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Martin named Aurora and Thomas Marquez Assistant Professor of Physics

June 19, 2017 • Categories: News

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Adam Martin, assistant professor of physics, has been named the Aurora and Thomas Marquez Assistant Professor of Physics.

Students compete in 10th annual NSF REU Physics Olympics

June 16, 2017 • Categories: News

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Sixty rising juniors and seniors from three Research Experience for Undergraduate programs participated in Notre Dame's 10th annual Physics Olympics. 

Undergraduate Michael Foley receives Goldwater Scholarship

June 15, 2017 • Categories: News

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Michael Foley is the recipient of a 2017-18 Goldwater Scholarship. Foley, a physics (astrophysics concentration) and math major and Glynn Family Honors Program minor hails from St. Charles, IL. He is a member of the Society of Physics Students. Foley intends to pursue a Ph.D. in Astrophysics, and to conduct research and teach at the university level.…

Discovery reveals planet almost as hot as the Sun

June 05, 2017 • Categories: News

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A newly discovered planet almost three times the size of Jupiter is fascinating scientists with a unique orbit, atmospheric features and a daytime temperature hotter than most stars.

2017 Undergraduate Physics Student Awards

May 31, 2017 • Categories: News

Outstanding Senior Physics Major Award

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  • Brandon Roach

The Outstanding Senior Physics Major award is given in recognition of academic performance, contributions to the major, and potential for future success.

Outstanding Undergraduate Research Award

  • Daniel Barabasi

The Outstanding Undergraduate Research Award recognizes a student’s contributions to research within the Physics Department and his/her potential for future success.…

Mark Caprio receives the Shilts/Leonard Teaching Award for 2017

May 26, 2017 • Categories: News

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Mark Caprio, Ph.D., associate professor of theoretical physics, associate chair, and director of graduate studies, is the recipient of the 2017 Father James L. Shilts, C.S.C./Doris and Gene Leonard Teaching Award from the College of Science. The award, presented on May 19 at the College of Science Dean’s Awards luncheon, is given for excellence in undergraduate or graduate teaching and is the highest teaching honor bestowed by the college.

Two College of Science juniors awarded Clare Boothe Luce scholarships

May 25, 2017 • Categories: News

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College of Science juniors Ashley Ahimbisibwe and Kaitlin Salyer have been awarded full merit-based scholarships for the 2017–2018 academic year through the Clare Boothe Luce Program.

Senior science students honored at luncheon

May 24, 2017 • Categories: News

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Several graduating seniors were honored on Friday, May 19, 2017, during a luncheon in the galleria of the Jordan Hall of Science for their varied accomplishments and successes.

Physics honors graduate school degree recipients and department award winner

May 23, 2017 • Categories: News

The University of Notre Dame Graduate School ceremony was held Saturday, May 20.  Dick Notebaert, chairman emeritus of the University of Notre Dame Board of Trustees and retired chairman and chief executive officer of Qwest Communications, delivered the commencement address at the event which celebrated the recipients of 240 doctoral degrees and 478 master’s degrees.…

Crepp among ND researchers who receive prestigious National Science Foundation awards

May 18, 2017 • Categories: News

The National Science Foundation (NSF) has recognized 10 University of Notre Dame faculty members for their excellence in research with Early Career Development (CAREER) Awards.

2017 commencement celebrates 23 physics majors

May 17, 2017 • Categories: News

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Notre Dame Physics proudly announces the 2017 majors in physics. Best wishes for a wonderful future!

Daniel

Barabasi

Connor

Bliss

Sean

Brudney

Caroline

Cheney

Sara

Ciavarella

Benjamin

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Joseph

Etling

Eoghan

Flanagan

Anders

Flashnick

Louis

Jensen

Brendan

Jones

Max

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James

Graduate students receive Kaneb Center awards

May 11, 2017 • Categories: News

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Physics graduate students Samuel Henderson and Craig Reingold are the receipents of the 2017 Outstanding Graduate Student Teaching Award. This award was created in 1999 to recognize graduate student instructors and TAs who demonstrate commitment to exceptional teaching in lectures, seminars, labs, and across the academic profession. The Graduate School and the Kaneb Center for Teaching and Learning present the award annually to TAs that are nominated by their departments. There were fourteen awards given to TAs in the College of Science. The award consists of a certificate from the Kaneb Center and Graduate School, a letter documenting the award for the graduate student’s file, a $100 honorarium, and an invitation to a formal dinner hosted by the Kaneb Center and the Graduate School held in April.…

