonstrations that kids could play with and get excited for science, and Dr. Sean P. McBride debuted the Physics Department’s new portable CoreAFM Atomic Force Microscope (AFM) by Nanosurf. The newly acquired AFM will be used in research, recruitment, and teaching.


West Virginia Science & Research

Dr. Maria Babiuc Hamilton was interviewed and featured on the cover of the Winter 2019 issue of Neuron, the West Virginia journal of science and research. Dr. Hamilton describes her collaborative research in simulations of gravitational waves, as well as what motivated her to pursue a career in physics. The article also highlights her paper with student Dillon Buskirk titled, “A complete analytic gravitational wave model for undergraduates” recently published in the European Journal of Physics. To read the whole article, visit here.


2019 March APS Meeting Boston, MA

Our physics students Emily Sutherland, Ryan Vincent, and David Facemyer did a great job of presenting their research at the 2019 March APS Meeting in Boston, MA. The APS meeting is an enormous meeting in the field of condensed matter physics. It is hosted by the American Physical Society. Physicists, scientists, and students from around the world presented groundbreaking research from industry, academia, and major labs. Well over 11, 000 scientists descended on Boston during March 4-8th. We did have a few complications on the way there thanks to the weather, but in the end is was a highly beneficial trip for both faculty and students. After the conference, the students got a chance to walk the grounds of MIT and Harvard, as well as briefly scope out some of the science labs on both campuses.

 


A Week of Physics “Phun” at Marshall University

The Department of Physics at Marshall University has gained national attention by having an article featured in the 2019 Winter edition of the SPS Observer in relation to their efforts for Physics Week in 2018. The SPS Observer is the quarterly magazine of the Society of Physics Students (SPS) published by SPS and the American Institute of Physics (AIP).

 


Green and White Day – 02/18/2019

Green and White Day 2-18-2019 Thank you Dr. Sachiko McBride, Dr. Howard Richards, and Marco for helping students with physics demos today! Come join us at the next Green and White Day in 2019, April 9th, and you too can experience Physics with Marco! The Physics Department always has cool demos for you to experience and play with at Green and White Day! Along with cool demos, we have lots of information on career paths in physics, starting salaries in the job market, and further graduate education in physics. Come check us out and ask some questions!

 


Herbert Hoover High School – 02/15/2019

Herbert Hoover High School Honor Students had fun visiting the Physics Department on February 15 2019. Dr. Jon Saken, who with the help of David Sheehan, had everything set-up for the students. Students got to play with experiments that revolved around classical mechanics, optics, fluids, and much more. The students had fun!

 


The Boy Scouts of America – 02/09/2019

Thanks to Dr. Tom Wilson of the Physics Department for working with the Boy Scouts of America on Saturday February 9th to help them earn their merit badges in electricity. The Scouts got to build miniature DC Beakman Motors. Fun was had by all!

 


Christian Home Educators Fellowship Students – 02/01/2019

Christian Home Educators Fellowship (CHEF) students had fun visiting the Physics Department on February 1 2019. Dr. Jon Saken and Dr. Ralph Oberly, who with the help of David Sheehan, had many exciting demo set up for the students. Students got to play with experiments that revolved around classical mechanics, optics, fluids, and much more. The students had a great time!

 


Green and White Day – 12/01/2018

Come join us at the next Green and White Day in 2019 and you can experience conservation of angular momentum like Marco! The Physics Department always has cool demos for you to experience and play with at Green and White Day! Come check us out! Below we see Dr. Sean P. McBride showing students and Dean of the College of Science the concept of Conservation of Angular Momentum (why a figure skater spins faster when they pull their arms in). We also see Dr. Sachiko McBride explaining the physics of Electrostatics. Come see us at the next Green day White Day and/or email Dr. Sean P . McBride to discuss career opportunities in Physics!

 


Green and White Day – 11/12/2018

Come join us at the next Green and White Day on 12-1-2018 and maybe you can generate electricity like Marco! The Physics Department always has cool demos for you to experience and play with at Green and White Day! Come check us out! Below we see Dr. Sean P. McBride showing students and Sherri Smith (Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs & Dean of Undergraduate Studies) the concept of Conservation of Angular Momentum (why a figure skater spins faster when they pull their arms in) and concepts of Faraday’s law involving eddy currents. We also see Dr. Sachiko McBride explaining the physics of why a balloon does not pop when pressed hard against the shown bed of sharp nails. Come see us at the next Green day White Day and/or email Dr. Sean P . McBride to discuss career opportunities in Physics!

