Connecting math and biology with physics
Dr. James Seckler ('04), explains his current research as a post-doc fellow at the University of Rochester, where he is working on elastic network modelling, hydrogen/deuterium exchange.
Basically, he is applying physics to biological problems. "I'm doing physics to look at how protiens move and, from that motion, determine their function."
James studied physiology and biophysics at Case Western Reserve University, where he received his Ph.D. in 2011.
2012-13 Physics & Astronomy Scholarship Recipients
From left to Right:
Frank M. Clark Award: The Frank M. Clark Physics Award is given in memory of Frank M. Clark and his contributions to high standards of teaching in the Physics Department, at what was then Youngstown University. He served as a faculty member in the Physics Department in the 1950s and 60s. This Award was instituted by faculty members in the Department of Physics and Astronomy and is given to an outstanding physics student(s).
Albert A. Guerrieri, Jr. Memorial Scholarship: The Guerrieri Scholarship was established as an endowment with Youngstown State University in January 1982 by the family of Albert A. Guerrieri Jr. and is awarded to an outstanding physics student.
Dr. Ronald A. Parise Memorial Scholarship: This scholarship was established in 2008 in memory of Dr. Ronald Parise, YSU Physics & Astronomy graduate and NASA Payload Specialist.
Michael Baker, Sean Robinson
John and Lina Moteff Scholarship Award: This award was established in 2003 in memory and honor of John and Lina Moteff. The donors desired to establish an endowment fund for scholarships benefiting student(s) in good academic standing in the Department of Physics at Youngstown State University.
Myron C. Wick Scholarship and Moteff Scholarship: In addition to the Moteff Scholarship, Josh received the Myron C. Wick Jr. Scholarship, which was established in 1985 by an endowment by Alice Tod Wick Hall in memory of her father, Myron C. Wick, Jr. The endowment makes possible three academic scholarships, two in physical sciences and one in engineering.
Matt Ragan (left) was honored as the STEM Outstanding Young Alumnus at the 2012 STEM Awards Dinner. Matt is Senior Controls Engineer at Lockheed Martin in Akron. A 2000 graduate of Liberty High School, Ragan worked as a research assistant in the Laser/Optics Lab in the Physics Department before graduating from YSU in 2005, earning a bachelor’s degree in electrical and computer engineering and a bachelor’s degree in Physics with a minor in Mathematics. At Lockheed he is the Engineer Lead/Integrated Product Team Lead for two major Defense Department projects and has one patent application in process.