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News

For Doc Brown, the “Future” Is in the Classroom

By Jackson Rudoff, CWRU (B.A. - Political Science and Cognitive Science | 2021)  When you sit down for a conversation with Professor Robert “Doc” Brown, the first thing you’ll notice is how natural it feels. It can sometimes be difficult for students to muster up the courage to talk openly...

Prof. Giuseppe Strangi, 2021 OSA Fellow, Profiled by The Optical Society

Honored for contributions to the advancement of optical biosensors based on plasmon polaritons and for promoting connections between nanophotonics and life sciences, Giuseppe Strangi describes himself as a dreamer and free-thinker. Born, raised, and educated on Italy's southeastern coast, the region's rich multidisciplinary history has undoubtedly influenced his view...

Data Science in Art: Discerning the Painter’s Hand

A recent Art | Sci update from the Office of the Dean highlights work that Ken Singer, Ambrose Swasey Professor of Physics, Michael Hinczewski, Warren E. Rupp Associate Professor of Physics, Ina Martin, Director of the MORE Center and Adjunct Assistant Professor of Materials Science and Engineering, and Elizabeth...

Intersections of Art and Physics Flourish at CWRU

By Hannah Messenger, CWRU (B.S. – Physics & B.A. – Music | Dec. 2020) What do music theory and statistical mechanics have to do with each other? The connection may not seem obvious, but it’s exactly what Ryan Buechele is studying in his senior project.  “I love seeing ways where...

APS IDEA Institution

CWRU Physics Joins American Physical Society’s Inclusion Diversity and Equity Alliance

By Hannah Messenger, CWRU (B.S. – Physics & B.A. – Music | Dec. 2020) In 2019, the American Physical Society (APS) launched a broad and innovative effort to address EDI (equity, diversity and inclusion) challenges in physics. Funded by the APS Innovation Fund, APS-IDEA (Inclusion, Diversity, and Equity Alliance) aims...

Physics Professor Sees Potential for Pedagogy in Microsoft HoloLens

By Hannah Messenger, CWRU (B.S. - Physics & B.A. - Music | Dec. 2020)  “I wish I had a three-dimensional chalk board,” physics Professor Michael Martens recalls thinking when he first taught electricity and magnetism at CWRU. He found that students had a hard time visualizing electric and magnetic field...