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Eclipse was teachable moment for natural science faculty

Eclipse was teachable moment for natural science faculty

August 29, 2017

By Steven Krolak (NEW ALBANY, Ind.)—Last Monday, students, faculty and staff gathered at McCullogh Plaza and elsewhere on campus to witness the solar eclipse. It was unusual, thrilling, awe-inspiring, moving, weird and more. For members of the School of Natural Sciences, the eclipse wasn’t just fun in the partial sun, but a great way to ...

Subhranil De defies gravity — sort of

Subhranil De defies gravity — sort of

July 31, 2017

By Steven Krolak (NEW ALBANY, Ind.)—Subhranil De, associate professor of physics at IU Southeast, can defy gravity. Sort of. In a 2016 paper published in the European Journal of Physics, he devised a mathematical model to enable a cylinder to roll up a hill, accelerating toward the top and then decelerating as it rolled down ...

Kyle Forinash applies physics to environmental issues in new book

Kyle Forinash applies physics to environmental issues in new book

July 13, 2017

By Steven Krolak (NEW ALBANY, Ind.)—The timing couldn’t be better for the appearance of Physics and the Environment, the new book by Kyle Forinash III, professor of physics at IU Southeast. While humanity suffers through another hottest year on record, glacial and polar melt accelerates, biodiversity craters and storms increase in number and ferocity, policymakers ...

Interactive book by IU Southeast physics professor Kyle Forinash debuts on iTunes

Interactive book by IU Southeast physics professor Kyle Forinash debuts on iTunes

February 7, 2017

By Steven Krolak (NEW ALBANY, Ind.)―What does a sound look like? Books on sound usually provide graphs or illustrations of vibrational waves over time, but to the student trying to understand what actually happens when sound is being made, this approach is not always that helpful. Now IU Southeast Professor of Physics, Kyle Forinash III ...

Adjunct physics faculty Laura Swessel is part of historic T. rex excavation team

Adjunct physics faculty Laura Swessel is part of historic T. rex excavation team

September 9, 2016

By Steven Krolak (NEW ALBANY, Ind.)—Last month the discovery of a Tyrannosaurus rex fossil in Montana made headlines around the world. Laura Swessel, adjunct lecturer in physics at IU Southeast, had advance notice—she helped to excavate it. Now DIG this Swessel was one of 30 educators selected this year to take part in the Discoveries ...

IU Southeast professors develop apps that help users experience physics concepts

IU Southeast professors develop apps that help users experience physics concepts

January 5, 2016

By Kristin Kennedy A physics student strapped himself in a roller coaster seat, and the ride began. As the roller coaster train inched up, the student launched an app on his cell phone to collect data as the ride accelerated. The app collected data during the ride, and once the student got off, he graphed ...

What’s New: B.A. in Physics

What’s New: B.A. in Physics

November 5, 2015

What’s new at IU Southeast? The new B.A. in physics, giving IU Southeast a comprehensive array of undergraduate science degree programs. When is it offered? Beginning Fall 2016. What does it look like? Physics tells us how the world works. The major requirements include credits in physics, mathematics, chemistry and computer science besides general education ...

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