Yim Ling Cheng '07 of New York City placed first with her presentation on “Black Holes” in the 9th annual Holland Prize competition on April 27 in Eaton Hall.
Also participating were:
* Christina Kinnevey '09, an environmental studies and math major from Riverside, Calif., with “Eureka! From Archimedes to Global Warming;”
* David Drennan '07, a physics major from Ann Arbor, Mich., with “The Doppler Effect: What the Weatherman Doesn't Know;”
* Robert J. Gugliuzzo '09, an environmental studies and geosciences major from Oneonta, N.Y., with “Non-Friction; and
* Nicholas Baranco '07, a physics major from Sewanee, Tenn., with “The Lorentz Transformation and Relativistic Factor.”
This year's judges were Laurence Erussard of the Department of English and Comparative Literature, Michael Tinkler of the Department of Art, and Donald Spector of the Department of Physics.
The Holland Prize was conceived and endowed by Allan Russell, professor emeritus of the physics department, to encourage discourse in physics and in honor of Dr. Albert E. Holland, HWS president from 1966 to 1968. Each competitor presented a 15-minute lecture on a significant principle or application of physics. The winner receives a $500 cash prize.