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Caprio recipient of 2010 Cottrell Scholar Award

December 22, 2010 • Categories: News


Mark Caprio is the recipient of a 2010 Cottrell Scholar Award by the Research Corporation for Science Advancement, for the proposal "Symmetries in the nuclear many-body problem: Conquering the computational scale explosion."  Membership in this elite group recognizes the recipient's exceptional potential as a leader in integrating science teaching and research.…

Margaret Dobrowolska appointed collegiate chair

December 21, 2010 • Categories: News


Dean of the College of Science Greg Crawford has announced that four professors have been appointed five-year collegiate chairs. In the Department of Physics Professor Margaret Dobrowolska-Furdyna has been appointed the Rev. John Cardinal O’Hara, C.S.C. Professor of Physics. Professor Dobrowolska-Furdyna specializes in magnetospectroscopy of semiconductor heterostructures— systems composed of ultrathin layers of different semiconductor compounds, with thicknesses in the range of a few atomic monolayers.

Garg selected for Physics REU Leadership Group executive committee

November 17, 2010 • Categories: News


Prof. Umesh Garg, Director of the Physics REU Program since 2000, has been elected to a 3-year term on the Executive Committee of the National Physics REU Leadership Group (NPRLG).

NPRLG is a group of individuals dedicated to fostering communication between Physics REU sites and to publicizing the general physics REU program to students and at various conferences.…

First heavy-ion collisions in CMS - November 8, 2010

November 10, 2010 • Categories: News

The CMS experiment at CERN’s Large Hadron Collider (LHC) has recorded its first Lead-Lead collisions at a centre-of-mass energy of 2.76 TeV per nucleon pair, marking the start of its heavy ion research programme. Physicists around the world expect a wealth of new results and phenomena from these collisions, which occur at energies 14 times higher than previously achieved by the Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider (RHIC, Brookhaven, USA)

NDeRC Graduate Students Showcase Nanotechnology to Community

November 10, 2010 • Categories: News

Notre Dame and the surrounding community participated in the Memorial Community Plunge, “Nanotechnology – The Power of Small,” on Nov. 4 in McKenna Hall. The event, organized by Memorial Hospital, included nano demonstrations by NDeRC graduate students and Penn High School teachers, talks by Robert Dunn, managing director of the Center for Nano Science and Technology at the University of Notre Dame (NDnano) and Kathy Eggleson, associate director of the Reilly Center for Science, Technology and Values, and a tour of Stinson-Remick Hall.…

Nova hunting at VATT

November 09, 2010 • Categories: News


The happy novae discoverers (L to R) Samia, Nancy, Colin,
and Peter standing high up outside the LBT. Behind their
backs is VATT.


Professor of physics Peter Garnavich, physics majors Nancy Paul and Colin Littlefield along with Samia Bouzid, a Rutgers University student in the Department of Physics Research Experience for Undergraduates, found two novae and confirmed a third at the Vatican Observatory in June. The discovery was described in the Vatican Observatory’s Fall 2010 newsletter. Garnavich has worked for years to discover novae in M31 and M81 with Kamil Hornoch of the Ondrejov Astronomical Institute in the Czech Republic.…

Eskildsen receives DOE award

October 25, 2010 • Categories: News


Associate Professor Morten Ring Eskildsen was recently awarded a new, 3-year DOE award of $519,013 for his project "Metastable Vortex Lattices – Properties and Applications."

The collective nature of the correlated electron many-body system in the presence of magnetic fields and/or localized magnetic moments displays an astonishing variety of different phenomena.  Among these one finds magnetic ordering, superconductivity, fractionally charged excitations, quantum criticality and non-Fermi liquid behavior to name just a few.  One of the current grand challenges in solid state physics is to provide a microscopic understanding of superconductivity in systems where it coexists with local magnetic moments, relevant for high-T

Professors Mathews, Frauendorf and Caprio receive DOE award

October 12, 2010 • Categories: News




Professors Grant Mathews, Stefan Frauendorf, and Mark Caprio have received a 3-year Department of Energy award, totaling $570,000, for their research on "Nuclear Properties at Extreme Density, Temperature, Spin, and Isospin".…

Physics Graduate Students Win India- U.S. Travel Awards

October 12, 2010 • Categories: News



Two of the six travel award winners in this year’s India-U.S. Physics Students Visitation Program were graduate students in Physics at Notre Dame. Akaa Daniel Ayangeakaa and James Matta, both advised by Umesh Garg, participated  in the program co-sponsored by the Indo-U.S. Science and Technology Forum (IUSSTF) and the American Physical Society (APS).…