 


Westside High School – Motor Workshop 11/7/2018!

In a motor workshop led by Dr. Sean P . McBride in Physics, students from Westside High School got to build Beckman Motors and learned how electric currents and magnetic fields interact to produce magnetic forces on current carrying wires. The students got to take home their motors and the winners with the fastest motor received an official Physics Department T-shirt. Everyone enjoyed themselves. This was a really great group of students (motivated, engaged, excited, determined, and competitive). Students, please contact Dr. McBride if you have questions about what you did today or want to learn more about what a degree in Physics can offer you. Dr. McBride thanks two wonderful assistants, Nicole Lane (Forensic Chemistry) and Makayla Bailey (Biological Science), that volunteered to help with the workshop today.

 


Halloween Science Bash 2019 – 10/27/2018!

The Physics Department teamed up with West Virginia Science Adventures and Marshall University’s College of Science to participate in the 2nd Annual Community Halloween Science Bash from 2 to 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 27, at the Science Building on Marshall University’s Huntington campus. The Physics Department showcased its portable planetarium as well as its truly scary haunted Halloween hovercraft built by Dr. Sean P. McBride. Dr. Sachiko McBride, Dr. Jon Saken, undergraduate physics student Katie Clendenen, graduate student Ryan Vincent from the Physics department, along with helpers from WV Science Adventures, helped make it an awesome day for all the kids involved who got to ride the hovercraft or see the planetarium. Both kids and parents enjoyed hovering through the halls of the Science Building. The event was free and open to all ages. In total there was 25 stations of science fun for the entire family. There was also trick-or-treating that began at 4:30 p.m. and a best science-themed costume contest. We hope to see you at the next one in 2019!

 


High School Physics Day – 10/19/2018!

The Second Annual High School Physics Day, October 19th 2018, 10am – 1:30 pm was a large success Thank you to all the people that helped make it an amazing day for all the students from local high schools! On this day fun series of exciting physics demos were provided to all interested teachers and science oriented students in physics, math, chemistry, and biology. A pizza lunch was provided, topped off with a quick game and prizes! During the casual lunch students and teachers will have the opportunity to talk with physics faculty about classes, research, or any other topic. Students and teachers were also able tour teaching lab space in the Physics Department. Teachers and students got to explore the cosmos in the department’s portable planetarium (Robert C. Byrd Biotechnology Science Building lobby, first floor) and investigate the nano-world using a Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM) in Science Building 106.They also got some liquid nitrogen ice cream. If HSPD is an event you think a class or classes from your school would like to attend next year in October 2019, please email Dr. Sean P. McBride at mcbrides@marshall.edu. RSVPs with estimated head count will be needed for accurate food purchases and appropriate size room accommodations. We look forward to seeing you at HSPD in October 2019! Please do not hesitate to contact Dr. Sean P. McBride (mcbrides@marshall.edu) if you have any questions or concerns.

 


Second Annual Research Orientation Day- 10/17/2018!

On Wednesday, October 17th 2018 the Physics Department held its second annual Research Orientation Day. The presentations from 3:00 – 5:30 pm given by alumni, Sarah Barber, and Faculty were specifically designed to get students interested in research early. Each faculty talked about their research interests so that majors could get an idea of what faculty with whom they would want to do research with. The BBQ following the talks started at 6:30pm. This was accompanied by an Awards ceremony and Sigma Pi Sigma inductions (a national physics honor society). Students could have some fun and got to spend some out-of-classroom-time with their professors.

 


World Renowned Sports Physicist Dr. John Eric Goff – 10-15-2018

The Physics Department in Marshall University’s College of Science recently hosted world renowned sports physicist Dr. John Eric Goff on Monday Oct. 15. He spoke twice, providing a Colloquium talk on “Friction Challenges from the Sports World” at and give a presentation for the general public on a “Summer of Great Sports Science”. Goff’s visit kicks of Physics Week at Marshall. Along with meeting physics professors Nguyen, Hamilton, S.P. McBride, S. T. McBride, Fan, and Wilson, Dr. Goff had the chance to meet Drs. Mark Timmons and Suzanne Konz, Faculty from the School of Kinesiology, Chris Grassie – Head Coach – Men’s Soccer, Mitch Jacobs – Head Women’s Volleyball Coach, and Matthew Adams – Assistant Women’s Track Coach.

