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2017 Eclipse

Lots of people gathered in the Quad today to watch the eclipse.  Lots of fun had by everyone.  Work crawled to a standstill in the name of SCIENCE.

We eagerly await news from the group that went south to see the Totality.  Did crickets start chirping? Did birds roost? Did cannibalism start before or after the plague of frogs?

Philip E. Barnhart, 1930-2017


I regret to inform the Otterbein Physics community of the passing of Philip E. Barnhart on June 19, 2017.  Phil was a member of the physics faculty from 1959 until his retirement in 1995.  An astronomer by training, he was an energetic and popular teacher, as well as an outstanding mentor of students and junior faculty members.  He chaired the Physics Department for many years, and was instrumental in the development of its programs and faculty.  In addition, he was a leader in the original creation of the Integrative Studies program, as well as the Science Lecture Series, in collaboration with Prof. Jerry Jenkins of the Chemistry Department.

He was a founding member and Coordinator of the North American Astrophysical Observatory (NAAPO), an organization chartered to save and continue operation of the “Big Ear” Radio Observatory in Delaware, OH.

Phil was intellectually active until the end.  In 2012 he published Creative Science, an historical and philosophical survey of scientific discovery.  His last visit to Otterbein (in April 2013) was a talk about the book, and his ideas on how science should be taught and understood.

Physics Hour – Friday 4:30 Starring Keegan Orr



presents Keegan Orr presenting his summer work…

The Design and Plans to Regulate an External Cavity Diode Laser by a Pressure Tunable Interferometer

Understanding the basic design and functionality of an external cavity diode laser (ECDL). Including how an ECDL would be regulated by a pressure tunable Fabry-Perót interferometer and the design of that device.

Science 205 at 4:30 PM on Friday.  Refreshments will be served.  All are welcome, even if you didn’t understand any of those words!  We’ll feed you anyway.

Physics Hour, 4:30 Sept 26

A week from today, the Otterbein Physics Hour proudly presents….

summer-reasearch-flyerwherein Tyler will explain how to “apply group theory to better understand the dynamics of quantum systems, then usie this improved understanding to better models of opto-mechanical systems”, based on his summer work in Utah.

Come learn what that means! All are welcome. Refreshments will be served. Come and hang out and listen to the dumb questions professors ask when they don’t understand something.

P.S. Department chairs, please forward to your respective departments!