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nuggetTuesday, Dec 14 2010

Anderson Symposium

There will be a Quantum Monte Carlo symposium as part of Pacifichem 2010, The International Chemical Congress of Pacific Basin Societies to be held in Honolulu, Hawaii, December 15-20, 2010 "in honour of Prof. James B. Anderson, a distinguished scientist in this field. The symposium will have themes in recognition of the many contributions to the field made by James B. Anderson."
nuggetThursday, Dec 2 2010

AIP Advances

A new AIP journal focusing on applied research in the physical sciences – AIP Advances – has been launched, with Professor Crespi as one of the Executive Editors. This journal represents a new way to communicate research, with rapid publication, community-based discussion, and free, permanent on-line access. More...
nuggetThursday, Dec 2 2010

NRC Graduate Program Rankings Available

The National Research Councils comprehensive assessment of graduate programs in the U.S. is now available. You can choose your own ranking criteria and generate a list at Penn State Physics performs quite well, ranking in the top ten for many choices of criteria. More...
nuggetWednesday, Dec 1 2010

Doctor Rerum Naturalium Honoris Causa

Abhay Ashtekar received an honorary Ph.D. (Doctor Rerum Naturalium Honoris Causa) from the Université Méditerranée, Aix-Marseille, France, on November 18, 2010. Previous honorees include Aldous Huxley, Gerard t'Hooft and Amartya Sen.
nuggetFriday, Nov 26 2010

A Model Ferromagnetic Semiconductor

The ferromagnetic semiconductor (Ga,Mn)As has played a key role in the development of ''semiconductor spintronics'' over the past decade. Nature Materials interviewed Nitin Samarth for his perspective on (Ga,Mn)As and other magnetically-doped semiconductors. He explains how (Ga,Mn)As serves as a model system that has helped advance our fundamental understanding of spin-dependent phenomena in semiconductors. More...
nuggetWednesday, Nov 24 2010

APS Fellow

Professor Kristen Fichthorn was elected Fellow of the American Physical Society, in the Division of Condensed Matter Physics "for simulations that revealed new phenomena in the kinetics of reaction systems, self-assembly of nanostructures, and diffusion in mesoporous systems." She joins 27 other colleagues in our department who have been recognized with this honor.
nuggetFriday, Nov 19 2010

Supersolid under Rotation

As described by Adrian Cho in Science Express:
    For 6 years, physicists have debated whether solidified helium can flow like the thinnest liq- uid in a bizarre phenomenon known as “super- solidity.” In fact, just 5 months ago one experimenter reported that a softening of the crystal- line helium may explain the apparent signs of the strange resistance-free flow. Now, a team from South Korea and Japan reports online in Science this week on a new experiment that strongly supports the presence of flow by literally putting a new spin on the original experiment. “If the experiment stands up, ... then it’s pretty close to a smoking gun” for supersolidity, says John Beamish, a physicist at the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Canada."
More... (Image: Science Magazine)
nuggetSunday, Oct 31 2010

'Magic Show'

The annual ‘Magic Show’ (lecture demonstration exhibition) for the general public on the Penn State ‘Parents and Family Day’ weekend in early October 2010 was the best attended on record, with an overflow crowd of over 400 attendees, which included PSU students and their families, as well as local State College residents and their children. This year’s ‘Battle of the Wizards’ (inspired by the popularity of Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings) was a more scripted event than in past years and many family comments and reviews after the show noted that it was one of the best experiences they had on the PSU campus all weekend.
nuggetSunday, Sep 26 2010

Maria Goeppert-Mayer Award

Reka Albert has been awarded the 2011 Maria Goeppert-Mayer Award of the American Physical Society. This Award was established to recognize and enhance outstanding achievement by a woman physicist in the early years of her career, and to provide opportunities for her to present these achievements to others through public lectures in the spirit of Maria Goeppert-Mayer. The citation for her award reads: "For her imaginative and pioneering studies of networks." She joins a growing list of award winning faculty, including Moses Chan (1996 London Prize), Jainendra Jain (2002 Buckley Prize), John Collins (2009 Sakurai Prize) and Will Castleman (2010 Langmuir Prize).
nuggetSaturday, Sep 11 2010

Condensed Matter in a Nutshell

Professor Mahan's new book on condensed matter theory has appeared. Here is a quote from a recent review by Patrick Lee of MIT: "Mahan's book does an admirable job of covering the broad subject of condensed matter physics in a balanced way. Virtually every important modern topic is explained. The informal narrative style gives the reader the sense of sitting in on a lecture by the master. The long search for a suitable text for a one-year graduate course on condensed matter physics may finally be over."
nuggetWednesday, Sep 8 2010

