Physics and Astronomy Lecture: The New Field of Gravitational Wave Astronomy and Astrophysics by Observations with LIGO

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Coos Bay, OR – Southwestern Oregon Community College Physics and Astronomy Lecture Series welcomes Dr. Raymond Frey from the University of Oregon Physics Department on Thursday November 4, 2021 at 6:30 pm to discuss the new field of observation of gravitational waves with Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO) and its implications on the frontiers of astronomy. Join us via Livestream at https://livestream.com/swocc/physicsandastronomy2021-22.  Dr. Frey led …

Physics Student is Melting Glass Ceilings

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Editor’s Note: Nicole Wales discovered a passion for science while taking physics courses at Southwestern in 2016. The following story shares Nicole’s inspiring path from Coos Bay to a University of Oregon research lab, and on to MIT. Story courtesy of University of Oregon, Oregon Quarterly, AroundtheO ––By Ed Dorsch, BA ’94 (English, sociology), MA ’99 (journalism), a staff writer for …

We can’t wait: New health and science labs open fall 2021!

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Fall term 2021, COVID-willing, Southwestern’s science, nursing and paramedicine instructors will welcome students into their new labs. Imagine working on a team of inventors in a highly advanced physics and engineering lab. You (or maybe your daughter or son) study alongside a trained NASA scientist. You experiment with solar power systems and other forms of energy. New equipment. New technology. …

Southwestern students on lookout for space debris

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Courtesy of The World Newspaper – Jillian Ward COOS COUNTY – Students at Southwestern Oregon Community College are on the lookout for both asteroids and micrometeorites. Dr. Aaron Coyner, associate professor of physics at SWOCC, has students participating in two new projects. The first is Project Stardust, which is searching for micrometeorites in Coos County. “Meteorites are fragments of space …

Southwestern Physics to simulcast NASA coverage of Mars landing

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Coos Bay, OR – Explore Mars with us! The Physics and Engineering department at Southwestern Oregon Community College will simulcast the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) TV coverage of the Mars Perseverance Rover landing on Thursday, February 18, 2021 beginning at 11:30 am. Join Dr. Aaron Coyner and others interested in space exploration to celebrate the landing of our newest rover and discuss …

Physics & Astronomy Lecture Series: “Smelling Better than a Bear”

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UPDATE: This lecture will now take place on Thursday, February 25, 2021 at 6:30 p.m. (it was previously scheduled for Feb. 18). As part of Southwestern Oregon Community College’s 2020-21 Physics and Astronomy Lecture Series, we welcome Dr. Scott Holmstrom of the University of Tulsa Department of Physics and Engineering. Dr. Holmstrom will present a lecture entitled, “Smelling Better than a …

Physics and Astronomy Lecture Series: Human Exploration – It’s Not a Book of Knowledge … It’s a Journey

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Coos Bay, OR – As part of Southwestern Oregon Community College’s 2020-21 Physics and Astronomy Lecture Series, we are welcoming Dr. Jeff Goldstein of the National Center for Earth and Space Science Education on Saturday, January 16, 2021 at 12pm, for his talk “Human Exploration – It’s Not a Book of Knowledge … It’s a Journey”. The talk will be Livestreamed and can be accessed …

Southwestern’s Physics and Astronomy Virtual Lecture Series presents Biomedical Applications of Nanotechnology

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Coos Bay, OR – Southwestern Oregon Community College welcomes Dr. Jason Hafner from Rice University in Houston, Texas to present at the first lecture of our 2020-21 Physics and Astronomy Virtual Lecture series. Dr. Hafner is a physics, astronomy and chemistry professor who will discuss his biomedical research on nanotechnology applications and how it may apply to early diagnosis of medical conditions and …

Today’s science-minded students aspire to be tomorrow’s inventors

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When Rose Garrett and Tyrone Stagner graduated in 2018, it was a bit of a surprise to see this dynamic science duo back on our Coos Campus in 2019. Some students just can’t get enough of Southwestern’s science classes. “It makes a huge difference being able to have a small class and ask those questions,” Tyrone said. “I realized how …