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

Secure Innovations and Concepts Inc. donates ringside boxing bell to GBA

first_imgTHE Guyana Boxing Association (GBA) will have a new ringside bell for next weekend’s Caribbean School Boys and Juniors Boxing Championships after Secure Innovations and Concepts Inc. presented the equipment on Friday. CEO Harold Hopkinson, who is no stranger to sports, made the presentation to president of the GBA, Steve Ninvalle, at his company’s Meadowbrook headquarters. Hopkinson told the media that he decided to contribute because the bell that was used at the Novices Championships needed to be replaced. Ninvalle told Chronicle Sport that the initiative was welcomed. “He did a good gesture, since we didn’t even ask. He saw a need and took care of it.”According to the amateur boxing head, this is not the first time that Hopkinson and his company have been involved in supporting the sport locally. “He has been in the background all the time. We are happy and extend gratitude to him.”The GBA has a busy week ahead as it prepares to host its fourth annual Caribbean School Boys and Juniors Boxing Championships.Prior to the presentation on Friday, Ninvalle received financial contribution from the National Sports Commission. It was at the NSC boardroom that Ninvalle and Director of Sport Christopher Jones disclosed that the championships had been moved from the National Gymnasium to the Cliff Anderson Sports Hall.  Ninvalle also disclosed that the national team would be released on Tuesday, while on Friday the event would be renamed after a local amateur boxer. Several Caribbean nations, including Trinidad and Tobago, Barbados, Cayman Islands, Dominica, St Lucia and Grenada have confirmed their participants, while a few including Venezuela, French Guiana and Puerto Rico are tentative.last_img read more

Citi taps insiders to take the reins

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: Clemson demonstrates that it’s tough to knock out the champBut Pandit’s career on Wall Street has been mostly behind-the-scenes, and neither Pandit nor Bischoff have significant experience with the consumer side of banking. After spending five weeks waiting for Citi to name a new captain and watching the similarly embattled Merrill Lynch & Co. nab the famous turnaround specialist John Thain, investors remain worried that Citi has problems that are unmanageable. “The biggest question mark is why, for neither one of those jobs, did you not get anyone from the outside?” said Anton Schutz, president of the investment advisory firm Mendon Capital Advisors, which has 210,000 shares of Citi in its funds. “They’re already on a ship that has leaks in it. Maybe no one wanted to come on board.” Bischoff, 66, had been Citi’s acting CEO and replaced Robert E. Rubin. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! NEW YORK – In naming two insiders as CEO and chairman after a five-week search, Citigroup Inc. proved to a skeptical Wall Street that it was unable – or unwilling – to snag a financial superstar with a bold new vision from outside the troubled banks’ walls. The new CEO, Vikram Pandit, earned his investment banking chops at the brokerage Morgan Stanley, and Citi nabbed him earlier this year when they bought his hedge fund for $800 million. And the new chairman, Win Bischoff, became the head of Citi’s European operations after several years as chairman of the British investment bank Schroders PLC. To be sure, the two men have compelling investment banking credentials – certainly more so than their law school-trained predecessor, Charles Prince – which could help them face the fact that Citigroup must unsnarl itself from up to $17.5 billion in write-downs of soured mortgages this year. last_img read more

Southampton Test: Kohli and Rahane heroics not enough, India lose series to England

