In January, we are excited to be celebrating 10 years of treating patients at the Roberts Proton Therapy Center!

A Message from Dr. Metz

I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday season! I know we have hit the ground running in January and everyone is busy. As usual, there a lots of great things going on in the department. This is our big interview season for our medical and physics residency programs and I want to thank everyone that has been involved in the process. We have an event this month celebrating the Roberts Proton Therapy Center 10th Anniversary. This is an event that is mainly internal to the department where we will be celebrating with our staff and faculty all the accomplishments over the past decade. I hope that you will be able to join us for this special celebration. The New Year is an opportunity to reassess where we are as a department and as individuals. I look forward to working with you to establish Penn Medicine as the leading radiation oncology department for clinical care, research, education with a focus on the overall wellness of our staff and faculty—which is a key pillar of our strategic plan. I wish you all the best in the coming year. Happy New Year!

Holiday Party

Our department had fun at the RadOnc Holiday Party at 2300 Arena on December 14, 2019.

In the News

Study Finds Proton Therapy Lowers Risk of Side Effects in Cancer Patients Compared to Traditional Radiation

Proton therapy leads to significantly lower risk of side effects severe enough to lead to unplanned hospitalizations for cancer patients when compared with traditional radiation, while cure rates between the two groups are almost identical. The findings come from an expanded analysis of the largest review of its kind, performed by researchers in the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, to evaluate whether or not patients undergoing radiation therapy at the same time as chemotherapy experienced serious adverse events within 90 days. Researchers found proton therapy reduces the relative risk of these side effects by two-thirds. JAMA Oncology published the results on December 26, 2019.

"This is exciting because it shows that proton therapy offers a way for us to reduce the serious side effects of chemo-radiation and improve patient health and well-being without sacrificing the effectiveness of the therapy,” said the study’s lead author Brian Baumann, MD.

Findings Related to FLASH Radiotherapy Show Giving Entire Course of Radiation Treatment in Less Than a Second Is Feasible

In a new report published in the International Journal of Radiation Oncology, Biology, and Physics, researchers detail how they used proton radiation to generate the dosage needed to theoretically give a cancer patient their entire course of radiotherapy in one rapid treatment. Known as FLASH radiotherapy, it’s an experimental paradigm that could represent a sea change for the world of oncology in the future. In this study, researchers also found FLASH demonstrated the same effect on tumors as traditional photon radiation while sparing healthy tissue due to the shorter exposure time.

“This is the first time anyone has published findings that demonstrate the feasibility of using protons – rather than electrons – to generate FLASH doses, with an accelerator currently used for clinical treatments,” said the study’s co-senior author James M. Metz, MD, director of the Roberts Proton Therapy Center and chair of Radiation Oncology. The co-senior authors on the study are Constantinos Koumenis, PhD, the Richard H. Chamberlain Professor of Research Oncology, and Keith A. Cengel, MD, PhD, an associate professor of Radiation Oncology, both in Penn’s Perelman School of Medicine.



RadOnc Research Speaker Seminar Series 2019-2020

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6th Annual Proton Therapy Course

November 22-24, 2019

Penn Radiation Oncology held its 6th Annual Proton Therapy Course at the Perelman Center for Advanced Medicine from November 22 - 24 this year, offering multidisciplinary training in proton therapy to an array of clinical professions such as physicians, physicists, and therapists as well as insights into operational best practices for running a proton center. This year, we had 146 attendees representing 17 states and 5 countries.

For the first time, the course featured industry exhibitors, including virtual reality vendors. One of the virtual reality vendors, The VR Bridge, is owned and operated by alumni patient Tom Ashley. Tom participated in a virtual reality discussion panel in addition to giving the keynote address during lunch on November 23.

In Memory of Eli Glatstein, MD

It is with great sorrow we share the news of Dr. Eli Glatstein’s passing on Wednesday, November 27th. During the course of his esteemed career, Eli Glatstein, M.D. was dedicated both to his patients and the young physicians under his charge; he was a renowned authority who encouraged new ideas, new approaches and new thinking. Dr. Glatstein has had an impact throughout generations in oncology both here at Penn and around the world. Dr. Glatstein’s greatest joy was seeing his mentees succeed wherever they ended up. We were fortunately able to celebrate Dr. Glatstein with his professorship last year, which he said was a highlight of his career. Dr. Glatstein’s impact has been immeasurable, impactful and momentous. The field of radiation oncology has lost a great force in education, research and practice; however, his contributions, will live on through all of his trainees. He will be sorely missed.

