Wheaton College Norton, Massachusetts
Wheaton College


  • A Shining Moment

    The Wheaton observatory records a rare sight: the International Space Station passing in front of the sun.

  • Radio Astronomy

    Craig Rezza ’18 built a radio telescope for his final class project, and wrote about it in NASA’s Radio Jove bulletin.

  • Making connections

    Geology and International Relations classes meet to craft agreements on river basin management.

  • Life under the ice

    Professors Jason Goodman and Geoffrey Collins join the NASA Astrobiology Institute to study how the ingredients for extraterrestrial life are transported on icy worlds.

  • Illuminating black holes

    Summer research students John Scarpaci ’17 and Ryan Dill ’15 work with Professor Dipankar Maitra to understand how flashes of light spanning the electromagnetic spectrum are emitted from disks around black holes and neutron stars.

  • Chaotic light show

    What happens when you put an LED on the end of a double-hinged pendulum? Professor Maitra wanted to know.

  • Hot spring break

    The Field Geology seminar heads to Death Valley for a spring break of rocks, canyons, dunes, and fossils.

  • Dipankar Maitra Assistant Physics Professor Wheaton welcomes six new tenure-track professors

    Assistant professor of physics and astronomy Dipankar Maitra is welcomed by the Wheaton community.

  • Mapping Ganymede

    Geology Professor Geoffrey Collins led a team of researchers, including Wheaton students, in producing the first global geologic map of Ganymede, Jupiter’s largest moon.

  • Finding heavy metal

    Professor John Collins and his collaborator Ivan Karbovnyk from the Ukraine have been awarded a grant from CRDF Global to study nanomaterials that could help to detect harmful heavy metals in the environment.

    Professor John Collins of Wheaton College and his collaborator, Professor Ivan Karbovnyk of the Ivano-Frankivsk National University of Lviv, Ukraine, have been awarded a grant from CRDF Global for the following proposal: "Study and Application of Functional Engineered Nanomaterials for Environmental Risks Evaluation and Protection (SAFENANOTEC)" The research invloves the study of optical and electrical properties of nanomaterials (metallic nanostructured films and carbon/boron nanotubes) for applications to the detection of harmful heavy metals in the environment and to the development of novel radiation detectors.  This grant was awarded through the 2013 U.S.-Ukraine Joint Research Grant Competition, which is designed to support joint U.S. and Ukrainian research teams engaged in research focused on minimizing environmental impacts of energy production in Ukraine. The $46,500 grant sponsors this research for one year.