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

Daveed Diggs Sets Hamilton Exit Date; Chicago Company Announced

first_img Star Files Related Shows Non-stop Hamilton casting news lately. Daveed Diggs, the 2016 Tony Award winner for his performance as Lafayette and Thomas Jefferson, will play his final performance on Broadway on July 15. While the roles are being recast, Lafayette/Jefferson will be portrayed on the Main Stem by long-time understudies Andrew Chappelle, Austin Smith and Seth Stewart.Meanwhile, Tony winner Karen Olivo, Miguel Cervantes and Alexander Gemignani will headline the Chicago company of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Tony-winning tuner. The trio take on the roles of Angelica Schuyler, Alexander Hamilton and King George III, respectively. Performances begin September 27 at the PrivateBank Theatre in Chicago.Olivo won the Tony for her portrayal of Anita in the 2009 Broadway revival of West Side Story and created the role of Vanessa both on and off-Broadway in Miranda’s Tony-winning In the Heights. Cervantes’ Great White Way credits include If/Then, American Idiot and 25th Putnam County Spelling Bee. Gemignani starred as Jean Valjean in the 2006 revival of Les Miz, and performed in Stephen Sondheim’s Assassins, Sweeney Todd and Sunday in the Park with George, all on Broadway.Other principal roles in Hamilton in Chicago will be played by Ari Afsar as Eliza Hamilton, Chris Lee as Marquis de Lafayette/Thomas Jefferson, Joseph Morales as Cervantes’ alternate, Jose Ramos as John Laurens/Phillip Hamilton, Wallace Smith as Hercules Mulligan/James Madison and Samantha Marie Ware as Peggy Schuyler/Maria Reynolds.The current Broadway cast also includes Javier Muñoz as Alexander Hamilton, Lexi Lawson as Eliza Hamilton, Christopher Jackson as George Washington, Rory O’Malley as King George, Anthony Ramos as John Laurens/Phillip Hamilton and Tony winner Renée Elise Goldsberry as Angelica Schuyler. Michael Luwoye takes on the titular role on the Main Stem once a week. Brandon Victor Dixon will begin performances as Aaron Burr in mid-August; he is currently completing his run in Shuffle Along, which will close prematurely on July 24.In preparation for his Chicago debut as Alexander Hamilton, Cervantes will play the role on Broadway on July 13 matinee, July 18 and July 25.Directed by Thomas Kail and featuring a book, music and lyrics by Miranda, Hamilton is inspired by the book Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow and is running at the Richard Rodgers Theatre. Karen Olivo & Miguel Cervantes Hamilton View Comments Miguel Cervantes Daveed Diggs from $149.00last_img read more

