Monday, December 28, 2015

New paper .......

On November 27, 2015 the World Journal of Condensed Matter Physics published a new article: "A.L. Gordon, Y. Schwab, B.N. Lang, G.P. Gearhart, T.R. Jobin, J.M. Kaczmar, Z.J. Marinelli, H.S. Mann, B.C. Utter, and G. Scarel, Decoupling the electrical and entropic contributions to energy transfer from infrared radiation to a power generator”.  World J. Cond. Matter Phys. vol. 5, 301-318 (2015)".  Aidan Gordon, Tara. Jobin, Justin Kaczmar, and Zach Marinelli currently are undergraduate students at JMU.  Yosyp Schwab, Brian Lang, Graham Gearhart, and Harkirat Mann graduated in May 2015.  Aidan and Yosyp contributed to modeling.  Brian, Graham, Tara, Justin and Zach performed countless data analysis.  Harkirat, Brian and Zach played a key role in setting up the experiments ......   The figure below shows one of the most significant finding: when infrared radiation hits a thermoelectric device coverd with colored tape the open voltage produced by the device is twice that generated without tape!  Such effect is absent when the thermoelectric device is activated with energy transferred from a resistor through Joule heating.  This finding supports the claim in the title!

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

2015 Photo Gallery Review

Let us look back on 2015 by marking just a few of the moments that stood out to us.

JMU students at the 10th annual Conference for Undergraduate Women in Physics at Duke U.

As well as the APS conference in San Antonio, TX.

Planetarium Director Shanil Virani and a few of our students teaching Staunton kids rocket science!

The lounge gets a much needed and appreciated makeover.

JMU students at CAA at Drexel in sunny Philadelphia.

A proper "send-off" for our former lab manager Art Fovargue.

Congratulations to the Class of 2015!  You all made it!

The Niculescu team lighting things up at JLab.

Our faculty going into the new academic year.
We also welcome Jacob Brown and Dr. Melnikov to the team!

Our PR is simply electrifying!

The esteemed Dr. Mather comes by for a visit!

Thanks to the help of many, a new map is hung depicting where our students have been!

And finally, the 2015 Holiday Video!

Thanks to everyone for a great year and here's to an even better one in 2016!

Sunday, December 13, 2015

'Tis the Season: Faculty Awards

We are celebrating the end of the semester with two new acknowledgements of our faculty's hard work, vision, and talent: 

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 Prof. Chris Hughes has been selected to receive The State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV) Outstanding Faculty Award (OFA), which is the Commonwealth's highest honor for faculty at Virginia's public and private colleges and universities. This is a terrific recognition of his work and a testimony to the excellent work in physics and the encouragement and support of his colleagues. 

JMU's College of Science and Math Distinguished Teacher Award, which was established in 1981 to honor one faculty member annually for exemplary teaching, goes this year to Prof. Scott Paulson.  Scott is also the Cluster 3 (The Natural World) Coordinator for the General Education program at JMU.

 Two much deserved recognitions.

Friday, December 11, 2015

Showing Off Our Students

As a Department, we often talk about all of the places that we've sent our students to.  Whether its recruiting new students, applying for research grants, or just letting the current student body know about the opportunities and connections available to them, there always a need to convey this information.

However, instead of telling people where JMU Physics & Astronomy has been, why don't we show it?

Well now you can!  Hanging in the middle hallway of the Physics floor is a map depicting where our students have gone for Graduate School, participated in REU's & internships, and presented their research at conferences.

This piece allows people to know about the geographic and scholastic opportunities of our department without even talking to a professor, as well as inform students on otherwise unknown REU opportunities, such as MAX IV Lab or Embry-Riddle.

If you know a student (past or present) whose grad school, research experience, or conference is not listed on here, please let the current Student Physics Blogger know so they can add them!  We want this project to be one that not only grows with the department, but also catalogs the achievements of past students.

Many thanks to everyone who helped make this project possible, including Codie Lewis, Adam Miner, Josiah Lapolla, Premal Patel, Natali Bushamani, Evan Meekins, and Dr. Adriana Banu.

Thursday, December 03, 2015

Applications now open for CERN openlab Summer Student Programme 2016

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED: Check out the link below!
CERN is the birthplace of the World Wide Web and where the Higgs particle was discovered by two of the major LHC experiments, the ATLAS and CMS collaborations. The laboratory hosts ground-breaking experiments and is at the heart of the Worldwide LHC Computing Grid (WLCG). This is a place like no other where dizzying IT challenges abound!

