Rob Coyne talks at the 2014 March LIGO-Virgo meeting

Our astrophysics graduate student Robert Coyne presented a talk at the recent face-to-face meeting of the LIGO Scientific Collaboration ( and Virgo collaboration ( , held in Nice, France. Rob’s talk described his current work to support LIGO searches for gravitational waves in coincidence with gamma-ray bursts.

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APS 2014 Dissertation Award in Nuclear Physics Recipient: Katherine Myers


“The First Determination of the Proton’s Weak Charge Through Parity-Violating Asymmetry Measurements in Elastic e + p and e + Al Scattering.”


Katherine Myers received her B.S. in Physics from Lebanon Valley College in 2005. She attended graduate school at George Washington University, where she became involved in the Qweak experiment at the Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility, which aimed to make a precise measurement of the proton’s weak charge using parity-violating electron scattering and test the predictions of the Standard Model. Under the guidance of Allena Opper (GWU) and David Mack (TJNAF) she received a Ph.D. in 2012 for her analysis of the first Qweak data. Katherine is currently a postdoctoral associate at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. With Ron Gilman she is working on a new experiment that will make a precise simultaneous measurement of muon-proton and electron-proton scattering to provide new information in hopes of solving the “proton-radius puzzle.” The experiment is expected to run in 2016-2017 at the Paul Scherrer Institute in Switzerland.

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Nominations for GW Bender Teaching Awards

Congratulations to Profs. Evangeline Downie and Carol O’Donnell who have been nominated for the GW Bender Teaching Award for their dedication to the GW teaching enterprise! The Bender Teaching Awards recognize undergraduate, graduate, and professional teaching at GW.

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Congratulations to our excellent graduate teaching assistants

Congratulations to Trevor Balint who won the 2013 Physics Department Outstanding GTA Award and  and was nominated to the GW Philips Amsterdam Outstanding GTA Award.

Congratulations to Adam Hughes who won the 2013 American Association of Physics Teachers Outstanding GTA Award.

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Fall 2013 Picnic

All the picnic-ers!2013-10-13 13.07.06Playing "spoons"

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