Making the Switch to School

first_imgNew backpacks, jeans, and boxes of markers and crayons can help get kids ready to go back to school, but how should parents mentally prepare their children?Getting kids excited about heading back to school and ready to learn might seem like a daunting task, but there are some simple strategies to help parents prepare their children, said Associate Professor Diane Bales, University of Georgia Cooperative Extension human development specialist.First, get those brains running again.Over the summer, the “summer brain drain” or “summer slide” can rob kids of the months of skills and knowledge that they learned over the previous school year.Parents can prevent summer slide by keeping their kids engaged and learning throughout the summer, but if students “vegged out” earlier this summer, July is a great time to re-engage them.Building routines and intellectually stimulating activities are two of the top ways parents can limber up their kids’ minds before the kids head back to school.This can mean enrolling kids in formal camps or structured activities. But parents can also re-engage their children’s desire to learn at home by starting in-depth conversations about their children’s interests, whether that’s dinosaurs, dolphins or Minecraft. Parents can ask questions and get children to share some of their favorite factoids.“Sometimes having the child teach the parent is good,” Bales said.Preschoolers or elementary-age kids often become “experts” in something. They could be dinosaur or coin experts, and it’s good to have them teach their parents all about the Tyrannosaurus rex or coins of the world.“Having things for kids to read or playing complex games with rules that they have to learn and think about, are things that can be helpful,” Bales said.Showing kids that learning can be fun and doesn’t always need to be done in a classroom is key to keeping them from getting bored and resorting to playing video games or watching TV day in and out.There are even resources for kids to learn science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) skills like coding.“As kids get more sophisticated, they can create their own games and video segments,” Bales said.For ideas, visit and, free resources with fun activities.Preparing to go back to school   When it’s time to head back to school, kids may become anxious about their new teacher, new friends in class or simply breaking their summer routines.This anxiety may make kids seem unexcited about heading back to school, Bales said.“Reducing pre-first-day anxiety can be helpful,” Bales said. “If the school has an open house, go to it. Go meet the teacher. Tour the classroom.”If that’s not available, talk to your child about what the upcoming year will be like, what they expect and what they’re excited about. For younger children, there are good books about going back to school, like “On the First Day of Kindergarten” by Tish Rabe and Laura Hughes.Meeting other kids who will start the year with your child can also help settle first-day jitters.“Finding other kids at summer camp, the playground or the swimming pool and setting up play dates can be helpful, just to make sure your kid goes in knowing someone,” Bales said.Routines are the key to successIn addition to calming jitters, re-establishing school-year routines early can make a big difference in preparing students for their first day of class, Bales said.“Planning and routines make a huge difference,” she said.Planning ahead, laying out clothes the night before, having a ready-to-go breakfast, setting an extra alarm clock and making sure everyone is on the same page can make a huge difference during the stressful adjustment period. Stick with the same routine for a week or two to avoid missing homework, shoes or similar debacles.“Routines, schedules and rituals are all very important,” Bales said.Having a set schedule helps younger kids feel secure and, in turn, more confident and competent in starting the school year.Plan ahead, stick with a routine and keep your child’s brain active during the dog days of summer to ensure a successful upcoming school year.For more research-backed answers to child development questions, visit read more

Trail Mix – Totally Random With Nicki Bluhm

first_imgNicki Bluhm & The Gramblers return with Loved Wild Lost, their brand new record.The first time I heard Nicki Bluhm sing, it was in a van. And she was driving.Nicki, along with her band, did a ridiculously good cover of Hall & Oates’ “I Can’t Go For That” while cruising down the highway. While my driver’s ed teacher might not approve of such impromptu, on-the-road recording sessions, I certainly do.Since seeing that video a few years ago, I have followed Nicki Bluhm as she and her brand of Califonia folk/country have gained increasing national exposure. Now a festival staple, Nicki Bluhm has become an icon in contemporary Americana.Last month, Nicki Bluhm & the Gramblers released Loved Wild Lost, the follow up to their much lauded eponymous debut.I recently chatted with  Nicki Bluhm and went totally random. Among other things, chatted Disney characters, guilty pleasures, and first slow dance tunes.BRO – Favorite pop song that you sing way too loudly?NB – Whitney Houston’s “I Wanna Dance With Somebody.”BRO – Last time a TV commercial made you cry?NB – The Like a Girl ad for Always. It’s so powerful and the message is so true and needs to be perpetuated. I have two older brothers, so it kinda hits home for me.BRO – Favorite Disney character?NB – Cinderella. She’s adored by the animal kingdom.BRO – Beer, wine, or whiskey?NB – Beer and wine. Sierra Nevada or a good Cabernet Sauvignon.BRO – Something you always have in your fridge?NB – Realistically, baking soda. Ideally, half ‘n half.BRO – One item you won’t leave home to go on tour without?NB – My Ray Bans.BRO – A week at the beach or a week in the mountains?NB – I live at the beach, so I’ll go mountains. I love both.BRO – First song you ever slow danced to?NB – Probably “More Than Words,” by Extreme in seventh grade.BRO – First record you ever bought with your own money?NB – That’s a tough one to remember. I want to say Like A Virgin, by Madonna.BRO – TV show you watch that you don’t want anyone to know about?NB – If I didn’t want anyone to know I wouldn’t put it in an interview to read! Seriously, I don’t believe in guilty pleasures. I don’t feel guilty liking something.Nicki Bluhm & The Gramblers head to Hunter, New York, for Mountain Jam and then a bill with The Mother Hips in Jamestown, New York, next week. After that, it’s a steady slate of festival gigs beginning in early July, with appearances at High Sierra, Santa Cruz Mountain Sol Festival, Seven Sisters Festival, Northwest String Summit, and Floyd Fest on tap.For more information on the band, tour dates, and how you can grab the new record, cruise over to the band’s website, and also make sure to take a listen to “Waiting On Love” on this month’s Trail Mix.last_img read more