Located just outside Geneva, straddling the border between Switzerland and France, CERN explores what matter is made of and what holds it together by accelerating particles to a fraction under the speed of light and then smashing them together. CERN is home to the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), a 27 km circumference accelerator buried 50-175 m below ground. After two years of intense maintenance and consolidation, the LHC was restarted in April 2015, and has since reached higher energy levels than ever before. The CERN Data Centre stores more than 30 petabytes of data per year from the LHC experiments, the equivalent of about 1.2 million Blu-ray discs (i.e. 250 years of HD video). Today, over 120 petabytes of data are permanently archived on tape.

CERN openlab is a unique public-private partnership, first established in 2001, that accelerates the development of cutting-edge solutions for the worldwide LHC community and wider scientific research. Through CERN openlab, CERN collaborates with leading ICT companies and research institutes.

In 2015, a new three-year CERN openlab phase was launched. This tackles ambitious challenges covering the most critical needs of IT infrastructures in domains such as:
• Data Acquisition
• Computing Platforms
• Data Storage Architectures
• Compute Provisioning and Management
• Networks and Communication
• Data Analytics

By joining the CERN openlab Summer Student Programme, you will work with some of the latest hardware and software technologies and see how advanced IT solutions are used in high energy physics. You will have the opportunity to attend a series of lectures developed for the CERN openlab Summer Students, given by IT experts on advanced CERN-related topics. Included in the programme are also visits at the CERN facilities and experiments as well as other research laboratories and companies.

The CERN openlab Summer Student Programme is much more than just a summer at CERN. It can lead to follow-on projects in your home institute. It may even inspire you to become an entrepreneur in cutting-edge computing technologies!

Who should apply?
Bachelor or master students having completed (by the summer of attending) at least three years of full-time studies at university level in Computer Science, Engineering, Mathematics or Physics, interested in working on advanced IT projects for two full months (nine weeks) during the period June-September 2016 are welcome to apply.

How to apply?
The application must be submitted to (link is external) by 28 February 2016 with the following documents attached to it: the applicant’s CV, recommendation letter(s) by university supervisor(s), a motivation letter with an indication of the preferred area of work, and the university declaration for the current year. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Replies to applicants will be sent out by the end of April 2016.

A stipend of 90 CHF per day during contractual dates (generally 61 days) is sponsored by CERN and the CERN openlab industrial members and should cover accommodation and living costs during the nine-week stay. Students are covered by the CERN health and accident insurance scheme, and are offered a travel allowance on a lump sum basis.

Students' projects
Several projects and groups at CERN will host CERN openlab Summer Students. Examples of projects that students undertook in the past years include:
• Porting a Java-based Brain Simulation Software to C++
• Performance study of detector alignment software
• Evaluating the performance of Seagate Kinetic technology and its integration with EOS
• Upgrading the Huawei Cloud Storage Benchmark to make it compatible with ROOT6
• Archiving OpenStack cloud volumes
• Processing of the WLCG job monitoring data using ElasticSearch

A report on the work carried out is to be handed in at the end of the stay. The CERN openlab Summer Students are also given the opportunity to present their work at dedicated lightning talks’ events.

Friday, November 20, 2015

Turning Heads in 11 Dimensions

Nearly half a year ago, Dr. Ilarion Melnikov came to James Madison and was interviewed by students and faculty alike.  Not long after leaving the University with great first impressions, he was asked to join our team, and was "incredibly thrilled they decided to choose me."

A few months later, Dr. Melnikov became part of our Department, and has since made waves.  In our interview, Dr. Melnikov said that he spent his first weeks here "figuring out exactly where I fit into the scheme of things," much of which dealt with his transition from full-time research to teaching.  Melnikov said a lot of advice came from the the faculty, noting their welcoming and helpful nature.

However, it was our impressive student body who made the greatest impact on him.  While Dr. Melnikov said that he wasn't sure what kind of reaction he would receive from students of a primarily experimental Physics Department, he he was "really amazed at the response of students wanting to do theoretical things." Students were stopping by his office so regularly that Dr. Melnikov decided to start up a series of informal meetings on the subject.  He stressed that these meetings are "open for everyone," and will be pushed primarily by students, with him only guiding discussion.

