(Posted September 6, 2005)

HUNTINGDON, Pa. -- Jamie White, associate professor of physics, will lecture on "A Day in the Life of an Aussie Physicist" at 4:30 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 14 in Neff Lecture Hall in the von Liebig Center for Science on the Juniata campus.

The lecture is free and open to the public. The talk is part of the Bookend Seminar series, which features afternoon lectures each month by Juniata College faculty.

White has spend the past year as a senior fellow at the University of Melbourne in Australia. White worked in the university's Atom Optics Lab. White will explain how he worked on developing a laser for use in rubidium spectroscopy.

"The talk will focus on the discovery of a new laser mechanism, and I will sprinkle in discussions of Vegemite and Australian rules football," White says.

White came to Juniata in 1998 from the State University of New York at Potsdam, where he was an assistant professor of physics. He earned his master's degree and doctorate from Penn State and earned a bachelor's degree in physics from Carleton College. He has served as an assistant professor of physics at Baldwin-Wallace College, a research fellow supported by the American Chemical Society, and an instructor at Penn State - University Park. He also taught physics at the high-school level.

White has taught courses in general physics, acoustics, mechanics, optics, modern physics and methods of teaching secondary science. White has been published in Journal of Chemical Physics, Surface Science, American Journal of Physics, The Physics Teacher, and Journal of the Acoustics Society of America, among others.

Contact April Feagley at feaglea@juniata.edu or (814) 641-3131 for more information.