Welcome to SWiP!

Welcome to the website for the Society of Women in Physics at Ohio State. SWiP is an undergraduate and graduate student academic club whose goal is to promote the involvement of, career development for, and sense of community amongst the women in the Department of Physics at The Ohio State University.

As of summer 2013, we have merged the undergraduate Society of Women in Physics and the Graduate Women in Physics (GWiP) organizations into one group. We hope that this merger will allow our organization to better serve the goals of both groups. We welcome anyone who is interested in becoming involved with our organization, including students, post-docs, faculty, and all genders.

Please feel free to contact us with any questions. We are looking forward to an exciting year!

Anne Benjamin, Graduate Co-Chair
Casey Berger, Undergraduate Co-Chair

Woman Physicist of the Month - June, 2014

Veronica Barone
Veronica Barone
Central Michigan University
APS Woman Physicist
of the Month

Challenging, inspiring, and leading ... Since her first day in the Physics Department at Central Michigan University, Dr. Veronica Barone has challenged her colleagues to improve their teaching and research, inspired students to excel, and led the department in exciting new directions. She plays a vital role in the intellectual and educational life of our community of physicists.

Dr. Barone was instrumental in designing the curricular and governance structure of CMU's interdisciplinary Science of Advanced Materials Ph.D. program, emphasizing student success, especially for those who are underrepresented in physics. She was a role model for the first two female students enrolled in the program, guiding the dissertation work of one of these students, which culminated in a university-wide outstanding dissertation award. She is an innovative teacher. Committed to developing critical thinking skills in her students, she introduced novel active learning activities in the introductory physics course and is currently leading an effort to revise an inquiry-based physical science course for elementary education students. Finally, Professor Barone is a gifted materials physicist whose primary research focuses on the physical and chemical properties of graphene. Her density functional theory-based computational studies of graphene are widely known and highly cited. She is particularly interested in the potential of graphene-based electrodes to improve the storage capacity of batteries. She has also made important contributions to our understanding of the optical properties of single-walled carbon nanotubes, to the theory of NMR chemical shifts, and to the development of improved density functionals. Dr. Barone actively involves undergraduate students in her research.

Congratulations to Veronica Barone!