first_imgVirat Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane’s gritty knocks on Day 4 went in vain as India lost the fourth Test by 60 runs against England in Southampton on Sunday. England now have an unbeatable 3-1 lead in the five-match series.This is the third successive Test series loss for India in England after 2011 and 2014.England had set India a target of 245 after getting bowled out for 271 in their second innings early on day 4.India in reply, got off to a poor start as KL Rahul, Cheteshwar Pujara and Shikhar Dhawan departed in quick succession to leave the team reeling at 22 for 3 in the first session.India vs England 4th Test Day 4: HighlightsCaptain Kohli and vice-captain Rahane then started the rebuilding process for India and steadied the innings with a dogged 101-run partnership off 254 balls for the fourth wicket.But India’s innings fell apart once Kohli fell for 58 to Moeen Ali at the stroke of tea.For more than two hours in the second session, Kohli and Rahane were in control. But Kohli perished after registering his 19th half-century in Tests. A delivery from Moeen got a sharp bounce to kiss Kohli’s gloves and Alaistair Cook took an easy catch at short leg in a big relief for the hosts.Hardik Pandya was sent back to the pavilion by Ben Stokes soon after. Rishabh Pant then came out all guns blazing but his cameo didn’t last long as he departed for a 12-ball 18.Virat Kohli first Indian to score 4000 runs as Test captainadvertisementRahane then fell in the final session which was really the final nail in the coffin for India.Ravichandran Ashwin blazed away for a spirited 25 to keep England waiting before Sam Curran finished it off by trapping him lbw as India’s innings folded for 184.England win the 4th Test by 60 runs and take an unassailable lead of 3-1 in the five match Test series.#ENGvIND pic.twitter.com/YKknZmdRM2BCCI (@BCCI) September 2, 2018Rahane made 51 runs but the rest of the batsmen once again failed to live up to the expectations with Rahul, Hardik Pandya and Ishant Sharma failing to trouble the scorers.Off-spinner Moeen was once again the pick of the bowlers for England on a slow and dry fourth-day pitch at the Rose Bowl. Moeen followed up his five-wicket haul in the first innings with four wickets for 71 runs in the second.Moeen got excellent support from Ben Stokes and James Anderson, who managed to bag 2 wickets each while Stuart Broad and Sam Curran got one wicket each.Earlier, India bowled out England for 271 in their second innings, early on day 4, with Mohammed Shami finishing with 4 wickets while Ishant Sharma got two. England had conceded a 27-run first-innings lead to India after posting 246 runs batting first on day 1. In reply, India made 273 runs in their first innings with Pujara remaining unbeaten on 132.The two teams will meet again for the fifth and final Test which will be played at The Oval in London from September 7.last_img read more

Absolutely crystal clear: Shahid Afridi on Imran Khan’s Pulwama reaction

first_imgPakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan played the victim card and threatened India in a hollow speech on the Pulwama terror attack but Shahid Afridi seemed to find plenty of meaning in a tasteless reaction to a massacre that left 40 CRPF personnel martyred.On February 14, a terrorist rammed an explosive-laden SUV into a bus which was part of a larger convoy of the Central Reserve Police Force. 40 jawans were killed in the resulting blast which was caused by the IED.The terror attack last week has left India enraged. Pakistan-based terrorist group Jaish-e-Mohammed claimed responsibility for the attack. However, the Pakistani prime minister blamed India of wrongly accusing Pakistan and threatened retaliation in case India decided to launch an attack.”If you think that you will launch any kind of attack on Pakistan, Pakistan will not just think about retaliation, Pakistan will retaliate,” Khan said. “And after that where will it head?”Khan said Pakistan would take action against anyone behind the attack if India provided proof.”If you have any actionable intelligence that Pakistanis are involved, give that to us, I guarantee you that we will take action,” Khan said.Like Imran Khan, Afridi is a former Pakistan captain and he had this to say after the Pakistan PM’s speech.Absolutely crystal&Clear https://t.co/AUc79pHvfOShahid Afridi (@SAfridiOfficial) February 19, 2019On Monday, Harbhajan Singh had India should not play their World Cup match against Pakistan in the wake of the Pulwama attack.”There is no need for any relations with Pakistan, leave alone cricket,” Harbhajan told Aaj Tak, adding: “Don’t play the World Cup match with Pakistan on June 16 – country comes first for all of us and we are all standing with our Jawans. Pakistan have been promoting cross-border terrorism and this attack was unbelievably shocking. India should not play the World Cup match with them at all.”advertisementAlso Read | Harbhajan Singh urges Imran Khan to find a way to end terrorAlso Read | Pulwama terror attack: Mohammed Shami donates to families of martyred CRPF soldiersAlso See:last_img read more