Saint Mary’s announces new physics major

first_imgTags: dual-degree program, Physics, Saint Mary’s College, STEM The Saint Mary’s department of chemistry and physics will offer majors in the field of physics in addition to the existing chemistry major.Ian Bentley, associate professor of chemistry and physics, said there was a fair amount of student interest in having physics as a major.“Everyone that I would talk to about it knew of a student that was interested,” he said. “You add those all up and see that it’s quite a few students who have been interested in physics, not just one.”According to Bentley, the department discussed the potential of creating a physics major, especially to support the students in the engineering dual degree program with Notre Dame. The program allows Saint Mary’s students to graduate with a degree from Saint Mary’s before transferring to Notre Dame for a fifth year to earn their engineering degree.Chris Dunlap, chair of chemistry and physics at the College, said when Bentley was hired in the fall of 2014, there was no physics major or minor. However, in order to best address the needs of students — particularly those in the dual degree program — the department chose to create a major program instead of just a minor.“A minor was not going to match the needs,” Dunlap said. “Between engineers who wanted a more applied approach to the mathematics and a group of students who were really interested in physics, we at the department decided we would move forward with the major.”Bentley said the department will offer two different degrees with three possible majors as well as a minor. There will be a physics Bachelor of Arts degree, a physics Bachelor of Science degree and a physics and applied mathematics (PAM) Bachelor of Arts degree, Bentley said. The two PAM degrees are offered through the math department while the BS and BA in physics will be through the department of chemistry and physics.Bentley said the Bachelor of Arts degree requires between 34 and 38 credit hours, the Bachelor of Science requires 60 credit hours, and the PAM degree required between 49 and 53 hours. The minor requires between 17 and 18 credit hours.Dunlap said the construction on the science hall was intended to renovate some labs and also to accommodate the new major.“The basement [of the science hall] is all physics space,” Dunlap said. “We have the same amount of space dedicated for physics as before, but now it’s its own floor.”Bentley said there are currently two students declared as PAM majors and one student as a physics major, all three of which are in the dual-degree program. He said there are also about three to four first years who have physics as an intended major.Adding this major may increase enrollment, Dunlap said, specifically in the science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields.“What we’ve done is we’ve filled in a hole in the STEM fields that Saint Mary’s has had forever,” Dunlap said. “We’ve never had a physics major at Saint Mary’s … This is a very exciting time for the STEM departments because it gives us another option for our students to pursue.“We never really knew how many students might have come to Saint Mary’s if this were available because we’ve never had it,” Dunlap said. “We’re really interested to find out now how many students are out there who might be now attracted to physics at a women’s college.”Bentley said this will help students in the duel degree program because it will offer a wider range of applicable majors and will open doors for students to enter the mechanical and electrical engineering fields.“I think it makes it feasible for students who are interested in applying mathematics,” Bentley said. “I think we’re hitting that niche that, to some extent, we missed before. If you’re thinking about mechanical engineering or electrical engineering, the most feasible route was to major in math. Now we have [physics] which is more applied.”Sophomore physics and mechanical engineering major Erin Patterson said she was deciding between majoring in chemistry or in mathematics when she first heard about the physics major and realized that it worked better for the dual-degree program.“I wanted to apply math not just write proofs and definitions,” Patterson said. “I considered the different types of engineering that paired best with these majors. After talking with Notre Dame and Saint Mary’s professors and Saint Mary’s students, I found I shared some of the same interests and disinterests with mechanical engineers, and I knew physics paired well with mechanical engineering.”Rachel Bonek, a sophomore PAM and electrical engineering major, said she originally planned to be a math and engineering major, but with the new PAM major, it made more sense for her degree.“I am excited that another science major is offered at Saint Mary’s,” Bonek said. “I think it’s important to continue to increase the number of women in math and science, and having the physics major here will definitely help.”last_img read more

Which Disney Channel Original Movie Should Come to Broadway?

first_img The Broadway.com staff is crazy for Culturalist, the website that lets you choose and create your own top 10 lists. Every week, we’re challenging you with a new Broadway-themed topic to rank.It’s been a week of flashbacks at Broadway.com HQ: we revealed your top 10 Gypsy Roses for the tuner’s 57th anniversary, Cats is coming back to Broadway with a glam Grizabella and we recently went down a YouTube rabbit hole with the 2016 Tony nominees. This Memorial Day weekend, Disney Channel is throwing it back with a mega-marathon of their cinematic gems. That’s right, DCOM enthusiasts: faves like The Cheetah Girls, Smart House and of course, High School Musical will hit the small screen once more. Though High School Musical has been adapted for the stage, a concert tour and even an ice show, we would love to see HSM bop to the top on the Main Stem. That’s not the end of our Great White Way wish list—what about a Broadway debut for Hillary Duff in a Cadet Kelly stage adaptation? Or a Kim Possible musical? (Fun fact: Christy Carlson Romano, who voiced the cartoon crime-fighter, is a Broadway alum.) So which Disney Channel Original Movies should take the stage? Call us, beep us if you wanna reach us, and take a peek at Broadway.com Social Media Manager Caitlyn Gallip’s top 10 to get started!STEP 1—SELECT: Visit Culturalist to see all of your options. Highlight your 10 favorites and then click “rearrange list” (or, if you have nothing to rearrange, go right ahead and hit “publish”).STEP 2—RANK & PUBLISH: Reorder your 10 choices by dragging them into the correct spot on your list. Click the “publish” button.Once your list is published, you can see the overall rankings of everyone on the aggregate list.Pick your favorites, then tune in for the results next week on Broadway.com! View Comments Photos courtesy of Disneylast_img read more

Foresight Group, Island Green Power to build 700MW of subsidy-free solar in U.K.

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享PV Tech:UK solar company Foresight Group is targeting a 700MW pipeline of projects thanks to a joint venture (JV) with developer Island Green Power. Together they will develop five subsidy-free projects, located throughout England and Wales.Peter Bolton, director, Foresight, said that as a “highly experienced renewable energy investor” it is well positioned for the anticipated second phase of growth in the country’s solar market. “Opportunities for asset optimisation and a continual reduction in capital costs will make unsubsidised solar investment increasingly attractive. Island GP has a strong track record of solar development and continues to develop a high-quality pipeline of new sites.”In September, Foresight announced another JV, with Elgin Energy for 200MW of UK solar. This will see them target the development of six projects located in England, Wales and Scotland. Foresight has also recently made its maiden move in the Spanish market, thanks to a €20 million deal to acquire a 26.1MW solar project that has a PPA with Shell Energy Europe.Island Green Power has been developing solar projects for 11 years, expanding beyond the UK to the Irish, Australian and Spanish markets.Ian Lawrie, the company’s director, said the firm has now developed in excess of 1GW of solar, and is “delighted” to have formed the JV with Foresight to “accelerate our development efforts in the UK”.[Molly Lempriere]More: Foresight Group sets its sights on 700MW UK pipeline through JV with Island Green Power Foresight Group, Island Green Power to build 700MW of subsidy-free solar in U.K.last_img read more