Physics Department

Alexa Staley ’11 Involved in LIGO’s Detection of Gravitational Waves

Once upon a time, an indescribably long distance away, two black holes collided and merged. 1.3 billion years later, scientists picked up the “ripples” caused by that cataclysmic event: the first time these types of gravitational waves have been detected.

Two Physics Professors Appointed to Endowed Chairs

Two Bowdoin physics professors – Thomas Baumgarte and Stephen Naculich – are honored for their “significant contributions to scholarship at the college.” Baumgarte has been appointed the William R. Kenan Professors of Physics, while Naculich is now the LaCasce Family Professor of Natural Sciences.

Remembering Professor of Physics Emeritus Roy LaCasce (1923-2015)

“Roy’s lifelong devotion to the College is evidence to us all that he was a teacher and a scholar who believed deeply in what we do here and in the power of education to shape and sustain society. Our community says farewell with sadness, but also with a deep sense of gratitude for Roy, for his high standards and many contributions, and for his dedication to Bowdoin.”

Physics Department Creates New Major for Future High School Teachers

In response to a national shortage of qualified high school physics teachers, Bowdoin’s physics department has teamed up with the education department to create a new major that prepares students to teach physics in secondary schools.

On Course: A Sampling of Bowdoin’s Newest Classes

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

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.

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.