A Quick Look At Summer Research
This past year Coe once again set its undergraduates to work in the labs, sponsoring almost 40 students to stay on and participate in physics research for the course of nine weeks, from June to August. There were highs, there were lows, but together everyone put together a summer full of amazing opportunities.
This year was Coe's turn to host the annual Iowa Glass Conference and plans were set in motion to make it the best conference yet. Students Arron Potter and Lisa McDonald co-organized and chaired the event with the help of Professor Doc Feller, which was hosted at Coe College on July 29, 2015. Professors and students from three universities/colleges attended, while many more were represented in the many talks and posters that were presented throughout the course of the day. Lunch was a treat since the options of beef, tilapia, and tofu meant there was the perfect option for everyone. Overall the conference was a great success, with great thanks going out to our keynote speaker Brad Tischendorf for his wonderful talk on applications of glass in implantable medical products.
While last summer was the year of trips for Feller, this year saw the comings and goings of Professor Mario Affatigato many times throughout the three months, much to the dismay of his underlings. However, through frequent use of the interwebs (emails) and the saving grace of Gene Wehr, much progress was made during the summer and three possible papers are now in the works.
Speaking of Gene, this was the last summer Gene will be here at Coe as a full-time member. He has decided to take his second retirement for now, but will still be available for consultation if required. As such, the physics department put together a surprise party with a card and cake to thank Gene for all his hard work and dedication to helping everyone correct their unfixable mistakes again and again. Thank you, Gene, from all of us here at Coe!!!
Not all was work without play. Feller took a group of willing undergrads to the American Players Theatre in Spring Green, Wisconsin to see a stage production of "A Streetcar Named Desire." Unlike usual productions of the play which have the setting in the 1940s, this production was based in the summer of 1963, the summer before John F. Kennedy's assassination. This unique setting proved a charming choice for the production, and everyone felt the sleepy late-night car ride home well worth the trip.
There you have it, folks, the end of another research summer at Coe. While some projects will continue throughout the school year to reach completion, we can't wait to welcome all the new students that will have the opportunity to become part of our research family next year!