science building opens
We proudly announce that
the newly-constructed David E. Reemsnyder Science
Research Center officially opened at a ceremony on April 9, 2010. The 23,000-square-foot facility is connected to the
Christopher Hall of Science.
“The opening of the Reemsnyder Research Center is another great moment for
Wesleyan College,” said President Pamela Balch. "The center will
strengthen one of the most region's distinctive
undergraduate science programs by enhancing
teaching, learning, and research.”
The new Reemsnyder
Science Research Center (on left) adjoins Christopher Hall of Science on
a transit of Venus
June 6, 2012—Dr. DeLaney arranged for an observation of a transit of Venus across the Sun
This occurs when the planet Venus
passes directly between the Sun and Earth. In the photo (right), Venus is
the black spot seen at the upper right edge of the Sun.
During a transit, Venus is seen as a
small black disk moving across the Sun’s face. Such transits usually
require several hours. This year’s transit lasted 6 hours and 40 minutes.
The next transit of Venus will occur in 105 years.
wins computing competition
2012—Colby Stanley aspires to a career as a Computer Engineer. The
sophomore is certainly off to a good start—his knowledge of computers garnered
him a first place finish in the High-Performance Computing Competition
sponsored by West Virginia EPSCOR.
High-performance computing involves
using a cluster of computers to solve a problem that is too complex for one
Stanley’s research involved using data
from pulsars—stars that emit pulses of electromagnetic ration similar to a
lighthouse. He ran the data through the Wavelet Analysis software program
to separate the data from noise.
Stanley said, “The supercomputer gave
me the ability to look at a much larger range of frequencies than with a
regular computer.” Stanley’s faculty adviser is Dr. Trevor Stevens.
wins $20,000 NSF grant for a tunable laser system
On March 12, 2008, Governor Manchin
announced that the National Science Foundation had approved Dr. Wiest's proposal to purchase a $20,000 laser system.
Governor Manchin stated, “Through these grants, we intend to
make West Virginia fertile ground for research and the great minds of
wins $19,958 NSF grant for magnetic resonance equipment
The National Science Foundation approved Dr. Popson’s
proposal to purchase a pulsed magnetic resonance spectrometer. In the
photo, Governor Manchin is personally delivering
wins AAPT service award
Dr. Popson was
awarded the Distinguished Service Award at the annual meeting of the
Appalachian Section of the American Association of Physics Teachers. AAPT
was established in 1930 with the fundamental goal of ensuring the
“dissemination of knowledge of physics, particularly by way of teaching.”
There are currently 10,500 members in 30 countries around the world.
meets at Wesleyan
Wesleyan hosted the annual meeting of
the Appalachian Section of the American Association of Physics Teachers in
October. Wesleyan's Dr. Joseph Wiest serves as
president. He also chaired this year's meeting. President Pamela Balch gave
the attendees a warm welcome.