Supersolidity flows back

An article has appear in Nature highlighting some recent results on flow and vortices in super-solid helium, including results from Eun-seong Kim (Moses Chan's former student, now in Korea). More...
nuggetSunday, Aug 29 2010

Through the Wormhole

Professor Martin Bojowald has been featured in the program "Through the wormhole" narrated by Morgan Freeman in the Science Channel. More...
nuggetFriday, Jul 30 2010

Watching Rings Cycle

A recent ACS Nano paper from Professor Paul Weiss' group (in collaboration with Professor Tony Huang at Penn State, Fraser Stoddard at UCLA, and others) entitled "Changing Stations in Single Bistable Rotaxane Molecules under Electrochemical Control" has been highlighted in Science. More...
nuggetWednesday, Apr 21 2010

Senior Awards

Four graduating senior Physics majors were honored at the start of the April 15th Physics colloquium. From left to right, they are

Michael Prikockis (Physics and Math major) has done research with Prof. Ty DeYoung, was Sigma Pi Sigma officer in his senior year, and was a student member of the Physics Department Undergraduate Program Committee. Mike was honored at the ceremony with the presentation of the Physics Department's Jean Bennett Award. This award was sponsored by Dr. Jean Bennett, the first female Ph. D. in Physics from Penn State. It's given for an outstanding student who's also made valuable contributions to the Physics Department. Mike will be joining the Physics Department at Ohio State University next year. Mike also was the recipient of the Evan Johnson Memorial Award from the Math Department given to a student who excels academically.

Daniel Kluskiewicz (Physics and Math major) had REU experiences in New Mexico and Alaska (where he studied glaciation) and is pursuing research in geosciences with Prof. Andrew Nyblade. Dan is a Physics TA this Spring and will represent the Eberly College of Science as the overall Student Marshall at graduation. Dan will be going to the University of Washington next year to study geophysics.

Meagan Lang (Astronomy/Astrophysics and Physics major, math minor) has done research with Prof. Sam Finn since her freshman year. She won the first prize in the Penn State Undergraduate Research Exhibition last year and spent the Summer of 2009 at Cardiff University doing research in gravity waves. Meagan has won an NSF Fellowship and will be pursuing graduate studies at Vanderbilt University next Fall.

Steven Full (Physics major, math minor) has done undergraduate research with both Prof. Milton Cole (Physics) and Prof. Andrew Belmonte (Math). He participated in an REU program on accelerator physics at UCLA and has acted as a tutor for several PSU programs (including the multicultural engineering center.) Steve has won an NSF Fellowship and will be attending Cornell University in Fall 2009.

nuggetFriday, Apr 16 2010

AAAS Fellow, HAS member

Peter Meszaros has been elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and also a member of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences
nuggetFriday, Apr 16 2010

Faculty team awarded $2.85 million NSF grant for CarbonEARTH

The five-year Carbon Educators and Researchers Together for Humanity (CarbonEARTH) project teams Penn State Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) graduate students with elementary and middle school science teachers from the rural Phillipsburg and the urban Harrisburg school districts. CarbonEARTH will use the interdisciplinary theme of carbon, broadly construed, as a unifying platform for investigation, discovery, training and education. More...
nuggetWednesday, Mar 10 2010

Cole appointed Editor of JLTP

Milton Cole has been appointed next Editor of the Journal of Low Temperature Physics, the premier journal of the low temperature physics community.
nuggetThursday, Jan 21 2010

Outstanding Referee

Professor Martin Bojowald has been declared an Outstanding Referee of of the Physical Review and Physical Review Letters for 2010.
nuggetFriday, Jan 15 2010

Distinguished Professor

Professor Vincent Crespi has been awarded the title of Distinguished Professor of Physics. This title has been awarded on the basis of his "exceptional record of teaching, research, and service".
nuggetThursday, Jan 14 2010

NSF Career Award to DeYoung

Tyce DeYoung has received a Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Award from the National Science Foundation. This is the NSF’s most prestigious award for junior faculty members, and provides five years of funding to support the early career development activities of scholars who most effectively integrate research and education. The award will support DeYoung’s work with the High Altitude Water Cherenkov (HAWC) gamma ray observatory, a new instrument that will provide an unprecedented view of the very high energy emission from astrophysical objects such as collapsing massive stars, merging black holes and neutron stars, and active galactic nuclei. HAWC observations of these objects, in conjunction with data from IceCube and other experiments in which faculty from Penn State’s Institute for Gravitation and the Cosmos participate, such as Swift, LIGO, and VERITAS, may shed light on the behavior of matter in these extreme environments.
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