Physics Department


On Course: A Sampling of Bowdoin’s Newest Classes

This semester faculty members are offering many classes new to Bowdoin — 27 in all.

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A Year of Faculty Grants, Fellowships and Honors

Over the past year, Bowdoin faculty from every corner of campus received grants and fellowships to support new and ongoing research projects. Others were honored for their work.


Physics Majors Help Explore Frontiers of Space

Two physics majors from Bowdoin are interning with NASA this summer. Davis Unruh ’16 is based at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center and Roya Moussapour ’17 is at the Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala.

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Syphers Talks with Fox Sports about Deflategate Report’s ‘Glaring Omission’

While Patriots Nation and football fans around the country take in the 243-page report detailing the investigation into Deflategate and its conclusion that it’s “more probable than not” that the New England Patriots deliberately released air from game balls, Professor of Physics Dale Syphers tells Fox Sports there’s a “glaring omission” in the research.

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With New Grant, Bowdoin Physicist Plans High-Energy Research Year

In the four years that the Simons Foundation has been awarding fellowships to theoretical physicists to support their sabbatical research, it has only given one such grant to a physicist at a liberal arts college. Stephen Naculich, professor of physics at Bowdoin, became that first awardee this year.

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Physics Professor Baumgarte Describes 100 Years of Gravity

This year is the 100th anniversary of general relativity. In recognition of this anniversary, Thomas Baumgarte, a professor of physics and astronomy, spoke recently to an audience of Bowdoin faculty and staff about the history of our understanding of gravity.

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Naculich Awarded Simons Fellowship

Professor of Physics Stephen Naculich has been awarded a 2015 Simons Foundation Fellowship in Theoretical Physics.

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Bowdoin Physics Prof Runs ‘Deflategate’ Experiment (WCSH, Chronicle of Higher Education)

In response to the National Football League’s “Ballghazi” or “Deflategate” scandal, Professor of Physics Dale Syphers demonstrated for a local TV reporter how footballs can change pressure over the course of a game.


Bowdoin Professors Win Honors and Grants

Bowdoin faculty members across the sciences and humanities continue to garner awards for their work – including research grants, scholarly accolades, and fellowships abroad – from institutions such as the MacArthur Foundation, the National Science Foundation, and the Fulbright Program.

“Investigation of UV Reflectance Patterns off the Scales of Carrasius auratus as an Important Factor for Female Mate Choice,” by Varun Wadia '15 and mentors Richmond Thompson and Madeleine Msall (photo by Catherine Yochum ’15)

Elgin Encourages Young Scientists at Annual President’s Science Symposium

As keynote speaker for the 2014 President’s Science Symposium, biologist Sarah Elgin offered an inspiring example for the 100-plus Bowdoin research students in the audience, who then presented the fruits of their own research labors through speeches and a poster session.

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Off-Campus Scholars: Studying Cosmic Rays and Fisheries Bycatch

Two off-campus researchers, Davis Unruh ’16 and Karl Reinhardt ’15, are, respectively, investigating the skies and the seas this summer.

Bowdoin's Dube lab investigates disease-causing bacteria and develops therapeutics. From left: Sunnie Kuna ’14, Emily Clark ’15, Danielle Dube, Ian Kline ’15, Hallie Carol ’14, Van Tra ’13, and Jen Helble ’14

Insider Views of Science Research at Bowdoin

In the most recent issue of Bowdoin Magazine, “Bring on the Science” offers a taste of what it means to do science research at Bowdoin. Here, students and recent graduates give us the inside scoop.


Bring on the Science (Bowdoin Magazine)

Grab your lab coat and goggles. At Bowdoin, scientific research has a central place in the liberal arts.

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Tracing the Formation of Massive Galaxies in the Early Universe

Elizabeth McGrath of Colby College presented a lecture on ‘Tracing the Formation of Massive Galaxies in the Early Universe’ in Searles Science Building.

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Panel Advises Aspiring Scientists on Finding Career Paths

Six professors and alumni held a panel conversation for students titled “What can I do with a degree in science?” in the Main Lounge of Moulton Union.

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Kerry Emanuel on the Physics of Storm Formation

Internationally known atmospheric scientist Kerry Emanuel of MIT, currently a visiting scholar in physics at Bowdoin, gave a presentation in Searles Science Building on Nov. 1, explaining his research on storm formation and how it relates to climate.

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The Sound of Music: Filipe Camarotti ’14 and his Acoustical Engineering Internship

As a physics and math major, and a music minor, Filipe Camarotti ’14 says his internship combines his love of music with an innate curiosity to figure out how and why things work.

George Maling '52. Illustration by Chelee Ross '12.

Profile: George Maling ’52 (Bowdoin Magazine)

This profile originally appeared in the Fall 2012 issue of Bowdoin magazine. Bowdoin Major: Physics Hometown: Harpswell, Maine Title: Managing Director Emeritus, Institute of Noise Control Engineering. Former senior engineer at IBM. Managing editor of Noise/News International. Website: Biggest professional accomplishment: Probably being a founder of the Institute of Noise Control Engineering 40 years ago, and being recognized for several accomplishments by election to the National […]

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Video: Physicist Stephen Naculich on Finding the ‘God Particle’

Professor of Physics Stephen Naculich was invited to give the May 3 “Uncommon Hour,” a student-run lecture series that’s modeled after TED Talks.

Ellis Ratner ’14 has received a prestigious Goldwater scholarship

Ellis Ratner ’14 Wins Goldwater Scholarship

Since arriving at Bowdoin in 2010, junior Ellis Ratner has dedicated himself to robotics.