February 21, 2022 BPS Conference
Our awesome lab members traveled to San Francisco to present their hard work. We see here (from left to right) the marvelous Michael Liu ’23 , the exceptional Lynn Fu ’22, the incredible Isabel Hardy ’24, the great Gigi Golden ’24, and the dapper Daniel Oo ’23. We also met two beloved and legendary alumni Ashwin Balaji ’19 and Ryan McMillan ’20.
June 7, 2021 First Day of Summer Science!
Welcome to Gigi Golden ’24 who joins the lab. (Front row: Joanna Idrovo ’23, Donna Roscoe ’21, Isabel Hardy ’24, Back row: Carter, Michael Liu ’24, Gigi Golden ’24, Daniel Oo ’24, Kyle Jones ’21) We celebrate with popsicles and a meeting. No more occupancy limits in the Science Center and no masks outside!
May 30, 2021 Seniors Graduate.
Youna Choi ’21, Donna Roscoe ’21, Kyle Jones ’21, and Andrea Boskovic ’21 graduate! Youna wins Neuro Thesis prize! Youna is headed to Brown-NIH, Donna to Mayo Clinic in Minnesota, Kyle to the Lucas Lab at Yale, and Andrea to University of Washington. Seniors got their magnets and their mugs! (Pictured: human toroid!)
May 21, 2021 Biophysical Journal paper published
This paper by Ryan McMillan ’20, Vietta Kuntz ’23, Luka Devenica ’17, and Hilary Bediako ’19 looks at the spatial distribution of loops to see if electrostatic binding is the physical mechanism that determines loop placement.
May 18, 2021 Michael is a winner!
Michael Liu ’24 is one of the winners of the Bassett Physics Prize. Congratulations! He joins Vietta Kuntz ’23 and Ryan McMillan ’20 who have also won the award.
February 22, 2021 Youna wins BPS undergraduate poster competition
Carter lab attends the Biophysical Society Annual Meeting virtually. Donna Roscoe ’21, Kyle Jones ’21, Youna Choi ’21, Ryan McMillan ’20, and Prof. Carter attend. Youna Choi ’21 was selected as one of a handful of winners of the undergraduate poster competition. Her poster was titled, “DNA Folding by the SARS-CoV-2 Nucleocapsid Protein.”
February 11, 2021 TPT paper on history of Introductory labs is published
This paper looks at the history of the introductory physics lab over the last 200 years or so.
January 11, 2021 Interterm starts
Michael Liu ’24, Daniel Oo ’24, and Isabel Hardy ’24 join the lab and are awesome! Interterm is really long because we don’t start classes until Feb. 15, but students end up having to quarantine twice! (Pictured are Donna Roscoe ’21, Isabel Hardy ’21, Kyle Jones ’21, Lynn Fu ’22, and Youna Choi ’21.)
December 2020 Ryan is an Apker Finalist
Ryan McMillan ’20 is a finalist for the American Society of Physics Apker Award, which is an award for the best thesis from an undergraduate physics student.
September 2020 Lab opens!
After being shut down since the second week of March, the Science Center and the lab are back open!
June 8, 2020 Summer Research begins
Summer is completely virtual as the Science Center and Lab are closed! Welcome to the lab Genaro Torres ’22, Joanna Idrovo ’23, and Vietta Kuntz ’23! They will be working with the O’Hara Labbers on a summer training project. Also back in the lab are Emily Ma ’20, Ryan McMillan ’20, Lynn Fu ’22, Andrea Boskovic ’21, Kyle Jones ’21, Donna Roscoe ’21, and Youna Choi ’21.
April 21, 2020 Ryan gets NSF and Fulbright!
Ryan McMillan ’20 has won a prestigious NSF fellowship for graduate work. This is the first time Amherst has had an undergraduate winner. Ryan also got a Fulbright to work on DNA origami in the Dietz Lab in Germany. Congrats to Ryan!
April 14, 2020 Carter Lab Brady Bunch! Carter Lab welcomes new SURF students via Zoom and looks like the Brady Bunch! SURF 2020 students are Vietta Kuntz ’23, Joanna Idrovo ’23, Lynn Fu ’22, and Genaro Torres ’22.
April 14, 2020
NAR paper accepted!
Protamine bends DNA into a loop. Now this exciting find by the Carter Lab will be in NAR. Congrats to Obinna Ukogu ’18, Adam Smith ’17, Luka Devenica ’17, Hilary Bediako ’19, Ryan McMillan ’20, Emily Ma ’20, Ashwin Balaji ’19, Robert Schwab ’13, Shahzad Anwar ’14!
