March 12, 2014
Dave Spiegel, Institute for Advanced Study
An Inconvenient Truth About 'Biosignatures' Involving Two Chemical Species in Exoplanets
The physics department welcomes Owen Gross ('04) back to Reed as a Visiting Assistant Professor in the department. Owen completed his BA in physics at Reed College, his MS in physics at UC Davis, and his PhD in neuroscience at UC Davis; this spring, he will teach electrodynamics as well as laboratory for the modern physics course and conference for the introductory physics course.
The Physics Department is pleased to announce that Jay Ewing has been hired as the new Machine Shop Supervisor, taking over from Greg Eibel who retired last year. Jay will be transitioning from his current role as Departmental Associate to the new position over the course of the fall 2013 term.
Professor David Latimer (currently at the University of Puget Sound) and Margaret Millhouse '12 have published a paper on neutron tomography in the September 2013 issue of the American Journal of Physics. The paper is based on Margaret's senior thesis.
Physics 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.