The MicroBooNE detector – a 30-ton, 40-foot-long cylindrical metal tank designed to detect ghostly particles called neutrinos – was carefully transported by truck across the U.S. Department of Energy’s Fermilab site, from the warehouse building it was constructed in to the experimental hall three miles away.
We are pleased to announce that Dr. Gary Maul will be coming to Otterbein in the fall as Director of our new Systems Engineering program. Gary was for many years a professor in the Industrial and Systems Engineering Department at the Ohio State University. More recently he has been building an engineering program at OSU’s Marion campus. He is a widely known and highly respected engineer and educator. We look forward to building a successful program under his leadership!
Prof. Aaron Reinhard of the Physics Department has won the 2013-14 New Teacher of the Year Award! This award goes to an outstanding teacher in their first three years at Otterbein. It was announced at the Academic Honors Convocation on May 7.
In addition, Tegan Johnson won the department’s Enrico Fermi Award for the outstanding graduating senior.
Congratulations to Tegan, Prof. Reinhard, and all the other students, alumni, and faculty members honored this year!
A good writeup of the MINERvA experiment.
Otterbein Physics put on a great show again at the second annual Westerville Starry Night fair on April 6. Junior physics majors Ron “RJ” Smith and Philip Kellogg, and freshman Michael Highman, ran an array of fun demos including van de Graaf generator, spinning bicycle wheels, and shop-vac shrinkwrapping. They also made liquid nitrogen ice cream for about 250 people. Good fun!
The Ohio Board of Regents has approved funding for a fifth year of OP2: Operation Physics for Middle Grades Science Teachers. This program brings to Otterbein a group of 30 (mainly) middle school physical science teachers for an intensive course in basic physics principles with lots of hands-on activities.