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Plasma physics is topic of next Faculty Seminar

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NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Plasma physics will be the topic of the next Faculty Seminar lecture at Bethel College.

Don S. Lemons, professor of physics, will present “Plasma Physics, Plasma Simulations, and My Work,” Tuesday, March 31, at 4 p.m.

Lemons will “define the concept of a physical plasma; scan the industrial, astrophysical and weapons applications of plasmas; outline the features of a plasma particle simulation – the predominant research tool for numerically modeling plasmas – and describe a recent addition to simulation capability, a stochastic model of subgrid interactions, resulting from consultations with colleagues at Los Alamos National Laboratory,” he said.

Lemons has degrees from New Mexico State University, the College of William and Mary and St. John’s College. He is the author of three books, the most recent, Mere Thermodynamics, published in November 2008.

The remaining Faculty Seminar presenter for 2008-09 is Mark Jantzen, associate professor of history, with details to be announced. Presentations are in the Ad Building chapel, with no admission charge.

Faculty Seminar provides a forum for presenting the achievements of the Bethel College faculty to the larger campus community. Recent dissertations, books, papers and fine arts productions usually form the core of the presented material. Sessions last approximately 90 minutes and include critical and wide-ranging discussion following each presentation. Students and interested members of the community are welcome at all sessions.

The Bethel College Faculty Seminar series is supported in part by the Earl and Meta Leisy Eymann Endowment. For more information, contact Faculty Seminar director Nathan Bartel at (316) 284-5240 or e-mail

Bethel College is a four-year liberal arts college affiliated with Mennonite Church USA. Founded in 1887, it is the oldest Mennonite college in North America. Bethel is known for its academic excellence and was the only Kansas private college to be ranked in’s listing of “America’s Best Colleges” for 2008 and one of only two Kansas colleges listed in Colleges of Distinction 2008-09. For more information, see the Bethel Web site at

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