A mission you can bank on

first_img 20SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Joe Winn What do you get when you mix auto loan programs with a desire to help others? Well, approaches that make a difference, of course. So what do you get when … Web: Details A recent post, Giving Back Has ROI, Too, linked your charitable efforts with your growth strategy. You can do the most for all parties when your “good” aligns with your mission. It keeps everyone more engaged, provides the best opportunities for cross-promotion, and clearly defines your purpose in the community.Already well-aligned with the areas of community you support? That’s great! You can go even further.Your product lineup is boring. It’s the same as every other credit union and bank. Checking, savings, lending, and maybe investments. On their own, these provide no differentiation or excitement. However, what if you designed these offerings to directly benefit those you help? A successful strategy can help gain new (profitable) members while making a difference beyond contributions.A previous post dove into this concept with two interviews. One was of a credit union in California, CCCU. The other, Vancity, out of Canada. Both integrated their giving into their products. The former supported local students with scholarships, using funding from interchange fees. The latter donated a portion of their profits from their credit cards. Both times, members have a direct hand in the positive impacts of their credit union. In fact, if not for the members’ actions, these contributions would never have occurred.Here’s another way to integrate closely with your core mission. A credit union local to me, Grow Financial, uses a leaf as their logo. This was not a random choice by the board. It was selected for two reasons (of which I’ve learned). The first you’d expect: I want my money somewhere it can “Grow”, and leaves are a tangible symbol of growth. The second is for their environmental focus. Grow’s headquarters is LEED certified (uses less resources to run, built with local materials, maintains high indoor air quality, etc.). They support environmental charities. Being “green” is who they are.How about you? What’s your raison d’etre? Now it’s time to brainstorm how you can merge that into your “boring” banking solutions. Maybe that means working with one in your community (or a variety if serving large areas). Maybe that means starting your own! Besides making a positive impact, it can rally existing members and attract new ones!last_img read more

Daily Kos Elections 2020 downballot liveblog thread #6

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Taylor Swift, Big Machine Records Fallout: Everything We Know

first_img– Advertisement – There is no end in sight for the back-and-forth drama between Taylor Swift and her former label Big Machine Records’ executives Scott Borchetta and Scooter Braun.Since June 2019, the Grammy winner has been at war with the big-wig business partners over the rights to the music she recorded before switching to Republic Records the previous November. Braun acquired Big Machine and Swift’s back catalog of master recordings as part of an estimated $300 million deal.- Advertisement – Shortly after the acquisition news broke, the “Bad Blood” singer took to Tumblr to alert fans that she “had to make the excruciating choice to leave behind my past.” In her blog post, she claimed she “learned about Scooter Braun’s purchase of my masters as it was announced to the world” and called out the talent manager for years of “incessant, manipulative bullying” at the hands of his clients Justin Bieber and Kanye West. She called the deal her “worst case scenario.”Borchetta and Braun’s wife, Yael Cohen, were among those who publicly rebutted the claims in the Tumblr post, while celebrities including Halsey, Kelly Clarkson, Ed Sheeran and Cher sided with Swift.- Advertisement – Scroll down for a complete timeline of everything we know so far. The drama eventually simmered down, and Swift released her seventh album, Lover, in August 2019. However, less than three months later, she exposed Braun and Borchetta once again after they allegedly tried to block her from performing her old hits at the 2019 American Music Awards, where she is being honored as Artist of the Decade. She also claimed on social media that the executives “declined the use of my older music or performance footage” for a Netflix documentary that she has in the works.Big Machine slammed Swift’s post as “calculated,” saying in a November 2019 statement that it does “not have the right to keep her from performing live anywhere.” The label, however, did not explicitly address claims that it had barred the pop star from performing her old material.“While Big Machine is not directly blocking her performance, they are putting a roadblock in her way as far as performing these particular songs,” music industry lawyer Erin M. Jacobson told Us Weekly.- Advertisement –last_img read more

