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TCNJ Physics Professor’s Research on Volcanic Subduction Zones Garners International Recognition

TCNJ Physics Professor’s Research on Volcanic Subduction Zones Garners International Recognition

Dr. R. Shane McGary, Assistant Professor of Physics at TCNJ (and former postdoctoral researcher at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute), along with several colleagues recently published a paper in the prestigious journal Nature.

Professor McGary’s research on the geophysical substructure below the active volcano Mount Rainier provides a detailed understanding of how volcanic magma develops and flows.  This ground-breaking study has the potential to help predict volcanic eruptions.   Links to the full research paper and several news stories are outlined below.

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Image of the Earth under Mt. Rainier (red triangle). The blue arc (lower left) is old oceanic crust. Magma forms 50 miles below the surface (A) and migrates upward (B) to a reservoir near Rainier (C). Fluids that escaped from the crust higher up (D) join the magma chamber. (R. Shane McGary)

View the Full Paper in Nature

Sample News Coverage:

Volleyball Game 2013: Freshman vs. Uppercalssmen

Continuing a fall tradition, Physics freshmen played several volleyball games, among themselves and against several upperclassmen and a couple of brave faculty members.  All the games were close but the final freshman team can bask in their victory over the “rest of physics” team.

Congratulations Class of 2013!

On May 16th 2013, the Department of Physics graduated 15 students.

2013 Physics Picnic

On April 25th, the Physics Department students, faculty, staff, and alums enjoyed the beautiful weather and delicious food at Rosedale Park.

American Physical Society Denver, Colorado April 2013

Junior Victoria Calafut presenting her research “Modeling the Emission from Turbulent” at the Denver Meeting of the American Physical Society in April.

AAS Long Beach Conference

Students Mitchell Revalski and Nicholas Erickson presented their research at the American Astronomical Society meeting in Long Beach California in January 2013.  Mitch worked with Dr. Wiita and Nick worked at the University of Wyoming on an REU the previous summer.

American Geophysical Union Conference

Physics student Andrew Miller and Chemistry student Marco Amaral presented well received research conducted with Dr. Nate Magee at the American Geophysical Union meeting in December 2012.  They produced novel ice crystals in conditions approximating those in cirrus clouds in Dr. Magee’s lab at TCNJ and are shown acquiring novel ice crystal images and dataContinue Reading

Graduating Class 2012

The Department of Physics would like to congratulate our recent graduates!

Graduating Class 2011

The Department of Physics would like to congratulate our recent graduates!

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