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August 2018 - We are moving! The new science center is coming online... (Top left) A picture at the start of the construction when one of the social dorms was knocked down back in 2012. Then, the Greenway dorms were built to hold all of the displaced students. And, finally they started building the new science center!

July 11, 2018 - The Carter Lab says goodbye to Obinna with one last lunch at the works. In picture on the right (from top left to right bottom) Moumita Dasgupta, Hilary Bediako, Kyle Jones, Carter, Andrea Boskovic, Obinna Ukogu, Ashwin Balaji, Ruth Mosunmade, and Peter Cho.

July 9, 2018 - Everything is working! Carter Labbers stay into the wee hours of the morning to take data. Looks like fun...

July 3, 2018 - It's a fight to the death! Well maybe not to the death, but definitely for bragging rights as the Carter Lab takes on the Carter Design Challenge Team (the Mammoth Makers) for the paint ball crown. The Mammoth Makers end up winning (though the results may have been skewed as Carter was on their team). Ruth Mosunmade and newbie Andrea Boskovic put in amazing performances for the Carter Lab.

June 12, 2018 - The Random Walk Game. The Carter Labbers and the Mammoth Makers get roped in to making up a game to demonstrate a random walk. The goal is that this game could be played at schools during Biophysics week to promote biophysics. Abdoulaye Sanogo, Hilary Bediako, and Andrea Boskovic are the first winners of the game.

June 4, 2018 - Tears were shed as Luka left the lab to go on to bigger and better things--Emory! One last group pic before he leaves. At least Obinna is back to lead the lab.

May 12, 2018 - Good luck Moumita! Moumita will be taking the Visiting Assistant Professorship at Smith College next year. The physics department has a party for her and the Carter Lab students crash it and eat all the desserts!

May 4, 2018 - Carter and Trapani head to the Rowland Institute for the CVZM meeting. Carter's powerpoint slides show all x's instead of pictures, but with some quick thinking she saves the day. Other highlights include the World of Beers for lunch and the amazing RoLi Lab of Drew Robson and Jennifer Li.

February 2018 - Luka and Carter go to the Biophysical society meeting in San Francisco. We bump into Elizabeth White (Carter Lab alum) and Jess Morgan (Physics 117 alum from Smith) who are now both in Biophysics at U Chicago. We ride the trolley and go to China town. Carter attempts to order in Chinese! There is also a Perkins lab reunion with Tom and Gavin King.

January 19, 2018 - Happy 20th Birthday Ryan! Ryan's mom sends a cake to the lab for him. The Carter Labbers scarf it down. Turns out Ryan's Birthday is the following week and another cake shows up! The Carter Labbers are going to get fat if this keeps up.

December 19, 2017 - Carter gets tenure! Older Carter Labbers go out, including alums Elizabeth White '17 and Luka Devenica '17, as well as Peter Cho '19 and Bishop Grimm '18. O'Hara, Goutte, and Carter realize that they are the first women tenured in their departments (Chemistry, Biology, and Physics, respectively.)

August 9, 2017 - Luka and Carter go to the SPIE meeting in San Diego to enjoy some rays, some science, and some sushi. Luka does a good job presenting his poster.

July 27, 2017 - Carter bumps into Kathy Perkins and Karen King at the AAPT meeting. (Left to Right)

July 4, 2017 - For the Fourth of July the Carter Lab heads to six flags. Obinna goes on his first roller coaster, and Carter lets Luka watch her kids. It is very hot so everyone enjoys the water rides! Way to go risk-takers.

June 2017 - Amherst hosts the first bi-annual ALPhA Regional Conference. We had 25 instructors come to Amherst to hear about best practices for laboratory physics. They each gave a 5 minute slam talk, particpated in break out sessions, attended workshops, and networked over lunch and dinner.

May 2017 - Amherst BCBP majors hold their symposium. The seniors give amazing talks and Cathy Stillerman sets up a great dinner for everyone in BCBP. Congratulations to our seniors who are graduating: Adam Smith, Luka Devenica, and Elizabeth White!

February 2017 - Journal Club on book "Liquid Intelligence" has the Carter Lab making science-inspired Mocktails. Ryan walks us through how to use a centrifuge to make an amazing Long Island ice tea, and Peter use liquid nitrogen to freeze mint leaves for an amazing Mojito. (Left to Right) Ryan McMillan and Peter Cho

January 2017 - Lab dinner at Goten in Sunderland, which is a hibachi place. The food was awesome. (Left to Right) Ryan McMillan, Elizabeth White, Obinna Ukogu, Carter, Moumita Dasgupta, Peter Cho, and Adam Smith.

August 2016 - Lab Flood! The Beneski lab floods and shutdowns experiments for 2 weeks. Luckily, Luka Devenica is around to take care of everything!


August 2016 - End of the Summer Lab Lunch at Paradise of India. (Left to Right) Obinna Ukogu, Elizabeth White, Adam Smith, Peter Cho, Jack Herman, Carter, Luka Devenica, Moumita Dasgupta, and Hilary Bediako.

June 2016 - AFM workshop at Harvard. Elizabeth White, Luka Devenica, Adam Smith, Peter Cho, Bishop Grimm, Hilary Bediako, and Carter head out to Cambridge. Workshop participants are Laura Wessels (Xavier), Jose Vithayathil (UPenn), Liang Zeng (UT), Xuemei Cheng (Bryn Mawr). And, of course Kent Schuyler from Nanomagnetics brings all the AFMs!


February 2015 - Elizabeth White, Luka Devenica, Matt Woop, and Carter go to the Biophysical Society Annual Meeting in Baltimore.


December 2014 - Luka Devenica and Carter travel to Bridgewater State to take data with Prof. Ed Deveney.


February 2013 - O'Hara and Carter Labs at the Biophysical Society Annual Meeting in San Diego.

August 2012 - The optical trap is online! Terri Hultum, Robbie Schwab, Marco Catipovic, and Shahzad Anwar celebrate.

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