Eggenberger, '13, Charts Her Own Course in Biophysics

eggenberger-125Olivia Eggenberger, '13, says she has great role models in the physics department at Albion College, but she was seeking a female mentor in biophysics when she attended a Women in Physics conference during the break between the fall and spring semesters last winter. The Canton native got more than she bargained for as Amy Rowat, an assistant professor of integrative biology and physiology at the University of California, Los Angeles, offered Eggenberger an opportunity to join a research opportunity from May to August.

Albion to Host Venus Transit Viewing June 5

The Venus transit is a rare alignment when the planet passes directly between the Earth and sun.

Albion College physics professor Nicolle Zellner and Aly Ganem, ’14, a physics major who is participating in the College's Foundation for Undergraduate Research, Scholarship and Creative Activity this summer, will serve as the hosts of a Venus Transit viewing event June 5 on the roof of Palenske Hall. Zellner said the Palenske roof will open at 5:15 p.m. with the transit visible from about 6 p.m. until sunset.

Paul Lewis, '13: A Performer on Many Stages

Paul Lewis performed in the theatre departmen's production of "Once on This Island" in 2011.Paul Lewis performed in the Theatre Department's production of "Once on This Island" in 2011.There is a difference between cockiness and confidence, and Albion College sophomore Paul Lewis manages to express his athletic prowess and unique talents without doing so in an arrogant manner.

The three-sport athlete finished 21st overall and earned All-Region honors at the 2010 NCAA Division III Great Lakes Regional cross country meet with a time of 25:35.9 in his first year at the collegiate level.

Lewis, who was a three-time Jackson Citizen Patriot Dream Team runner and a member of back-to-back state championship track teams at Albion High School, also finds time to be a track standout, a varsity diver, a bass trombone player in the jazz ensemble, and a double major in physics and music.

Physics Department News 2010-11

September 2010

Albion College's innovative curriculum includes the Foundation for Undergraduate Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity (FURSCA) where students receive funding to pursue independent study in their area of interest. Holly Farris, '12, builds a telescope: Read more about Holly's experiences.

Aaron Miller had a paper accepted in Physics Review Letters - A.

Nicolle Zellner was awarded a $108,000 grant from the National Science Foundation that will support her studies of lunar impact glasses. The grant also provides a student stipend and student travel.

August 2010

Chris Creighton spent the summer at the University of Michigan, investigating dark matter. Read Creighton Returns from Internship with Knowledge to Share on the Albion College News site.

Nicolle Zellner was awarded two grants from the American Astronomical Society, one of which will be used to explore a new research project with Chemistry professor Vanessa McCaffrey.

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