Aprahamian joins steering committee for Science Public Engagement Partnership

December 21, 2020 • Categories: News

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Freimann Professor Ani Aprahamian has been invited to join the steering committee for a Department of Energy Office of Science and Kavli Foundation partnership, SciPEP (Science Public Engagement Partnership) to explore the special characteristics and challenges of public engagement in basic research, create tool kits and resources for scientists and researchers performing basic research to use to engage the broader public, and stimulate scholarship around public understanding and support of basic science. The steering committee has scientists, communicators, and scholars who study and practice science communication. The project had its beginnings in the observation that there is a gap between advances that are taking place in science communication and science public engagement.  The public engagement with basic, curiosity-driven, or fundamental research is rarely the focus of community conversations. The initiative is driven by an MOU signed on December 14, 2020 between the DOE Office of Science director, Dr. Chris Falls and the Kavli foundation President and CEO Bob Conn.…

Hildreth to serve as interim dean, McDowell as interim associate dean of research in the College of Science

December 02, 2020 • Categories: News

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Michael Hildreth, associate dean of research in the College of Science at the University of Notre Dame, will serve as interim dean of the College of Science beginning January 1, 2021. That day, Mary Ann McDowell

Newly developed risk chart identifies the hidden costs of health care during power failures

November 23, 2020 • Categories: News

A team headed by a University of Notre Dame researcher delved into the hidden costs of electrical failures in hospital settings and has created a new model, which can be used by countries around the world, for determining the probability of deaths based on the likelihood of electrical failure.

Undergraduate physics majors build and use a trebuchet

November 16, 2020 • Categories: News

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After a long semester with limited opportunities to have fun as a group, the University of Notre Dame physics majors decided to use the surplus of pumpkins from Halloween as projectiles for a trebuchet they designed and built. A trebuchet is a type of catapult that uses a long arm to throw projectiles.

Phillips named Fellow of National Association of Black Physicists

November 12, 2020 • Categories: News

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L. Arielle Phillips, research assistant professor in the Department of Physics at the University of Notre Dame, has been named a fellow of the National Society of Black Physicists (NSBP).

She was primarily recognized for her work teaching an algebra-based physics program at Westville Correctional Facility through the Moreau College Initiative Physics Program, where students can obtain a degree from Holy Cross College. She was the only member elevated to fellow in 2020. …

Fighting to reach the next frontier in space

November 06, 2020 • Categories: News


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Notre Dame physics professor Jay LaVerne is working with a multi-university team to design the next generation of materials allowing astronauts to safely explore deeper in space. The project  is led by Thomas Orlando

Garnavich receives NASA award for work on anonymous proposal team

November 02, 2020 • Categories: News

Peter Garnavich, professor and chair of the Department of Physics, was awarded a NASA Silver Achievement Award as part of a team that developed an anonymous proposal system that led to an increased number of women and younger researchers who successfully landed research time on the Hubble Space Telescope.

Physics graduate student one of 52 named to DOE research program

October 20, 2020 • Categories: News

Physics graduate student Patrick Fasano has been named a member of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Science Graduate Student Research Program (SCGSR). This biannual award will allow him to perform theoretical nuclear physics thesis research at the DOE-led Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LNBL).

Society of Physics Students (SPS) co-hosts the first-ever “Love Your Brain” event

October 13, 2020 • Categories: News

The Notre Dame chapter of the Society of Physics Students (SPS), in collaboration with Access-ABLE club, held the first-ever “Love Your Brain” event last Friday by the Clarke Memorial Fountain.

Coordinators handed out black and white bandanas with images of brains provided that read, “I love my brain.” Participants filled in the blank with a word describing their brain and then color their bandana with sharpies. The bandana was dipped in rubbing alcohol to blend the colors, symbolizing the beautiful messiness of our brains.…

Midwest Relativity Meeting 2020 to be hosted by Notre Dame

September 29, 2020 • Categories: News

The 30th Annual Midwest Relativity Meeting will be hosted by the Center for Astrophysics and the Department of Physics of the University of Notre Dame from October 21-24, 2020.

The Midwest Relativity Meetings aim to bring together researchers from across the Midwest and beyond to discuss General Relativity and a broad range of topics in gravitational physics, including classical and quantum gravity, numerical relativity, relativistic astrophysics, cosmology, gravitational waves, experimental gravity, and other related topics.…

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