August 2012 The Physics Group in the REVS-UP program completed its work after completing a number of experiments, all of which led to to the transition from Classical to Modern Physics. Here is the list of experiments:
- Measurement of the speed of light
- Measurement of the temperature dependence of blackbody radiation
- Millikan's Oildrop Experiment, which measures the charge of the electron
- Rutherford Scattering Experiemnt, which led to the discovery of the atomic nucleus
- Measurement of Planck's constant using the photoelectric effect
- Bragg scattering of crystal lattices
- Measurement of Planck's constant by measuring the Balmer series in hydrogen
- Measurement of the muon lifetime
- One Photon at a Time: A measurement of wave-particle duality of photons.
The members of the Physics Group were:
- Mei Mei Chan
- Travis Christolear
- Kevis Ozel
- Alex Pearson
- Christian Perez
- Luke Singleton
- Po Tsui
- Colin Smith, teacher at Centennial High School
- David Lao, CSUB Student Assistant
- Faculty Advisors: Dr. Vladimir Gasparyan
- Dr. Thomas Meyer
For a view of the two posters presented at the 2012 CSUB Chevron REVS-UP poster presentation
The two posters won First and Third Prize at the poster competition.
July 2012. Drs. Gasparyan and Meyer organize a Physics program as part of the REVS-UP (Research Experience Vitalizing Science University Program) funded by Chevron Corp. The four-week program begins on July 9. Seven Kern County high school students and one teacher will perform a number of important experiments that led to the development of modern physics at the beginning of the 20th century.
June 2012. The University has broken ground for the new Engineering facility at CSUB. The first stage, to be completed in August 2012, consists of a 1200 sq ft lab for Material Sciences, an 800 sq ft lab for student projects and student research, and a 750 sq ft storage facility. A second stage, to be completed in March 2013, will consist of a Fluid Dynamics Lab and a Power Semiconductor Lab, as well as a technician's office and restrooms.
June 2012. Congratulations to Brittany Camirand, LuisGonzalez, David Lao, and Michael Newell for graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree in Physics from CSUB. Mike Newell graduated with a double major in Physics and Mathematics and he has been accepted to graduate school in Physics at the University of California, Santa Cruz.
June 2012. The Department of Physics and Engineering is happy to announce that Dr. Dana M. Stevenson Abouelnasr and Dr. Luis Cabrales Arriaga have agreed to join our faculty to develop and implement the new program in Engineering Sciences.
Dr. Abouelnasr received a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from Georgia Tech and a Master of Public Health From Emory University. She is presently the Head of the Department of Chemical Engineering at the American University of Sharjah (United Arab Emirates). Her research interests include the study of environmental contamination at petroleum waste sites.
Dr. Cabrales received a Ph.D. in Plant and Soil Science from Texas Tech and a MS in Chemical Engineering, also from Texas Tech. He is presently a Research Associate at the Fiber and Biopolymer Research Institute at Texas Tech. His research interests include the surface functionalization of materials with plasma, chemical vapor and atomic layer deeposition processes, the nanotechnology applied to textile materials and the manufacturing of nanofibers and nanomaterials.
April 2012. The Chancellor of the California State University gave final approval to the new Engineering Sciences Program at CSUB. The program will become operational in Fall 2012.