In 2001, Richard Honrath established an atmospheric research station on the top of Mt. Pico, a cold, lonely, extinct volcano in the Azores. Mt. Pico is the highest point in the Portuguese island chain and the only spot in the mid-Atlantic where the air is high enough to escape the effects of the ocean environment. Wife and husband Lynn and Claudio Mazzoleni have received separate grants to characterize aerosols at the PICO Mountain Observatory. Lynn Mazzoleni, an assistant professor of chemistry, will focus on understanding aerosols’ chemistry and how they interact with sunlight. Claudio Mazzoleni, an assistant professor of physics, is a coinvestigator on the project and is lead investigator on a related two-year, $300,000 US Department of Energy grant to characterize how much sunlight aerosols are reflecting or absorbing and how their reflective properties change as they drift across the cloud-covered Atlantic. READ MORE
Physics graduate student Amalia Anderson is a recipient of the Dean’s Award for Outstanding Scholarship. Anderson was nominated by the Department of Physics. A certificate of recognition for this award will be presented at the Graduate Student Government award ceremony that is held in the spring.
Physics graduate student Wil Slough is a recipient of the Outstanding Graduate Student Teaching Award. Slough was nominated by the Department of Physics based on very high student evaluations from the large class PH2100 – University Physics I – Mechanics. A certificate of recognition for this award will be presented at the Graduate Student Government award ceremony that is held in the spring.
The photo in the newsletter is Dr Byers with the Bendix G15 computer. It was a vacuum tube digital (not analog) computer. Dick Hill (’62 Applied Physics) and I used to run electron density maps on this thing. –Gary Rhoney. READ MORE