Dr. Heather M. Whitney was given the 2014 Young Alumnus Achievement Award by her alma mater, King University >> in Bristol, Tennessee. The award is given to highlight exemplary work that reflects well on the principles of the institution.
“I am honored to receive this award from King, where I learned from many professors who had a love of the Christian liberal arts. I pass on their spirit of teaching every day to my students at Wheaton College and am proud to do so.”
Meryl Vannoy (Liberal Arts Engineering / Chemical Engineering '17) presents her poster during the Wheaton College Undergraduate Poster Competition, organized by the Buswell Library. Students from all academic discipline were able to participate. Meryl presented her poster on the research that she had done over the summer at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in the Chemistry Department. Her research focused on hybrid materials (thermoplastics) and their shape change during 3D printing. Pictures from the event can be found on the library's facebook page >>.
Dr. Heather M. Whitney was invited to speak at the 2015 Winter Meeting of the American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT) conference in San Diego, CA. Her presentation, “Discourse Communities as a Framework for Writing in Physics” was prepared in collaboration with Dr. Jim Beitler of the Wheaton College Department of English.
“I was excited to share with the AAPT community the work we are doing in my classes to incorporate writing as a structure that supports the learning of physics, said Dr. Whitney. “Dr. Beitler and I worked to incorporate the principles of writing communities into the course I teach on Analytical Mechanics. Writing communities share domains of knowledge in content, rhetoric, writing method, and genre so that the writing process is more holistic and supportive of learning in many ways.”
Dr. Whitney incorporated the ideas of a discourse community, most practically through writing workshops, in PHYS341, the department’s Analytical Mechanics course. All students reported being satisfied or highly satisfied with the process, and all students reported that they believed it to be a strong support in their learning of mechanics. She looks forward to further incorporating discourse community principles in the department’s sophomore-level Modern Science Skills Laboratory.
Andrew Keeler (Physics ’13) has published research done with Dr. Heather M. Whitney. The article, “Characterization and suppression techniques for degree of radiation damping in inversion recovery measurements”, is in press in the journal Spectroscopy Letters.
“Andrew’s article reflects the first steps of a long-term research project I am engaged in to understand how magnetization transfer measurements of the states of protons in macromolecular systems are affected by experiment factors that can sometimes be nonideal, such as radiation damping,” said Dr. Whitney. “His work demonstrated that a method published previously in the literature that applied to one type of sample can be applied to samples of a range of longitudinal relaxation times. It is unusual for undergraduate students to work on quantitative nuclear magnetic resonance measurements, and Andrew has done well.”
Jonathan Cuthbertson (Physics '15) is fascinated by lasers. Last year he build his own laser, this year he takes it up a notch. For his final project in Digital Electronics (also known as Computer Data Acquisition, an upper level elective course) he and his lab partner are building a laser harp, using the new 3D printer. "It's a very cool experience, it's just exciting that Wheaton has this, ... and that as students we can use this on a daily basis."