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The Physics of Success

June 14, 2004

Physics Club members have dropped pumpkins from the rooftop of Olin Center for Physics and Chemistry to study the properties of falling bodies. They’ve hosted a take-things-apart day to discover how familiar devices are put together. And now they’ve been named an outstanding chapter by the Society of Physics Students for 2002-03. Fewer than 10 percent of chapters nationwide are so honored, or about one per state.

“We’ve got a very special group of students,” says Thomas Olsen, associate professor of physics and chapter adviser. “They are the future leaders of our profession, and it’s a joy to see them excel.”

The honor is based on the depth and breadth of chapter activities in areas such as physics research, public science outreach, physics tutoring programs, physics conferences and meetings, and social interaction for members.

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