March 13, 2020 Magnet Ceremony for Seniors!
Carter presents the magnets to the graduating seniors. Ryan McMillan is headed to Harvard, Emily Ma will be the Amherst Q Fellow before going to medical school, and Ruth Mosunmade is going to do a postbac at Elms College.
February 17, 2020 Donna wins BPS poster prize!
Congratulations to Donna Roscoe ’21 for winning the BPS undergraduate poster prize. Kyle and Emily were also finalists. Carter Lab poster domination!
This year we broke out the sleds and plowed through the snow! Sledders are Donna Roscoe ’21, Ruth Mosunmade ’20, Kyle Jones ’21, Ryan McMillan ’20, Lynn Fu ’22, and Emily Ma ’20.
February 16, 2020
Socks store at BPS
We found an awesome sock store at BPS this year and all got donut socks! Because donuts = toroids!
January 23, 2020
TPT paper accepted!
Carter’s paper on the history of the physics lab course over the last 300 years or so is accepted in TPT. It should be published in Fall 2020.
November 11, 2019
Talk at Princeton
Carter goes to Princeton to give the Biophysics seminar. She meets up with Andy Leifer and Josh Shaevitz while there.
July 23, 2019
AAPT SM19 at BYU
Carter gives a talk on her historical work looking back at laboratory classes from the 1700s to today. Lab classes have been the same for the last 100 years. It is time for an update!
September 13, 2019
Donna wins poster prize!
Donna Roscoe ’21 won “Best Poster” at the SURF poster session in September. Her work was on measuring folding of DNA by different folding agents, including protamine, spermine, and histone H1. Congrats!
July 19, 2019
Mammoth Makers 2019
The Makers have built a robot for the pick-and-place race! Robot team is Megan Lyster, Mina Lee ’22, Josh Burns ’22, Flanagan Waldherr ’21, Carter, Lynn Fu ’22, Ajay Sarathy ’21, and Eva Lau ’17.
July 12, 2019
Last day for seniors
Good luck Ashwin at Stanford, Peter at Duke, and Hilary at UPenn!
June 13, 2019
We had our ALPhA New England Regional Meeting at Holy Cross in Worcester. There we realized that our Regional Director has the awesome title of being the ALPhA NERD!
July 5, 2019
Six Flags trip!
The SURF students all went to Six Flags so the Carter lab did too. Everyone conquered their fears and rode those coasters!
June 6, 2019
Move to Science Center
The Merrill lab moved last summer. Now it is time to move the Beneski lab. We are all in C009 in the New Science Center now.
May 16, 2019
AJP editorial published
Carter published an editorial in AJP on building a research lab, not starting one. Main takeaway is that new professors should start small and build the resources in the lab gradually over time – electronic notebooks, student training, student experience, all can be built over time!
May 10, 2019
Mug ceremony for seniors
Ashwin Balaji ’19, Peter Cho ’19, and Hilary Bediako ’19 graduate from the Carter Lab and receive their mug. We will miss them!
April 26, 2019
Ryan wins a Goldwater!
Ryan McMillan ’20 wins a Goldwater Fellowship. Congratulations to Ryan!
March 6, 2019
APS March Meeting
Carter and students (Andrea Boskovic ’21, Ryan McMillan ’20, Kyle Jones ’21, Peter Cho ’19, Hilary Bediako ’19, Emily Ma ’20, Ruth Mosunmade ’20, Ashwin Balaji ’19) all present!
Moumita goes to Augsberg
Moumita Dasgupta has taken an assistant professor position in Augsberg University in Minnesota. Lab celebration!!
July 30, 2018
Blue smoke certified!
Very first Robot team creates Arnold, a robot pentathlete. Robot team is Devin Epstein ’21, Ingrid Shu ’20, Donna Roscoe ’21, Allan Phillips ’20, Abdoulaye Sanago ’17E, and Ellen Mutter ’17. Pictured here with Brian Crepeau our head of electronics.
Interterm is here and it is time to do some research and relax with the Carter Lab. This year we went to the mullins Center at UMass to skate and to Blues, Booze, and BBQ for dinner.
July 27, 2018
BFY3 at Loyola
Carter heads to Loyola in Blatimore for the ALPhA conference “BFY3”. This is a meeting of 150 physics lab instructors.
