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Mather receives Honorary Degree

May 26, 2011 • Categories: News

John Mather

Twelve distinguished figures in education, philanthropy, science, human rights, aerospace, the Catholic Church, business and athletics joined principal speaker Robert M. Gates

Herman recipient of inaugural Gradaute School award

May 25, 2011 • Categories: News



Shari Herman of Physics has been selected to receive the 2011 Graduate Administrative Assistant Award. In making the announcement, Sterling emphasized that, “the selection panel was impressed with the excellence of Shari’s achievements in all aspects of Physics graduate students’ experience. We learned that Shari is involved in such diverse activities as helping to design and produce a recruiting poster; building a data base for Physics’ 500 Ph.D. alumni/ae; and organizing a Thanksgiving Day celebration for international students to teach them about American culture.”…

Astronomer Bennett's team discovers new class of planets

May 23, 2011 • Categories: News


University of Notre Dame astronomer David Bennett is co-author of a new paper describing the discovery of a new class of planets — dark, isolated Jupiter-mass bodies floating alone in space, far from any host star. Bennett and the team of astronomers involved in the discovery believe that the planets were most likely ejected from developing planetary systems.…

New issue of Physics Tracks newsletter released

May 20, 2011 • Categories: News



Physics Tracks, May 2011 issue is complete. This issue features:



  • Information on the 2011 Ph.D. and undergraduates
  • 2011 departmental award winners
  • Physics faculty teaching award recipients

2011 graduate student award winners announced

May 17, 2011 • Categories: News

The Department of Physics has announced the recipients of the 2011 graduate student awards.

The 2011 Physics Research and Dissertation Award recipient is Xinghai Zhao. His advisor is Prof. Grant Mathews. The title of his dissertation is “Cosmic Expansion in Inhomogeneous Cosmologies and the Formation of Local-group Like Systems.”…

Faculty promotions and reappointments announced

May 17, 2011 • Categories: News

The University of Notre Dame has announced the following promotions and reappointments for Department of Physics faculty effective for the 2011-2012 academic year:

  • Prof. Colin P. Jessop has been promoted to Professor. Professor Jessop joined Notre Dame in 2004, and his research is focused on the search for new physical interactions beyond the standard model of particle physics.

Career conference held for middle school girls

May 05, 2011 • Categories: News







The Expanding Your Horizons in Science and Mathematics™ career conference at the University of Notre Dame (EYHND) took place on Saturday, April 30. In its fourteenth year of the event, Notre Dame hosted nearly 300 sixth, seventh, and eighth grade girls from local area schools. The goals of EYH are: (1) to introduce girls to women with STEM careers; (2) to make the girls aware of STEM career opportunities to help them decide how to study these in high school and college; and (3) to provide them with personal contacts with women working in a wide variety of occupations.…

2011 undergraduate award winners announced

May 02, 2011 • Categories: News



The Department of Physics has announced the recipients of the 2011 undergraduate awards.

The Outstanding Physics Major Award winners are Nicholas J. Mancinelli and Kimberly J. Schlesinger. Recipients of this award are selected based on a number of criteria including academic performance, contributions to the major, and potential for future success. It is the highest honor the department can award a graduate.…