Physicist Tsai, a high energy theorist, joins Notre Dame faculty

August 07, 2020 • Categories: News

Yuhsin Tsai, a high energy theorist, is joining the faculty this month in the University of Notre Dame’s Department of Physics.

Notre Dame nuclear physics professors receive $8.1M grant from NSF

July 20, 2020 • Categories: News


A team of Notre Dame nuclear physics professors was recently awarded a three-year $8.1M grant from the National Science Foundation to continue operation of the Nuclear Science Laboratory (NSL) and to continue their research in nuclear physics. The team consists of Profs. Dan Bardayan, Tan Ahn, Ani Aprahamian, Max Brodeur, Philippe Collon, Manoel Couder, Umesh Garg, Anna Simon, and Michael Wiescher. A particular focus of this proposal entitled "Nuclear Physics at the Notre Dame Nuclear Science Laboratory Providing a Window on the Universe" is the study of nuclei and nuclear reactions that are critical for interpreting observations of multi-messengers in astrophysics.  These messengers provide windows on the Universe and elucidate nuclear astrophysics processes occurring throughout.

General and Physics GRE scores not required for 2020/21 academic year graduate school applicants

July 15, 2020 • Categories: News

General and subject specific (physics) GRE tests will not be required for graduate student applications for the 2020/21 academic year. This decision was made in light of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, and the associated difficulties taking these test, in particular for international applicants.

The department will also review possible permanent changes to the GRE requirements. Recently, the value of the subject GRE test has been called into questions, and many programs have dropped the requirement altogether (see for example the recent article in Physics Today

Aprahamian appointed to JINR Scientific Council

July 06, 2020 • Categories: News

Aprahamian Dec 2014 Photo

The Committee of Plenipotentiaries of the Governments of the Member States of the Joint Institute for Nuclear Research (JINR) has appointed Freimann Professor of Physics Ani Aprahamian as a new member of the JINR Scientific Council. Her appointment runs through the end of its mandate in March 2023.…

Gear treated with ‘forever chemicals’ poses risk to firefighters

June 24, 2020 • Categories: News

Graham Peaslee’s team tested more than 30 samples of used and unused PPE from six specialty textile manufacturers in the United States and found them to be treated extensively with PFAS or constructed with fluoropolymers, a type of PFAS used to make textiles oil and water resistant.

Physics graduate student recognized with 2020 CRC Award for Computational Science and Visualization

June 15, 2020 • Categories: News

The Department of Physics is proud to announce that graduate student Trevor Sprouse has been recognized with a 2020 Center for Research Computing (CRC) Award for Computational Sciences and Visualization. This award recognizes outstanding contributions in the areas of computational sciences and visualization. Such contributions may include, but are not limited to: 1) applications of high performance computation and/or visualization technology; 2) development of algorithms, codes, software environments or other tools for better using high performance computing and/or visualization.…

Physics doctoral student champions nuclear energy through startup company

June 15, 2020 • Categories: News

Nirupama Sensharma, who plans to graduate in 2021 with her doctoral degree in physics from the University of Notre Dame, is passionate about nuclear science and wants to make sure the public understands the benefits of deriving energy from nuclear power. Her message: Be not afraid.

Curliss awarded 2020 Hichwa Fellowship

May 26, 2020 • Categories: News

Physics major Maeve Curliss has been awarded the 2020 Hichwa Fellowship. Curliss is advised by Prof. Jeffrey Chilcote. She will be working on the upgrade to the Gemini Planet Imager. As part of the upgrade, GPI is having two of its near infrared cameras upgraded to C-RED2 cameras from First Light Imaging. The cameras are part of GPI's internal alignment and part of the active tracking of stars to enable them to be precisely blocked by the chronograph. Maeve's summer research entails figuring out how to operate the cameras, then testing their performance characteristics in a variety of operating conditions and to confirm that they will meet the needs of the project. She will use this to understand and recommend the best way to operate them once integrated with GPI.…

2020 Undergraduate awards announced

May 19, 2020 • Categories: News

2020 Outstanding Senior Physics Major Award

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

2020 Outstanding Undergraduate Research Award…

College of Science faculty among those honored for undergraduate teaching and advising

May 19, 2020 • Categories: News

Twenty University of Notre Dame faculty members have received Rev. Edmund P. Joyce, C.S.C., Awards for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching, and three have been honored with Dockweiler Awards for Excellence in Undergraduate Advising.

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