Out of this world: Physicist lectures on how to detect gravitational waves

Jonah Kanner, a research scientist at the California Institute of Technology, spoke about the detection of gravity waves in Ahmanson Lecture Hall on April 22. Kanner collaborates with the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory to analyze data and observe gravitational waves. Students viewed simulations of black holes and stars merging together that illustrated how gravitational waves […]

UCLA professor speaks to physics students

Professor Katsuhi Arisaka from the Department of Physics and Astronomy at UCLA came to speak to any interested students or faculty  about the creation of the universe and the scientific connections between the brain of the C. elegan and the human during break on Monday. Arisaka began his lecture by discussing the origins of the […]

Steve Yang ’08: Physics

Steve Yang ’08, a former teaching assistant at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, will return to his alma mater to join the science department as a Physics teacher this year. After graduating from Harvard-Westlake, Yang went on to earn a Bachelor of Science from USC and a Master of Arts from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in structural engineering. […]

Feulner to leave science department

After 37 years at the school, physics teacher John Feulner will retire to the Pennsylvania countryside. In addition to teaching physics, during his time at the school, Feulner has been Chair of the Building Committee, Head of the Science Department and a middle school science teacher. “I had no idea when I took the job […]

Physics teacher writes book

Upper school science teacher Antonio Nassar co-authored a research book entitled “Quantum Measurement in Bohmian Mechanics.” Nassar wrote the book with professor Salvador Merte-Artes from the Spanish Institute of Technology, what Nassar calls “the center for theoretical research in Europe.” Nassar has over 60 published academic articles, and his knowledge and research from those papers […]

Students observe partial solar eclipse

The Astronomy Club, science teacher John Feulner’s 7th period physics class, and other students observed the partial solar eclipse on October 23. Some students brought their own telescopes, and others used those provided by Feulner. The eclipse peaked at 2:45 p.m., Feulner said. Students were cautioned not to look directly at the sun because the […]

Senior builds acoustics models for physics lab

When Head Prefect Michael Wagmeister ’13 contacted physics teacher Antonio Nassar looking for a summer internship, he expected data recording, but instead found himself discussing the Higgs Boson discovery with physics grad students and designing a scale model of an experimental cell. Wagmeister worked at a UCLA Physics research lab with Professor Gary Williams, an […]

UCLA professor discusses physics behind cellphones

A college professor visited the science directed studies class to discuss the math and physics behind the iPod and cell phones on Oct. 26. Dr. Rajeev Jain (Gautam ’08, Siddarth ’03) is a professor of electrical engineering at UCLA. He explained how sound waves are converted into binary code, information useful for digital music storing […]