When asked how he sees the theoretical seminars evolving, Dr. Melnikov said that the only additions that he finds beneficial would be increasing student involvement and introducing planned readings, saying that he'd rather "keep it fluid" and stress-free.  Dr. Melnikov is also very interested in increasing interactions with the Math Department, not only because it is closely related to his field of study, but also because it is "important to keep [a] dynamic nature" for interdepartmental work.

If you want talk with Dr. Melnikov either about his research, joining in his research, or just why String Theory is cool, stop by his office or go to his informal seminars Saturday mornings.

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Updates from Infrared Power Generation

Justin Kaczmar, undergraduate student in Physics at JMU, presented a poster entitledCorrelation between the sinusoidal instability in radiation power and the hyperbolic instability in the voltage in infrared power generation” at the International Symposium on Clusters and Nanomaterials held in Richmond (VA), October 26-29 2015.  Justin came back very excited: many people stopped at his poster and asked him many questions!  Great job Justin!  Justin's poster is pictured below.
Dr. Scarel presented a poster on The nano-power generator fabricated with thin atomic layer deposited films” at the AVS 62nd International Symposium held in San José (CA), October 18-23 2015.  Dr. Scarel was the Program chair of the Thin Films Division for this year's edition of the Symposium and will is the chair of the Thin Films Division for the 2015-2016 social year.

Friday, November 13, 2015

Nobel Laureate Dr. John Mather Visits

Our Department had the distinct pleasure of welcoming the esteemed Dr. John Mather to our University this past Thursday.  Our own Shanil Virani introduced Dr. Mather to us all in an HHS lecture hall packed with people of a variety of majors in attendance.  I've been at rock concerts less dense, but those bands do not compare to this rockstar of astrophysics.

After Mr. Virani recited the the Nobel Laureate's long list of projects and achievements, Dr. Mather began his presentation by talking about the history of observational astronomy, which has always carried two main themes; a theory, no matter how peculiar, can only be disproved by observation, and astronomers always need a better telescope.

Dr. Mather then went on to describe how he grew up with the advances in astro-based radiation detection in the 20th century.  These advances culminated in Dr. Mather's 1989 project to send the NASA Cosmic Background Explorer (COBE) into space to observe the background radiation (an experiment which initially failed on Earth).  The results of the COBE observations produced both a background map of the night sky (which is still under investigation today) and a graph that fit the theoretical blackbody radiation from the Big Bang with an error of only a few parts per million.  This experiment, which won Dr. Mather and his colleague Dr. Smoot the Nobel Prize in Physics in 2006, gave a true backbone to the theory of the Big Bang, and has been heralded as "The most important scientific discovery of the century, if not of all time" by physicists like Dr. Steven Hawking.

Dr. Mather then discussed his new project, the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST), which is set to launch into orbit in three years.  Dr. Mather emphasized that the JWST is not designed to replace Hubble, but rather study the infrared sources in our sky, which Hubble is unable to do.  We are very excited to see what sort of data JWST can provide for us, and will be sure to watch it launch into the night sky.  In the meantime, you can watch the JWST being built as it prepares for its voyage.  Thanks again to Dr. Mather for coming to our University!

Friday, October 30, 2015

Standing Out and Gaining an Edge in Pre-Med

When it comes to pairing a major with the Pre-Med track, only a few people choose to pursue Physics, with most people choosing either Biology or Chemistry.  Devin Buennemeyer and Premal Patel, however, go against the grain, and argue as to why more people should do the same.

"Physics gives you critical thinking skills required of a doctor," argued Premal, "both in planning and how to think on your feet...  These are essential in situations like ER."  Devin added on, saying that "[physics] has allowed me to understand my Pre-Med classes better... Now I can understand the processes within the body much better by applying my physics knowledge."  Such topics include fluid dynamics, pressure systems, Brownian motion, and even electromagnetism.

Despite these academic positives (along with a resume that stands out amongst a plethora of applicants), there are a great number of fears and myths that dissuade people from choosing a Physics & Pre-Med route.

When asked why most Pre-Med's shy away from Physics in general, Premal stated that "it's mostly rooted in their physics experiences in high school.  They think of it as a very big barrier in their life... and they don't want to do it again."  Devin agreed, "A lot of people have a bad initial exposure to physics...  They think it's impossible, and that it's ridiculous to be a physics major."  Premal added that too many Pre-Med's are timid of the math behind the physics.  "They're running away for the wrong reasons...  They don't realize that math is a form of logic, and they'll use a lot of math when they're doctors."