Delgado named 2017 Joyce Award recipient

May 10, 2017 • Categories: News

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Prof. Antonio Delgado is the recipient of a 2016-17 Rev. Edmund Joyce Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching. The awards, which were established in 2007, recognize annually four faculty in the College of Science for their profound influence on undergraduate students through sustained exemplary teaching. In particular, the Joyce award recognizes faculty who: create environments that stimulate significant student learning; elevate students to a new level of intellectual engagement; and foster students’ ability to express themselves effectively within the discipline.…

Uncovering the history of currency and counterfeiting in colonial America

May 08, 2017 • Categories: News

Legitimate and counterfeit currency played a significant role in the Revolutionary War – either as a justification to start it or as part of a strategy to win it. However, to understand the economics of this time period, it is critical to know how colonial and counterfeit currency was produced, distributed, and utilized.

Physics graduate students perform demo for ND Day's live broadcast

May 05, 2017 • Categories: News

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Graduate physics students Adam Clark, Allan Leishman, Austin Nelson, and Craig Reingold participated in this year’s Notre Dame Day live broadcast on April 23rd to gain votes for the Graduate Physics Society (GPS). During the broadcast, the students of the GPS

Simon research recognized in the special edition of Journal of Physics G: Emerging Leaders

April 27, 2017 • Categories: News

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Prof. Anna Simon has published a paper in the Journal of Physics G: Emerging Leaders. Titled “Impact of the a optical model potential on the g-process nucleosynthesis” the paper investigates the impact of the nuclear properties on the g-process nucleosynthesis. g-process is a nucleosynthesis scenario responsible for production of proton-rich isotopes of heavy nuclei. Since the reaction network that describe the g-process is based on model predictions of the rates of all the reactions involved (only in few cases these can be measured directly) understanding of the impact of the current models of the nuclear properties is important for constraining the predictions of the network calculations. In this work, the analysis focused on the a-optical model potential; future work will investigate impact of other parameters, e.g. g-strength function.

Graduate student Kevin Howard awarded JSPS Summer 2017 Fellowship

April 26, 2017 • Categories: News

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Physics graduate student Kevin Howard has been awarded a fellowship from the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS). This summer Mr. Howard will be working with Prof. Shinsuke Ota at the Center for Nuclear Study at the University of Tokyo, and Dr. Tomohiro Uesaka, a Chief Scientist at the Spin Isospin Laboratory at the RIKEN Nishina Center for Accelerator-Based Science.

Lincoln wins 2017 Gemant Award from AIP

April 18, 2017 • Categories: News

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Dr. Donald Lincoln, Fermilab senior physicist and longtime guest professor in ND Physics, has won the 2017 Gemant Award from the American Institute of Physics (AIP). This annual prize recognizes significant contributions to the cultural, artistic, or humanistic dimension of physics.…

Support ND Physics during Notre Dame Day 2017

April 17, 2017 • Categories: News

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The Department of Physics will participate in this year's Notre Dame Day event, April 23-24. The LIVE Notre Dame Day broadcast will kick-off at 18:42 pm ET (6:42 pm ET) on April 23rd at NOTREDAMEDAY.ND.EDU. The 29-hour broadcast will showcase Notre Dame stories from around the world, as well as live interviews, special musical performances, remotes, in-studio performances and surprise celebrity guests. Please spread the word and help us earn votes! Follow the celebration on social media with #NDday.…

Energy Summer Camp at Notre Dame

April 12, 2017 • Categories: News

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This summer the University of Notre Dame will host the Irish Sustainable Energy for Everyone Camp (I-SEE). I-SEE Camp is an energy systems education program designed to introduce motivated high school students to the frontiers of research and development (R&D) in the sciences of energy systems. Students will have the chance to learn about the work of experts in the energy sector. The field of energy is inherently interdisciplinary, and includes sciences such as physics, chemistry, and biology as well as engineering and entrepreneurship. Students will advance their knowledge of all of these topics, while also developing leadership skills. This residential camp is Sunday, July 23 through Saturday, August 5. For course information, click here

Notre Dame Astrophysicist Beers receives Distinguished Science Alumni Award from Purdue

April 10, 2017 • Categories: News

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Beers was honored recently by his alma mater for the work he’s done in astrophysics. Purdue’s College of Science has bestowed upon Beers one of its 2017 Distinguished Alumni Awards. The honor goes to one person from each of the college’s seven departments each year for “alumni whose work and achievements have made a significant difference in our communities and lives.”

