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Department  News

Fall 2011 ISU Physics Alumni Day Career Panel Features Four Physics Alums on

Friday, October 14, 2011 (3:00pm in MLT 214)

Colin C. Daly, BS'11 Engineering Physics

Nicholas T. Koehn, BS'07 Computer Physics

R. Todd Miller, BS'96 Engineering Physics

Rebecca R. Santana, BS'07 Physics


  Daly            Koehn          Miller           Santana

The event will be held Friday, October 14, 2011 from 3 - 4pm in Moulton Hall, room 214.  This event is free and open to the public.  A reception for the Alum Panelists will occur after the event in MLT 309.

[Click here for a poster about this event.]


Physics Alumni Lecture Features Fermilab Scientist on Tuesday, October 18th (4:00pm in MLT 214)

Martin "Marty" Murphy, BS'94 Physics, will give a talk titled "Career Paths in Accelerator Physics".  "Fermilab conducts basic research into particle physics to advance the understanding of the fundamental nature of matter and energy. The lab possesses the world's second-highest-energy particle accelerator next to the CERN project in Europe." This event is free and open to the public. 

[picture caption:  Marty Murphy (Physics & Mathematics '94) looks up from inside Fermilab's ion source. The ion source provides 750 KeV H-minus ions for use in Fermilab's high energy physics program.]


Physics Alumni Lecture  Features 2nd Accelerator Scientist on Tuesday, October 25th (4:00pm in MLT 214)

James J. Woods, BS'99 CPY will return to campus to present the lecture "Here and Back Again with Accelerator Physics".  This event is free and open to the public.


For a full list of Fall 2011 Physics Colloquia, please click here.


For more information about these and other Physics Department events, contact our office at (309) 438-8756.


ISU Physics  Alumni  &  Friends   Facebook  News

We just reached our 100th ISU Physics Alumni & Friends affinity group member with Alumnus Dan Tomera joining on 10/06/11!  If you would like to join the closed affinitygroup, please friend request "Grace Foote Johns" on Facebook and she will put you into the group. For more information, please contact Grace at or (309) 438-8758.

Student  News

Congratulations to our Fall 2011 Physics Freshman Merit Scholarship Award Winners

Logan Nelson

Robert D. Young Physics Scholar

Award (worth $2,000)

Logan D. Nelson, PTE Major

Derek Jennings

Physics Alumni ScholarAward

(worth $1,500)

Derek J-L Jennings, PHY Major

Husam Diab

Dale M. Shulaw Physics Scholar

Award (worth ($1,000)

Husam B. Diab, EGP Major


Physics Book Scholar Awards (worth $500)

Erik R. Fjeldheim, EGP Major

Chris G. Stark, PTE Major

James F. Turley, EGP Major

Erik Fjeldheim       Chris Stark       James Turley

Fjeldheim       Stark              Turley  


Congratulations to Sarah E. Pfluger, 2011-2012 Armed Forces Scholarship Award

Here is what Physics Teacher Education Coordinator, Ken Wester, said about Sarah's scholarship:

The AFCEA STEM Teacher Scholarship is awarded each year to outstanding college students actively pursing an undergraduate degree for the purpose of teaching STEM subjects at a US middle or secondary school. The scholarship is provided through the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association. 57 $5000.00 scholarships were awarded for the 2011-2012 academic year.

In addition to the $5000.00, recipients will receive $1000.00 for the next three years to be used by their future schools to purchase science-teaching tools. More information concerning the scholarship and other winners can be found by clicking here



Congratulations to our August 2011 Physics Department Graduate

Jeffrey P.Gustafson graduated with a B.S. degree in Physics. 

Alumni  Career  UPDATE  News

Mark W. Castleman, BS'89 (Physics)earned an M.A. in Curriculum and Instruction in 1997.  He currently teaches science at Boulder High School in Boulder, Colorado.

Trisha M. Blood, BS'06 (Physics)Teaches Mathematics at Illinois Valley Community College ( in Ottawa, Illinois.

Ryan M. Fitzpatrick, BS'09 (Physics)works for Rubincon Technology ( as a Crystal Growth Operator in Des Plaines, Illinois.

James S. Kristoff, BS2002 (Engineering Physics) is a Graduate Teaching Assistant at Arizona State University.  James is working on his Masters in Mechanical Engineering.  While there, he works in the Biomechatronics Lab.  Click here for a short video in which the Lab Director "Veronica Santos discusses recent robotics and prosthetics research being performed at the Biomechatronics Lab" and James demonstrates the robotics.


Dr. Craig M. Lennon, BS'03 (Physics)is employed as a Physicist by the US Army Night Vision and Electonic Sensors Directorate (NVESD: in Fort Belvoir, Virginia.  He earned his Ph.D in physics from the Univrsity of Illinois in Chicago in 2010.

Erin M. Stefanik, BS'09 (PhysicsTeacherpicture of Erin Stefanik Education) is in her third year of teaching physics at Huntley High School.  According to theNorthwest Herald in Crystal Lake, Illinois, Erin was named "a 2010 Fellow of the New Science Teacher Academy which is run by the National Teachers' Association. The Crystal Lake resident was one of 48 science educators nationwide selected into a yearlong program ..."


Student International   News

Physics Major Matthew Ware Enjoyed His Study Abroad Experience in Hong Kong During the 2010-2011 School Year 

Studying abroad at the University of Hong Kong, I worked twelve to sixteen hours a day in order to stay on top of the bell curve, and stories of other exchange students scoring 90% and above on quizzes and being curved down to failing grades because of a high average kept me working hard. I passed up trips to exotic destinations like Indonesia and the Philippines to keep up my grades, and I gave up weekends in order to complete projects like designing computer servers and writing proofs for theorems in my mathematics courses. However, my time spent in China was also the most socially active period of my life. Whenever possible, I’d go out touring the city, eat at Mr. Wong’s restaurant, or try to hike the 100 kilometer long MacLehose trail—all with the international group of friends I built during my time abroad.


[to read the full article, visit Ware in Hong Kong]