The video link of Dr. Goff’s is here.

 


Green and White Day – 10-12-2018

The Physics Department always has cool demos for you to experience and play with at Green and White Day! Come check us out! Below we see Dr. Sean P. McBride showing students and President Gilbert the concept of Conservation of Angular Momentum (why a figure skater spins faster when they pull their arms in). We also see Dr. Sachiko McBride explaining the concept of why the shown balloon does not pop even when pressed hard against the shown bed of nails. Come see us or email Dr. Sean P. McBride to discuss career opportunities in Physics!

 


Bluefield High School – Motor Workshop 10/10/2018!

In a motor workshop led by Dr. Sean P. McBride, students from Bluefield High School got to build Beckman Motors and learned how electric currents, magnetic moments, and applied magnetic fields interact to produce a torque in a motor. The students got to take home their motors home and the winners with the fastest motors received an official Physics Department T-shirt. Everyone enjoyed themselves. The aim for the motor madness workshop was such that the experience would encouraged and strengthen the students interest and curiosity in science and in particular physics (and have fun in the process with a little friendly competition). Students, please contact Dr. McBride (mcbrides@marshall.edu) if you have questions about what you did today or want to learn more about what a degree in Physics can offer you. Dr. McBride Thanks Tabby Collins (Biology), Jon Keaton (Physics), and Ryan Vincent (Physics) for assisting.

 


Huntington College Fair 10/01/2018

The Physics Department enjoyed participating in the Huntington College Fair October 1st 2018. This year Dr. Sean P McBride and Dr. Sachiko McBride brought an apparatus that demonstrated pressure and one that demonstrated Faraday’s Law of Induction and its role in electromagnetic breaking. Over the course of 3 short hours, well over 100 students were engaged and a significant information about the department was shared with the upcoming generation of college bound students.

 


SPS Event – Dodgeball Game 08/16/2018

The Society of Physics Students had a great time with new students to Marshall with a dodgeball game on August 16, 2018! The event took place on INTO field (labeled East Hall Lawn on campus maps). Students were invited to arrive whenever, play dodgeball, take advantage of the free lemonade and soda, then leave whenever. All were welcomed, regardless of class standing or major, and the winner of each game received a free Marshall Physics t-shirt! Thank you for Nichole Jervis, Administrative Secretary, for all her help during the event!

 


STEM Day in South Point Ohio at the Tri-State STEM and M Academy 5/19/2018!

On Saturday May 19th, from 10 am – 2 pm, fun was had by all at STEM Day in South Point Ohio at the Tri-State STEM and M Academy. Marshall University Physics Department Assistant Professor, Dr. Sean P. McBride, graduate student working with Dr. McBride, Ryan Vincent, and senior Applied Physics major and Society of Physics Students President, Emily Sutherland were all on hand to help students participate in classic physics demos and build mini electric motors that they got to take home with them. More pictures available on Facebook.

See article in The Ironton Tribune

 


Marshall University Sky Festival 5/16/2018!

Elementary school students from Cabell and Putnam counties had a great time at the 3rd annual Sky Festival held at the Marshall University! The event is sponsored by a National Science Foundation grant. Dr. Jon Saken helped to run several activities. Society of Physics Students members Emily Sutherland “SPS President” and Jason Holland “SPS Treasure” assisted in the event.


Logan High School – Projectile Motion Workshop 4/27/2018!

On 4-27-18, students from Logan HS had a fun time while learning about projectile motion at one of the spring Projectile Motion Workshops held by Dr. Sean P. McBride in the Department of Physics at Marshall University. The event was sponsored by the Physics Department within the College of Science. Society of Physics Students member Chase Preston and Eric Gandee & Jeremy McCloud, students from Dr. McBride’s PHY 211 University Physics class, assisted with guiding the students through the kinematics equations in two dimensions associated with projectile motion.

 


TAG Students Playing With Physics (4-24-2018)!