In regards to practically completing the route in four years, Devin answered, "Physics & Pre-Med is unique... And there are challenges that come along with being unique, such as less advice on scheduling."  "The Bio-Physics track has the same requirements as a Pre-Med, with a few more [physics] classes on top," said Premal.  "To do pre-med proper, though, there are a few more Bio & Psych classes to prepare for the MCAT."  It should be noted that Devin, in spite of these constraints, is set to complete the Physics & Pre-Med route in the planned four years this coming Spring, and has had enough time to participate in clubs, maintain a high GPA, and score very well on the MCAT.

"I looked into physics, and the reason I chose it was because I failed it," expressed Premal, who went on to explain how the major, despite its hardships could only add to his intelligence and skills.  "There are many factors involved in any problem as a doctor, just as there are in physics."  "Physics majors have the highest IQ score," said Devin, "and to study what the smartest people in the world study is daunting...  Don't let the challenges intimidate you, let them encourage you."

Sunday, October 25, 2015

By Students, For Students, and Bringing in More Students

The James Madison Society of Physics Students (SPS) has been providing a social outlet for the physics students here for years, and is truly a central aspect of the physics community.  I asked a range of students how they view the current SPS, and the different services and events they provide for the students.

When asked how inviting the SPS is, all of the students said that the current SPS does a very good job.  The SPS transmits information about the organization and its events very efficiently, and the newly renovated student lounge is very "relaxed and welcoming."  Underclassmen cited that this allows them not only to know the people in their class, but also junior and senior physics majors.

These initiatives, such as the mentoring program, help underclassmen with much of the intimidation they have of upperclassmen, particularly seniors.  Similarly, some expressed the importance of activities to create a sense of community among the freshman class early on in their first semester, since "240 is pretty spread out," meaning many freshman do not know each other.  This might help more students stay in the major.

When asked what other activities or events the SPS should host, it was suggested that the society hosts "topic studies," which involves students studying a topic together in an informal, yet productive, manner.  That said, everyone expressed their great satisfaction in the SPS, and said that the society fulfills everything that is expected of them.  To eveyone who helps make the SPS function, thank you for providing such a great community!

Monday, October 12, 2015

Physics Phun for Everyone

This past Saturday, the Department held an open house for prospective students to learn more about what it means to be a physics major at JMU. Dr.Virani, Director of the John C. Wells Planetarium, talked to the potential students and their parents about academic life, research opportunities, and how physics can benefit on an inter-disciplinary level.  After hearing Dr. Virani, the students then explored the Department and talked to the professors and students upstairs.

While Dr. Virani and the research labs were upstairs entertaining the students already interested in the major, a team of students were downstairs showing off the "phun" of physics to the general public, and getting even more students to consider physics at JMU.  Needless to say, we blinded them with science.

Here we showed people how great static electricity can easily be produced by the "rubbing off" of charges, even if the source of power is man-driven.  This setup also showed the public how those charges can break any insulation in the air to cause a small lightning strike, as well as how the distance between the two charged points increases the probability of discharge.

Audiences marveled at the long streaks of electricity produced by the Van der Graffe, and at how rapidly electricity could be shot from the charged ball to the grounding stick.

All while the user remains unharmed!

They were even more impressed when they saw the electric discharge go through an uncharged metal sphere to get to the grounding stick, thus completing a circuit.

As with any good physics demonstration, we persuaded people to trust us and touch the Van der Graffe so their hair would stick up.

Many did so, and even more talked with us about the physics of the charge distribution, how the circuit is completed using your own body, and what happens where your hands are taken away.

Thanks to all of the students and faculty who helped make the Physics and Astronomy open house a reality, as well as all of the people who visited us!

We hope to see you experimenting with angular momentum in our halls again!

Thursday, October 08, 2015

2016 Conference for Undergraduate Women in Physics

The next Conference for Undergraduate Women in Physics is approaching. The closest conference to JMU will be hosted by Old Dominion University and Jefferson Lab.  The conference will start with a welcome reception Friday evening, January 15, 2016, and ends Sunday afternoon, January 17
There are only 9 days left to apply for one of the 2016 Conferences for Undergraduate Women in Physics. The application site is now open and closes October 16, 2015.  

