The 2018 Physics Prize Problem is out! The Porter Prize is funded by Carroll Porter ’32, and is awarded annually for the best solution to a complex physical problem. This year’s mind-boggling physics problem concerns a planetary interloper scattering from an originally stable solar system. Check out a detailed statement of the problem, posted around SMC or available at http://course.knox.edu/physics130. Any Knox student may submit a solution. Turn in your solution to Prof. Tom Moses, D110 SMC, by 4 p.m. on Tuesday, May 1 and win a place in Knox history (and a cash prize).
Nurettin Ucar (Modern Languages – German) gave a presentation at the International Conference of Europeanists in Chicago on March 28. His paper, “Empathy and Willkommenskultur: Projecting Germany’s Past onto Her Present”, was part of a panel entitled “Contending with Social, Economic, and Political Movements in Germany’s Past and Present”. Ucar discussed whether Germany’s past could be a representational paradigm for understanding the empathy shown to refugees now.