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The HWS Update

Associate Professor of Physics Ted Allen explains recent research on quantum mechanics. In 2021, the Journal of Mathematical Physics published an article by Associate Professor of Physics Ted Allen, “Spin in Schrodinger-quantized Pseudoclassical Systems.” Here, Allen breaks down his research, the questions behind it and where it might lead. What’s the focus of your physics research? One

A new minor in aquatic sciences capitalizes on the campus’ long history of limnologic research and leverages the Colleges’ location on Seneca Lake. Combining courses from the natural sciences, mathematics and computer science, Hobart and William Smith recently approved an aquatic sciences minor. The interdisciplinary minor, to be first offered in spring 2022, will draw

More than 30 new black hole events are detailed in a new report from the LIGO-Virgo-KAGRA international scientific collaboration, which includes Associate Professor of Physics Steve Penn. This month, the LIGO-Virgo-KAGRA Collaboration released the largest catalog ever of collisions involving black holes and neutron stars. Gravitational waves, or ripples in spacetime, from these collisions were

Through his award-winning research, physics major Dimosthenis Chrysochoou ’22 is exploring how STEM subjects intersect with social and environmental awareness. “The interface between social sciences and STEM is oftentimes overlooked, but I think that to understand the importance of our work, it’s really important to be socially aware,” says Dimosthenis Chrysochoou ’22, who this fall

“HWS research students are not laboratory assistants; they are co-investigators into our unknown world. They design experiments, collaborate within their labs, with other labs on campus often from other departments, and with labs at other institutions. Thanks to the Sherman Fairchild Foundation’s support and other ongoing initiatives, we anticipate the number of research students on campus this summer to reach an all-time high,” says Associate Dean for Faculty Development and Affairs Joe Rusinko.

HWS welcomed the first cohort of STEM Scholars this month, celebrating the launch of the new program supporting racially and ethnically underrepresented scholars in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. In March, 15 HWS students were inducted to the new STEM Scholars program, which is designed “to elevate and recognize the importance and value of historically

A new program at Hobart and William Smith Colleges is designed to support more inclusion of racially and ethnically underrepresented scholars in STEM disciplines (science, technology, engineering and mathematics). The HWS Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion will launch the STEM Scholars Program in the spring 2021 semester, offering opportunities for academic support and financial

How do scientists detect stellar systems and planets light-years away? What are the chances those planets harbor life? How did those systems — and the universe itself — form? During Homecoming and Family Weekend 2020, a virtual panel discussion explored some of the research that HWS faculty, staff and alums are undertaking to unravel the mysteries

How do you follow up a strong first semester at Hobart College? If you’re Jacob Appleton ’23, you take a semester off to complete basic training to enlist in the U.S. Army Reserves. “I’ve always wanted to serve our country in some capacity,” says Appleton, a physics major who made Dean’s List. “My uncle was a green

Despite the gravity of the COVID-19 pandemic, for Kelsey Williams ’21, it has opened a door to a rewarding internship experience. The physics major, who has a minor in chemistry, participated in the Biomedical Engineering Virtual Summer Internship sponsored by Cleveland Clinic and Case Western Reserve University along with 500 participants across the country. “As part