September 2012 Archives

Dr. Partha Comes to Eames Honors House

parthatalk.jpgEames Honors House hosted Physics professor, Dr. Partha Chowdhury, on Wednesday from 6:00-7:00. About 40 honors students attended Dr. Partha's talked about very very very small things. He took the students on a journey where 99.95% of all matter resides. Can you think about something that is one millionth of a millionth of a millimeter? There are similarities between very small things (atomic nuclei) and very large things in the cosmos. You can see these similarities if you know how to look. Scientists are trying to catch light! Light in the cosmos and light in the center of an atom. UMass Lowell Physics Department has faculty and labs that explore such things. Professor Chowdhury also dabbled in the poetry of Emily Dickenson, Tennyson, and Rossetti. Honors students are encouraged to think and enjoy the chase of knowledge in more than a single discipline. What a fun journey that can be. The talk was so well attended that we ran out of chicken wings. The Physics Department at UMass Lowell is a place of great adventure. The UMass Lowell Commonwealth Honors program is blessed to have over 600 motivated and high achieving students grace its program. Our honors program is an academic enrichment program geared towards inspiring and helping interested students become engines of innovation themselves. The photo in this blog contains a picture of students waiting for the Dr. Chowdhury's talk to begin. Dr. Chowdhury is one fabulous speaker. Thank you Partha for coming into the house.

Honors Orientation 2012

On Monday evening, September 17th, in Alumni Hall the UMass Lowell Honors Program helds its orientation for incoming students. Students received a meal, a t-shirt, and information about the honors program. The program strives to challenge, encourage, and celebrate excellence inThumbnail image for Hop2012.jpg scholarship and professionalism. The students were treated to a talk by Dr. Diana Archibald, a member of the UMass Lowell English Department. Professor Archibald is a world-class expert on Charles Dickens and she talked about good ole Charles. She also spoke about "what professors do", highlighting their efforts in teaching, research, and service. Honors students may begin to think about earning their own advanced degree someday! Over 60 honors students attended. Honors director, Jim Canning, honors coordinator Beth Donaghey, and Eames Honors House faculty in residence Alex Ruthmann also spoke. The evening concluded with a viewing of the the film classic: 12 Angry Men starring Henry Fonda as Juror #8. What a great movie! We wish all the students the very very best as they make the transition to college life.

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