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Physics alumna founds outreach event to educate and inspire girls

November 30, 2011 • Categories: News


Stephanie Morrison, a 2007 physics Ph.D. alumna, has been active in the Montana alumni community after graduation. In addition to alumni group leadership and fundraising, she has founded a successful annual outreach event, Chicks in Science, for grade- and middle-school-aged girls.…

Third issue of Physics Tracks newsletter

November 29, 2011 • Categories: News

The third issue of the department newsletter Physics Tracks is posted. Stories include:


  • nuclear accelerator construction
  • Garnavich invited to Nobel Prize ceremony
  • galaxies are the ultimate recyclers

Prof. Garg's research work featured in the APS journal Physics

November 28, 2011 • Categories: News

A recent paper based on the research work of Prof. Umesh Garg and his collaborators (M. Itoh et al., Phys. Rev. C 84, 054308) was featured in the APS journal Physics with a Viewpoint.

Physics highlights a selection of papers from the Physical Review journals. In consultation with expert scientists, the editors choose these papers for their importance and/or intrinsic interest. To highlight these papers, Physics

Prof. Bennett interview on

November 23, 2011 • Categories: News


Astrophysicist David Bennett was interviewed recently for The article, "Finding extrasolar planets with Einstein's 'useless' method," talks about Prof. Bennett's reseach and how he became interested in the gravitational microlensing method.…

Furdyna invited to organizing committee at annual conference, gives invited talk at international workshop

November 22, 2011 • Categories: News


Professor Jacek Furdyna, the Aurora and Thomas Marquez Chair, was invited to the Organizing Committee of the “56th Annual Conference on Magnetism and Magnetic Materials” held in Scottsdale, Arizona, October 30–November 3, 2011. He took part in organizing the sessions on Magnetic Semiconductors at that conference, and chaired the Session on Ferromagnetic Semiconductor Oxides on November 3.…

Astronomers find that galaxies are the ultimate recyclers

November 18, 2011 • Categories: News


A team of researchers from several universities and institutions including Chris Howk and Nicolas Lehner at Notre Dame has demonstrated how galaxies continue to form stars by recycling vast amounts of hydrogen gas and heavy elements across billions of years. The researchers also identified large masses of previously undetected material surrounding galaxies, and described the large-scale flows of this gas. The results were published in three papers in the Nov. 18 edition of Science

Aprahamian appointed to IOP review panel

November 04, 2011 • Categories: News


Prof. Ani Aprahamian, Freimann Professor in the Department of Physics, has been appointed to an Institute of Physics review panel to examine the health of physics research areas in the United Kingdom. The focus is on the quality, distribution of effort, future potential, and economic impact of the research. All areas of physics research will be evaluated but the first area to review is nuclear physics. The study will review support and progress of physics since the 2005 international review of UK Physics and Astronomy research in the international context. The group is to produce a report in April 2012. Prof. Aprahamian has served on the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) global nuclear forum and is presently vice-chair of the National Academy of Science decadal review of nuclear physics.…

Ruchti to serve as NSF program officer

November 02, 2011 • Categories: News


Professor Randal Ruchti accepted an appointment from the National Science Foundation as a program officer with their experimental high energy physics program starting in October 2011. While there, he will be responsible for the university-based high energy physics program across the breadth of experiments in the U.S. and abroad. Prof. Ruchti will also represent NSF at major physics meetings to further the research agenda of the scientific community and the government. Additionally, he will work collaboratively within the NSF offices and directorates to further scientific and technical innovation and to advance the broader impacts of research.…