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Notre Dame International Funds Global Research Collaboration

December 20, 2013 • Categories: News

Notre Dame International (NDI) has awarded nine grants through its new Global Collaboration Initiative (GCI) program to Notre Dame faculty engaged in research with colleagues at partner institutions around the world.

The GCI initiative was launched to support and promote international cooperation through research, scholarship, and other forms of sustained collaboration that can make significant contributions to a field of study, according to Robert E. Norton, NDI’s associate vice president for academic affairs and research.…

Looking for life among stars: Justin Crepp honored with prestigious designations

December 16, 2013 • Categories: News


From South Bend Tribune on December 16, 2013

SOUTH BEND - Justin Crepp spends quite a bit of his time staring off into space.

But that's a good thing. Crepp is an assistant professor of physics at Notre Dame and has recently been awarded two prestigious designations from NASA for his work in looking for extrasolar planets, or planets outside our solar system.

Endowment will support science camp for kids

December 14, 2013 • Categories: News

Debra Notestine, 46, a member of the Department of Physics staff, lost her courageous battle with cancer on Monday, Oct. 21, surrounded by her family at home in South Bend.

An administrative assistant with the Nuclear Science Laboratory for four years, Notestine dedicated a significant amount of her time to the educational outreach inititatives of the Joint Institute for Nuclear Astrophysics (JINA), a National Science Foundation-funded physics frontier center established to expedite discoveries in and between the areas of astronomy, astrophysics, and nuclear physics.…

Prof. Kolata retirement celebration

December 13, 2013 • Categories: News





On Friday, December 6, the Department of Physics celebrated the career of one of our distinguished faculty members with a symposium entitled “Trajectories: A symposium in celebration of the career of Prof. James J. Kolata”.…

Hildreth leads U.S. effort to preserve LHC data

December 10, 2013 • Categories: News


LHC plans for open data future: Researchers share results to keep them accesible (click to go to full article)

Nature 503, 447 (28 November 2013)

Department of Physics Professor Michael Hildreth leads the U.S. effort to preserve the data produced at CERN by the Large Hadron Collider (LHC). This article which appeared in Nature describes the challenge of not necessarily storing the data, but of preserving knowledge such as software, algorithms, and reference plots. Hildreth is the leader of the US-funded Data and Software Preservation for Open Science (DASPOS) effort.…

Physicist ponders the Christmas star

December 09, 2013 • Categories: News

By Margaret Fosmoe South Bend Tribune | Posted: Sunday, December 8, 2013 6:21 am

SOUTH BEND -- If a very bright star lit up the sky 2,000 years ago when Jesus Christ was born in Bethlehem, what caused it?

A physicist doesn't just wonder about such a question. He studies it.

In the Christian tradition, the Gospel of Matthew and Luke says that when Jesus was born in the days of King Herod, three wise men from the East came to Jerusalem saying, "Where is he who has been born king of the Jews? For we have seen his star in the East and have come to worship him."…

NASA awards career fellowship to Notre Dame astrophysicist

November 26, 2013 • Categories: News


NASA has awarded Justin R. Crepp, the Freimann Assistant Professor of Physics at the University of Notre Dame, with an Early Career Fellowship. He is the only awardee in the nation to receive the fellowship in the Origins of Solar Systems program. Crepp’s project, “Working at the Diffraction Limit: New Exoplanetary Science in the Era of ‘Extreme’ Adaptive Optics,” was selected through a competitive proposal process, followed by peer review in a second round of evaluation.…

New University of Geneva program for physics majors

November 21, 2013 • Categories: News


The University of Notre Dame's International Studies Office has announced a new opportunity for study abroad in Switzerland in Spring 2014. Through Boston University's Geneva-Physics program, Notre Dame undergraduate students will have the opportunity to study at the University of Geneva (UNIGE) and the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN). The program, which combines coursework in quantum physics and electrodynamics at UNIGE and directed research at CERN, is open to physics majors who have completed at least two semesters of college-level French or the equivalent. Additionally, students will be required to complete a specifically designed French-language tutorial before going to Geneva.…

Umesh Garg appointed to Committee on Constitution and Bylaws of the American Physical Society