Meet the Newest Members of Our Team!

Left to right: Zoe Degan, Marlene Kuschner, Mary Jordan-Luft, Omer Nawaz

Zoe Degan

Zoe joins the department as a Dosimetrist Treatment Planner. Previously, she worked as a math and science teacher. Zoe earned her degrees from Thomas Jefferson University and Villanova University. In her spare time, Zoe enjoys working out, road trips, and cooking. Contact Zoe at zoe.degan@pennmedicine.upenn.edu.

Marlene Kuschner

Marlene joins the department as a Faculty Affairs Coordinator. Previously, she worked as the Program Coordinator for Thomas Jefferson University Department of Radiation Oncology. Marlene is working on her Masters in Health Care Administration. In her spare time, Marlene enjoys walking, baking with her daughter who is a pastry chef, and binge watching Chicago PD. Contact Marlene at marlene.kushner@pennmedicine.upenn.edu.

Mary Jordan-Luft, MSN, CRNP

Mary joins the department as an Inpatient and Palliative Nurse Practitioner. In her prior position, she was a Nurse Practitioner in the HUP Emergency Department. She received her BSN from the University of Scranton and her MSN from Thomas Jefferson University. In her spare time, Mary enjoys spending time with family and her puppy Frannie, running, and traveling and exploring anywhere and everywhere! Contact Mary at mary.jordan@uphs.upenn.edu.

Omer Nawaz, PhD, DABR

Omer joins the department at Assistant Chief of Clinical Physics, Red Region. Previously, he worked as a Senior Physicist at ProCure Proton Therapy. Omer earned his Masters from Temple University and his PhD from Rutgers University. In his spare time, he enjoys working on and rebuilding/restoring old European automobiles, timed track days as well as other HPDE events, and Netflix. Contact Omer at omer.nawaz@pennmedicine.upenn.edu.

Left to right: Abigail Neff, Cheng Peng, Billie Purnell, Miryanka Sakic Not pictured: Dan Perlingiero

Abigail Neff, RN

Abby joins the department as a Clinical Nurse II. Previously, she worked as a pediatric oncology nurse at CHOP. Abby has her Bachelor's degree in biology from Villanova University and BSN from Gwynedd Mercy University. In her spare time, Abby enjoys fitness, going to the beach, and running with her husband. Contact Abby at abigail.neff@pennmedicine.upenn.edu.

Cheng Peng, PhD

Cheng joins the department as a Medical Physicist and Chief of Dosimetry. Previously, he worked as a Medical Physicist at Thomas Jefferson University. Cheng earned his PhD from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. In his spare time, he enjoys fishing, hiking, and wood working. Contact Cheng at cheng.peng@pennmedicine.upenn.edu.

Dan Perlingiero, CMD

Dan joins the department as a Dosimetrist. He is a graduate of Widener University. Contact Dan at daniel.perlingiero@pennmedicine.upenn.edu

Billie Purnell

Billie joins the department as a Patient Services Associate. Previously, she worked as a Patient Services Associate Trainee. Billie earned her Bachelors of Science in Business Management. In her spare time, Billie enjoys cooking, shopping, and babysitting her nephew. Contact Billie at purnelb@pennmedicine.upenn.edu.

Miryanka Sakic

Miryanka joins the department as a Staff Assistant. Previously, she worked as a Senior Service Coordinator for HUP Clinical Engineering. Miryanka recieved her undergraduate degree from Temple University and is working on her MS in Clinical Mental Heath Counseling from Divine Mercy University. In her spare time, Miryanka enjoys reading, quality time with pets, and snowboarding. Contact Miryanka at miryanka.sakic@pennmedicine.upenn.edu.

Left to right: Julie Schrager, Enneice Thomas, Kathleen Wilks, Katharine Winner

Julie Schrager, CMD

Julie joins the department as a Medical Dosimetrist. Previously, she worked as a Medical Dosimetrist at Christiana Hospital. Julie went to Muhlenberg for her undergraduate degree and Thomas Jefferson University for her graduate degree. In her spare time, Julie enjoys dogs, baking, and jogging. Contact Julie at julie.schrager@pennmedicine.upenn.edu.