Talented And Gifted (TAG) students from the surrounding area had fun visiting the Physics Department today. Dr. Sean P. McBride filled in for Dr. Ralph Oberly, who with the help of David Sheehan, had everything set-up for the students. Students got to play with experiments that revolved around classical mechanics, optics, fluids, and much more including a holography set-up and thermal imaging camera. The students had fun!

 


Physics at Green and White Day (4-16-2018)!

As the Dean of the College of Science always says when introducing the Physics Department at Green and White Day “…and Physics is the table with the cool toys”. Come check us out at the next Green and White Day! Thanks to Dr. Jon Saken and Dr. Tom Wilson for representing the Physics Department. Interested students got to feel the concept of Conservation of Angular Momentum (why a figure skater spins faster when they pull their arms in). Understanding this is just one concept of mechanics, which is just one sub-field of physics, there are many others: optics, electricity and magnetism, thermodynamics, quantum mechanics, just to name a few. If interested in becoming a physics major, a major that enables you to understand how the world around you works, the American Institute of Physics (AIP) publishes trends about employment and salary for BS, MS, and PhDs in Physics (plus many other stats). Also, check out some posts from our previous successful Marshall University Physics students on Alumni Spotlight.

 


Cabell Midland S.T.E.A.M. Knight – 4/12/2018!

On Thursday, Dr. Sean P. McBride, Assistant Professor in Physics and Sara Simpson, Academic Advisor for the College of Science teamed up to represent the Physics Department and College of Science at Cabell Midland High School for their S.T.E.A.M. FAMILY FUN KNIGHT! Fun was had by all!

 


Chapmanville High School – Projectile Motion Workshop 4/12/2018!

High School students from Chapmanville HS had a really great time today at the Projectile Motion Workshop held by Dr. Sean P. McBride in the Department of Physics at Marshall University. The event was sponsored by the Physics Department within the College of Science. Society of Physics Students members Casey Frye (Recruitment Officer for the Society of Physics Students) and Chase Preston assisted with guiding the students through the kinematics equations in two dimensions associated with projectile motion. Check out more pics on Facebook!


James Monroe High School – Projectile Motion Workshop 4/11/2018!

High School students from James Monroe HS had a really great time today at the Projectile Motion Workshop held by Dr. Sean P. McBride in the Department of Physics at Marshall University. The event was sponsored by the Physics Department within the College of Science. Society of Physics Students members Emily Sutherland (President of the Society of Physics Students) and Emma Lockyer (Social Media Officer of SPS) assisted with guiding the students through the kinematics equations in two dimensions associated with projectile motion. Check out more pics on Facebook!

 


Bowling 4-6-2018!

4/6/2018 – Faculty, staff, and student bowling at The Strike Zone. This was a pretty fun event for all those involved. Thanks to all students, faculty, and staff that could make it happen! As a department, we plan to have this or something similar each spring. I look forward to the next one!
Check out more pics on Facebook

 


Science Blitz 3-31-2018!

The 2018 Science Blitz was Awesome! The Physics Department welcomed K-12 students and families to the College of Science “Science Blitz” in the Science Building on March 31st, 2018 to ride the Hovercraft built by Dr. Sean P. McBride. Thank you to Society of Physics Students Emily Sutherland (SPS president), Josh Mason, Chase Preston, and hovercraft veteran and SPS member Noah Jarvis for helping to make the hovercraft event possible Also, check us out on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MUPhysicsDept/

 


Pikeview High School – Projectile Motion Workshop 3/27/2018!

High School students from Pikeview HS had a really great time today at the Spring Projectile Motion Workshop held by Dr. Sean P. McBride in the Department of Physics at Marshall University. The event was sponsored by the Physics Department within the College of Science. Society of Physics Students members Aaron Murphy (Vice President of SPS) and Michael Payne assisted with guiding the students through the kinematics equations in two dimensions associated with projectile motion.

 


JOINT SPRING 2018 MEETING OF AAPT, APPALACHIAN & KENTUCKY SECTIONS 3/9-10/2018!

Thank you to all contributors and people who helped make for an outstanding JOINT SPRING 2018 MEETING OF AMERICAN ASSOCIATION OF PHYSICS TEACHERS, APPALACHIAN & KENTUCKY SECTIONS

 


Science Olympiad (2-24-2018)!