November 05, 2013 • Categories: News

Umesh Garg, professor of physics, has been appointed to the Committee on Constitution and Bylaws (CCB) of the American Physical Society (APS) by President-elect Malcom


Beasley. Garg’s three-year term will begin January 1, 2014.  The CCB consists of six appointed members who are responsible for recommending actions concerning the Constitution and Bylaws of the society and of its divisions, topical groups, forums, and sections.…

Researchers gain new insights into brain neuronal networks

November 01, 2013 • Categories: News

A paper published in a special edition of the journal Science proposes a novel understanding of brain architecture using a network representation of connections within the primate cortex. Zoltán Toroczkai, professor of physics at the University of Notre Dame and co-director of the Interdisciplinary Center for Network Science and Applications

Maldacena to deliver Lynch Lecture on November 6

November 01, 2013 • Categories: News


Juan Maldacena, PhD, of the Institute for Advanced Studies at Princeton will deliver a lecture as part of the John A. Lynch Lecture Series on Wednesday, November 6. "Strings, gauge theories and gravity," is the title of the talk being given at 4 pm in Rm 118 of Nieuwland Science Hall. …

Notre Dame network physicist describes network model of brain’s connectivity

October 10, 2013 • Categories: News


A new paper by Zoltán Toroczkai, professor of physics and concurrent professor of computer science and engineering at the University of Notre Dame, and his collaborators provides a predictive model of cerebral cortical connectivity at the interareal level. The study was published in the Oct. 2 issue of the journal Neuron

Notre Dame physicists celebrate announcement of Nobel Prize for Higgs discovery

October 08, 2013 • Categories: News

At 6:45 a.m. Tuesday (Oct. 8), the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences awarded the Nobel Prize in physics to theorists Peter Higgs and Francois Englert to recognize their work developing the theory of what is now known as the Higgs field, which gives elementary particles mass. U.S. scientists played a significant role in advancing the theory and in discovering the particle that proves the existence of the Higgs field, the Higgs boson.…

NASA names Justin Crepp a Kepler Participating Scientist

October 07, 2013 • Categories: News


NASA has named University of Notre Dame astrophysicist Justin Crepp a Kepler Participating Scientist. As one of only 11 scientists in the country selected to participate, Crepp will advance the goals of the Kepler Mission by seeking to discover extrasolar planets, some of which may be in the habitable zone.…

Notre Dame physicists join effort to track genetically engineered organisms in the wild

September 25, 2013 • Categories: News

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has awarded a multidisciplinary team of University of Notre Dame researchers a grant of $500,000 to develop a new technology for tracking the movement of genetically-engineered (GE) organisms and their byproducts in the environment.

“Understanding and monitoring the dispersal of these organisms is a critical component of the safe and responsible use of transgenic technology,” says principal investigator Scott Egan

Notre Dame installs new telescope on Jordan Hall

September 24, 2013 • Categories: News


The University of Notre Dame has completed installation of the new Sarah L. Krizmanich Telescope on the roof of the Jordan Hall of Science.

The telescope, which features a 0.8-meter (32-inch diameter) mirror, will be especially useful for undergraduate astronomy research. The light collecting area of the mirror makes it one of the largest telescopes in Indiana.…

Notre Dame high-energy physicists receive NSF award to continue work with CERN

September 17, 2013 • Categories: News


University of Notre Dame high-energy physicists have received a $2.4 million, three-year award from the National Science Foundation to continue their work on the CMS (Compact Muon Solenoid) experiment on campus and at CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research. The group’s work includes physics analysis central to the recent Higgs boson discovery.…

Superconductor research going strong

September 16, 2013 • Categories: News

The study of superconducting materials is important, both from a fundamental scientific perspective and due to the immense potential for practical applications. At Notre Dame, Prof. Morten Ring Eskildsen and his research group focus on the study of vortices, electromagnetic “tornados” that are created when a superconductor is subjected to an external magnetic field. Besides being interesting in their own right, the properties of the vortices reflect characteristics of the host material and can therefore be used as powerful probes of superconductors.…

QuarkNet teacher presents at the 2013 Live Interactive Planetarium Symposium

September 13, 2013 • Categories: News

La Lumiere physics teacher, Ken Andert, traveled to Sanford, Fla. at the request of the University of Notre Dame to attend the 2013 Live Interactive Planetarium Symposium at Seminole State College.