Physicists Receive $600K NSF Award for Advancing Research in Semiconductors

October 12, 2010 • Categories: News




Physicists, Margaret Dobrowolska, Jacek Furdyna and Xinyu Liu, have just been awarded a 4-year grant of $600,000 by the National Science Foundation for work titled, “Electron Spin Effects in Semiconductor Nanostructures” which will ultimately aid in increasing the functionality of electronic microchip devices.…

Astronomy Star Party

October 08, 2010 • Categories: News


Come to the Astronomy Star party!! by the Clark Memorial Fountain

7:30 p.m., Tuesday, October 12 (Move to Wednesday, October 13 if cloudy)

Observe Jupiter: The closest in 50 years!! See the Moon as you have never seen it!!

Free t-shirts and doughnuts to the first 300 to look through the telescopes…

Stephanie Lyons recipient of DOE Fellowship

September 23, 2010 • Categories: News


Recognizing an ever-increasing demand for scientists highly trained in areas of interest to stewardship science, the Department of Energy National Nuclear Security Administration founded the Stewardship Science Graduate Fellowship (DOE NNSA SSGF) in 2006. Now in its fifth year, five new fellows were welcomed into the program. Stephanie Lyons, a second year Notre Dame graduate student, is one of these recipients. Her advisor is Freimann Professor Michael Wiescher. Stephanie received her B.S. degree from Randolph College in Lynchburg, Virginia.…

de la Puente receives Fermi Fellowship

June 14, 2010 • Categories: News

Alejandro de la Puente receives Fermilab Fellowship in Theoretical Physics

de la Puente 180


Alejandro de la Puente, a graduate student in the laboratory of Antonio Delgado, was awarded a Fermilab Fellowship in Theoretical Physics. The fellowship will support his graduate studies with a 12-month stipend of $30,000 as well as cover his health insurance and tuition.…

ND researchers on team with breakthrough discovery

June 11, 2010 • Categories: News

Notre Dame researchers on team with breakthrough matter-antimatter discovery


The DZero group, which includes Notre Dame researchers at the Fermi National Accelerator Lab near Chicago, has announced the discovery of evidence that could explain the predominance of matter over antimatter in the universe. The team found evidence for unexpectedly significant violation of matter-antimatter symmetry in the behavior of particles containing bottom quarks. The result has been submitted for publication in Physical Review D

Hildreth receives 2010 Madden Award

June 11, 2010 • Categories: News

Hildreth receives 2010 Thomas P. Madden Award


Michael Hildreth professor of physics, was the recipient of the 2010 Thomas P. Madden Award given by the First Year of Studies at the President’s Awards dinner. Hildreth has built a reputation for excellence in both teaching and research during his 11 years at Notre Dame, having spent most of those years teaching introductory physics to first year students. An internationally recognized researcher, he modernized the teaching of first year physics lectures and laboratories through his constant innovations, his inimitable classroom demonstrations and his generous mentoring of other faculty.…

Philippe Collon recipient of 2010 Joyce Award

June 10, 2010 • Categories: News

Philippe Collon recipient of 2010 Joyce Award


Professor Philippe Collon is the recipient of the Rev. Edmund P. Joyce, C.S.C. Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching. Established in 2007, the Joyce Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching, formerly known as the Kaneb Teaching Award, honors faculty members who have had a profound influence on undergraduate students through sustained exemplary teaching at Notre Dame. In particular, the 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.…

Kolata receives NSF award

June 10, 2010 • Categories: News

Kolata receives NSF award


Professor James Kolata was recently awarded a new, 3-year NSF award of $1,135,000 for his project "Nuclear Reaction and Structure Studies with Radioactive and Stable Beams."…

QuarkNet participates in "Educate to Innovate"

June 09, 2010 • Categories: News

QuarkNet participates in President's "Educate to Innovate"

QuarkNet National Lab Day

QuarkNet, a national program of education and outreach in particle physics supported by the DOE and NSF, is participating in the President’s campaign, Educate to Innovate

Notre Dame physics group joins LBNE

June 09, 2010 • Categories: News

Notre Dame physics group joins LBNE


A group from the Notre Dame physics department, led by Professor John LoSecco, has just joined the long baseline neutrino experiment, LBNE. LBNE is a joint research project between the NSF DUSEL underground lab and the DOE Fermilab accelerator. The goal of the project is to study neutrino properties by transporting a beam of medium energy neutrinos from Fermilab to a detector deep underground in the former Homestake gold mine in Lead, South Dakota.…