December 2013

Mindy Cartolano (Physics '13) and Dr. Darren Craig Publish Paper in Physics of Plasmas

Posted December 23, 2013 by Physics

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Mindy Cartolano at the MSTMindy Cartolano (Physics ’13) and Dr. Darren Craig received word that the paper they recently submitted to Physics of Plasmas has been accepted for publication. The paper entitled “Statistical analysis of variations in impurity ion heating at reconnection events in the Madison Symmetric Torus” summarizes research that Mindy did for her honor’s thesis at Wheaton. The published study describes observations of ion heating during reconnection in a large plasma experiment at the University of Wisconsin – Madison. Reconnection is a process that converts magnetic energy to thermal or kinetic energy in plasmas. This process is active in laboratory plasmas and throughout the universe in places like the earth’s magnetosphere and the solar corona.

Mindy is currently pursuing a PhD in physics at the University of Illinois - Urbana Champaign. Read more about Dr. Craig's research here.

Partime Position Available

Posted December 4, 2013 by Physics


The Physics Department at Wheaton College is looking for an instructor to teach one introductory level lab section for the Spring 2014 semester. The course is the second semester of an algebra‐based general physics course and covers electricity and magnetism, optics, and some modern physics. A Bachelor’s degree in physics or engineering is required and a Masters or PhD in physics or engineering is strongly preferred. Experience teaching physics for pre‐health professions students is desirable. Job duties include being present at all lab sessions (Tuesday mornings, 7:30 – 10:30 AM), interacting with students during lab on a one‐on‐one level and occasionally in a mini‐lecture format, overseeing an undergraduate student teaching assistant, and attending lab practice sessions once a week with other instructors and student teaching assistants (time TBD).

Wheaton College is an evangelical Christian liberal arts college whose faculty and staff affirm a Statement of Faith and adhere to lifestyle expectations. The College complies with federal and state guidelines of nondiscrimination in employment. Women and minority applicants are strongly encouraged to apply. A letter of interest and a CV should be sent to Dr. Darren Craig, Chair of Physics, 501 College Ave., Wheaton, IL 60187 or emailed to Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.

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