Rachele Dominguez

Randolph-Macon College Physics Department

Category: Randolph-Macon

New webstory on my SURF student, Jacob Owens

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Kangaroo Math Competition

On March 15th, R-MC held a national math competition for grades 1-12 called the Kangaroo Math Competition. This is the second year in a row that Randolph-Macon has hosted the competition.

If you or your student would like to participate next year, check out the website for more information, and take a look at some of the Sample Questions under Practice Questions. The questions are really fun!

R-MC hosts Kangaroo Math Competition

On March 16, 2017, Randolph-Macon hosted the Kangaroo Math Competition for middle school and high school students.  Check out the website for more information, and take a look at some of the Sample Questions under Practice Questions.  The questions are really fun!  Keep it in mind for next year.

If you have a middle school-er who loves math, check out the Greater Richmond Math Circle, which meets near Richmond and occasionally has special meetings at Randolph-Macon.

Lise’s birth home

Last night I gave a public lecture at Randolph-Macon on the life of Lise Meitner, one of the great nuclear physicists who discovered fission and the element Protactinium, escaped Nazi Germany yet refused to work on the Manhattan project, and as the first woman to be appointed a full Professor in Germany, was an all-around badass.

Through the magic that is Google Maps, I found one of my nerd-tourism goals, her childhood home in Vienna, pictured above.

Pathways to Science: STEM opportunities for Hispanic Girls

Today was the launch of our new NSF program to help connect talented Hispanic women to STEM disciplines. Successful applicants will stay on campus at Randolph-Macon for 6 days and engage in lots of amazing STEM related activities.  I will be leading a workshop on the Physics of Rainbows and helping out with an Astronomy workshop.  I’ll also be accompanying the girls on field trips to places like the Virginia Science Museum, Maymont, and the Baltimore Aquarium.

I’m really excited to be a part of this important project.  If you are a Latina high school girl, or know somebody who is, please check out the website for application details.  (A Spanish translation of the website is coming soon!)

R-MC launch article

Pathways to Science Website (with links to the application)


Save the date!

Please mark your calendars for the annual Physics Department Spring Reception to be held on Sunday, April 30, 2017, from 2-4pm in the Dollar Tree Community Room in the Brock Commons (Room 201 on the second floor.)  More details to come!

Topping Ceremony for New Science Building

Representing the Physics Department at the Topping Ceremony for the new science building at Randolph-Macon.


Long live Keeble

The old Keeble Observatory came down on August 1, 2016.  We look forward to a new and improved Keeble by next year.  In the meantime, stop by the department and check out the display curated by Professor George Spagna on the history of Keeble.

Check the website for information on public stargazing during the transition:

Keeble website

Hiroshima Peace Park Visit July 10, 2016

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