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Fall 2012 Newsletter


Events & Happenings

Congratulations to our new Smith Scholars!

The Department of Biological and Chemical Sciences and the Department of Computer Science, Mathematics, and Physics sponsors Merlin G. Smith Science-Mathematics Teaching Assistantships to entering students each year. On occasion current students are selected to fill vacancies. Students selected for this program are designated as Smith Scholars. Selection is based on high school record, SAT or ACT scores, and an interview with faculty from the department. Awards will be independent of and in addition to any other financial aid. Dr. Merlin G. Smith, a mathematician and astronomer, was President of Roberts Wesleyan from 1933-1957. Click here for more information about our scholarships.

Samia Ayew Bradley Ganschow Timothy Hutchison Yating Tang
Samia Ayew ’15
Bradley Ganschow ’16
Timothy Hutchison ’15
Computer Science/Math
Yating Tang ’16





The Math and Science Club is beginning another active year. We have a few new officers and some returning officers: Seth Amidon (Chemistry), Maggie Bisig (Math), Amber Frisbie (CDS), Rebeckah Johnson (Chemistry), and Gisela Ocasio (Biology). Our ice cream social kick-off was well attended and we enjoyed meeting new students and promoting our fall events. We celebrated Homecoming 2012 with another win (our second) in the grocery cart competition. We made a replica of the Crothers Clock Tower and a DeLorean for our Back to the Future theme where students dressed in either 1950s or 1980s costumes. Over 20 people marched and we had a great time! We are continuing our Adopt-A-School program with School #36 in Rochester and are forming three teams of students to teach monthly hands-on science lessons to fourth graders there. We look forward to the interactions and challenges that come with teaching! Of course, we celebrated Mol Day in October (10/23)!


Society of Physics Students (SPS) chapter

The Roberts Wesleyan College Society of Physics Students (SPS) chapter has been newly revitalized by an enthusiastic group of students.  Seven of the eight current SPS members have been working hard to plan and raise funds so they can attend the 2012 Quadrennial Physics Conference "Connecting Worlds Through Science and Service" November 8-10 of this year.  This event is a unique meeting that brings together physicists in all stages, undergraduates through professionals, for a weekend to discuss the scientist, science and society. Among many events, the students are looking forward to a tour of the Kennedy Space Center and meeting an astronaut, a nobel prize winner and the science consultant for the TV show The Big Bang Theory.

Two students are eager to present a poster on their summer research: Kelly Anderson who worked on development of infrared detectors for the NEOCam space mission at the University of Rochester and Aaron VanDyne who worked with Arie Bodek of the University of Rochester at Fermilab on Monte Carlo simulation.  It promises to be an exciting and educational time for our physics students, giving them an opportunity to network with other scientists and connect with physics in a whole new way.  For more information on the conference see http://www.spscongress.org/.
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