The 2018 WV Science Olympiad was held Saturday, February 24, 2018 at Marshall University. The success of the event would not have been possible without the leadership and organization of the following professors from Marshall University: Dr. Rosalynn Quiñones-Fernández from Chemistry, Dr. Jenifer Mosher from Biology, Dr. Elizabeth Niese from Mathematics, and Dr. Jon Saken from Physics. In the image we see Event Supervisor Dr. Sean P. McBride from the Physics Department with his Division C High School students who were competing in the Laser Shoot Optics Challenge. Many professors across Marshall University came together to be Event Supervisors for the many different events revolving around the STEM fields.

Parents were welcome to be organizers for a team, as long as they had one teacher liaison through a school. Homeschooled teams were also welcome! Out-of-state teams were also welcome to attend the event as practice for other events (out-of-state teams cannot place or advance to nationals through our state). WV winning teams qualify to compete in the National Tournament.

”Science Olympiad is a nonprofit organization developed 30 years ago to improve the quality of science education for students. The Science Olympiad consists of interscholastic competitions for students in grades 6th-12th. It is a way to provide recognition of outstanding achievement in science education by both students and teachers as teams from all 50 states compete at the Regional, State and National levels.” – https://www.soinc.org/

 


 Physics at Green and White Day (2-19-2018)!

As the Dean of the College of Science always says when introducing the Physics Department at Green and White Day “…and Physics is the table with the cool toys”. Come check us out at the next Green and White Day (April 16th 2018)! Below we see Dr. Judy Fan and Dr. Tom Wilson showing some interested students the concept of Conservation of Angular Momentum (why a figure skater spins faster when they pull their arms in). Understanding this is just one concept of mechanics, which is just one sub-field of physics, there are many others: optics, electricity and magnetism, thermodynamics, quantum mechanics, just to name a few. If interested in becoming a physics major, a major that enables you to understand how the world around you works, the American Institute of Physics (AIP) publishes trends about employment and salary for BS, MS, and PhDs in Physics (plus many other stats). Check out the stats here.  Also, check out some posts from our previous successful Marshall University Physics students on Alumni Spotlight.

 


Physics in the Dark (2-2-2018 & 2-16-2018)!

In the past few weeks, the Science Building has experienced several power outages, the most recent being on 2-16-2018 during Dr. McBride’s University Physics I lecture and the previous one occurring 2-2-2018 during HERD Hours hosted by Dr. McBride. The below pictures show the dedication of Marshall students who in the end persevered by cell phone light to learn physics and complete their written homework for the week in both lecture and HERD Hours! Awesome Job Students!

 


Physics Portable Planetarium at Meadows Elementary (1-26-2018)!

Dr. Jon Saken from the Marshall University Physics Department and Chase Preston from the Society of Physics Students debuted the Physics Department’s portable planetarium at Meadows Elementary school. The students got to explore the cosmos without leaving the comfort of their gymnasium. Everyone enjoyed themselves, including Dr. Saken and Chase.

 


Motor Madness with Spring Valley High School!
November 29th, 2017

In a motor workshop led by Dr. Sean P. McBride and the Society of Physics Students, students from Spring Valley High School got to build Beakman Motors and learned how electric currents, magnetic moments, and applied magnetic fields interact to produce a torque in a motor . The students got to take home their motors home and the winners with the fastest motors received an official Physics Department T-shirt or sweatshirt. Everyone enjoyed themselves. The aim for the motor madness workshop was such that the experience would encouraged and strengthen the students interest and curiosity in science and in particular physics (and have fun in the process with a little friendly competition). Students, please contact Dr. McBride (mcbrides@marshall.edu) if you have question about what you did today or want to learn more about what a degree in Physics can offer you.

 


Physics at Green and White Day (11-10-2017)!

The Physics Department always has cool demos for you to experience and play with at Green and White Day! Come check us out! Below we see Dr. McBride showing some interested students the concept of Conservation of Angular Momentum (why a figure skater spins faster when they pull their arms in) and Dr. Richards explaining the benefits of becoming a physics major. If interested in becoming a physics major, the American Institute of Physics (AIP) publishes trends about employment and salary for BS, MS, and PhDs in Physics (plus many other stats). Check out the stats here.

