The Oberlin Review

Robert Owen.

Robert Owen, Musical Acoustics Professor

April 19, 2019

Robert Owen is an Assistant Professor of Physics at Oberlin. He specializes in gravitational theory, astrophysics, computation, and general relativity. Currently, he is involved in studying black holes in spacetime and working with supercomputer simulations to build codes that mathematically simulate the collisions of black holes. Tightly tied to his interest in physics is his interest in music, instruments, and acoustics. Along with his upper level Physics classes, Owen also teaches Musical Acoustics or...

NSF Grant Funds Supercomputer for Sciences

Emma Paul

September 19, 2014

Professors from the College’s Biology, Physics and Chemistry departments were the recent recipients of a $486,256 grant by the National Science Foundation to build a supercomputer, or a high-performance computing cluster, which will allow students to process data sets of an unprecedented size. The computer, which is slated to be built by the end of next summer, is replacing an older high-performance computing cluster, which has been used in the science departments for the past nine years. Nearly 350 Chemistry students per year currently use the old HPC cluster, and the computer also has applications in physics, astrophysics, and computational biology. Matt Elrod, Biggs Professor of Natural Science...

Off the Cuff: Dr. Lisa Randall, Physicist

William Passannante, Staff Writer

April 5, 2013

In your presentation, you said that you wrote a “physics opera.” Can you talk a little more about that? I actually wrote the libretto and sort of helped design the story. I worked pretty closely with the composer [Héctor Parra] and also actually with the set designer, Matthew Ritchie. Héctor and I communicated. We had a concept of what we’d like it to be. I wrote some stuff; he said, “You have to make it this way for my music, use shorter phrases.” [He] said, “It’s an opera, they should talk to each other more.” I did more expository writing, so it was a nice back-and- forth process. In the end I think it had more physics than I would have done, but that was in part because he really wanted it for hi...

Established 1874.