The keynote presentation will be given by Ginger Kerrick, who is a flight director at Johnson Space Center, and will be webcast to all nine regional conferences.   The Saturday after dinner speaker at Old Dominion University is Dr. Kathryn Flanagan  the interim director of the Space Telescope Science Institute, which operates the Hubble Telescope.  In addition, we will have the following activities:
  1.  Presentations by professional physicists on their cutting edge research and personal career  paths; 
  2.  Panels featuring career opportunities outside academia, professional skills, and resiliency;
  3.  Workshops or panels offering guidance on how to get involved in summer research, the graduate  school application process, and preparing for and applying for jobs in industry; 
  4.  An opportunity for undergraduate attendees to present their research in a poster session; 
  5.  A tour of the Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility;
  6.  A graduate school and career fair with resources from national physics-related societies. 
Lodging and meals will be provided for participants who are accepted to the conference.

More information on the Old Dominion University/Jefferson Lab can be found onthe website: Websites for the other conference sites are given on the APS page at

Monday, October 05, 2015

A New Face in the Stockroom

The Department welcomes Jacob Brown as the new Lab Manager and successor to the now retired Art Fovargue.  While Jacob has been around the full student body for only a month, he is already greatly impressed by the energy, friendliness, and professionalism of the physics majors.  “A lot of the students have been open… and I’ve gotten to know a few by name and also what research they’re doing,” says Jacob, who feels like the community has taken him in since day one.

Jacob enjoys how much more energy there is in the academic community than the private industry, much of which comes from the dynamic pace of week to week lab schedules.  While he’s cautious to make sure the labs works properly, Jacob is very much eager to perform hands-on experiments across a wide array of physical topics.  He also takes full advantage of the “educational opportunities” provided by the department, be it seminars or just talking with students and faculty about their fields of research.

            Although Jacob had a peak interest in Environmental Physics after undergrad, his advice for students going into the private sector is anything but narrow.  “One thing good for me was to try some different career categories,” says Jacob, who advises that having a “broadened experience” will lead to a much more fulfilling career than otherwise.  “Look at a lot of options… Take what interests you more than what pays more.  You’ll contribute a lot of your life to this work.”  Jacob also suggests that during interviews, prospective employees should “make the interview a comfortable atmosphere… not just a drill…  Be sure to convey to the employer your energy and genuine interest in the company.”  Lastly, Jacob strongly suggests applicants always “overdress for an interview….  I was always surprised at how much this affected [employers’] perceptions of candidates.”

            You can find Jacob in the Stockroom (PHYS 2354) office, where the door is always open for science and good company.

Monday, September 28, 2015

Atomic Layer Deposition: Russia 2015

On September 21-23 2015, Dr. Scarel participated to the Symposium on Atomic Layer Deposition: Russia 2015.  The event took place in Moscow and was hosted by the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology.  Dr. Scarel was invited to present her research on Atomic layer deposition for rare earth oxides and thermoelectric thin films”.  She described her research before joining JMU and her research at JMU with our undergraduate students.  The symposium is historic in the Atomic Layer Deposition field because for the first time the Russian, European, and North American ALD teams confronted each other face-to-face.  Below is a picture of the participants.  Dr. Scarel is on the top row, toward the left ..... in the middle of the crowd.

Sunday, September 20, 2015

"You're the Expert" with Dr. Anca Constantin

This past Thursday, our own Dr. Anca Constantin joined a gut-busting troupe of comedians at the Court Square Theatre for “You’re the Expert,” with Chris Duffy.

Along with Duffy and Dr. Constantin, the comedy cocktail included Anna Drezen, the associate editor of ReductressMaeve Higgins from Inside Amy Schumer, and Nick Vatterott of Comedy Central.   

Throughout the night, the comedians had to guess at topics such as Dr. Constantin’s title, research focus, personal life, and various astronomy terms and acronyms.  Laughter rang aloud throughout the night, with jokes including astronauts with space shotguns and space whiskey, the ethics of interplanetary affairs, and that the Bootes Void is right under Orion’s Belt.  

Despite the ensemble of laughter, the night was dedicated to the integration of comedy with education.  While there were educational aspects within much of the comedy, such as highlighting the difference between astronomy and astrology, proper time was dedicated to focus in on Dr. Constantin’s experience as an Astronomer and Professor.  During this time, she touched on what inspired her, the current state of astronomy, and the potential of her research.

