Physics Articles & Blogs

Frank Abell reaches for a glass chemistry tube on a shelf
December 1, 2017
Frank Abell remembers the day his son visited his office on the first floor of Arthur M. Sackler Sciences Center. Abell, Clark University’s laboratory manager/chemical safety officer, sat at his desk amid filing cabinets and boxes of supplies as students and professors rotated through. Undergraduates sought to buy white...
Bernny Ramirez looking at earthworm through glass tank
August 24, 2017
Scientists often borrow from nature when developing some of their best ideas. Look no further than earthworms. Their squiggly, tunneling movements have already inspired researchers to dream up robots that could inch along the ground in military reconnaissance missions, or create devices that could thread their way through...
Nikolay Ionkin seated on chair before chalkboard with numbers
August 18, 2017
Ever since he was a boy playing with toy cars, Nikolay Ionkin ’18 has had a fascination with things that go. He imagined himself working in the automotive industry, but he never thought that physics might help him get there. A high school teacher convinced him otherwise. And when he entered Clark, he began taking physics...
Clark student shows two children and their parent a science experiment
May 4, 2017
As many educators and parents know, one of the best ways to teach kids about science is by letting them experiment. So when undergraduate students from Clark’s Physics Department held a workshop recently at the annual Cambridge Science Festival, they didn’t lecture kids about the concepts of elasticity, surface tension and...
Michael Boyer in his lab at Clark University
January 11, 2017
Over the past few years, the world has experienced a severe shortage of helium, a byproduct of natural gas extraction. And although vast amounts of helium recently were discovered in Tanzania, helium is still a finite resource on Earth.
Clark University alumnus Leo Breton invented mobile vehicle emissions testing system
November 30, 2016
When Leo Breton ’85 was getting ready to apply to colleges, he already knew he was going to major in physics. His mother suggested he check out Clark University because of its links with Robert H. Goddard, “the father of modern rocketry.” Clark was the only university to receive Breton’s application. Leo Breton '85 It’s...
Alexander Vesenka wants to create a makerspace on Clark University's Worcester campus.
October 25, 2016
When Alexander Vesenka ’18 isn’t busy making people laugh, he’s busy “making” in a whole different sense.
Physics students Nikolay Ionkin and Nathan Fitzpatrick look over a physics experiment
September 20, 2016
Two undergraduates majoring in physics at Clark University are working with their professor, Arshad Kudrolli, to fine-tune a mathematical model that captures the development of erosion underground. Their research, part of a summer LEEP project, eventually could help scientists better understand the effects of hydraulic...
Undergraduate students at Clark University purify proteins in the laboratory of Donald Spratt
August 24, 2016
Clark University juniors Navid Al Hossain ’18 and Michael Gaiewski ’18 spent the summer delving into the mathematical modeling of gene expression, the process through which genetic information in DNA drives the synthesis of protein products. They worked in the laboratory of Jacqueline Dresch, an assistant professor in the...
Jake Kramer talks to computer science students while holding an Amazon Echo speaker; visiting professor and former Amazon manager Kenneth Basye watches from the audience
June 21, 2016
When students at more than 1,000 colleges and universities ranked the companies where they’d like to work, the top six probably drew little surprise: Google, Apple, Microsoft, Facebook, Intel and Amazon. You’ll find Clark University graduates at all of these top picks, and over the past several years, Clark computer...
Arshad Kudrolli Physics
January 25, 2016
Dynamical jamming might sound like the latest music craze to hit Clark University, but it's actually cutting-edge technology that one day might enhance the fit of prosthetic limbs.
May 8, 2014
Five Clark undergraduates — Xiying Huang '16, Ruoyang Lin '16, Andrew Masley '14, David Scheff '15 and Zhuoming (Colin) Tan '16 — took part in The 8th Annual Cambridge Science Festival at the Cambridge Public Library on Saturday, April 19.