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Second Annual Giving Day a Great Success

The Beloit College community is generous and showed its heart and soul during its second annual Giving Day on Wednesday, April 20, 2016. In just 24 hours, the college raised over $65,000 from more than 450 supporters.

Not only did the gifts far surpass the original goal of $25,000, the event also raised $25,000 more than last year. Beloit is touched by the fantastic response received from supporters and is grateful to be backed by such a strong foundation of alumni, parents, faculty, staff, and friends. These gifts help make ‪#‎BeloitPossible for the next generation of Turtles, Bucs, and Beloiters.

The unconditional support, enthusiastically offered by our alumni, parents, and friends is a tribute to the character of our community, and the value that we all collectively recognize in the mission we seek to advance. We at Beloit are privileged to have a community so willing to invest in the future of our great institution, and our students. For this, we are grateful,” said Mark Wold’95, Senior Director of Alumni & Parent Relations and Annual Support.

Thank you to all who supported Beloit College’s second annual Giving Day. As College President Scott Bierman often says, it’s “turtles all the way down.”

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Astronomy professor, students explore Saturn in unique way

November 19, 2013 at 5:32 pm

Associate Professor of Physics and Astronomy Britt Scharringhausen and her students are getting to experience Saturn in a completely unique way.

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For the last five years, they have been studying data provided by the Cassini spacecraft, which is currently orbiting the sixth planet. Whereas other astronomers are observing the F ring from above, Scharringhausen and her students are the only ones studying the F ring from its side.

The imaging team for the uncrewed Cassini spacecraft is made up of astronomers from various institutions who notify Scharringhausen of upcoming opportunities to observe ring plane crossings. The students then download the data to their laptops and use a programming language called IDL (Interactive Data Language) to measure the positions of Saturn’s moons and the brightness of the rings at different times and locations.

As for Scharringhausen, she builds computer models of the rings, including the F ring, in order to study how light passes through them and to determine the thickness of the F ring.

The reason why it’s important to study the F ring, according to Scharringhausen, is because it gives astronomers a better understanding of how planets form in our solar system as well as other solar systems.

Along the way, the students are learning everything from astronmetry (the branch of astronomy that deals with the positions and motions of celestial objects) to photonometry  (the science of the measurement of light). They are also learning to use IDL (a big plus for those applying for the competitive summer programs called Research Experiences for Undergraduates, or REUs) and to give presentations as many of her past students have given talks at the Midstates Consortium for Math and Science.

“We almost always see something that we weren’t expecting,” Scharringhausen says of their research. “Saturn is definitely an interesting place dynamically.”