Enneice Thomas

Enneice joins the department as a Billing Coordinator. In her prior position, she was a Preregistration Specialist in the Department of Radiology. Enneice enjoys spending time with family, reading, doing crossword puzzles, and traveling. Contact Enneice at enneice.thomas@pennmedicine.upenn.edu.

Kathleen Wilks, RN

Kathleen joins the department as a Nurse at Penn Medicine Cherry Hill. Previously she worked as an Endoscopy nurse at Cooper University Hospital. She has her BSN & RN. Contact Kathleen at Kathleen.wilks@pennmedicine.upenn.edu.

Katharine Winner

Katharine joins the department as a Social Worker. Previously she worked as a social worker at DaVita Dialysis. Katharine went to Saint Anselm College in Manchester, NH and received her MSW from the University of Pennsylvania. She enjoys singing and traveling, is a New England Patriots fan, Vermont native, and tea lover. Contact Katharine at katharine.winner@pennmedicine.upenn.edu.

Employee Recognition

Congratulations to our colleagues on their achievements!


Abigail T. Berman, MD, MSCE

We are pleased to announce the appointment of Abigail T. Berman, MD, MSCE to the role of Associate Program Director for the Radiation Oncology residency program. In her new role, Dr. Berman will be an integral leader in the residency program, and will work closely with Samuel Swisher-McClure, MD, Program Director, and Neha Vapiwala, MD, Vice Chair for Education. She will help oversee all operational functions of the residency, including recruitment, mentoring, curriculum development, and program and resident evaluation. Dr. Berman will continue in her other roles including as an integral member of the multidisciplinary thoracic team and Associate Director of the Penn Center for Precision Medicine.

Dr. Berman brings a wealth of knowledge to the residency program. Dr. Berman served as the Course Director for Radiation Oncology at the Perelman School of Medicine from 2014-2019 and prior to that she held the position of Education Officer for Trainees from 2012-2014. Along with Dr. Vapiwala, she is the founding Co-Director of the Clinical Trials in Radiation Oncology course for which she was awarded the RSNA Education Scholar Grant.

She is a recognized leader in education at Penn Medicine and received the ARRO Educator of the Year Award in 2015. Her national recognition continues to develop through her publications and leadership with the National Comprehensive Cancer Network and the International Thymic Malignancies Group (ITMIG). Dr. Berman received her Bachelor of Arts from Harvard College in Chemistry with honors, and her Medical Degree and Masters of Science in Clinical Epidemiology from the University of Pennsylvania.

Please join us in welcoming Dr. Abigail T. Berman as she assumes her new role on November 5, 2019.

Crystal Conn, PhD

It is with great enthusiasm that we welcome Crystal Conn, PhD as Assistant Professor-Tenure Track, to the Research Division of Radiation Oncology!

Dr. Conn started with us on Thursday, January 2, 2020. She most recently was a Postdoctoral Fellow at UCSF in the lab of Dr. Davide Ruggero, one of the premier groups internationally engaged in the study of translational control of gene expression in cancer. Dr. Conn’s research interests are centered on understanding the identifying adaptive stress responses that are translationally regulated, primarily in lung and prostate cancer, allowing for early detection of malignant disease with potential for new therapeutic applications. Her expertise in the salient features in translational control of gene expression, which is increasingly being appreciated as a major contributor to malignancies and immune system function, will enable her to interface with multiple groups within the RadOnc department, as well as the School of Medicine and beyond.

Dr. Conn’s office and lab are located on the 8th floor of Smilow – please join me in welcoming her to the department!

Taoran Li, PhD

We are pleased to announce the appointment of Taoran Li, PhD to the role of Director for the Medical Physics Residency Program. In his role, Taoran will supervise current residency activities as well as recruitment and growth of the medical physics program. As Director, he will also teach our residents and students, play a lead role in facility and technology development and promote educational activities.

We also extend our sincerest gratitude to Kevin Teo for his leadership in the Director role over the past 4 years. During his time as Director, receiving CAMPEP reaccreditation was a key milestone for the medical physics residency program. In addition, Kevin was able to effectively evaluate and implement the newly created 3-year track option.

Please join us in congratulating Taoran in his new role, and thanking Kevin for his dedication to the residency program!

Katherine Madonna, CPA

Please join us in welcoming Katherine Madonna, CPA to Radiation Oncology as the Chief Financial Officer. Katherine joins us from the Department of OB/GYN where she was the Director of Finance. Katherine was instrumental in developing pricing strategies in OB/GYN and partnered with the operations team for practice optimization and expense reduction. Katherine is a Certified Public Accountant and comes to us with significant experience in financial management at Penn Medicine as well as in public accounting and private companies.

