Matt Jordan, '11: Research Update

mattb_jordan.jpgSophomore Matt Jordan spent his summer working with professor Jerry Gilfoyle to analyze the systematic uncertainties in measurements taken at the CEBAF particle accelerator at Jefferson National Lab.  They are are part of a large, international collaboration studying the structure of the deuteron particle, and the results of their experiments will ultimately be used to test current theoretical models of nuclei.  The bulk of their work was performed here at UR on the physics department’s powerful supercomputer cluster.   Matt began working with professor Gilfoyle during his freshman year.  Their research continues this academic year, and in October the two will travel to to present their work at a conference in Oakland California.

Nathanial Mason, ’10: Research Update

nathanielsaulmason.jpgPhysic major Nat Mason did research over the summer with professor Ovidiu Lipan in the field of Biological physics.  Nat is working on the heat shock system in mammalian cells. He is looking for ways to undderstand the response of the cells to a double heat pulse. This research will open new perspectives on heat shock memory (thermotolerance).  Nat has worked with professor Lipan since his first year, and continues his research this fall.

Adam Hake ’11: Research Update

adamm_hake.jpgSophomore Adam Hake spent his summer doing research with professor Ovidiu Lipan in biological physics.  Although Adam has been emersed in wet-lab molecular biology, he is also highly interested in the theoretical aspects of biological systems.  He has been studying iron uptake system in the bacteria E. Coli, which is usefule for understanding the general problem of iron regulation in cells.  He will continue his research with professor Lipan this year.

Brent Follin ’09 travels to Scotland

brentt_follin.jpgBrent Follin, a double major in physics and philosophy, spent the spring of his junior year in Scotland, at the University of Edinburgh.  While he was there, Brent studied optics and condensed matter physics, and reports developing a fondness for Scotch Whiskey.   He also spent some time traveling in Italy and Spain.  This semester, Brent continues his research in Cosmology with professor Ted Bunn.

Jeff Zheng ’11: Research Update

haoxuanzheng.jpgHaoxuan (Jeff) Zheng started research in Ted Bunn’s research group during his freshman year and continued during the summer afterwards.  He examined theoretical models of dark energy, the mysterious phenomenon that is causing the expansion of the Universe to accelerate.  He used observations of supernovae, the microwave background radiation, and other observations to see what limits we can place on the physical properties of dark energy.

Ben Rybolt ’09: Research Update

bent_rybolt.jpgBen Rybolt worked in Ted Bunn’s research group during the summer of ’08 and during the school year before then. His work has focused mostly on testing methods for diagnosing and removing contaminants from maps of the cosmic microwave background radiation. He presented his work in a poster at the summer 2008 meeting of the American Astronomical Society in St. Louis.

Brent Follin ’09: Research Update

brentt_follin.jpgBrent Follin has worked in Ted Bunn’s research group for the summers of 2007 and 2008, focusing on issues related to the construction of MBI, a new telescope being constructed for observations of the cosmic microwave background radiation. Along with Peter Hyland (U. Wisconsin and McGill U.), Brent and Ted solved an important problem related to finding the best possible design for this sort of telescope. Brent presented preliminary results in a poster at an American Astronomical Society meeting in St. Louis this summer, and we just submitted a paper for publication. Ted wrote a bit more about this in his blog.

Austin Bourdon ’10: Research Update

austinpaulbourdon.jpgAustin Bourdon has worked in Ted Bunn’s research group for the past two summers, examining a bunch of possible explanations for some unexplained features in maps of the cosmic microwave background radiation. He presented his work in a poster at a meeting of the American Astronomical Society in Denver this summer, and he is coauthor on a paper recently submitted to the journal Physical Review D. Bunn wrote more about this on his blog, and you can see the paper here.

Cosmin Pancratov ’10: Research Update

cosminpancratov.jpgCosmin Pancratov ’10 is first author on a series of three articles just published in the journal Computing in Science and Engineering.  The articles describe the optimization of a numerical routine used for image analysis, work done with physics professor Matt Trawick, computer science professor Kelly Shaw, and Jake Kurzer ’10, all coauthors.  Cosmin and Jake both began doing research with Trawick during their freshman year.   

Class of 2009

Current senior physics majors:

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Sara Atwater

East Aurora, NY

Research: Polymer Physics (since 2nd year)

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Whitney Brooks

Chesapeake, VA

Research: Cosmology (since 2nd year)

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Berta Darakchieva

Plovdiv, Bulagaria

Research: Nuclear Physics (since 1st year)

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Mila Evtimova

Sofia, Bulgaria

Research: Nuclear Physics (since 1st year)

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Brent Follin

Jefferson, MD

Research: Cosmology (since 1st year)

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Brian Mahoney

East Aurora, NY

Research: synthetic chemistry (since 1st year)

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Ben Rybolt

Hixson, TN

Research: Cosmology (since 2nd year)

   

Class of 2010

Current juniors

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Alex Cooke

Newfane, VT

Research: Biological Physics (since  pre-3rd year)

 

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Calina Copos

Voorhees, NJ

Research: Nuclear Physics (since pre-1st year)

 

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Austin Bourdon

Lexington, VA

Research: Cosmology (since pre-2nd year)

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Garrett Graham

Brevard, NC

Research: Biological Physics (since 3rd year)

 

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Colin Lincoln

Hingham, MA

Research:

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Nat Mason

Jacksonville, FL

Research: Biological Physics (since 1st year)

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Cosmin Pancratov

Galiti, Romania

Research: Polymer Physics (since 1st year)

(actually a C.S. major, but we still like him)

 

 

 

Class of 2011

(This is our best guess about the sophomore class.  Some of these pictured haven’t declared yet; others not here may still declare later.)

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Cain Bonniwell

Belle Haven, VA

Research:

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Adam Hake

York, PA

Research: Biological Physics (since pre-2nd year)

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Matt Jordan

Columbus, MS

Research: Nuclear Physics (since pre-2nd year)

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Mark Moog

Downingtown, PA

Research: Nuclear Physics (since pre-2nd year)

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Nicol Traynor

Basking Ridge, NJ

Research:

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Jordan Wolfinger

Cary, NC

Research:

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Haoxuan “Jeff” Zheng

Nanjing, China

Research: Cosmology (since 1st year)