News from the Luther Physics Department

Jesse Hitz Graff

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Luther College senior Hitz Graff selected to complete summer research on use of aluminum oxide in microelectromechanical systems

Whether building a pyramid or designing an engine, friction has long been a prominent factor in human innovation. Inventors must take into account the effects of friction on materials. Jesse Hitz Graff, Luther College senior of Winona, Minnesota, is experimenting with aluminum oxide to determine how the compound fares when friction is taken into account in certain technologies.

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haunted lab

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Luther College physics department to host haunted lab

The Luther College chapter of the Society of Physics Students will host their annual Haunted Lab from 7-9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 24 and 2-4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 25, in the basement of Valders Hall of Science. The Haunted Lab boasts classic physics favorites and new Halloween-themed physics demonstrations to play with and be amazed by.

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David Pfotenhauer

Luther College junior Pfotenhauer receives $10,000 scholarship

Luther College junior David Pfotenhauer of Madison, Wis., received a Rossing Physics Scholarship for the 2014-15 academic year. The $10,000 scholarship is highly competitive and is awarded annually to five physics students of exceptional merit through the Thomas D. Rossing Fund for Physics Education.

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Luther College physics department to host haunted lab

Oct. 23, 2012

The Luther College physics department faculty and students invite community members to experience mystifying optical illusions, laser displays, magnetic levitation and other physics wonders during their Haunted Lab from 6-9 p.m. on Sat., Oct. 27.

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Luther- St. Olaf Collaboration photo July 2012

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Luther and St. Olaf Physics faculty collaboration travel to Gordon Conference to present research

St. Olaf News Item on Physics collaboration

A recent publicity item on the St. Olaf website describes the activities of collaboration between Luther Professor Erin Flater and St. Olaf Professor Brian Borovsky. Both Professors Flater and Borovsky recently traveled to Colby College in Waterville, ME in July 2012 to present on their collaborative research on friction studies.

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HHMI Planning Team 2012

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Luther College Receives $1.5 Million Grant for Science Education

May 24, 2012          

The Howard Hughes Medical Institute announced today it has selected Luther College as one of 47 small colleges and universities in the United States to receive grants totaling more than $50 million that will enable the schools to work together to create more engaging science classes, bring real-world research experiences to students and increase the diversity of students who study science.

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