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Physics News Archive

Past news, events and happenings from the Randolph College Physics department.

3/8/2014 — Student Research Wins Major Award
A high school student working with a Randolph faculty member is advanced to the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair
2/12/2014 — Science Festival wins award
The Virginia Math and Science Coalition recently honored the Randolph College Science Festival for its effectiveness in science education.
2/11/2014 — Winfree Observatory Star Party coming Saturday
The first Star Party of 2014 will provide views of the moon and Jupiter through Winfree Observatory’s telescope.
1/28/2014 — Professor and Alumna Participate in the U.S. Invitational Young Physicist Tournament
Peter Sheldon, a Randolph professor, joined Kacey Meaker '08 at the event
1/13/2014 — Science Festival 2014 grows with keynote address by Leland Melvin and new activities
A former astronaut and a native of Lynchburg, Leland Melvin will speak at Randolph on March 27. Other Science Festival 2014 highlights include drone races and a new photography contest.
12/26/2013 — Science Festival wins Virginia Science and Math Coalition award
The award recognizes the Randolph College Science Festival for its effectiveness in science education.
12/16/2013 — Society of Physics Students presents award to Randolph chapter
Randolph College's chapter of the Society of Physics Students has won an Outstanding Chapter designation for eight of the past nine years.
12/6/2013 — Science and education faculty publish paper
The paper outlines ideas that classroom teachers can use to improve the perception students have of science
12/6/2013 — Levitating Superconductor Research
Faculty/Student research collaboration with Central Virginia Governor's School
12/6/2013 — Society of Physics Students Receives National Award
Randolph's SPS is named an Outstanding Chapter once again
11/9/2013 — Students and Faculty Volunteer for Regional FIRST LEGO League tournament
Lynchburg's FIRST LEGO is largest nearby robotics tournament
8/16/2013 — Science, math, engineering first-year students have started early
This week, 24 students arrived for Randolph's summer transition program, funded with the help of the National Science Foundation.
3/20/2013 — Randolph College Hosts Lynchburg’s Only Science Fest March 21-24
Free event features cool science, goo, racing action, a movie with a scientist, and more!
3/13/2013 — Randolph College to Host Lynchburg's Only Science Festival March 21-24
Free events include a keynote lecture by Don Lincoln, cool science, goo, racing action, a movie with a scientist, and more!
3/13/2013 — Randolph Currently Accepting Registration for Popular Science Day March 23
Free event offers exciting afternoon of fun hands-on science activities for third through six graders
1/7/2013 — Randolph College Receives GLCT Grant for 2013 Science Festival
Funding will help support the annual event, which is free and open to the community
11/10/2012 — Society of Physics Students Volunteer at Local Robotics Competition
Five students joined Peter Sheldon, physics professor, to volunteer for the First Lego League Robotics Tournament in November
10/17/2012 — Students Invited to Present at Conference for Undergraduate Women in Physical Science
10/13/2012 — Seven Students Present Research at the Mid-Atlantic Conference for Undergraduate Scholarship
Research was done in the Randolph College Summer Research Program
8/29/2012 — Randolph Receives $600,000 Grant from the National Science Foundation
The grant, announced on campus Tuesday at Convocation, will provide $599,247 over a five-year period, with the majority of the funding going to student scholarships.
8/25/2012 — Science Festival Article Published in SPS Observer
Peter Sheldon, a Randolph physics professor, and Thawda Aung '13 wrote the article for the issue
8/9/2012 — Physics research on roller coasters
A Randolph professor, student, and alumna continued research on the physics of roller coasters and the possibility of inexpensive inertial navigation equipment.
7/11/2012 — Student pushes through programming challenges to create mobile app for medical research
Thawda Aung ’13 reprogrammed a phone app for a research project with Katrin Schenk, a physics professor, and Jim Kwon ’14. They explored using cell phones for mobile health monitoring.
6/25/2012 — Teaching Teachers
Award-winning Randolph Math & Science Institute for area teachers makes local headlines
6/14/2012 — Kacey Meaker ’08 shares solar cell research and grad school experience
Meaker was one of a series of speakers in the 2012 Summer Research Program weekly seminar series.
6/7/2012 — Physics Professor Katrin Schenk publishes paper in Environment and Planning B.