Katherine joined the Department in November and her office is on 2 PCAM. Welcome, Katherine!

Omer Nawaz, PhD, DABR

Please join us in welcoming Omer Nawaz, PhD, DABR as Assistant Chief of Clinical Physics for the Red Region in the Division of Medical Physics. Dr. Nawaz joins us a Medical Physicist and will have direct oversight of the organization and management of Medical Physics and Dosimetry in the Red Region. He will play a critical leadership role in the department by fostering collaboration between the physics, dosimetry, physician, and therapy teams in the Red Region to maintain an excellent level of clinical care. Prior to this role, Omer was a Senior Medical Physicist at the ProCure Proton Therapy Center in New Jersey.

Dr. Nawaz received his Bachelors in Biophysics and Masters in Physics from Temple University, as well as a Ph.D. in Bioinformatics from Rutgers University. He completed his Clinical Physics Residency at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital prior to working at MGH/Harvard and then Paoli Hospital. Dr. Nawaz is also currently a Surveyor for the American College of Radiology.

We welcome Dr. Nawaz’s leadership as Assistant Chief of Clinical Physics in the Red Region. He will be primarily based out of Chester County Hospital. Please join us in welcoming him to his new role at Penn.

We welcome Dr. Peng’s leadership as Chief of Dosimetry at PCAM. His office is located at CN level room C-127E. Please join us in welcoming him to his new role at Penn.

Cheng Peng, PhD

Please join us in welcoming Cheng Peng, PhD as Chief of Dosimetry in the Division of Medical Physics at the Perelman Center for Advanced Medicine. Dr. Peng joins us a Medical Physicist and will oversee the clinical management of our dosimetry program and team of dosimetrists. He will play a critical leadership role in the department by fostering collaboration between the dosimetry, physics, and physician teams to establish and maintain policies, procedures, and guidelines for safe and effective treatment planning. Prior to this role, he was an Assistant Professor and Medical Physicist in the Department of Radiation Oncology at Thomas Jefferson University.

Dr. Peng received his BS in Physics from Peking University, as well as an MS and PhD in Physics from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. He completed his Postdoctoral training at the Medical College of Wisconsin. Dr. Peng is currently President-Elect of the Delaware Valley Chapter of the American Association of Physicists in Medicine and serves as an Associate Editor for Medical Physics and the Journal of Applied Clinical Medical Physics.

Samuel Swisher-McClure, MD

Samuel Swisher-McClure, MD has accepted the role of Associate Medical Director of the Roberts Proton Therapy Center effective immediately. Dr. Swisher-McClure will be working directly with Alex Lin, MD, who remains Medical Director of the proton center. He will continue as Program Director of the Medical Residency Program and will also continue his current clinic with head and neck cancer patients. Please join us in congratulating Dr. Swisher-McClure in his new role.

Nursing Recognition

Karen Leary MSN, RN, OCN has been accepted into the Distinguished Nurse Academy. She is joining her fellow RNs, Clara Hilton BSN, RN and Meg Garrett RN, MSN, OCN, CSSGB, who were inducted in previous years. This is a prestigious academy made of select individuals who deliver outstanding care at the bedside to their patients and will work to improve care and nurse well-being across the health system. They have been approved by the standing Academy members and all of the CNOs from each entity. Karen will be inducted with her cohort at a ceremony in February 2020. Additionally, in October 2019, Karen was selected for Clinical Advancement to a Clinical Nurse 4. Clinical Nurse 4 describes a nurse who has achieved a level of clinical mastery with a scope of practice that extends to the Organization and Health System. Karen joins Deana Potts MSN, CRNP as a Level 4.

Three nurses achieved specialty certification as Oncology Certified Nurses (OCN). Certification in oncology nursing makes a difference—to patients who want knowledgeable nurses, to employers who want qualified and experienced nurses, and to individual nurses who want to demonstrate their knowledge. Oncology nursing certification validates a nurse has specialized knowledge and experience in cancer care. Congratulations to Kristin D’Elia RN, OCN, Megan Lackaye RN, BSN, OCN, and Tara Ryan RN, OCN!

