Physics Blog


Science, serendipity, and coincidence

As part of my science history project, the article “Science, serendipity, coincidence, and the Oregonator at the University of Oregon, 1969–1974” has been published in Chaos: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Nonlinear Science. It’s especially exciting because it’s the Feature article in the Focus Issue, From Chemical Oscillations to Applications of Nonlinear Dynamics: Dedicated to…
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50 years later

After MANY months of not traveling, I scheduled a meeting with Robert (Bob) M. Mazo, Professor emeritus from the University of Oregon, now living outside Philadelphia. In 1971/1972 he helped developing the key model to describe chemical reaction-diffusion systems. But, as he stated, he was “only the catalyst” and only accepted to…
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Outstanding SPS Chapter

2019-2020 Physics Club awarded Outstanding SPS Chapter – 4th year in a row!
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Preston Pozderac ’17 on “Relativistic Laser Plasma Interactions”

Preston Pozderac ’17, PhD student at Ohio State University, talks about his research in our Colloquium series on Tuesday, October 19, 2021 at 11 a.m. in Taylor 111. The title of his talk is “Relativistic Laser Plasma Interactions”.
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Thinking of Teague

A sunflower from Teague’s memorial service Yesterday, Dr Manz and I went to Lexington, Kentucky to attend the memorial service for Teague Curless.  It was good to gather with Teague’s friends and family so that we could talk about him and remember him, and share our aching hearts with each…
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Wooster campus mourns loss of senior Teague Curless

WOOSTER, OH (Aug. 24)—Wooster senior Teague Curless is being remembered as an exceptional student, and wonderful peer and friend to many.  Curless, 21, of Lexington, KY, passed away early Tuesday morning after an automobile accident on State Route 585 near Smithville, Ohio. A double major in mathematics and physics with…
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For Teague

Sadly and unexpectedly Wooster physics senior Teague Curless ’22 died yesterday. I was fortunate to teach Teague some physics, especially in my Nonlinear Dynamics class last spring. Teague’s semester project beautifully illustrated chaos in a double pendulum — a pendulum swinging from another pendulum, like The Swinging Sticks® kinetic sculpture that silently rotates and librates beside me as I write. Using Mathematica, Teague…
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Physics + Math + Dentistry = Chaos: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Nonlinear Science

Interdisciplinary research team publishes article on geographic tongue Alumna Margaret McGuire ’20, alumnus Chase Fuller ’19, John Lindner, the Moore Professor of Astronomy at The College of Wooster, and Niklas Manz, assistant professor of physics, published a co-written article in early March titled “Geographic tongue as a reaction–diffusion system” in…
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Silver medal in the 2020 University Physics Competition

Wooster team earns a silver medal in the 2020 University Physics Competition
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Physics makes reaction-diffusion waves in Physica A

Professors and students collaborate on physics publication John Lindner, the Moore Professor of Astronomy at The College of Wooster, and Niklas Manz, assistant professor of physics, recently published an article with two Wooster undergraduates, Fish Yu ’21 and Margaret McGuire ’20, and alumnus Chase Fuller ’19, that was a result…
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Physics grads help win Indy 500

Wooster graduates play significant role in Indy 500 What did the top three finishers of this year’s Indianapolis 500 have in common? They had two Wooster alumni working hard to get them on the podium. Danielle Shepherd ’14 and Collin Hendershot ’18 applied skills they learned during their four years at Wooster to their current occupations in auto racing. Shepherd, a simulation engineer for…
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Physics helps cure “chaos blindness”

Teaching physics to neural networks removes ‘chaos blindness’ Researchers from North Carolina State University have discovered that teaching physics to neural networks enables those networks to better adapt to chaos within their environment. The work has implications for improved artificial intelligence (AI) applications ranging from medical diagnostics to automated drone…
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Meeting 100+ years of experience in nonlinear dynamics

I met two scientists for my BZ-history project with a combined age of 177 years. It was a great pleasure and honor to talk to them. Meeting with Horst-Dieter Försterling Meeting with Hermann Haken.
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Hiking to conference

Last weekend, I attended a conference in Germany. I used the opportunity during my sabbatical to return to this conference series, which I attended the last time in 2002. The conference takes place in a small village in the Harz, a Mittelgebirge (I didn’t know that this is an English word!) in…
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Senior Abigail Ambrose becomes SPS Associate Zone Councilor

Senior Abigail Ambrose becomes SPS Associate Zone Councilor Abigail Ambrose is a senior physics major at the College of Wooster. From Fall 2018 to Spring 2020 Abigail is serving as the president of the Wooster SPS chapter as well as the Astronomy Club. She is very active in outreach, including writing…
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March Meeting — Guest Blog by Carlos Owusu-Ansah ’21

Carlos in action at his poster, with Andrew Blaikie ’13 and Daniel Blaikie ’19. I thought the March APS meeting was fantastic. It felt great to present our research findings to people who cared about what Dr. Lindner and I were working on at the College. I attended fun talks…
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March Meeting — Guest Blog by Katie Shideler ’21

Having never been to a physics conference, or even to the city of Boston, attending the annual American Physical Society’s March Meeting was all around a new and incredible experience. Being able to present my research to physicists from across the globe was nerve-racking but very insightful to get opinions…
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March Meeting 2019 Boston

I’m currently in Boston for the 2019 March Meeting, which is as exciting, overwhelming, and exhausting as usual! Circling Boston to approach for landing. Keen viewers can see the Boston Commons (just on the far side of the river), the MIT campus (on the near side of the river, toward…
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Wooster in Boston

As mentioned earlier, I’m at the APS March Meeting in Boston this week.  There’s so much to say about all the talks that I’ve been to, etc, but in this post I’m just going to tell you about all the amazing Wooster connections! First off, of course, we have five…
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Wooster awarded NSF grant for summer research

Wooster Receives $325,000 Grant from NSF in Support of Summer Research Program WOOSTER, Ohio – The College of Wooster was awarded a grant of $326,132 on Tuesday from the National Science Foundation, extending support to the department of physics’ long-running and successful Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) site.The three-year grant…
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