UAF students compete at University Physics Competition
Written by C.Price
2014 marked the fourth University Physics Competition [UPC], and UAF
was again represented among the competitors. The annual competition puts
two problems before student teams, who have 48 hours to research and solve
the problems, and to write a complete paper describing their efforts. This
year, there were two UAF teams, drawn from members of the UAF Society of
Physics Students chapter.
Competing for UAF were Sean Lemley, Stan Edwins, Thomas Edwards,
Mike Saccone and Haley Nelson (all Physics majors) and
Elliott Jacksch (Math major.)
Previous UAF teams have earned Bronze medals; this year's competitors
will have to wait approximately six weeks to learn how they placed.
Comet ISON is a sungrazing comet with perihelion less than one solar diameter above the Sun's visible surface. On November 28 it will swing around the Sun in less than a day, likely becoming very bright as a result of the expected intense heating. It may break up, or it could disappear altogether. But assuming it survives (and I think it will) then it should within a few more days have moved enough away from the Sun to be bright and easily visible shortly before sunrise. Fortunately, sunrise is at a very civilized hour here in Fairbanks at this time of year.
Predictions vary. ISON may fizzle altogether, or it could be one of the most spectacular comets for at least the last several decades. If it does emerge from behind Sun largely intact and glowing brightly, it will be conveniently located low in our south-east sky (above the Alaska Range) the first two weeks of December, and could be seen roughly in the time period from 7AM to about 11AM depending on the date.
CHRISTINA CHU - PhD Space Physics Candidate
The Physics Department-CNSM and the Space Group-Geophysical Institute is proud to announce that Christina Chu has been selected for the NASA Harriett G. Jenkins Graduate Fellowship Award.
Christina Chu, a graduate student working with Prof. Hui Zhang in the Physics Department & Geophysical Institute, has been selected to receive a fellowship, through the NASA Harriett G. Jenkins Graduate Fellowship Program. This award is funded for one year, and is eligible for renewal twice. Christina will be working at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center for 10 weeks during Summer 2014.
Next time you see her, give her a warm congratulations.