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Gierasch
A profile in The Scientist about Lila Gierasch ’70 focuses on her lifetime of research and teaching accomplishments.
LEAP 2016
From solar cells and architecture to an athletic app and teaching, students spoke about their internships and research at the 2016 LEAP presentations.
Image of Katherine Aidala and colleague Spencer Smith.
Katherine Aidala, a five-foot-tall female physicist at Mount Holyoke, writes about how both gender and stature affect her life experiences.
Physics major Shola Wylie ’15 is one of 283 students nationwide who won the prestigious Barry Goldwater Scholarship.
Physics major Shola Wylie ’15 is one of 283 students nationwide who won the prestigious Barry Goldwater Scholarship.
MIT Energy Hackathon
Congratulations to Ye Zhang '20 and Jem Guhit '19! Their MIT Energy Hackathon team was awarded the first place prize.
Berenice Abbott (American, 1898-1991), The Science Pictures: Water Pattern, 1982.
Spencer Smith, physics, curates a new show of Berenice Abbott photos that integrates physics with art and brings both subjects to new audiences.
Mount Holyoke College Makerspace
The Makerspace prepares future leaders by combining technology and the liberal arts to teach and engage students studying every academic discipline.
Using Mount Holyoke’s transmission electron microscope, Jennifer Tasneem ’17 worked closely with Blanca Carbajal González ’08 on her senior thesis on the synthesis of iron oxide nanocubes.
With a major upgrade to Mount Holyoke’s transmission electron microscope, now even first-year students can take a class in nanoscience.
Image of Mina Khan ’15.
The talents of Mina Khan ’15 shine across disciplines. Her ability to think outside the box got her a job at Google—even before graduation.
Mount Holyoke College physics professor Alexi Arango seeks new ways to produce solar cells.
Shehzeen Hussain. Photo by John Martins
A woman in the heavily male fields of physics and engineering, Shehzeen Hussain ’14 wants to solve community energy problems using both.
2010: Professor Aidala has won the National Science Foundation’s prestigious Early Career Award for her work in nanophysics.
NSF-supported research by Phoebe Tengdin ’13 and colleagues will be used miles above Earth on the International Space Station.
Image of Samba Gadjigo
Professors in physics, French, history, and economics were honored with faculty awards for their outstanding research and teaching.
The best professors do more than teach. They leave impressions on our lives that change the way we think, work and view the world around us.
Kerstin Nordstrom, Clare Boothe Luce Assistant Professor of Physics, smiling in her lab
As a researcher, Kerstin Nordstrom studies the physics of clogging. As a teacher, she focuses on packing the science pipeline with women.
Image of Kathy Aidala
Kathy wins the Meribeth E. Cameron award for her focus on charge transport in nanocrystal quantum dots
Spencer Smith Visiting Assistant Professor of Physics
“I grew up around art so I view physics through an aesthetic lens. The beauty of the equations. You can explain so much with such a small set of ideas.”
Image of Alexi Arango in front of the Potwine Passive House.
Physics professor Alexi Arango uses his own zero-carbon home to help students demystify energy usage and learn more about sustainable building.
Margaret Stevens '14
The students honored by Goldwater also noted that their experiences working closely with professors on research were especially rewarding.
Society of Physics Students 2014-2015
The Society of Physics Students at Mount Holyoke College has won outstanding chapter for the 2014–2015 academic year.
This is a photograph of students Erin Mullin '17 and Yihan Gao '19 tempering chocolate in the lab.
Valentine-themed Makerspace workshop marries physics and chocolate-making for a bit of educational fun.
The College’s Makerspace is a central location for the campus maker culture.
The Daily Hampshire Gazette featured the College’s Makerspace and Kathy Aidala, chair of physics and engineering, in a recent editorial.
Tracy Keya and Janet Slocum in Mount Holyoke makerspace
From clothes that light up to vacuum-formed chocolate molds, the Mount Holyoke College Makerspace offers tools and training to create and collaborate.