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Physics Students Present at RAS

Four students from the Hobart and William Smith Physics Department presented their work at the 14th Annual Fall Scientific Paper Session of the Rochester Academy of Science, hosted by Nazareth College in November.

Candace Carducci ’15, Byung Wook “Daniel” Choe ’16, Max Irving ’15 and Joshua Moss ’14 were accompanied by HWS physics faculty Assistant Professor Ileana Dumitriu and Lab Technician Peter Spacher, who also collaborated on the presentations, which included:

“Developing Holograms Via Transmission and Reflection Techniques” (Irving, Choe, Dumitriu, Spacher); “Analyzing the Water Vapors in the Atmosphere Using a ‘Home Built’ Solar Spectrograph” (Choe, Spacher, Dumitriu); and “Inner-Shell Photodetachment of CN Clusters” (Moss, Carducci, Dumitriu, Rene Bilodeau, Alex Aquilar, Dan Gibson, Wes Walter).

The RAS covers the full scope of basic and applied sciences, including but not limited to anthropology, botany, chemistry, computer science, ecology, environmental science, geography, geology, physics, physiology, science education, and zoology.

The Academy’s annual paper session provides a forum for Academy members, the collegiate community and others engaged in scientific research to present the results of their investigations in an atmosphere that promotes discussion and interaction.

Students were “able to exchange ideas with faculty and students of other colleges,” says Irving, a physics major enrolled in the engineering dual-degree program with Dartmouth College. “This will establish relationships that may lead to future collaborations.”

“The presentations went well,” says Choe, a physics major. “Being able to present alongside graduate students, PhDs and professors gave me a chance to grow intellectually and professionally.”

“I was glad to present at RAS,” Irving says. “I was able to share my research on holography and learn a lot of new material from other presenters. It was a great opportunity to see where we stand.”