Valley News Recent Headlines
Katherine Myers Mesick '05 wins American Physical Society Dissertation Award in Nuclear Physics
05.08.14 |
Lebanon Valley College alumna Dr. Katherine Myers Mesick '05 has been awarded the American Physical Society Dissertation Award in Nuclear Physics.

Graduating with a bachelor of science in physics, Mesick attended graduate school at George Washington University and received her Ph.D. in 2012 for analysis of data from the Qweak experiment at the Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility. The Qweak experiment uses parity violating electron scattering to determine the weak charge of the proton.

Mesick was awarded the American Physical Society Dissertation Award in Nuclear Physics for her thesis “The First Determination of the Proton’s Weak Charge Through Parity-Violating Asymmetry Measurements in Elastic e + p and e + Al Scattering,” and is currently a postdoctoral research fellow at Rutgers University.

“My main focus as a Rutgers postdoc is the ‘MUSE’ Experiment: the MUon proton Scattering Experiment,” Mesick explains on her LinkedIn profile. “This experiment has been recently approved at the Paul Scherrer Institute in Switzerland. We want to address the ‘proton radius puzzle’; the puzzle over why the proton radius is different depending on if you use electrons or muons to probe it. The 7-sigma discrepancy has attracted a lot of attention and there are numerous possible explanations. Our aim is to measure electron-proton and muon-proton scattering at very low momentum transfer, and do a direct comparison of the proton radius extracted in these two cases. This will test if electrons and muons might actually be different, and we will also be studying two-photon exchange effects by measuring both particle polarities.”

Mesick was previously awarded the Jefferson Sciences Associates/Jefferson Lab Thesis Prize in 2012, given to the best Ph.D. student thesis at the Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility.


05.24.16
Out In Service—Three Stories of Philanthropy
View Full Story

05.19.16
Three Join Lebanon Valley College Board of Trustees; Two Complete Terms
View Full Story

05.18.16
Musical Chair: Redefining Music Curriculums
View Full Story

05.17.16
Students to Complete Internships and Research Through Arnold Grant Program
View Full Story

05.16.16
Three 2016 Graduates, One Family: Meet the Pellows
View Full Story

05.14.16
More Than 500 Students Receive Degrees During 147th Commencement
View Full Story

05.11.16
Traffic Advisory: Route 934 Project and Commencement Weekend
View Full Story

05.11.16
LVC Celebrates 25 Years of Awarding MBA Degrees
View Full Story

05.09.16
City Link Trip Provides Networking Opportunities for Students
View Full Story

05.05.16
It's All Business
View Full Story

05.04.16
Resources and Tools Abound Through Center for Assistive Technology
View Full Story

05.03.16
Riding High: Brittany Fleisher ’17 Heads to National Competition
View Full Story

05.02.16
Blade Umstead's Photography Project Captures Residence Hall Life at LVC
View Full Story

04.28.16
Mosior and Scheuerman Named Concerto-Aria Competition Winners
View Full Story

04.28.16
College's 147th Commencement Set for May 14
View Full Story

04.27.16
Chamber Choir to Perform Spring Concert May 3
View Full Story