The Collegian : the weekly newspaper of Behrend College. (Erie, PA) 1989-1993, November 11, 1993, Image 4

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Baxter's sand granulation experiment.
by Tom Keefe
Collegian Staff
The financial aid application
process is changing.
Kate Delfino, Assistant
Director of Admissions,
Financial Aid and Graduate
Admissions, said that the new
application process should
make it easier for students to
file for financial aid.
The major change in the
financial process is the new
renewal form for federal
student aid.
These forms will be mailed
later this month to students.
who previously filed for federal
student aid.
They can be used as a
substitute to the Free
Application for Student Aid
(FAFSA) form to apply for
federal student aid for 1994-95.
The application shows the
information that the student
supplied in the previous year.
Delfino said, "The student
should review all of the
information on the application,
and correct anything that has
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in aid
She added that students
should pay particular attention
to the “School Release” and
“Student Status” sections of
the application. Each student
should make sure that the
correct Penn State campus is
Not all sections of the
renewal application need to be
filled out. Sections which
must be filled out are clearly
indicated on the form.
Under the new application
process there is no longer a
need to file a separate
Pennsylvania state grant
application. The student only
needs to file the renewal
application or FAFSA
The renewal application or
the FAFSA form cannot be
filed until January 1, 1994.
Deir.iij recommends that one
of the forms be filed by
February 15,1994.
The financial aid office will
have information tables set up
in the Reed Building at the end
of November and again in
January, to have their financial
aid questions answered.
Faculty Profile of the Week
by Kristin Wasilewski
Collegian Staff
Dr. G. William Baxter, an
assistant professor of physics at
Behrend, has recently been
working on some experiments
concerning the physics properties
of granulation.
Baxter said he has two basic
ways of selecting experiments.
"I'm attracted to experiments
that one, can be done by one or
two people and that can be done
here (at Behrend) as opposed to
going somewhere else, and two I
can see and that I can show to
other people. I like experiments
that are viaial,” Baxter said.
In the past, he has studied
fluids and convention. This led
to his interest in granular
substances which have many of
the same properties as fluids.
These substances include
Kentucky blue grass, sand, coal,
or any other kind of grain.
"I'm interested in how these
materials move" he said. "This
is simple, but this is physics."
Baxter has been working on his
most recent experiment with an
undergraduate student, Mike
This experiment involves
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taking a bucket of sand and
rotating it at different speeds to
observe the reaction and shape
of the sand.
"By studying this shape you
can learn how the material
behaves," he said.
Baxter said he is surprised that
no one has done this experiment
before because it "is a re£fy
popular introductory physics
problem if you fill the bucket
with water instead of sand."
Baxter starting teaching at
Behrend last fall.
He said, "I prefer teaching
small classes. This year I am
teaching smaller classes, so that
works out well."
In the spring, he is scheduled
to teach general physics (PHYS
202 and 202 P) as well as
technical mechanics in physics
(PHYS 419).
He attended the Emory
University in Atlanta, Georgia
where he received his
undergraduate degree. He said it
was a "very interesting and
unusual school" while also "a
very good school."
Baxter received his master’s
degree in physics at Ohio State
University and his Ph.D. from
Duke University. He also
Thursday, November 11, 1993
completed post-doctoral work in
San Diego at the University of
For the future, Baxter plans to
work on experiments dealing
with stress distribution of grains.
Baxter's experiments are useful
because "there's a market that
needs to know how these
materials behave.”
What makes his work
interesting Baxter said "is that we
think we can explain most of
this, but there are some things
we can't explain."
As for family, Baxter's father
was a psychology professor at a
small college before he retired and
he has a sister who lives in
Atlanta. He isn't married, but he
does have a cocker spaniel named
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