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  • Physics major Jacob Sichlau ’23 interned this summer at Varian Medical Systems on the microwave ablation team. The experience solidified his interest in pursuing a master’s degree in mechanical engineering after Hamilton.

  • Dean of Faculty Suzanne Keen recognized 10 faculty members with Dean’s Scholarly Achievement Awards in three categories at the May 19 faculty meeting.

  • Once he starts naming students whom he feels especially good about mentoring over the years, he has a hard time stopping. “I guess I’ve been very blessed with really good students,” says Gordon Jones, Hamilton’s Stone Professor of Natural History and Professor of Physics.

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  • Gordon Jones, the Stone Professor of Natural History and Professor of Physics, was recently announced as the winner of the American Physical Society’s 2021 Prize for a Faculty Member for Research in an Undergraduate Institution.

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  • Hamilton's highest awards for teaching were presented to four faculty members during the annual Class & Charter Day ceremony on May 8.

  • “Most of us this time of year are wrapped up in survival, so thank you for forcing me to think about why I am here.” So began Professor of Physics Gordon Jones’ “Why I Teach” presentation.

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  • President Joan Hinde Stewart recently announced the appointment of eight Hamilton faculty members to endowed chairs.  Doug Ambrose (history),  Brian Collett (physics), Martine Guyot-Bender (French), Gordon Jones (physics), Tim Kelly (mathematics), Heidi Ravven (religious studies), Patrick Reynolds (biology) and Michael “Doc” Woods (music) received appointments. All are effective July 1.

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  • Four fundamental forces - gravity, electricity, the strong force and the weak force - control all of the subatomic interactions that exist in our universe. The strong force dictates interactions between molecules in a nucleus while the weak force governs the process of radioactive decay.  The scientific community currently understands the first three forces well, but obtaining knowledge about the weak force has challenged physics researchers for decades. Andrew Morrison ’14 and Jacob Davidson ’15 are contributing to the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) aCORN Project, to gain a better understanding of the weak force.

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  • Dean of Faculty Patrick Reynolds visited Professor Gordon Jones’ “Physics 190: The Mechanical Universe” class last week to help illustrate some laws of physics.  Lying on a bed of nails, Reynolds demonstrated the difference between force and pressure. In comparing a bed with a single nail to one with hundreds of nails in both cases the force (Reynolds’ weight) is the same, but the pressure is different.  On a bed of hundreds of nails the force is spread over many nails in the same way that pressure depends on the area over which a force is spread.

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  • Hamilton physics concentrators Nick Sylvester ’13, Jill Hallak ’13, Kerkira Stockton ’14 and Brandon Wilson ’14 have spent the summer conducting research for the aCORN collaborative, a project being carried out by five universities and colleges and the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST).

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