July 24, 2018
Carter Lab finishes summer work. See you in the Fall.
July 11, 2018
Obinna leaves for Capstone
Obinna Ukogu ’18 is starting his new job at Capstone Research. Carter labbers have lunch at the Works to celebrate.
July 20, 2018
Carter gives a talk at Single Molecule approaches to Biology Gordon conference at Mt. Snow.
June 4, 2016
Hey, hey, goodbye
Luka Devenica ’17 leaves the lab, just as Obinna Ukogu 18, Hilary Bediako ’19, Peter Cho ’19, Ashwin Balaji ’19, Andrea Boskovic ’21, and Kyle Jones ’21 start.
February 20, 2018
Reunion at Biophysics
Carter and Luka Devenica ’17 see Jess Morgan ’17 (Smith College) and Elizabeth White ’17 at the Biophysical Society conference. Now the party can start!
December 19, 2017
Carter gets tenure!
The champagne was flowing all day and night when president Biddy Martin announced that Amherst would be tenuring Carter and Hanneke in Physics. Elizabeth White ’17 comes back for the party along with Luka Devenica ’17, Bishop Grimm ’18, Hilary Bediako ’19, and Peter Cho ’19.
February 2, 2018
Carter gives talk at Bates
Carter heads to collaborator Gavin King’s alma mater to give the physics department colloquium there. All seniors at Bates are required to do theses so there were lots of undergraduates in labs.
December 19, 2017
Carter is the first woman tenured in physics cat Amherst. She joins Caroline Goutte (right, Biology) and Pat O’Hara (left, Chemistry) as the first women to be tenured in their departments.
June 14, 2017
First ALPhA Regional Conference
ALPhA members from New England invade Amherst for a meeting on how to improve the advanced lab. Luka Devenica ’17, and newbies Ruth Mosunmade ’20, Ryan McMillan ’20, and Emily Ma ’20 give tours.
Carter wins NSF CAREER award
The Carter Lab has been awarded a 5 year grand for $500k to study DNA folding. Specifically, for “Investigating reconfigurable DNA self-assembly at the molecular scale.”
March 6, 2017
DNA Folding Review Out
Seniors Adam Smith, Luka Devenica, and Elizabeth White, along with junior Obinna Ukogu have published a paper in MPLB. My favorite figure shows how DNA folds in sperm.
January 20, 2017
Elizabeth White ’17, Adam Smith ’17, and Luka Devenica ’17 all pass comps, newbie Ryan McMillan ’20 finishes his training, Peter Cho ’19 gets his program to work, and Obinna Ukogu ’18 analyzes the data from the summer and finds amazing results. Time to celebrate!
November 8, 2016
Carter gives talk at Wellesley
On election night, Carter gives a physics colloquium at Hilary Clinton’s alma mater, Wellesley.
Hilary wins SURF poster competition
Hilary Bediako ’19 won “Best All Around” poster at Amherst’s SURF poster session for her poster on how protamine folds DNA. Congratulations!
Methods paper published
Carter’s graduate thesis results are published in a methods text. Paper is Okoniewski et al., Methods in Molecular Biology, which should come out in January 2017.
August 12, 2016
Last of the Dog Days of Summer
What a summer! Newcomers Peter Cho ’19, Hilary Bediako ’19, and Moumita Dasgupta (Amherst’s Teaching Fellow) do an amazing job.
Lab Flood Causes Complete Shutdown!
The lab floods causing a two week hiatus. Luckily, Luka Devenica ’17 takes care of everything with a little help from a future Carter Labber.
June 9, 2016
AFM Workshop at Harvard
ALPhA immersion on imaging DNA with AFM! (Left to right) Jose Vithayathil from UPenn, Carter, Liang Zeng from UT-Rio Grande Valley, Laura Wessels from Xavier, Xuemei Cheng from Bryn Mawr.
June 7, 2016
Lab takes on Harvard
The Lab travels to Harvard to give a workshop on imaging DNA with AFM. Carter labbers also visit museums, shops, and have a lab sinner at the Maharaja.
Read all about it!
The Journal of Physiology has published Eileen’s paper about the mechanics of the larval zebrafish startle response. Great work!
May 9. 2016
Carter Lab Brady Bunch!
Nucleic Acids Research (NAR) accepted Carter’s paper on the direct observations of the helicase RecBCD unwinding in DNA.
May 21, 2016
Ji Hoon Graduates!
