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The Grant O. Gale Observatory is located at the extreme north end of the campus. It is reached by a road located just to the west of the tennis courts on 10th Avenue.
The facility includes refurbished teaching and research laboratories, classroom and office space, a science library, a computer laboratory, and several study areas. The addition connects two of the wings with a courtyard in between. The building houses the departments of biology...

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We are living in a Golden Age for astronomy, and Grinnell College offers its students a range of opportunities to experience the excitement of direct involvement in astronomical observation and investigation. The unusually sophisticated instrumentation at Grinnell's observatory...
What is the GRE? The GRE, or Graduate Record Exam, is the generic name for a number of multiple-choice style exams administered by the Educational Testing Service. These are the same people who administer the SAT and Achievement exams you likely encountered in high school. There...
Faculty Research Interests Robert Cadmus — Optical astronomy, observational studies of semiregular variable stars, stellar spectroscopy and photometry. William Case — Fundamental questions of quantum mechanics; electromagnetic theory; linear and non-linear dynamics of simple...
Curricular Development Resources Discovery-Based Physics: a General Physics course developed at Grinnell using a pedagogy similar toPriscilla Laws's Workshop Physics but including more contemporary topics.  Discovery-based Computational Physics: An implementation of the...
Jonathan Brown, Professor of Biology The National Science Foundation has funded, "Evolution of Color Variation in Hawaiian Damselflies: Causal Links for an Ecological Selection Hypothesis," as part of its Facilitating Research at Primarily Undergraduate Institutions program (DEB...
Traditional Intro Format - No Study Abroad First Year Fall: PHY 131, MAT 131 Spring: PHY 132, MAT 133 Second Year Fall: PHY 232, MAT 215 Spring: PHY 234, MAT 220 Third Year Fall: PHY 335 Spring: PHY 337 Fourth Year Fall: Physics Elective Spring: Physics Elective, PHY 462...

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The 14 students in physics Professor Charles Cunningham’s Bridges, Towers, and Skyscrapers course had the opportunity to experience the mind-broadening effects of world travel over spring break. This 100-level physics class is one of several courses that incorporates travel into...
Comet ISON has the potential to be spectacular — if it survives its Thanksgiving encounter with the sun. After Dec. 3, starwatchers can call the re-activated Grinnell College Observatory hotline, 641-269-4770, to learn about viewing sessions.  The hotline will be updated once...
A native of Des Moines, Iowa, Nick Hunter ’15 is used to the Iowa State Fair. Named the “world’s greatest state fair” by Buzzfeed, it’s internationally acclaimed and a regular entry on best state fair lists from The Travel Channel to Country Living. With more than a million...
Richard Wolfson, Benjamin F. Wissler Professor of physics at Middlebury College, will give a free public talk, "Energy and Climate: Breaking the Link," at 7:30 p.m. Monday, April 13, in Alumni Recitation Hall Room 302. In his talk, Wolfson will discuss energy consumption, the...
Eliza Kempton, assistant professor of physics, has received the Cottrell College Science Award to “exoplanets” — planets that exist outside this solar system. Kempton’s research has focused on modeling and characterizing the atmospheres of low-mass exoplanets known as super-...
The moon, Jupiter, and Mars will be the featured celestial objects at an open house at Grinnell College’s Grant O. Gale Observatory at 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 7. Robert Cadmus, Breid-McFarland Professor of Science, professor of physics, and observatory director, will lead the...
*/ Grinnell College’s Summer Astronomy Program for students entering sixth, seventh, or eighth grade this fall offers the opportunity to explore planets, stars, and galaxies. The program, set for 8 p.m. July 21, 22, and 23, features presentations, activities, and discussions....
If you’re interested in astronomy, “Grinnell is one of the best places you can go,” says Bob Cadmus, professor of physics. Grinnell — without offering a major in astronomy — has graduated about one student per year who goes on to earn a Ph.D. in astronomy. Cadmus attributes that...

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