6/7/2012 — Physics Professor Katrin Schenk publishes paper on mouse behavior monitoring
5/23/2012 — Randolph College Recognized for Work With Area Teachers
Randolph was one of only six in the state to receive award from the Virginia Math and Science Coalition
4/16/2012 — Randolph College to Make First Appearance at the U.S.A. Science and Engineering Festival
National event in Washington, D.C. is designed to showcase science education
3/23/2012 — WDBJ7 Features Michael Shermer
Shermer was the keynote speaker for Randolph's 2012 Science Festival
3/23/2012 — 2012 Science Festival Keynote Speaker Receives Media Coverage
Michael Shermer's demonstration to class featured on WSET
3/20/2012 — Physics Professor Katrin Schenk Publishes Paper in Journal
3/20/2012 — Physics Professor Katrin Schenk Invited to Speak at French Institute
Schenk will give talk on her research at the Institute Pasteur
3/20/2012 — Physics Professor Katrin Schenk and collaborators at Northwestern University and the University of Nebraska awarded CBITs pilot grant
3/13/2012 — Randolph College's Science Festival Scheduled for March 22-25
Multi-day event will offer something for everyone
2/26/2012 — Society of Physics Students named an Outstanding Chapter by national office
2/14/2012 — Randolph Magazine: The Believing Brain
Founder of Skeptic magazine to headline 2012 Science Festival
1/13/2012 — Physics Faculty Chosen as Jurors for International Physics Competition
Peter Sheldon will serve as Head Juror while Tatiana Gilstrap will also serve as a juror.
1/11/2012 — Greater Lynchburg Community Trust Awards Randolph College a $2,000 Grant for Science Fest
The grant will fund a new poetry contest for K-12 students
12/14/2011 — Jim Kwon gives talk at international mHealth conference.
Sophomore presents research on using cell phones to measure gait speed.
12/14/2011 — Randolph College astronomy class conducts research at the National Radio Astronomy Observatory
12/14/2011 — Thawda Aung presents work at international mHealth Summit.
Junior working to build cell phone applications for weight loss and behavior modification.
11/15/2011 — Physics professor speaks at Big Ideas conference
11/14/2011 — Physics faculty presents electricity and lightning show to electrified audience
10/8/2011 — Students, Faculty Present Research at MARCUS Conference
Summer research participants share results of their collaborative projects.
10/4/2011 — Tatiana Gilstrap and James Keane have article published in Environmental Earth Sciences.
Professors discover magnetic rocks in nearby Bedford county.
9/6/2011 — Randolph College Professor Featured in News & Advance
Tatiana Gilstrap was profiled as the paper's Central Virginia Person this week
8/25/2011 — Physics Professor Katrin Schenk and student Zahra Adahman selected to give talk at international conference.
8/25/2011 — Physics Professor Katrin Schenk publishes paper in the Journal of Cognitive and Behavioral Neurology.
8/24/2011 — Randolph College Professor in the News
Tatiana Gilstrap, an environmental sciences professor, featured in local media
8/16/2011 — Katrin Schenk Awarded Grant from the Alzheimer's Association
Physics professor, students developing system to monitor status of Alzheimer's patients.
8/5/2011 — Katrin Schenk's work profiled in Nature.
Article details her work on the bioinformatics of mouse behavior
8/4/2011 — Randolph College Professors Use Rockets to Teach Middle Schoolers About Science
Peter Sheldon and Peggy Schimmoeller host middle school students from local summer career academy
7/19/2011 — Randolph Professors Work to Help Local Teachers
SCHEV grant and Summer Research Program help College offer program
6/22/2011 — New SCHEV Grant Allows Randolph Professors to Help Local Teachers
$140,000 grant funds program aimed at providing teachers with more effective resources and training in math and science instruction
5/10/2011 — Science Education Group Wins $140,000 SCHEV Grant
For the third year in a row, faculty will use funds to develop research-based teaching methods for elementary and middle school teachers.
4/1/2011 — Star Power
Professors hope Star Parties at Winfree Observatory will spark community interest in science.
4/1/2011 — Profile: Yanpaing Oo ’11 - Experiential Learning
Adjusting to language and cultural differences was challengin but the Myanmar native embraced every new experience he could. He was one of the first students to receive the China internship with Energizer Holdings, Inc.
3/28/2011 — Jim Kwon to Conduct Alzheimers Research This Summer
Student selected for coveted paid assistantship at the University of Nebraska Medical Center.
3/22/2011 — Physics Professor Featured on WSET
Peter Sheldon teaches New Vistas students about electricity
2/10/2011 — Randolph's Chapter of Society of Physics Students Once Again Wins National Award
Randolph College named Outstanding Chapter for fifth year.
1/27/2011 — The Greater Lynchburg Community Trust Announces Grant Supporting Randolph's Science Fest
GLCT is one of several organizations and businesses supporting the free community event
1/11/2011 — Randolph College Science Festival Receives Grants, Sponsorship
Free event is scheduled for March 25-27
12/1/2010 — New Faces 2010-2011
Randolph welcomes new faculty, coaches, trustees.
