News & Events

The Physics and Astronomy department says a huge congratulations and good luck to the class of 2018! We are sad to see you leave our halls but so excited to see where you go from here! To the remaining classes and the incoming class of 2022, welcome...

Chair steps down to join the ranks of faculty

Thursday, May 3, 2018 - 3:09pm
On June 29, the Physics and Astronomy department will say goodbye to Dr. Michael Briley as department chair and welcome him full-time to the ranks of our exceptional faculty. Dr. Briley received his bachelors in science from Ohio State University...

Watauga SumoBot 2018

Monday, April 16, 2018 - 9:37am
On Saturday, April 14 the Watauga SumBot competition was held in Appalachian State University's Holmes Convocation Center. "Robotic sumo is a competition where two robots, known as sumo-bots, attempt to push each other out of an arena using sensors...

Candidates for department chair

Wednesday, January 24, 2018 - 10:40am
Over the next few weeks, the physics and astronomy department will host three candidates for the department chair position that will change hands at the beginning of July. Our current chair, Dr. Michael Briley, will step down at this point and will...

Pre-Engineering Students Tour ASU Physical Plant

Tuesday, November 7, 2017 - 4:37pm
"The Inspired Engineer" pre-engineering first year seminar class was visited by Mike O'Connor, the director of the physical plant at ASU and learned about the advantages of a consolidated steam plant for building and water heating on a campus that...

First Year Seminar Class Lends a Helping Hand

Wednesday, October 25, 2017 - 9:20am
Carla Ramsdell's first year seminar class, "The Inspired Engineer," met and split wood for five hours as a service learning work day at the Hunger and Health Coalition's "Helping Hands" wood lot on Thursday, October 19th, a service project the class...
The American Institute for Physics (AIP) has released their survey of enrollments and degrees among physics and astronomy departments across the US based on the latest (2016) survey: "The physics bachelor’s class of 2016 represents yet another...

Aurora Captured on Brown Mountain Light Camera

Friday, September 8, 2017 - 3:48pm
There was an intense aurora last night that reached toward southern latitudes.  It was caused by a large solar flare and the aurora was predicted to be good.  One of the cameras Lee Hawkins and Dan Caton run to look for the Brown Mountain...
Dr. Rachel Smith and Michael Tucker just returned from observing massive young stellar objects across the Galaxy, using the NIRSPEC instrument on the Keck II telescope, atop Mauna Kea on the Big Island of Hawaii. They toured the summit, including...

The 7th Annual NC Gravity Games

Monday, May 1, 2017 - 3:37pm
Several members of ASU's P&A department helped to coordinate and facilitate the 7th annual NC Gravity Games in Lenoir, NC. Seventy-four teams raced soapbox derby cars down the streets of downtown Lenoir. At the same time, there was a "big top"...

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