Women in Oncology Conference

A Seat at the Table - Removing Barriers and Bias for Women in Oncology Conference was held on November 11, 2019. Neha Vapiwala, MD was a conference co-chair and panel moderator and Abigail Berman, MD, MSCE spoke about the power of mentorship and sponsorship.

Anish Butala, MD, a PGY-4 medical resident, was interviewed by Reuters Health to provide expert commentary on a JAMA article published on December 3rd on the use of radiation and spinal cord compression, which was written in conjunction with Joshua Jones, MD.

We received a really nice compliment from one of our patients regarding Penn Medicine at Cherry Hill's Benjamin Goldsmith, MD and his staff on Penn Medicine's Facebook page.

I am being treated for my second attack of prostate cancer. I am having radiation treatments at the cherry hill location. the people at that location are fantastic including the two ladies at the sign in desk in the treatment area, the Nurse/tech ladies who deal with making me comfortable before and during treatment, dr. Goldsmith who is there everyday for any needs i may have and even the people at the front desk as you enter the facility. for people who interact with sick people every day, they all are so kind and helpful. I am 24 treatments into the total of 39, so i see these people every day monday through friday so I know of what I say. Thank you all!

Kimberly Benjamin, MD was featured in the People of Penn Cancer Facebook series. Her post can be found on the Penn Medicine - Abramson Cancer Center Facebook page.

Michele Kim, PhD was featured on the cover of the AAMP Newsletter.

William Levin, MD was an invited speaker at the Virtual Reality and Healthcare, Symposium Europe ’19, December 5-6, 2019 in Dublin, Ireland. He spoke about the use of virtual reality here in the Department of Radiation Oncology.

William Levin, MD was recently featured on a podcast hosted by ReachMD regarding the role of integrative therapy in cancer care.

Fern Nibauer-Cohen was an invited speaker at the VRX conference, December 12-13, 2019 in San Francisco, CA. She spoke about the use of virtual reality here in the Department of Radiation Oncology.


Tanya Johnson, billing coordinator, retired on December 20 after 36 years at Penn Medicine, most of which were spent in Radiation Oncology. She says she will miss her Radiation Oncology family. Best of luck to Tanya in her future endeavors!

Social Scene

ACES Events

Halloween at PCAM

Halloween at Chester County Hospital

(Top Row, Left to Right) Photo 1 – Front office: Nicole Marchesani, Jessica Hayes, Samantha Okoorian, Kathleen Masterstefone, Kirstan West. Photo 2 – Nicole Marchesani and Rodel Hidalgo. (Bottom Row, Left to Right) Photo 3 – Samantha Okoorian, Rodel Hidalgo, Kate Spillane, Dr. Ann Marie Siegal, Lauren Nangle, Kathleen Devlin, Kirstan West, Roseann Scamuffa, Alexi Palma (student), Kathleen Masterstefone, Jessica Hayes, Nicole Marchesani, Matt Rajotte. Photo 4 – Alexi Palma (student), Rodel Hidalgo, Roseann Scamuffa, Kathleen Devlin

Holiday Basket Raffle

Thanks to your generous contributions, the Annual Holiday Charity Basket Raffle raised an astounding $4,764.00

$2,382.00 has been donated to the PCAM Patient Assistance Fund, and $2,382.00 will be donated to the charity organization Bringing Hope Home. Bringing Hope Home has provided at least $40,000 in assistance to Penn Rad Onc patients and families across all of our network locations in 2019 alone.

On behalf of the ACES Committee, thank you very much for your donations, participation, and enthusiasm in this fundraiser. All the best to you and yours this holiday season and thanks for a wonderful year. We couldn’t have done it without you!

Light the Night Walk

THANK YOU to everyone who helped raise money for Team Rad/Onc Light the Night walk on October 26, 2019. The PCAM Front Desk won our Bucket Wars with a total of $260.00. RubyLee Coates was a team player in collecting funds for the PCAM Front Desk! The total from all teams was $532.00 - our Eagles Day total was $82.00, and the Totally Rad shirts raised $30.00. Additionally, there were many generous online donations. Our team total was $1,779.00.

Special thanks to Tina Markley, who spearheaded the fundraising and team building for the Light the Night Walk! Karen Leary, MSN, RN, OCN and Janet Grant, RN also joined Tina in her effort to support the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.

Left photo: Pictured is Karen Leary (Jeff), Tina Markley and Janet Grant (James) Right photo: RubyLee Coates walked for Team Rad/Onc Light the Night.