9/29/2010 — Katrin Schenk publishes paper in Journal of the American Geriatrics Society
9/24/2010 — Physics Professor Facilitates Gender Equity Project
9/22/2010 — Randolph College Science Festival Receives Support from Wal-Mart
The event will be held March 25-27 at Randolph College
9/22/2010 — Physics Professor Presents Roller Coaster Research at James Madison University
Peter Sheldon worked with Kacey Meaker
9/4/2010 — Peter Sheldon Named Associate Chief Reader of AP Physics Exam
6/30/2010 — In the News: Teachers Get Hands On Science Lessons
WDBJ7 coverage of Randolph College's Math and Science Institute and its work at Jubilee Family Development Center
5/7/2010 — Randolph Receives Grant to Enhance Teacher Education with Technology
The College is one of five schools to receive the grant, funded by the Verizon Foundation through a program of the Virginia Foundation for Independent Colleges (VFIC).
4/1/2010 — Randolph Magazine Feature Story: New Lasers Add to Classes, Popular Science Day Event
Randolph is one of just 22 schools to earn grant from American Physical Society.
3/5/2010 — Lynchburg's Only Science Festival Planned for March 26-28
Randolph College to host weekend of demonstrations, activities, movies, and observatory viewings
2/26/2010 — Randolph College Students and Faculty Present Research
Group shares work at National Meeting of American Physical Society in Washington, D.C.
2/14/2010 — Physics Faculty, Students Report Research at National Conference
Peter Sheldon and Tatiana Gilstrap present at American Physical Society National Meeting in Washington, DC
12/20/2009 — Science Education Group Publishes Paper
Shake It Up
12/17/2009 — Randolph College Physics Students Win National Award
Society of Physics Students named Outstanding Chapter from national organization
12/1/2009 — Randolph College Physics Professor Named Finalist in National Competition
Peter Sheldon one of 18 professors in the running for Outstanding Advisor Award from Society of Physics Students
11/24/2009 — Physics Students Teach Cub Scouts Physics
WSET coverage of Cub Scout Pinewood Derby Car workshop
11/15/2009 — Peter Sheldon Awarded $6500 Grant for Laser Equipment
Laserfest On the Road Celebrates the 50th Anniversary of the Laser
11/1/2009 — Peter Sheldon Facilitates National Conversation on Gender Equity in Physics
10/14/2009 — Randolph Students/Faculty Hold Strong Showing at MARCUS Conference
Regional conference promotes scholarship and research activities of undergraduate students
9/2/2009 — Peter Sheldon wins Larew Award
Physics professor honored for distinguished teaching.
8/10/2009 — Randolph College Professor Pushing for Ironman Title
Local newspaper columnist features Peter Sheldon's quest
7/31/2009 — Randolph College Physics Professor Claims Ironman Status
Peter Sheldon tests his endurance in Ironman triathlon
7/15/2009 — Professor of Physics Performs NSF Site Review
6/25/2009 — Randolph College Aims to Create Spark at Local Science Summer Camp
Team of professors, students, alumnae, and local teachers to hold week-long science camp at Jubilee Family Development Center
5/26/2009 — College Receives Grant for Program Aimed at Helping Teachers
Local newspaper coverage of SCHEV grant
5/14/2009 — Randolph College Receives Grant To Help Local Teachers
Math and Science Institute will provide local teachers with additional resources and training to help students learn
5/12/2009 — Stephanie Lyons Presents Research at Symposium
Study uses scattering technique to analyze development of stars.
4/20/2009 — Sigma Pi Sigma Inducts Two
Students honored for academic achievement in physics
4/17/2009 — Randolph Hosts Society of Physics Students Research Meeting
Faculty and students present research
4/17/2009 — Wai Sze Cheung Presents Research at Symposium
Study looks at use of nanosized silicon powders in nanoelectronics and photovoltaics.
4/17/2009 — Katrina Wiechmann Presents Research at Symposium
Study examines the motion of Barnard’s Star from images obtained at Randolph College’s Winfree Observatory.
3/18/2009 — 5th Annual Science Day Open to Elementary Students
Popular and free event features exciting hands-on science activities for third through sixth graders
3/18/2009 — Randolph College Hosts First Ever Science Festival
Free event features observatory viewing, special shows, poetry readings, and much more
3/18/2009 — Faculty and Students present research at APS National Conference
American Physical Society welcomes Randolph scholars
3/14/2009 — Science Education Group Publishes Paper
Peggy Schimmoeller, Peter Sheldon and Tatiana Toteva will appear in Academic Exchange Quarterly
2/9/2009 — Randolph's Society of Physics Students Chapter Wins National Award
Chapter named Outstanding Chapter and advisor received honorable mention award for 2007-08.