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Physics and Astronomy Defeats Mathematics at Annual Softball Game
September 2017
At the annual softball match between the Mathematics department and the Physics and Astronomy department, Physics and Astronomy prevailed with a final score of 7-4. Fifteen department members participated, including faculty, staff, postdocs, graduate students, and undergraduates. We all had a lot of fun being outdoors on a beautiful fall afternoon. Thanks to everyone from both departments who played and came to watch and cheer us all on. A special recognition goes out to those who were trying out softball for the very first time, and those who returned to the field for the first time in years. We are looking forward to next year's match!

2017 Solar Eclipse

Viewing of Partial Solar Eclipse
August 2017
Graduate students set up a telescope outside of the Collaborative Learning and Innovation Complex (CLIC) to view a partial solar eclipse, using a special filter to view the eclipse safely. Several members of the department and even passers-by got a chance to view this exciting celestial phenomenon. In Medford at the height of the eclipse, the moon covered about 63 percent of the sun. You can learn more about how solar eclipses work. The next solar eclipse visible in North America will be in April 2024.

Tim Atherton

Professor Atherton Wins Tufts University's Recognition Of Undergraduate Teaching Excellence (ROUTE)
July 2017
The Department of Physics and Astronomy is delighted to congratulate faculty member Tim Atherton, who was today awarded the University-wide Recognition of Undergraduate Teaching Excellence (ROUTE) prize. This award is awarded annually to a junior faculty member of the Faculty of Arts, Sciences and Engineering who has displayed exceptional teaching and advising, concern for students' academic and personal growth, and the ability to convey passion and enthusiasm for his or her field of study. Atherton's citation singled out his creation of a project-based class on Computational Physics, use of an innovative "cyclic approach" to teaching introductory physics classes and outstanding mentoring of undergraduates.

Undergraduate student

Tufts Professors Awarded $1 Million Grant to Boost Diversity in Natural Sciences
July 2017
A group of faculty at Tufts University's School of Arts and Sciences has received a $1 million grant from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) to broaden participation and cultivate the talents of undergraduate students of diverse backgrounds in the natural sciences. Known as the Listening Project, the five-year initiative aims to increase instructors' awareness of implicit and unconscious bias and support their efforts to elicit and cultivate the productive beginnings of scientific thought in all students. The program will provide science faculty and teaching assistants in introductory science courses with support to enhance their ability to elicit, recognize, interpret, and respond meaningfully to all students' thinking and reasoning regardless of their cultural background or prior preparation. It will be led by Roger Tobin, professor of physics; David Hammer, professor of education and physics; Juliet Fuhrman, professor of immunology and infectious disease; Susan Koegel, senior lecturer of cell biology and immunology; and Donna Qualters, director of the university's Center for the Enhancement of Learning and Teaching
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