# News

## A modern-day catapult with an astronomical application

What sets humans apart from the numerous other animals on Earth is our ability to analyze, adapt to, and overcome almost any obstacle in our way. From the Stone Age to modern times, the tools we use have advanced dramatically. In recent times especially, there has been a surge of technological advancement with a wide variety of uses. A prime example of this advancement can be seen in railguns, the successor to catapults.

## Congratulations Allison! Allison Radich successfully defended her PhD Thesis!

Allison Radich successfully defended her PhD Thesis; $^{124}Xe$  Angular Correlation Analysis and Development of the Detector Array for Energy Measurements Of Neutrons (DAEMON) on Wednesday, December 14, 2021.

## Forces of nature: biking with the wind

We have all experienced (or can at least imagine) a peaceful bike ride, one dense with scenic routes, perhaps a rocky terrain and some tricky uphill climbs. As beautiful as this scenery is in thought, in practice the reality of these destinations can pose some formidable challenges. Whether or not you are an experienced rider, just beginning on your cycling journey, or some standing in between, I am sure we are all familiar with the intimidating experience that is biking in the elements.

## Congratulations Cameron! Cameron McGuire successfully defended his MSc Thesis

Cameron McGuire Successfully defended his MSc Thesis; X-ray Absorption Spectroscopy and Powder X-ray Diffraction Studies on Green Energy Materials on Tuesday, December 6, 2022.

## Congratulations Matt! Matthew Buraczynski successfully defended his PhD Thesis

Matthew Buraczynski successfully defended his PhD Thesis; Impurities and Inhomogeneities in Neutron Matter on Friday, December 2, 2022.