Physics Department

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

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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.

Elgin Encourages Young Scientists at Annual President’s Science Symposium

“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)

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.

Off-Campus Scholars: Studying Cosmic Rays and Fisheries Bycatch

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

Insider Views of Science Research at Bowdoin

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

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.

Tracing the Formation of Massive Galaxies in the Early Universe

Illustration credit: Abby McBride

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

Panel Advises Aspiring Scientists on Finding Career Paths

Bowdoin professors and alumni present a panel conversation on careers in science

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.

Kerry Emanuel on the Physics of Storm Formation

Kerry Emanuel speaks at Bowdoin about storms and climate

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.

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

Filipe Camarotti ’14

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.

Profile: George Maling ’52 (Bowdoin Magazine)

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

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 […]

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

Professor of Physics Stephen Naculich

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 Wins Goldwater Scholarship

Ellis Ratner ’14 has received a prestigious Goldwater scholarship

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

Students Present Research at President’s Science Symposium


Last Friday, more than 100 students presented their research at the 2012 President’s Science Symposium, an annual campus-wide celebration of Bowdoin student research.

Fixing the Bugs in Atmospheric Data to Better Understand Climate Change


Two physics students this summer have worked out the final kinks in a complicated computer code, making it possible for a Bowdoin physics professor to begin evaluating data from his four-year atmospheric study in a New England forest.

Noah Lambie ’03 Short Wins at Oregon Film Fest

The short experimental animation “While You Were Out” by Noah Lambie ’03 won Best Animation at the Oregon Independent Film Festival in Eugene, Oregon, on August 29.

First-years Peek into Bowdoin’s Science and Math Worlds

Prof. Daniela Oliveira offers a computer lab experience during BSE

On Sunday, about 30 first-year students who expressed a leaning toward math or science on their Bowdoin applications began a six-day program to get an early, inside look at Bowdoin’s math and science community.

Physics Alum David Stegman ’96 Scores ‘Nature’ Hat Trick

Dave Stegman '96

Bowdoin physics department alumnus David Stegman ’96, an assistant professor at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UC-San Diego, scored a “scientific hat-trick” by publishing three papers in the journal Nature within 12 months last year.

Profile: Dan Rosner ’87 (Bowdoin Magazine)

  This profile originally appeared in the Winter 2012 issue of Bowdoin magazine. Bowdoin major: Chemical Physics Current residence: Tacoma, Washington Web:

Profile: Richard Bail ’64 (Bowdoin Magazine)

This profile originally appeared in the Winter 2012 issue of Bowdoin magazine. Bowdoin major: Physics Hometown: Whitman, Mass. Title: Founder and President of Communities Without Borders; primary-care practitioner at Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates and Brockton Neighborhood Health Center Website: First time traveling to Africa: 1987, traveling with my mentor Dr. Julius Richmond and a delegation of health experts from the […]