If the comedians on stage gave any indication of the audience (both of whom didn’t have any previous knowledge on the subject), then everyone was thoroughly intrigued by the vastness and wonder of astronomical research. We thank Chris, Nick, Maeve, and Anna for coming to Harrisonburg to make us laugh while we learn, and learn while we laugh.

Dr. Constantin’s comedy hour was recorded in front of a live viewing audience, and will be posted on the “You’re the Expert” podcast on iTunesStitcher, and SoundCloud.  There you can also catch previous episodes of “You’re the Expert,” with new entries added semiweekly!

Talking Physics with Chris Duffy of NPR's "You're the Expert"

We've all been there: you're reading a textbook when, suddenly, the word “Clearly” precedes an equation that came straight out of left field.  You question where this came from, why and if this matters, and even your own intelligence.  More often than not this is exactly how our friends and loved ones feel when we try to talk to them about our Newtonian passions. 

Chris Duffy, host of “You’re the Expert,” knows the value and challenge of communicating scientific ideas with those outside of the academic bubble.  On his radio show, Duffy hosts a conversation between a professor and several comedians, making the learning experience more available through comedy.

The Department hosted Duffy for this week’s seminar, which was an interactive workshop on how the students and faculty can better engage the general populous with scientific thought.  This included recognizing audience mannerisms, maintaining a proper communication link, and the importance of answering questions authentically. 

These are certainly skills that we, as members of the scientific community, must be familiar with, both in the classroom and outside.  We thank Chris Duffy for coming to James Madison to make us laugh, remind us of the importance of public outreach, and teach us how to do both!

You can listen to previous entries of Chris Duffy’s “You’re the Expert” for free in the Podcast section of iTunes, Stitcher, and SoundCloud, with new episodes added semiweekly!

Saturday, September 19, 2015

Meet This Year’s Student Blogger: Evan Meekins

The newly (last year’s) established tradition, to have a student blog for this house (department, that is) continues this year with… Evan Meekins.  We bid Keely fair well in her new journey into graduate school in physics at Emory University.

Evan was an easy and rather obvious choice, albeit from among a few passionate applicants for this position.   Evan is a published author.  "The Black Banner" is his first book, and fans of fantasy fiction and those new or unfamiliar to the genre are strongly encouraged to give it a read.  He confesses that this is only the first in a series of fantasy fiction novels which revolve around the fictional land of Verden amidst, obviously, quite a variety of enchanting adventures.    Here is a good place to start.

You have read about his accomplishments in nuclear astrophysics here and here.  He spent last summer as a SUPERS at University of Pennsylvania as one of the interns in this prestigious undergraduate program for educating radiation scientists. 

He plans to enchant us with a post per week.   Nevertheless, chances are we might see more than that from him.  He seems unstoppable.    While, in his own words, the work ethic of a student author cannot be a game of “catch-up”, but rather it needs need to be a “finish ASAP” mentality in order for any real time to be given to writing, he wholeheartedly applied for this position, and he is on a roll on this new endeavor. 

We had an unusual visit for our seminar last week, and Evan’s first post with impressions about this (double) event is coming soon.  Get ready for yet another fantastic ride on News and Feats from JMU’s Physics and Astronomy Department. 

Saturday, September 05, 2015

JMU Physics Faculty lecturing at an International Nuclear Physics Summer School

Dr. Adriana Banu has been invited recently to give lectures at the 2nd NUBA International Nuclear Physics Summer School organized by the Akdeniz University, in Antalya, Turkey. The topic of Dr. Banu's lectures was primarily focused on Analog and Digital Electronics in Nuclear Physics Experiments.

During her stay at the the Akdeniz University, Dr. Banu also took the opportunity to visit their local clinical electron linear accelerator, a bremsstrahlung research facility similar to the JMU's Madison Radiation Laboratory scheduled now to become accessible in the Madison Hall by Fall of 2016.

Madison Hall making it one of the very few undergraduate departments in the nation to have an on-campus nuclear physics facility. - See more at:
Madison Hall making it one of the very few undergraduate departments in the nation to have an on-campus nuclear physics facility. - See more at:
Madison Hall making it one of the very few undergraduate departments in the nation to have an on-campus nuclear physics facility. - See more at: