2013 Off-Campus Research

Physics students spend the summer of 2013 doing research off campus at Johns Hopkins University, Colorado School of Mines (and NREL), University of Nebraska, NIST, University of Maryland, University of Michigan, and locally at Polar Semi-conductor.

Auggies Present at IPRIME

Promise-at-IprimeFour Auggies presented at the 2013 Microscopy Across the Disciplinesstudent poster session. This annual event is sponsored by IPRIME, a University of Minnesota partnership between industry and researchers in interfacial and materials engineering. Andris Bibelnieks and Dereck Dasrath presented on research done as part of the fall’s Physics 245 course (NSF DUE-0837182). Luis Hernandez and Promise Okeke presented work about ongoing studies of self-assembly in lipid membranes by the Augsburg Biophysics Lab (NSF DMR-1207544). Faculty advising this research include Joan Kunz, Ravi Tavakley, and Ben Stottrup.

Auggies present research at 2012 AGU conference

Nearly 40 presentations of Auggie research were featured during early December at one of the nation’s largest meetings of scientists. Emma Capman ‘13 presented a poster on waves in the Earth’s magnetosphere associated with geomagnetic storms.  She was among the Auggies presenting at the 2012 American Geophysical Union meeting and attended by more than 20,000 scientists.  Other Auggie research included topics ranging from X-rays at Mercury to studies of the Great Lakes Basin, the world’s largest source of fresh water.

Two Auggie alums, Lars Dyrud ’97 and Brent Lofgren ’88, also had distinguished roles in the meeting.

Dyrud, who went on from Augsburg to earn a Ph.D. at Boston University in 2003, organized and chaired the session “Exploring Geoscience Frontiers With Low-Cost Access to Space.” He now is a Section Supervisor of the Earth and Space Science Group at Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory.

Lofgren chaired the session “Recent Advances in Understanding the Hydrology of the Great Lakes Region.” Lofgren obtained his Ph.D. from Princeton University in 1993. He now is a Physical Scientist at NOAA’s Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory. Continue reading

Physics student Jazmine Darden presents at UC Berkeley for McNair Scholars Symposium

McNair_Berkeley2As a 2012 Phillips Scholarship recipient, Darden completed an internship with the Girls in Engineering, Mathematics, and Science (GEMS) and Guys in Science and Engineering (GISE) programs at Augsburg College. She taught students about structural engineering through the use of bridges.

Darden’s summer project did not include preparing a presentation for the McNair Symposium. Darden in California was drawn to attend events that focused on her academic majors—physics and math—but she also learned about new subjects. “I expanded my horizon and started going to talks in other fields,” she said. “It was great to listen to sociology presentations and now I am taking a course because I was so drawn in.”