Three physics majors present at Ohio’s American Physical Society

OSAPSThree Marietta College students majoring in physics — Jen Kachel ’13 (Woodsfield, Ohio), Shelby Lee ’13 (Galloway, Ohio) and Lin Su ’13 (Beijing, China) — presented their capstone research posters at the Ohio-region Section of the American Physical Society at Ohio University.

The three students were accompanied by Dr. Ann Bragg, Dr. Craig Howald, Dr. Cavendish McKay and Dr. Dennis Kuhl. Marietta College’s Physics program has been actively involved with the organization since its rebirth in 2000.

The students’ posters mark the culmination of a yearlong research project. Students began the research in August 2012 when they developed their initial proposal and timeline for the project. After months of researching, students culminate their work into a written thesis, an oral presentation and a conference poster.

The students’ projects were:

Kachel — 3-D Simulations of Open Star Cluster Evolution Using The King Model.

Lee — Analysis of relaxation time from numerical simulation of open star clusters.

Su — Investigation of Rooftop Radiative Cooling for Green Building Design

“The poster session where our students presented their research gave them an opportunity to communicate their work to others, and to learn about what others are doing elsewhere,” Kuhl said. “On the second day we observed contributed presentation on all manner of physics research being done in our region. Experiences like this give students a much broader context for what they study.”

The OSAPS conference is a regional meeting of professional physicists from academic and industry that displays various presentations from students, along with a keynote speaker.

The after-banquet speaker was Lawrence Weinstein, author of the book “Guesstimation 2.0: Solving Today’s Problems on the Back of a Napkin.”