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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.…