SHINE in the Vines Fundraiser

SHINE is a volunteer organization that supports Chester County Hospital Abramson Cancer Center patients by providing services to assist patients as they receive treatment. The Chester County team attended the fundraiser at Paradocx Vineyard on Saturday, November 9.

Kirstan West, Nicole Marchesani, Erick Hernandez, Eileen McDevitt, Samantha Okoorian, Lynne Davis, Jessica Hayes

CNS Holiday Party

L-R: Russell Maxwell, Jay Dorsey, Jen Zou, Michelle Alonso-Basanta, Jacob Shabason, Diane McMichael, Julie Schrager, Brendan Burgdorf, Ashley Cifarelli, Audrey Casper-Clark, Kim Watson, Naseehah Bridges, Ryan Scheuermann, Michelle Halligan, Lauren Carden, Gabriela Antelo Redondo, Tiffany Thompson, Robert Lustig, Megan Lackaye, Goldie Kurtz - 12/19/19

Dosimetry and Physics Holiday Potluck

PCAM Women's Health Team 32nd Annual Holiday Happy Hour

(Left to Right) Nishant Shah, Chris Wright, Pamela Lee, Sloane Florio, Maureen McDonald, Neil Taunk, Gary Freedman, Tara Ryan, Brittany Fols, Audrey Casper-Clark (November 12, 2019)

PCAM Linac 1 - Holiday Sweaters

Mark Reichner, Giovanna Sorber, and Naseema Chughtai

Five Questions With...

Samantha Okoorian

This new section will feature colleagues from around the department, highlighting their role here and their unique perspective! This section profiles colleagues selected by the ACES Committee from all submissions for employee recognition. ACES will choose from both the colleagues who have been recognized as well as those who submitted the nomination to recognize a colleague.

1. What is a typical work day like for you?

I work as an Financial Service Representative for Radiation Oncology in Chester County Hospital. My day consists of interacting with patients, employees, and third parties in helping the team to make a devastating diagnosis to our patients the best in can be with Penn Medicine.

2. What led you to work at Penn Radiation Oncology?

I work for Radiation Oncology because I have had the pleasure of being mentored by some great people from radiation oncology in the past and I have always admired the motivation the department had. In recent years, I have had some of my close family members pass away from cancer and radiation oncology was a big part of our support system and I appreciated that so much. I want others to view radiation oncology the same way I do and I always hoped to be a part of it.

3. What’s your favorite holiday tradition?

My favorite holiday tradition is the celebration that my family has of the 7 fishes every Christmas Eve.

4. What is your favorite holiday movie?

My favorite holiday movie is Elf.

5. This year I tried….

This year I have tried to keep an open mind to learning as much as I can in my current position here at Radiation Oncology so I can grow as an individual.

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AAPM Delaware Valley Chapter Fall Dinner Meeting

MPP students enjoyed an evening of dining and networking in Center City at the Fall Dinner Meeting hosted by the Delaware Valley Chapter of the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) on October 30, 2019.

Celebrating Marie Curie's Birthday

The Medical Physics Graduate Programs and Medical Physics Residency Program hosted a liquid nitrogen ice cream social for the Department to celebrate International Day of Medical Physics on November 7, 2019.

Photo: Wendy Harris, PhD, resident, and Austin Kassaee, MS student. Photo Art by Lei Dong, PhD.

Medical and Physics Residencies Social

This was a joint social outing between the medical and physics residency programs at SPIN Philadelphia on November 15. We have some good ping pong players in our programs!

From left to right: Erin Kegelman, Graeme Williams, Yingxuan Chen, Ruben Carmona, Kristine Kim, Mike LaRiviere, Kristen Carmona, Hui Lin

Career & Graduate School Fair at PhysCon

Shannon O’Reilly, PhD and Andrea Radine, EdM represented MPP at the Career & Graduate School Fair at PhysCon, the largest known conference of undergraduate physics students in the United States. The conference was held from November 14 – 16, 2019 in Providence, RI.


Research Division Holiday Party

Costas Koumenis, PhD and the Research Administration hosted a holiday party for the research division to celebrate the winter holidays and end of year.

Left: Silvia Beghi (of Facciabene Lab) and Eva Goia (Daughter of Denisa Goia) Right: Meena Swaminathan, Jenine Iannaccone, Carolyn Hencek


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