 


Motor Madness with Westside High School!
November 8th, 2017

It was a pleasure to meet students from Westside High School. Everyone, including our Society of Physics Students that helped out with the event, had a great time. The aim for the motor madness workshop led by Dr. Sean P. McBride and the Society of Physics Students was such that the experience would encouraged and strengthen the students interest and curiosity in science and in particular physics (and have fun in the process). Students from Westside High School got to build Beakman Motors and learned how electric currents, magnetic moments, and applied magnetic fields interact to produce a torque. The students got to take home their motors home and the winners with the fastest motors received an official Physics Department T-shirt or sweatshirt.

 


Science Bash – Nov 4th, 2017th (Saturday) from 2-5pm

The Physics Department welcomed K-12 students and families to the College of Science “Science Bash” in the Science Building on November 4th, 2017. This was a Halloween focused family/community science event put on by COS. There were hands-on activities. COS made sure to have traditional stuff like pumpkin carving and everything was intertwined with science fun. It was a Halloween science-themed event. The Physics Department brought the hovercraft built by Dr. Sean P. McBride so your kids (and you) can float like a ghost through the halls of the Science Building. See pics below of the hovercraft build and the kids enjoying it. A major part of the hovercraft’s success was in no small part due to the time devoted by the Society of Physics Students members helping to push kids down the hall and hand out recruitment information to interested parents.

 


The Finale of Physics Week – High School Physics Day
October 20th, 2017

As the finale for Physics Week, the Physics Department hosted several science oriented classes from local high schools to participate in High School Physics Day. Not including high school and university faculty and staff, this totaled approximately 100 students. This was a fantastic experience for all involved! The objective of this event was to showcase aspects of the science students would study and learn in the Physics BS degree program at Marshall through the use of demos. Nearly each physics faculty member provided a solid 80 minutes of demos to 8 smaller groups of approximately 12 students as each student group cycled through all the demos so no one missed out. Everyone enjoyed the pizza and soda lunch provided by the Physics Department. This years game was projectile motion skeet ball, which was won unexpectedly early on the first shot believe it or not! The afternoon was then filled with tours of the physics department and resources located in the College of Science, this included using a Scanning Electron Microscope, making and eating liquid nitrogen ice cream, tours of the physics department teaching & research lab space, along with department facilities.  Our  high school guests also got to explore the cosmos in the department’s portable planetarium. If this is an event your science class at your high school would like to participate in for next year, please RSVP for Fall 2018 with Dr. Sean P. McBride at mcbrides@marshall.edu. High school teachers are also encouraged to attend faculty research talks on Physics Research Orientation Day in Fall 2018 to learn of future research opportunities that exist for their students at Marshall.

 


Research Orientation Day – Faculty Talks and BBQ at Physics Week
October 18th, 2017

As part of Physics Week, from 4-6pm, the Physics Department faculty gave brief 10 minute talks describing their research interests over coffee and light refreshments (see schedule of talks); the talks culminated with BBQ food being served on Buskirk Field from 6-8pm. The BBQ at Physics Research Orientation Day was sponsored by the Physics Department along with the Marshall University’s Chapter of the Society of Physics Students. The objectives of these annual talks and casual BBQ are to inform not only newly enrolled Physics majors of the research opportunities that exist within the department, but to also to inform local area high school teachers of the research opportunities that are available to their students when they become interested in science and specifically physics. The inaugural set of talks and BBQ were both fantastic this year! There was plenty of discussion and more than enough food to go around! All high school teachers are always welcome to this event every fall. Please RSVP for Fall 2018 talks and BBQ with Dr. Sean P. McBride at mcbrides@marshall.edu

 


Physics Week Continues With Motor Madness!
October 17th, 2017

Physics Week at Marshall University continued today with Motor Madness under the guidance of Dr. Sean P. McBride and Dr. Jon Saken. Students from Bluefield High School got to build Beakman Motors and learned how electric currents, magnetic moments, and applied magnetic fields interact to produce a torque. The students got to take home their motors home.

 


Physics Week Starts With Bright Beginnings!
October 16th, 2017

Physics Week at Marshall University started off with bright beginnings as Rae Stanley and Dr. Jon Saken prepared a Dobsonian Telescope with a solar filter for students to observe the sun.

