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Physics Students to Present Research at National APS Conference

Two Hofstra University undergraduate physics students, Amanda Lesar and Claire Weaver, will be presenters at the 2015 American Physical Society (APS) Meeting in San Antonio, Texas, next month.  The APS Meeting, to be held March 2-6, is the largest national physics meeting with more than 9,000 physicists, scientists, and students who will share groundbreaking research from industry, universities, and major labs all over the world. Amanda and Claire will be accompanied by Associate Professor of Physics and Astronomy Adam Durst, who will also be a conference presenter.

Senior Amanda Lesar
Senior Amanda Lesar

Amanda Lesar’s work, “Optical Properties of CdSe Nanocrystalline Photoanodes,” is based upon her research project with Dr. Rohana Garuthara on fabrication of photoelectrochemical solar cells using CdSe nanocrystalline photoanodes.  Amanda is a senior and is a member of Hofstra’s Chapter of Phi Beta Kappa. She has a double major in mathematics and has maintained a perfect 4.0 GPA and a place on the Provost’s List throughout the 2013 and 2014 academic years.

Claire Weaver is presenting “Synthesizing New, High-Temperature Superconductors,” based upon a research project conducted during her 2014 summer internship with Dr. Meigan Aronsan at Brookhaven National Laboratories, involving the fabrication and property identification of metallic crystals in search for high-temperature superconductors. Claire is currently a junior and the first female president of Hofstra’s chapter of the Society for Physics Students.

Dr. Durst, a theoretical condensed matter physicist who joined the Hofstra faculty in 2014, will deliver a talk on “Low-Temperature Thermal Transport at the Interface of a Topological Insulator and a d-Wave Superconductor.”

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