Congratulations to Ji Hoon Lee ’16! Ji Hoon is thinking about going to physics grad school to do theory work.
April 5, 2016
Carter goes to Clark
Carter gives the physics colloquium at Clark and meets Moumita’s graduate thesis advisor Arshad Kudrolli.
Carter elected to ALPhA Board of Directors
Carter has been elected to the Board of Directors for the Advanced Laboratory Physics Association (ALPhA). Look for her to plan an upcoming New England Regional meeting for ALPhA in June 2017.
The Carter lab has decided to read Stuff Matters by Mark Modownski as a part of the book club this semester.
Marco Sighting at Biophysical Society Annual Meeting
Carter gives Panel Discussion and runs the Conference’s Networking event. After which, she sees Marco Catipovic ’14!
Obinna is the poster child!
Obinna Ukogu ’18 and Carter are featured in the new video short on what life is like during the SURF program at Amherst.
July 22, 2015
Summer students present in Maryland
Adam Smith ’17 and Obinna Ukogu ’18 presented posters and led a workshop at the BFY and AAPT summer meeting. Number one lesson learned: Preparation is key!
AFM paper submitted to AJP
Congratulations go to Luka Devenica, Clay Contee, Raysa Cabrejo, and Matt Kurek for submitting their paper on imaging bio samples with AFM to the American Journal of Physics!
Carter wins Cottrel College Science Award
Carter gets two year grant from the Research Corp to fund the lab’s DNA folding research.
February 10, 2015
White and Carter duck out
Elizabeth White and Professor Carter duck out of the Biophysical Society Annual Meeting to go to the aquarium.
February 9, 2015
We saw Marco Catipovic ’14 at the Biophysical Society Annual Meeting in Baltimore!
Summer: a time for lazy days and hard core research
Give a big welcome to newcomers Luka Devenica, Elizabeth White, and Matt Woop. Looks like we also didn’t quite get rid of Marco yet!
February 7, 2015
Off to the Biophysical Society Annual Meeting
Elizabeth White, Luka Devenica, and Matt Woop will give posters at the meeting in Baltimore.
June 5, 2014
FRC talk highlights Clay’s AFM work
Profeessor Carter gives a talk at the Gordon Research Conference on Physics Education about Clay’s thesis work.
May 25, 2014
Marco and Clay are out!
Marco Catipovic and Clay Contee have graduated after a great year of thesis research. Marco is headed to graduate school at Harvard and Clay goes to UMass. Good luck!
Marco’s paper published in AJP
Congratulations to junior biophysics major Marco Catipovic and junior biology major Paul Tyler on their paper on quantifying Brownian motion! The paper comes out in July in AJP. This is also our first paper with the Trapani lab.
August 20, 2013
Fly larvae avoid light
In a paper just published in PNAS, a collaboration that includes Professor Carter looks at the behavioral algorithm that help fly larvae avoid light. Figure from Kane et al., PNAS, 2013.
June 10, 2013
Summer has started and Terri Hultum and Marco Catipovic are back to cause trouble in the Carter lab. Also, big welcome to newcomers Ji Hoon Lee and Matt Kurek.
May 26, 2013
First thesis students leave the nest
It’s official. Robbie Schwab and Fred Shipley have graduated, leaving the Carter laboratory saddened by their departure. But, both are off to great research jobs – Robbie goes to UPenn medical school and Fred goes to Princeton. Good work you two!
April 11, 2012
First paper published in Optics Express
The first paper published by the Carter Laboratory and first-authored by sophomore Fred Shipley appeared in Optics Express. The paper determines the limitations of using back-scattered detection, a laser interference techique, as a position-sensing method. Good work Fred!
Side rule better than calculator?
In the paper just accepted into The Physics Teacher, Professor Carter talks about how the invention of the calculator lead to the use fo the significant figure rules students love to hate.
February 27, 2012
Fred has style
While many might think that scientists have no fashion sense, a PhD candidate at the University of Toronto thought otherwise and scoured the Biophysical Society Annual Meeting in San Diego for stylish scientists. He stumbled upon our own Fred Shipley and fashion history was made.
February 24, 2012
We are off to BPS!
Armed with the most beautiful bright pink poster imaginable, Shipley and Carter are off to the Annual Meeting of the Biophysical Society.
Junior physics majors Cheyenne Teng and Robert Flynn join the group for three weeks over interterm. Cheyenne machines several sample holders, while Robert makes headway on tracking beads inside zebrafish embryos.