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Will Milky Way’s Black Hole ‘Spaghettify’ Visitor?

Will Milky Way’s Black Hole ‘Spaghettify’ Visitor?

Sometime this spring, a gas cloud called G2 will come perilously close to a black hole at the center of the Milky Way. Dr. Kenneth Hicks, Ohio University Professor of Physics, talks about the “Front-row Seat for a Black-Hole Feeding Frenzy” in his Columbus Dispatch column. “It is a well-established […]

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April 4, 2014 at 11:22 amFaculty in the News In the News News

University Mourns Dr. Patricia Weitsman, Political Science Professor

University Mourns Dr. Patricia Weitsman, Political Science Professor

Dr. Patricia Weitsman, Professor of Political Science and Director of War and Peace Studies at Ohio University, passed away this week. She was a highly respected scholar, enthusiastic gym instructor and loving parent, wife, daughter and sister. “It was a great gift to able to spend nearly two decades as […]

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April 3, 2014 at 12:45 pmNews

Cassie Norton is OHIO’s First Theta Alpha Kappa Member

Cassie Norton is OHIO’s First Theta Alpha Kappa Member

Mary “Cassie” Norton ’14, a triple major in English, History and World Religions, is Ohio University’s first member of Theta Alpha Kappa, the National Honor Society for Religious Studies and Theology. Ohio University’s Alpha Lambda Tau chapter of Theta Alpha Kappa was established in February. “Having a Theta Alpha Kappa chapter […]

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March 28, 2014 at 9:36 amNews

Phillips Named American Physical Society Outstanding Referee for 2014

Phillips Named American Physical Society Outstanding Referee for 2014

Dr. Daniel Phillips, Professor of Physics & Astronomy, was honored as one of the 2014 Outstanding Referees by the American Physical Society. “Congratulations to Daniel. This is a great acknowledgement for your service to the profession by the editors of Physical Review and Physical Review Letters,” said Dr. David Ingram, […]

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March 28, 2014 at 8:58 amNews

Supercontinents: Earth’s Radical Story of Birth and Destruction

Dr. Damian Nance

Gondwana. Rodinia. Nuna. Kenorland. Vaalbara. They sound like other worlds. They likely represent the past of this world. The introduction of plate tectonics 45 years ago was one of the scientific revelations of the 20th century. German meteorologist Alfred Wegener is given credit for hypothesizing in 1912 that today’s continents […]

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March 26, 2014 at 2:15 pmNews Research

Five Students Win Honors at Plant Biology Midwestern Meeting

Five Students Win Honors at Plant Biology Midwestern Meeting

The American Society of Plant Biologists Midwestern Section annual meeting in Columbus on March 22-23. Doctoral student Wen Dong and undergraduate student researchers Avery Tucker, Megan Moore, Sean Fenstemaker, and  Tayler DeBrosse won awards for their presentations. Avery E. Tucker, an Undergraduate Research Assistant in the Wyatt Lab, won Best […]

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March 24, 2014 at 5:58 pmNews

Tuning in to the Smallest (Man-Made) Mechanical Resonator

Tuning in to the Smallest (Man-Made) Mechanical Resonator

By Dr. Saw Wai Hla, Department of Physics and Astronomy, Ohio University Viewpoint Published in Physics Guitar strings, pendulums in clocks, and quartz crystals in watches are all examples of resonators. As their name suggests, resonators oscillate most strongly at specific frequencies (resonant frequencies), which depend on properties such as […]

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March 24, 2014 at 5:10 pmFaculty in the News In the News News