A ‘supermoon’ is coming to a sky near you this weekend

Late this Sunday evening and into early Monday, the U.S. and much of the world will get to see a moon much bigger and brighter than usual before it is engulfed by a total lunar eclipse.  Since this particular lunar alignment is happening for the first time in 30 years and won’t happen again until 2033, Furman physics professor David Moffett agreed to answer a few questions about what we can expect to see Sunday night. Dr. Moffett and the Furman Astronomy Club will also host a viewing opportunity for the lunar event Sunday night on campus.

Furman hosts faculty workshop on public engagement

Should liberal arts colleges engage the public? If so, how and when and on what questions? What does public engagement mean for college professors and to what extent should it be promoted? Seventeen professors from eight liberal arts colleges nationwide gathered at Furman University from June 14-17 to share ideas and attempt to answer some […]


Making the spring term Dean’s List

Among the more prestigious honors that Furman students can earn during their time at the university is being named to the Dean’s List. Those making the grade for the 2015 spring term represent 40 states, the District of Columbia, and 20 foreign countries. The honor is awarded to full-time undergraduates who earn a grade point average of at least 3.4 during the university’s fall and spring semesters.


University welcomes newest members of Phi Beta Kappa

Forty-nine Furman students have been elected to the school’s chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, the nation’s oldest and most prestigious academic society. The newest members were inducted during a special initiation ceremony and dinner on campus earlier this spring. Phi Beta Kappa celebrates and advocates excellence in the liberal arts and sciences. Its campus chapters induct the most outstanding students at America’s leading colleges and universities, and only about 10 percent of the nation’s institutions of higher education have Phi Beta Kappa chapters.


FUEL Furman brings student-driven projects to life

The average college student is full of “what ifs” and “I wish.” Part of the journey of exploration and self- discovery is fraught with these kinds of ultimate questions. While the world is full of obstacles to achieving the seemingly impossible or, at the very least, the highly difficult, occasionally an opportunity arises for a breakthrough.
That is the essence of a program called FUEL Furman, a crowdfunding platform created in partnership with the offices of development and student life.

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Furman Drone Team wins again

Furman’s drone team was recently selected by Business Black Box as a winner of its 2015 Innovation Award, one of seven awards made through the annual Business Black Box Awards. The Innovation Award is given to a person or company who has pushed the limits of what is already understood or possible. The Business Black Box honor comes on the heels of two other recent recognitions.


Charles Townes ’35, beloved scientist, teacher and Nobel Prize winner, dies at 99

Charles Townes, a Nobel Prize winning scientist, Greenville native and a 1935 graduate of Furman University, died today. He was 99. Arguably Greenville’s most illustrious citizen, Dr. Townes received the 1964 Nobel Prize in physics for his pioneering work in the development of the maser and laser.


Furman’s drone wins top prize in national competition

A Furman team led by physics professor John Conrad won first place in the Drone Prize 2014 competition which was held Aug. 22-24 in Oregon. Carried out by three finalists, the competition consisted of five parts—an oral presentation and four rigorous piloting exercises. The subject of Furman’s oral presentation was the university’s drone overflights in underserved Greenville County communities, Poe Mill and New Washington Heights. The investigators for the project used drone technology to assess street lighting in an effort to help stem crime in the neighborhoods.

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Tracking Lights

There were some nerves for Furman physics professor John Conrad and his students when they sent their DJI Phantom 2 drone into the air for the first time—and that was on a sunny day over the flat, treeless rugby field, for really no reason at all other than seeing if they could. A “leap of […]


An astronomical achievement

Furman mathematics professor Liz Bouzarth is aware of multiple people who have applied for a National Science Foundation’s Graduate Research Fellowship. She’s known exactly one to actually receive the prestigious award—Furman senior Kristina Pardo. “Peers of mine who are now professors, when they were in graduate school they were unsuccessful,” Bouzarth said. “I have written […]