Gravitational Waves Detected 100 years after Einstein's Prediction

LIGO Opens New Window on the Universe with Observation of Gravitational Waves from Colliding Black Holes HWS Associate Professor of Physics Steven Penn Played Major Role in Mirror Substrate and Coating Design for LIGO Research Project For the first time, scientists have observed ripples in the fabric of spacetime called gravitational waves, arriving at the earth from a cataclysmic event in the d...  More >>

Penn Provides Important LIGO Update

Associate Professor of Physics Steven Penn will give a public presentation at Hobart and William Smith Colleges on Thursday, Feb. 11 as part of an important update regarding the search for gravitational waves - 100 years after Albert Einstein predicted their existence. The HWS presentation will be held in conjunction with a live press conference by the National Science Foundation (NSF) that's bri...  More >>

Physics Students Compete in SpaceX Contest

A team of Hobart and William Smith physics students recently had their preliminary design accepted to the first-ever SpaceX Hyperloop Pod Competition Design Weekend, beating out hundreds of universities, companies and individuals from around the world. Of the 1,200 designs submitted, the HWS team was chosen as one of 124 teams from 16 countries to advance to the final stage of the design process ...  More >>

Richard S. Perkin Observatory Nears Completion

Hobart and William Smith Colleges are currently in the final stages of building the Richard S. Perkin Observatory, a teaching and outreach facility that will provide students with opportunities to observe and photograph objects trillions of miles from Earth. Located adjacent to the Katherine D. Elliott Studio Arts Center, the observatory will be ready for use in the spring 2016 semester. "The que...  More >>

Calnan '17 Reflects on Engineering Program

Scott Calnan '17 has always had a creative and inventive mind. That focus, combined with a passion for mathematics, physics and other areas of science have been the catalyst for his exploration of engineering as part of the Colleges' special dual-degree program with the Thayer School of Engineering at Dartmouth College. "I chose the HWS Physics Department's engineering dual-degree program because...  More >>



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