A Message from the Chair, Daniel Homan
Whether they are working late nights in the lab, engaged in group study sessions in the newly converted Physics library, or devoting many hours a week to helping their peers learn as department learning assistants, our majors and minors are deeply engaged in their academics. Beyond the classroom, the Society of Physics Students has continued its commitment to outreach in the community, partnering with faculty to run science demonstration shows and planetarium programs for 200 Granville second graders each year, along with regular open houses for the public at Swasey Observatory. And we have continued our tradition of active, professional scholarship involving students. In the last three years, our faculty and students have published or presented more than three dozen works of scholarship in leading journals and major conferences in their fields. Over the last three summers, 31 students have remained on campus to conduct research with the faculty in 10-week summer internships.
Two new professors have joined the department in tenure-track positions. Professor Steven Olmschenk arrived in the Fall of 2012. Dr. Olmschenk earned his Ph.D. from the University of Michigan and completed a post-doctoral fellowship at NIST before coming to Denison. Dr. Olmschenk uses laboratory studies to explore quantum information and the transfer of quantum states between atoms. Professor Melanie Lott joined the depart- ment just this Fall. Dr. Lott earned her Ph.D. in Physics from Bryn Mawr, her M.S. in Kinesology from the University of Michigan, and her B.S. in Physics from Denison (’04). Dr. Lott studies the Physics of human body movement, with a particular focus on the Physics of Dance, using motion capture studies.