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August Physics Tracks newsletter available

August 29, 2011 • Categories: News

The August issue of Physics Tracks is now available. This issue include articles on:


  • Physics REU celebrates 25 years
  • NISMEC trains teachers in guided inquiry
  • iCenSA collaboration results reveal new brain information

NDeRC teacher named 2011-12 Jacobs Educator

August 26, 2011 • Categories: News


John Gensic, a Notre Dame extended Research Community (NDeRC) K-12 Lead Teacher, has been named a 2011-12 Jacobs Educator by the Indiana University School of Education

Notre Dame astrophysicists identify missing fuel for Galactic star formation

August 25, 2011 • Categories: News


The Milky Way will have the fuel to continue forming stars, thanks to massive clouds of ionized gas raining down from its halo and intergalactic space. This is the conclusion of a new study by Nicolas Lehner and Christopher Howk, faculty in the Department of Physics at the University of Notre Dame. Their report, “A Reservoir of Ionized Gas in the Galactic Halo to Sustain Star Formation in the Milky Way,” will be published in Science

Physics t-shirts available

August 24, 2011 • Categories: News

Notre Dame Physics t-shirts are now available in the department office for only $10 each. Golf-style short and long-sleeve shirts and hooded sweatshirts are also available. Email to for more information.


Visiting French student studies circumgalactic medium with Notre Dame astrophysicists

August 17, 2011 • Categories: News


Julie Bourguet, a master's candidate at the Université Paris Diderot, is spending the summer at Notre Dame in an internship with Nicolas Lehner, research assistant professor in the Department of Physics.

Lehner's current project concerns the properties and evolution of the circumgalactic medium, the gas which surrounds galaxies and is used in the formation of stars. The timeline for gas consumption in star formation is far shorter than the age of the Universe; thus, the fuel must be recycled by processes not yet explained through observation or simulation. Accounting for this is an important goal of modern astrophysics.…

Physics graduate student Katherine Rueff selected for inaugural joint Brazil-U.S. physics workshop: Exploring the Nature of the Evolving Universe

August 10, 2011 • Categories: News




The Sociedade Brasileira de Fisica (SBF) and the American Physical Society (APS) were pleased to announce the launch of the Brazil-U.S. Physics Student Visitation Program this year. Graduate student Kate Rueff is one of this year's recipients.…

Graduate student comments on stewardship science

August 04, 2011 • Categories: News


Physics graduate student Stephanie Lyons was asked by Stewardship Science, the SSGF Magazine (published annually by the Krell Institute for the NNSA Office of Defense Science's Stewardship Science Graduate Fellowship program) to comment on what drew her to science and why stewardship is important. Lyons is a recipient of the Graduate Fellowship from the Krell Institute. Lyons says, "To lead the way, scientists should give back to the community through communication and outreach." Find the full article here: A Science Nerd Spreads the Word