The purpose of this symposium was to provide planetarium staff from around the world an opportunity to share with each other what they had developed for their respective facilities.

Krizmanich telescope arrives at Jordan Hall of Science

September 12, 2013 • Categories: News

The telescope has arrived at Jordan Hall of Science. A full story and video will be published soon but here are a few photos of the installation.




New faculty welcomed to the Department of Physics

August 28, 2013 • Categories: News

The Department of Physics welcomes four new teaching and research faculty members this year: Dan Bardayan, Maxime Brodeur, Manoel Couder, and Adam Martin.

Dan Bardayan


Associate Professor
Experimental Nuclear Physics

Astronomers utilize Hubble Space Telescope to find source of Magellanic Stream

August 09, 2013 • Categories: News


University of Notre Dame astronomers Nicolas Lehner and Christopher Howk, along with their collaborators, have used NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope

Alumni feature: Prof. Charles W. Misner

August 06, 2013 • Categories: News


Charles W. Misner entered Notre Dame with the Class of 1953, earned his B.S. in Physics in three years, and did four-fifths of his graduate coursework on campus the next year before going to Princeton for his Ph.D. His landmark book Gravitation, written with Ph.D. advisor John Wheeler and fellow student Kip Thorne, was first published 40 years ago, has never gone out of print. His work provided early foundations for the study of quantum gravity and numerical relativity. He wrote “The dynamics of general relativity,” a summary of papers on a formulation of general relativity, with Richard Arnowitt and Stanley Deser. That pivotal work on formalism, published in 1962, is cited in the field with their initials ADM.…

Science camp seeks to reach young minds

August 05, 2013 • Categories: News

Article appeared in Sunday, August 4 issue of the South Bend Tribune. Written by Laura Schulte.

SOUTH BEND -- At the first glance, the science lab in Notre Dame’s Jordan Hall is simply full of yelling children drawing pictures with red and blue pencils.…

Undergraduates from across the country compete in Physics Olympics

August 01, 2013 • Categories: News


Most people think that 2013 was an off year for the Olympics, but not at Notre Dame. Students in the Physics section of the Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) programs at Michigan State University, Purdue University and the University of Notre Dame competed in the Physics Olympics on Monday (July 29) in the Jordan Hall of Science. Comprised of undergraduates from across the country, the REU programs at the respective universities give students opportunities to work with faculty and graduate students on research and other projects throughout the summer.…

Faculty promotions and renewals

July 31, 2013 • Categories: News

The Department of Physics congratulates the following faculty on their promotions and renewals effective July 1, 2013:

  • Xinyu Liu has been promoted to Research Associate Professor
  • Nancy Marinelli has been promoted to Research Associate Professor

Notre Dame astrophysicist determines occurrence rate of giant planets around M-dwarfs

July 29, 2013 • Categories: News


A study led by Notre Dame astrophysicist Justin Crepp has for the first time definitively determined how many of the lowest-mass stars in the galaxy host gas giant planets. The researchers’ paper, “The Occurrence Rate of Giant Planets around M-dwarfs,” was posted to arXiv

Garg to Chair next Gordon Research Conference on Nuclear Chemistry

July 08, 2013 • Categories: News

Prof. Umesh Garg served as the Vice Chair of the 2013 Gordon Research Conference on Nuclear Chemistry, held at the Colby Sawyer College, New London, NH. He will chair the next conference in the series, to be held in June, 2015.


The Gordon Research Conferences provide an international forum for the presentation and discussion of frontier research in the biological, chemical, and physical sciences, and their related technologies. For over 75 years, GRC's high-quality meetings have been recognized as the world's premier scientific conferences, where leading investigators from around the globe discuss their latest work and future challenges in a uniquely informal, interactive format.…

Graduate Student Spotlight: Akaa "Daniel" Ayangeakaa

July 05, 2013 • Categories: News


Graduate Student Akaa "Daniel" Ayangeakaa has several accolades to his credit in recent months. His poster at the 2013 Gordon Research Conference on Nuclear Chemistry, titled "Tidal Waves in 102Pd: A Rotating Condensate of Multiple d Bosons", was selected for an oral presentation by a vote of all attendees at the meeting.…