Physics Department

Math, Physics Major Becomes NWU's 8th Goldwater Scholar

A Nebraska Wesleyan University junior has been awarded the prestigious Barry Goldwater Scholarship.

Carter Lyons, a mathematics and physics major from Lincoln, Neb., is among just 211 undergraduates in the country to receive the award. Goldwater scholars were selected based on academic merit from a field of 1,280 natural sciences, mathematics, and engineering students. The Goldwater Scholarship provides financial assistance for the remainder of the scholars’ undergraduate careers. 

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National Science Foundation Awards NWU Nearly $650K For Scholarships, Academic Success

The National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded Nebraska Wesleyan University a $649,863 grant that will provide scholarships and academic support to academically-talented science students with financial need.

The grant will fund Nebraska Wesleyan’s STEM Scholars Program, which will provide financial, academic and social support for selected students who pursue majors in biology, chemistry, biochemistry and molecular biology, mathematics and physics.

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"Newton's Football" Co-Author to Discuss Bold Innovators

A science evangelist whose passion is helping make science fun will deliver Nebraska Wesleyan University’s Fetzer Science Lecture on Wednesday, March 23.

Ainissa Ramirez is the co-author of “Newton’s Football: The Science Behind America’s Game” and the author of “Save Our Science: How to Inspire a New Generation of Scientists.”

Her lecture at Nebraska Wesleyan titled, “Bold Innovators You Should Know,” begins at 7 p.m. in Olin B Lecture Hall, located in the Olin Hall of Science, one block east of 50th Street and St. Paul Ave.

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Eight Alumni Honored as Legends and Legacies

One of the highlights of homecoming at NWU is the annual Legends and Legacies banquet. That’s where NWU pays special tribute to outstanding alumni for life and career accomplishments.

Here are the 2015 honorees:

Todd (’88) and Connie (Bishop) (’87) Duncan
Alumni Loyalty Award

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NWU to Celebrate New Horizons Mission to Pluto With "Plutopalooza" Event

The New Horizons spacecraft is speeding towards Pluto for its first close look of the dwarf planet. The spacecraft’s closest approach will take place on Tuesday, July 14 and Nebraska Wesleyan will celebrate with a “Plutopalooza” event.

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Senior Combines Love of Theatre, Physics for Research in Acoustical Engineering

What do you get when you combine E=MC2 with cue sheets and curtain calls?

You get Nebraska Wesleyan University senior Laura Brill.

Brill, a senior from Houston, Texas, began her college career four years ago intending to study theatre and then move to New York City. She dreamed of days on Broadway.

But success in her high school physics classes also led her to wonder if she should pursue that interest too.

Her academic advisor at NWU said, “absolutely.”

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Turning “Water Down The Drain” into “Money in the Bank”

Bruce Thummel (’06) is the HVAC technician serving Olin Hall. He knows the ins and outs of Olin’s heating and cooling systems better than anyone. And one of the cooling system’s “outs” has always bothered him: namely, the thousands of gallons of water it poured down the drain all summer long.

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Leading Space Exploration Authority to Discuss Mars Settlement; Watch Live

Robert Zubrin, a world-renowned engineer, best-selling author, and a leading space exploration authority will discuss the case for Mars at an upcoming Nebraska Wesleyan University lecture.

Zubrin will deliver the university’s Fetzer science lecture, “The Case for Mars: The Plan to Settle the Red Planet and Why We Must,” on Thursday, February 28 at 1 p.m. in Olin B Lecture Hall.

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Research by NWU Physics Professor, Student Provides Evidence for Complex Molecules on Pluto

In summer 2015 NASA’s New Horizons mission will be the first spacecraft to visit the icy dwarf planet, Pluto.

Its NASA’s attempt to shed some light on unfamiliar worlds that lie on the outskirts of the solar system.

Not much is known about Pluto, but recent published research by a Nebraska Wesleyan University physics professor, a NWU alum and a research team from the Southwest Research Institute in Boulder, Colo., provides new evidence for complex molecules on Pluto’s surface.

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Physics Professor to Discuss Work on Large Hadron Collider

A local professor who is part of a team of scientists performing experiments at the Large Hadron Collider will discuss his work at an upcoming Nebraska Wesleyan University lecture.

Ken Bloom, associate professor of physics at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, will deliver the lecture, “Discovering the Quantum Universe at the Large Hadron Collider” on Thursday, March 3. The free lecture begins at 1 p.m. in Olin B Lecture Hall, located one block east of 50th Street and St. Paul Ave.

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