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Rhiannon Blaauw
Physics Faculty Templeton Grant Explores New Frontiers

NASA scientist and Wheaton College Physics Lecturer Rhiannon Blaauw Erskine and Franklin S. Dyrness Associate Professor of Biblical and Theological Studies Dr. Jennifer Powell McNutt Awarded Templeton grant for development of new course. 

Remote Learning Experiment

The switch to remote learning during the spring had a significant impact on several of Genevieve Nelson's courses, heavily affecting her laboratory-based experimental physics course in particular. 

Whitney Elected SPS Zone 9 Councilor

Dr. Heather WhitneyDr. Heather M. Whitney has been elected Zone 9 Councilor for the Society of Physics Students National Council.

Physics Major Receives NRC Fellowship

Wheaton College Physics major Michael Vieceli ’20 has received a fellowship from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to support upcoming graduate studies in Medical Physics at Purdue University beginning in Fall 2020.

Recipient of the prestigious Goldwater Scholarship

Stephen McKayStephen McKay is one of two Wheaton students to have received the Goldwater Scholarship. 

Students and Faculty at SPIE 2020

Wheaton College Physics major Michael Vieceli ’20, Spanish/Pre-med major Amy Van Dusen ’21, and Associate Professor of Physics Dr. Heather M. Whitney recently presented research at the SPIE Medical Imaging Meeting held in Houston, Texas in February 2020.

Breaking New Ground with LiDAR

Wheaton College students and faculty have formed an intra-departmental team to create a process utilizing LiDAR technology to map changes at archeological sites, with Tel Shimron in Israel as the initial test location.

Students Attend Midwest CUWiP

Three students from Wheaton College traveled to the 2020 Midwest Conference for Undergraduate Women in Physics (CUWiP), held at the University of Chicago on January 17-19.

Students and Faculty Present at Conferences

Wheaton College physics major Michael Vieceli ’20 and Associate Professor of Physics Dr. Heather M. Whitney recently presented research at a major conference related to medical physics.

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Physics Students Attend PhysCon

The Wheaton College chapter of the Society of Physics Students (SPS) sent eight students to PhysCon, the Sigma Pi Sigma Physics Congress, in November 2019.

Physics Students Win National Recognition

The Wheaton College chapter of the Society of Physics Students (SPS) has won an Outstanding Chapter Award from the SPS National Office for its efforts in academic year 2018-2019.

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SWE Conference 2019

In November, six Wheaton engineering women participated in the annual Society of Women Engineers (SWE) conference in Anaheim, California. 

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Dahlin Receives Prestigious Award

Dr. Joel Dahlin ‘10 received the 2019 Ronald C. Davidson Award for Plasma Physics from the American Institute of Physics (AIP) Publishing at a reception for Physics of Plasma authors on Tuesday, October 22.

Team Awarded in International Competition

A team of three sophomore physics majors (Rachel Barron, Michelle de Oliveira, and Stephen McKay) took part in the international University Physics Competition on November 9-11th.

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Faculty Member Receives NIH Grant

Dr. Heather M. Whitney is Associate Professor of Physics at Wheaton College and a Visiting Scholar in the Department of Radiology at the University of Chicago.

Scientific Theories of Origins
Scientific Theories of Origins

Understanding Scientific Theories of Origins is a groundbreaking book. These engaging, field-tested materials, used over many years by outstanding faculty at a flagship Christian university, are sure to be an important new resource for Christian students

Rhiannon Blaauw
Seeking God in the Stars

Wheaton College Physics visiting instructor and NASA scientist Rhiannon Blaauw was recently featured in The Wheaton Record.

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Announcing a New Scholarship

The William Lewis Shuster Jr. Engineering Scholarship is a merit-based scholarship awarded to an incoming first year engineering student.

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New Moles Scholarship

Wheaton engineering student, Rebecca Geiger wins Moles scholarship.

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Wheaton Student in NSF Program

Elizabeth Tan ‘19 participated in the 10-week Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship in Oceanography (SURFO) program funded by the National Science Foundation’s Division of Ocean Sciences.