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Brian Soller, ’96, was recently named the chief operating officer for Luna Innovations, a fiber optics company based in Roanoke, Virginia. Climbing the ladder Posted 8:19 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 22, 2021 Alum’s first job evolves into fulfilling career Read more about Climbing the ladder Shelly Lesher, chair of UWL’s Physics Department, is replacing Roger Haro as director of UWL's McNair Scholars Program. The program helps students from first-generation and diverse backgrounds prepare for graduate school. McNair program begins new chapter Posted 1:20 p.m. Friday, Sept. 10, 2021 Lesher succeeds Haro as program’s director Read more about McNair program begins new chapter UW-La Crosse Physics Professor Shelly Lesher’s new podcast series — “My Nuclear Life” — explores the intersection of nuclear science and society through interviews with historians, policy makers and others. Lesher says the podcast is geared toward those in the general public who are interested in history, science or learning something new. Nuclear navigation Posted 5 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 17, 2021 UWL professor begins new podcast to spread knowledge about nuclear science Read more about Nuclear navigation UWL Physics Professor Bob Allen says the upcoming conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn just before Christmas has some calling it “The Christmas Star.” He says all eyes will focus on the astronomical rarity: these two planets will be visibly closer in the sky than they’ve been since medieval times. A Christmas Star? Posted 8:20 a.m. Monday, Dec. 14, 2020 UWL astronomer says the celestial show will be unusual Read more about A Christmas Star? UWL Physics Professor Shelly Lesher has been named an American Physical Society 2020 Fellow. National colleagues are recognizing her for “advocating on behalf of the essential role of physics in society, and for demonstrating the importance of physics education for all students.” Top physics prof Posted 7:30 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 8, 2020 UWL’s Shelly Lesher named American Physical Society Fellow Read more about Top physics prof A series of portraits by UWL art professor Jennifer Williams. Williams and other members of the UWL community found a variety of ways to cope with COVID-19 this summer. Summer success stories Posted 1:15 p.m. Friday, Sept. 11, 2020 See how the UWL community spent the summer of COVID-19 Read more about Summer success stories Zach Heinkel, '18, a composite materials engineer with the Carderock Division of the Naval Surface Warfare Center in Bethesda, Maryland, is part of a four-person team using 3D printers to produce masks, visors and hands-free door openers for employees at various naval facilities. Engineering solutions to COVID-19 Posted 2:10 p.m. Monday, Aug. 31, 2020 Alum says dual degree program ‘opens many doors’ Read more about Engineering solutions to COVID-19 James Burkhart, ‘68, received the Maurice O. Graff Distinguished Alumni Award in recognition of his extensive work in radon science.
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Superb Scientist Posted 3:13 p.m. Monday, Aug. 17, 2020 Burkhart recognized as a radon leader Read more about Superb Scientist Professor Taviare L. Hawkins, chair of the Physics Department, works directly with students in a physics lab. Hands-on experience and specialized classroom attention are just two reasons UWL issued an average of 35 degrees annually between 2015-17, making it No. 1 in the nation among bachelor’s degree-granting institutions according to the American Physical Society.
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No. 1 nationally Posted 10:19 a.m. Monday, Jan. 25, 2021 UW-La Crosse Physics Department is tops in awarding degrees Read more about No. 1 nationally Read more →
Six to receive distinguished alumni awards Posted 11:55 a.m. Friday, April 2, 2021 Alumni from five decades earn awards from Alumni Association Read more about Six to receive distinguished alumni awards

Physics kudos

Sujat Sen and Seth King

Sujat Sen, Chemistry & Biochemistry and Seth King, Physics, co-authored the article "Control of Texture and Morphology of Zinc Films through Pulsed Methods from Additive-Free Electrolytes" in ChemistrySelect published on May 25 by European Chemical Society Publishing (Wiley). Student co-authors include Lee Fuller, Jason Martin and Yuanman Ma.

Submitted on: June 11

Lexie Weghorn and Shelly Lesher

Lexie Weghorn, Physics BS and Shelly Lesher, Physics, designed the podcast "My Nuclear Life" for "general dissemination on all podcatchers". This podcast is based on a course taught at UWL and explores the relationship between nuclear science and society.

Submitted on: Jan. 4

Jennifer Docktor

Jennifer Docktor, Physics, co-authored the book "The Science of Learning Physics: Cognitive Strategies for Improving Instruction" published on Dec. 1 by World Scientific.

Submitted on: Dec. 8, 2020

Taviare Hawkins

Taviare Hawkins, Physics, presented "Flexibility in Physics: The intersectionality of research and life" at Distinguished Speaker Series on Nov. 3 in University of San Diego via Zoom. Hawkins is the chair of the physics department at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse and runs a lab there, "working to understand the physical properties of biological filaments," such as microtubules. Among her many awards and accolades, she is also notable as the 50th African-American woman to receive a Ph.D. in physics. In addition to her research, she will discuss her path to earning her doctorate, as well as the state of African-American women in physics in general.

Submitted on: Nov. 4, 2020

Taviare Hawkins

Taviare Hawkins, Physics, presented "Black women and education" at Black Women's Experience and Feminism in the US course on Oct. 28 in UW Platteville. Guest speaker for Black Women's Experience and Feminism in the US course. The class focused on black women and education and ways to increasing the number of women and the other underrepresented groups in science.

Submitted on: Oct. 29, 2020