Physics – A reunion, poker and a Feller farewell

Over 125 people attended the physics reunion June 29 through July 1. Alumni were joined by physics faculty, undergraduate student researchers and administration. The reunion weekend featured tours, presentations and introductions.

Student and alumni presentations were plentiful as were tours of Peterson Hall, networking, banquet food, poker and some staggering statistics. In total, 871 Coe physicists have attended 233 national or international conferences since 1985. In the past year, more than a dozen papers have been published, new grants are approaching $1 million and Coe was the host of the All-Iowa Glass Conference.

After 39 years of service at Coe, B.D. Silliman Professor of Physics Dr. Steven “Doc” Feller announced his transition from classroom to research-with-undergraduates professor, making way for his replacement Dr. Caio Barca Bragatto. Also acknowledged was Dr. Firdevs Duru, professor of astrophysics.

In honor of Dr. Feller’s incredible career and his commitment to teaching and research, an endowed chair will be established in his name. The purpose of the Steven A. Feller Endowed Chair in Physics will be to carry on his work providing students and faculty with a wide range of research opportunities, making science accessible to young people for generations to come. To honor Steve and support this effort, please click here.

Coe College E-News, September 5, 2018