Physics

BubblePhysics is the most mature of the sciences and provides much of the conceptual apparatus and instrumentation for chemistry, biology, astronomy, and engineering. It has inspired the creative work of mathematicians, philosophers, and social scientists and has repeatedly transformed the framework of civilization. The physics curriculum at Reed College is designed to provide rigorous preparation for those who plan careers in the field while at the same time serving the needs of interested liberal arts students.

Upcoming Seminar

February 4, 2015
Douglas H. Kelley, Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Rochester
Flux and burn: Coherent structures in scalar and reactive mixing

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Announcements

The Physics Department and the Division of Mathematics and Natural Sciences are pleased to present Harry Swinney of the University of Texas at Austin as the Divisional Speaker for 2015. Prof. Swinney's talk on "Emergence of Ordered Patterns in Physical, Chemical, and Biological Systems" will take place at 7:00 PM on Tuesday, February 24th in Vollum lecture hall.  It is free and open to the public.

Prof. Swinney is one of the pioneering figures in the study of chaos.  He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and is a Fellow of the American Physical Society.  His work has been recognized with a variety of awards including the American Physical Society's Fluid Dynamics Prize, the Society of Industrial and Applied Mathematics Moser Lecture Prize, the Lewis Fry Richardson Medal of the European Geophysical Union, and the Boltzmann Medal of the International Union of Pure and Applied Physics.

Huy Nguyen ('14) has been selected by the American Physical Society as a finalist for the 2014 Leroy Apker Award.  The Apker Award recognizes outstading achievement by undergraduate students in physics. Huy was chosen as a finalist based on the original research presented in his Reed College senior thesis: Quantum Monte Carlo calculation of the imaginary-time Green’s function in the Hubbard model.

Each of the finalists receives an honorarium of $2000 and travels to DC to present their research to a committee that will select the recipient of that year's award. Join us in congratulating Huy and wishing him success during his interview!

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