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The Citadel’s Physics Department presents: Dr. Luke Sollitt, The Citadel and Planetary Science Institute Proxima b: Discovery of the nearest Earth-like (?) planet

Some months ago, a team of scientists using the European Southern Observatory reported the discovery of a potentially Earth-like planet orbiting in the habitable zone of the nearest star, Proxima Centauri. We will talk about how the discovery was made, why this discovery in particular is so important, and what implications it might have for future science and exploration (and the TRAPPIST-1 planets too!).

Tuesday, March 21, 2017 at 6:30 PM, Copeland Auditorium, Grimsley Hall, Room 117

Dr. Sollitt is an Associate Professor here at the Citadel, spending the 2016-2017 academic year on sabbatical working with the High Altitude Water Cherenkov (HAWC) detector project with the University of Maryland and Los Alamos National Laboratory. He is also a Senior Scientist at the Planetary Science Institute in Tucson, Arizona. Research projects include development of the Atsa Suborbital Observatory, an astronomical telescope to be deployed on a commercial suborbital spacecraft, and NASA’s LCROSS mission to the moon, which discovered a water ice reservoir at the lunar South Pole in 2009.


On February 17-18th Exercise Science major Cadet Isaac Rodgers was in Greenville, SC to present his research at the 2017 meeting of the Southeast Chapter of the American College of Sports Medicine (SEACSM). Isaac’s presentation examined the relationship between maximal isoinertial muscular strength and peak mechanical power in the bench press exercise.


The project was co-authored by Exercise Science alumnus, and current Campbell University Physical Therapy student, Vince Powers. Dr. Chris Sole served as faculty advisor for the project. The conference was attended by over 1,100 representatives from colleges and universities across the southeast region.



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The 2016 Citadel Academy of Science and Mathematics Banquet was held on Thursday, March 17th at the Francis Marion Hotel on King Street. The banquet began at 5:30 with a cocktail reception and student poster presentations. Following cocktail hour, dinner was served at 7:00. During dinner, awards were presented to our 2016 CASM Inductees as well as to students who have been chosen by their departments as outstanding students. It was a fantastic evening!

The 2017 Banquet will be held on March 16th, 2017. We hope to see you there! For information on sponsorship or any questions, please email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

2016 awardees

Dean Lok Lew Yan Voon with 2016 CASM Inductees (R-L): Dr. J. Patrick Johnson, Dr. William Bowers, Dr. Dena Garner, Mr. Rick DeVoe


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