Michael Goggin, associate professor of physics, recently attended the March Meeting of the American Physical Society in Portland, Ore., at which he was a co-author of an abstract entitled “Towards Quantum Chemistry on a Quantum Computer,” that was chosen as one of 32 highlighted abstracts and one of 40 abstracts chosen for the image gallery. Goggin conducted the experiment, in collaboration with a theory group at Harvard University, while he was on sabbatical at the University of Queensland. It reports the first experimental implementation of a proposed quantum algorithm for calculating the energy spectrum of a molecule. The March Meeting is the largest physics meeting in the world, attended by more than 10,000 physicists presenting more than 7,500 papers. More information about the experiment can be found online at
Justice Systems recently sent a delegation of five students to the 73rd National Conference of the American Criminal Justice Association (Lambda Alpha Epsilon) in Portland, Ore. This conference brings together students, academicians and criminal justice professionals from around the country. Of particular interest at this year’s meeting was how to improve national security by bolstering port and air safety measures. In attendance were students Jake Hart, Nick Schmidt, Jamey Schuster, Tanner McMillin and Emily Smith. Students participated in academic, physical agility and firearm competitions and also attended various workshops and the association’s business meetings. Schuster was awarded a first place trophy for Police Management (an upper division academic competition) and Smith received a second place trophy for Physical Agility (female under 25 years of age).

Lynn Rose, professor of history, translated and wrote commentary on “Anonymous, On Carthage (744),” for Brill Online, February 2010. The entry is scheduled to “go live” in April. The piece is a 22-page translation from Ancient and Byzantine Greek, Latin and German, along with historical and literary commentary. Bridget Thomas, associate professor of classical studies, helped with a lengthy embedded passage by Theodoros Metochites, a Byzantine theologian. “Anonymous #744” is part of a larger project that will put all 800-plus ancient Greek historians, whose work is extant in fragments only, online with English translations. Until now, the fragments have been in an unwieldy, multi-volume collection with a German translation.
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