Physics

Notable Faculty & Student Achievements

October 2019

  • Visiting Assistant Professor of Physics and Environmental Studies Rebecca Edwards attended the Teaching Computational Thinking Skills with MATLAB Workshop at the Science Education Resource Center, Carleton College October 20–22.  Edwards served as a workshop facilitator and peer reviewer in addition to delivering a presentation titled “Adding a MATLAB Component to an Engineering Dynamics Course ” based on her experience integrating a computational component into the Engineering Dynamics course at Southwestern.  





May 2019

  • Visiting Assistant Professor of Physics and Environmental Studies Rebecca Edwards helped lead a workshop held May 14–16, at St. Edward’s University, on conducting air-quality research using ozonesondes. Ozonesondes are lightweight instruments that are launched on weather balloons to measure the concentration of ozone in the atmosphere and to sample air pollutant from the ground’s surface to an altitude of 30 kilometers. SCOPE students Daniel Whitney ’21 and Jacob Fly ’21 participated in the workshop, along with several St. Edward’s students. In addition to an overview of the science of air quality, the participants learned two protocols for conditioning the instrument and then launched a balloon.





March 2019

  • Visiting Professor of Environmental Engineering Rebecca Edwards  was invited to visit the office of the state climatologist John Nielsen-Gammon at Texas A&M University on March 12 to discuss her research on the climatology of extreme precipitation in Texas over the past 100 years. The invitation was extended following a presentation of her work at the American Meteorological Society Annual Meeting in Phoenix, AZ, in January.