Land rationing in the planning system can only benefit the lucky few

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Unai Emery responds after Arsenal fans chant for him to be sacked during Southampton draw

first_imgAdvertisement Arsenal produced another disappointing display at the Emirates (Picture: Getty)Arsenal are now nine points worse off than they were at the corresponding stage last term and the pressure is only increasing on former PSG and Sevilla boss Emery.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTAsked about the atmosphere at the Emirates, Emery said: ‘I understand the supporters are angry and frustrated.‘The players are feeling the same and my job is to find out how to improve and the key is to be with the supporters. Our target was to win but also to play well and we didn’t do that.’More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityAlexandre Lacazette equalised for Arsenal after Southampton striker Danny Ings had given the visitors an early lead.James Ward-Prowse restored Southampton’s advantage after Kieran Tierney gave away a penalty, but Lacazette salvaged a point with an extra-time goal.Former Arsenal captain Tony Adams said the fans were right to react badly to what he described as a ‘terrible’ performance against Southampton. Comment Arsenal fans called for Unai Emery to be sacked during the Southampton draw (Picture: Getty)Unai Emery has responded after Arsenal fans chanted for his sacking during the disappointing draw with Southampton.The Gunners were held to a 2-2 draw by relegation-battlers Southampton on Saturday and a number of fans voiced their frustration at under-fire boss Emery.Chants of ‘We want Emery out’ and ‘Sacked in the morning’ were heard at the Emirates after a draw which sees the north Londoners slip to ninth in the Premier League. Unai Emery responds after Arsenal fans chant for him to be sacked during Southampton drawcenter_img Alexandre Lacazette salvaged a point for the struggling Gunners (Picture: Getty)He told BT Sport: ‘The boos are deserved. It was a terrible, terrible performance.‘Emery is not doing himself any favours. I don’t watch any coach to lose their job but the club is not progressing. They are so disjointed.’Arsenal face Eintracht Frankfurt in the Europa League on Thursday night.MORE: Arsenal could sack Unai Emery because of Jose Mourinho – claims Tony Adams Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterSaturday 23 Nov 2019 5:59 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link1.4kShareslast_img read more

Are you hungry for success?

first_imgRichard Branson is a big inspiration to many Here are some tips and more  to get you going on your journey to become the next successful African entrepreneur. They may sound basic but they are very crucial to your success. 1. Love what you do.Most of us live with this impression that we don’t really have control over what we do, over what happens to us, over our happiness and our unhappiness, and that we are victims, and of course, as victims, all we know how to do, is defend ourselves. Because we spend so much time in the defending mode, we forget who we really are, we forget that we do have a choice, and that we do have the ability to shift our lives in the right direction.2. Build a team immersed in your vision.Teamwork is the single most important reason why organizations succeed or fail. One of the biggest barriers to building a successful team is the lack of investment by an organization in team development, whether that investment comes in the form of time or money. Building a thriving team is hard work and time consuming, which can pose a challenge for business leaders today as they want a return on their investment too quickly. It takes the commitment of the organization, team leadership, and team members to build winning teams.3. Come up with innovative ways to solve problems.To qualify as creative problem-solving, the solution must solve the stated problem in a novel way, and the solution must be reached independently. Creative problem-solving usually begins with defining the problem. This may lead to a simple non-creative solution, or to finding a “textbook solution”. The creative problem-solving process may also lead to the discovery of prior art and of creative solutions by others. The process, in these cases, may then be abandoned, if the discovered solution is “good enough”.4. Create a delightful customer experience.5. Quickly learn from your mistakes.6. Rely on people smarter than you.7. Never sacrifice quality.last_img read more