 


Physics Departments invites Dr. Paul T. Baker to provide Guest Lecture
October 11th, 2017

 


Pendulum Waves at the Huntington Area and Kanawha County College Fairs!
October 2nd & 3rd, 2017

The Physics Department enjoys participating in local college fairs and loves to show up with cool demos! This year Dr. McBride brought  a pendulum wave apparatus. Over the course of 2 days, Dr. McBride talked with well of 100 students who had an interest in learning more about science and good portion of those were interested in physics specifically. Click on the link below the picture for a detailed description of the pendulum wave apparatus.

 

How does the pendulum wave apparatus work?

College Fairs in WV MetroNews

 


Physics at Green and White Day (9-23-2017)!

Green and White Day is a fun half-day event intended for high school juniors and seniors who would like a more in-depth look at what Marshall University has to offer – come visit the Physics table at the College of Science Showcase, we would love to talk about the opportunities that exist for you within the Physics Department. Students and parents will have the opportunity to meet with professors from the Physics Department at the College of Science Showcase on Green and White Day. We would be happy to answer any questions you may have. If you would like to tour the Physics Department while here for Green and White Day, contact mcbrides@marshall.edu.

You can view a sample schedule here (schedules vary from semester to semester slightly). Our Fall Green and White Days will take place on Saturday, September 23, and Friday, November 10, 2017. Register for this event and reserve your spot today or call Dr. Sabrina Simpson at 304-696-2246 if you have general questions. If you want to contact someone in the Physics Department directly or have questions about the Physics Department, contact Dr. Sean P. McBride at 304-696-2758 or email mcbrides@marshall.edu.

 


The Great American Eclipse!

On August 21st, 2017 the Society of Physics Students (SPS) group here at Marshall and several high school volunteers participated in the solar eclipse viewing event. This was an event hosted by the College of Science as well as West Virginia’s Science Adventures. This was a huge event with thousands of people showing up. Approximately 1000 solar eclipse glasses were handed out in a matter of minutes. Our SPS group  helped organized so that several Dobsonian telescopes were available on Buskirk field for the public. SPS members also helped with set-up and tear down for the event, participated in practice runs for telescope training, and spent a good part of the ~ 3-hour event running our tracking telescope with an additional high school volunteer student. Drs. Suzanne Straight, Sean P. McBride, and Jon Saken played major roles in organizing the event. Drs. Curt Foltz and Maria Hamilton assisted on the day of the event by keeping the Dobsonian telescopes aligned with the sun and explaining the eclipse being seen above the public through their glasses as well as on the big screen TV in front of them.

Click here for video link of time lapse footage (feel free to mute or lower the volume on your speakers first).

Media links for the eclipse event below:

August Sky: Celestial bodies that bring us together

Physics department eyes opportunity in eclipse

 


Physics at Marshall University’s Week of Welcome Carnival!

On August 20th, 2017 the SPS group under the advisement of Dr. McBride participated in the WoW carnival at Marshall’s Week of Welcome. This was a very fun opportunity for our Society of Physics Students for recruiting majors and minors for the department. The Physics Department’s main attraction for the event was our carnival style projectile launcher game where students could launch mini cannon ball like projectiles at a target to compete for prizes. SPS members and new students alike enjoyed this event and everyone looks forward to the next one.

 


Physics Announces a New Area of Emphasis: Medical Imaging!

Starting Fall 2017, the Physics Department announces a new Area of Emphasis in Medical Imaging designed for those who are interested in future study or work in medical imaging (B.S. in Physics). This area of emphasis is designed to work in cooperation with a complementary area of emphasis in physics for medical imaging majors. If interested, the two separate degrees can be completed together for two bachelor’s degrees in 151 credit hours and provide students a variety of strong options for immediate employment or further studies. Taken by itself, this area of emphasis is good preparation for graduate studies in physics, medical physics, or medical imaging. Contact physics advisors Dr. Jon Saken or Dr. Maria Hamilton in the Physics Department for more details if interested.

 


Physics Participates in Science Olympiad!

On Feb. 11th 2017, Marshall University hosted the 3rd annual Science Olympiad for West Virginia students grades 6-12th. The event is co-coordinated by Dr. Jennifer Mosher, assistant professor of biological sciences, Dr. Jon Saken, assistant professor of physics, Dr. Elizabeth Niese, assistant professor of mathematics, and Dr. Rosalynn Quinones-Fernandez, assistant professor of chemistry. Drs. Sean and Sachiko McBride from physics also assisted by being event supervisors for the optics challenge.

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