Researchers track perfluorinated chemicals in the body

March 30, 2017 • Categories: News

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New research in the journal Environmental Science & Technology Letters shows scientists have developed a method to track perfluorinated alkyl substances (PFAS) in the body. PFAS are potentially toxic chemicals found in stain-resistant products, nonstick cookware, fire-fighting foams and — most recently — fast food wrappers.

Precious Joules: Women in Energy at Notre Dame

March 30, 2017 • Categories: News

In honor of Women’s History Month, we asked some of our women faculty to share their stories of how they became interested in science, engineering, and architecture, and in particular, what or who inspired them to focus on energy. Precious Joules is a collection of these stories from women in energy at Notre Dame written in their own words. Their brief introduction and personal remarks are sure to inspire the youngest of minds to consider STEM

Neil deGrasse Tyson visits ND Physics

March 27, 2017 • Categories: News

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Neil deGrasse Tyson, astrophysicist, director of the Hayden Planetarium, and popularizer of science, visited ND Physics on Tuesday, March 21. He was in South Bend giving a public talk. Dr. Tyson met informally with the astrophysics faculty and graduate students first, then met with physics majors. Tyson started the meeting with the undergraduates by asking the students what classes they were skipping to be in the room. He then gave brief “lessons” on those subjects. The floor was then opened for questions and answers. Before Tyson left the department, Department Chair Prof. Chris Kolda presented him with a ND physics mug and embroidered jacket.…

Sensharma selected to NSF sponsored training program in Reilly Center

March 20, 2017 • Categories: News

Nuclear graduate student, Nirupama Sensharma has been selected to the 2017 cohort of the NSF-sponsored training program Social Responsibilities of Researchers (SRR) in the Reilly Center.

Lamere recipient of 2016-2017 Browne Memorial Award

March 20, 2017 • Categories: News

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University of Notre Dame, Department of Physics, graduate student Edward Lamere has been selected as the 2017 recipient of the Cornelius P. Browne Memorial Award.

John W. Mihelich

March 15, 2017 • Categories: News

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John Mihelich, Professor Emeritus of Physics, has passed away in Fort Collins, Colorado, on March 10. John was a long-time member of our faculty and our nuclear physics group, joining Notre Dame in 1954 from Brookhaven. While here, he gained a national reputation in gamma-ray spectroscopy, training in his lab many of the later leaders in the field. He and his wife, Jan, raised three children in South Bend, spending their free time in travel, camping, and classical music. John retired in 1989, and he and Jan eventually moved to Fort Collins. …

Science fair at Notre Dame prepares young minds for future

March 13, 2017 • Categories: News

Tony Kramer and Sam Chippas, seniors at Marian High School, combined their interests in electrical engineering and computer science to develop a robotics project for the March 4 Northern Indiana Regional Science and Engineering Fair (NIREF) at Notre Dame.

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Physics graduate students compete in the Shaheen 3MT® science qualifying round

March 02, 2017 • Categories: News

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The College of Science Shaheen 3MT competition began with a big bang on Monday in Jordan Hall of Science. Julia Beck (Biochemistry), Elizabeth Loughran (Integrated Biomedical Sciences), and Stefan Freed (Biological Sciences) took the top three spots, and will go on to compete at the Shaheen 3MT® Final event on March 23.

Solved: Decades-old mystery in theoretical condensed matter physics

February 22, 2017 • Categories: News

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Researchers in the Theoretical Condensed Matter Physics group of Professor Boldizsár Jankó and collaborators have solved a decades-old mystery of fluorescence intermittency – blinking – that indicates classical physics behavior in a quantum mechanical system.