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Shane BurnsBurns


B.A., U.C. San Diego, 1979
M.A., U.C. Berkeley, 1981
Ph.D., U.C. Berkeley, 1985
Cosmology and Astronomy

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Phillip CervantesCervantes


B.S., U.C. Los Angeles, 1991
Ph.D., U.C. Santa Cruz, 1998
Experimental High Pressure Physics

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Stephanie DiCenzoDiCenzo

Associate Professor

B.A., Oberlin College, 1974
M.Phil. in Physics, Yale University, 1977
Ph.D., Yale University, 1980
Experimental Condensed Matter Physics; Nuclear Physics

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Dick HiltHilt


B.A., Oberlin College, 1958
Ph.D., University of North Carolina, 1964

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Kristine LangLang

Professor, Department Chair

B.S., Georgetown University, 1993
M.A., U.C. Berkeley, 1998
Ph.D., U.C. Berkeley, 2001
Experimental Solid State Physics

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Patricia PurduePurdue


B.A., Bryn Mawr College, 1995
M.A., Bryn Mawr College, 1995
Ph.D., California Institute of Technology
General Relativity

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Barbara WhittenWhitten


B.A., Carleton College, 1968
M.A., University of Rochester, 1971
Ph.D., University of Rochester, 1977
Computational Atomic Physics

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Full Year Visitors

Brooks ThomasBrooks

B.A., Macalester College, 2000
M.S., Physics, University of Michigan, 2005
Ph.D., Physics, University of Michigan, 2007
Theoretical Particle Physics

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Block Visitors

Dimitri KlebeDimitri Klebe

B.A., University of California-Berkeley, 1982
Ph.D., University of Minnesota, 1990 





Charles J. "Jack" WettererJack Wetterer

B.S., University of Maryland, 1986
M.S., University of New Mexico, 1990
PhD, University of New Mexico, 1995
Physics and Astronomy

Dr. Charles J. "Jack" Wetterer served as a physicist for 23 years in the US Air Force, half of that time as a professor teaching physics and astronomy at the US Air Force Academy.  Since retiring from the Air Force in 2009, Dr. Wetterer has worked in the fields of space weather and astrodynamics and is currently employed by Integrity Applications Incorporated-Pacific Defense Solutions. He is married with four children.


Maija BenitzMaija Benitz

I graduated from Colorado College in 2008 with a BA in Physics and a minor in Math. The following year I served as the paraprof for the Mathematics and Computer Science Department at CC.

I earned a masters in mechanical engineering at UMass Amherst in 2012 which focused on materials

My dissertation research studied the hydrodynamics of floating platforms for offshore wind turbines using computational fluid dynamics. I am so excited to be back at CC for the block!

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Melody MaxsonMelody Maxson

A third year doctoral candidate at Case Western Reserve University working for Dr. Kash's group, Melody studies the characteristics and growth processes of a class of semiconductors called the heterovalent ternary nitrides.

She enjoys a varied exercise routine, painting, reading steampunk romance novels, and saying "hi" to every dog she meets. Her cat, Molly, is gracious enough to let her sleep in Molly's apartment, provided she continues to pay rent.

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Forest ThompsonForest

Forest Thompson is a Colorado College alumnus from Belle Fourche, South Dakota. He graduated in 2014 with a degree in Physics and Applied Mathematics. After working for a season with the U.S. Forest Service in the Black Hills National Forest, Forest began graduate school at the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology (SDSM&T) in Rapid City.

He has worked as both a Teaching Assistant and a Research Assistant for the Department of Materials and Metallurgical Engineering and has also worked as a visiting researcher at the Applied Research Center of Aiken, South Carolina. This April, Forest defends his Materials Engineering and Science master's thesis, which involved the development of novel composite materials for security printing and anti-counterfeiting technology. He plans on pursuing a doctorate at SDSM&T while conducting research on wear resistant coatings for biomedical implants.

Natalie Gosnell Gosnell

Dr. Natalie Gosnell graduated from Colorado College in 2008 with a degree in Physics. She received her M.S. in Astronomy in 2010 and her Ph.D. in Astronomy (with a Physics minor) in 2014 from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Natalie is currently a postdoctoral fellow in Astronomy at the University of Texas at Austin. Her research focuses on observations of binary stars that challenge our ideas of stellar evolution.

Music has always been a large part of Natalie's life, and she continues to sing with community groups after her years of singing at CC and in graduate school. Since she grew up in Colorado, Natalie loves the outdoors and enjoys hiking and camping. She is especially looking forward to running the Green River with her family this summer.