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Physics alumni gather at 2014 reunion weekend

May 30, 2014 • Categories: News



The College of Science Open House for Alumni Reunion Weekend was well-attended on the morning of Friday, May 30 in Jordan Hall of Science. Emeritus Professors Emerson Funk and John Poirier and Department Chair Christopher Kolda greeted physics graduates with special welcome given to those attending their 50 year celebration. Those from 1964 who stopped at the open house event included: Bill Jones, Mike McCusker, James Maher, Larry Borgman, and Stewart Ryan. Physics majors from other years who visited during the open house were Thomas Krick ('69), James Harrington ('89/'91), Robert Raphael ('89), and Colleen Raphael ('94). …

2014 commencement celebrated

May 28, 2014 • Categories: News



On Sunday, May 18, the Department of Physics awarded thirty-five students with their Bachelor of Science degrees. The ceremony was led by Professor Christopher Kolda, department chair, and Professor Philippe Collon, Director for Undergraduate Studies. The senior class advisor, Professor Antonio Delgado, was also on hand to celebrate. Congratulations and best wishes to all in their future endeavors.…

Dissertation awards given to Berry and Rastovski

May 23, 2014 • Categories: News

Two students were selected to receive this year's Department of Physics Graduate Research and Student Dissertation Awards.

The first recipient is Douglas Berry, PhD, who was advised by Professors Colin Jessop and Nancy Marinelli. His thesis was titled, “Evidence of the Higgs Boson Decaying to Two Photons.”…

Large Binocular Telescope committee selects Crepp’s iLocator to be built

May 22, 2014 • Categories: News

Justin Crepp and graduate students at the Krizmanich Telescope

The group that oversees the Large Binocular Telescope (LBT) has selected the team led by Justin Crepp, the Freimann Assistant Professor of Physics at the University of Notre Dame, to build a new astronomical spectrometer named “iLocater” for its next-generation of instruments. The instrument was selected from among new hardware concepts proposed by the LBT observatory's domestic and international partners.

Ayangeakaa named 2014 Shaheen Award Recipient

May 21, 2014 • Categories: News

Akaa (Daniel) Ayangeakaa, PhD, has been selected as a recipient of the 2014 Shaheen Award.

The highest honor bestowed on Notre Dame graduate students, the The Eli J. and Helen Shaheen Awards were established in 1990 and are named for two long-time benefactors of the University. They recognize the superior academic achievements of a graduating student in each of the four divisions of the Graduate School—Engineering, the Humanities, Science, and the Social Sciences. Nominated by their departments, Shaheen Award winners are chosen for their superior ability as exhibited by grades, research, and publication records, fellowships, and other awards received during the course of study at Notre Dame, as well as teaching ability.…

Staff celebrate service milestones

May 20, 2014 • Categories: News

On Monday, May 19 eight Department of Physics staff members were honored at the Service Recognition and Presidential Awards Dinner for a combined 130 years of service. Notre Dame staff reaching service milestones of at least ten years celebrate with their supervisors and various administration including Fr. John Jenkins, President, John Affleck Graves, Executive Vice President, and Bob McQuade, Vice President for Human Resources, and many other members of the President's Leadership Council.…

Michael Hildreth receives 2014 Shilts/Leonard Teaching Award

May 19, 2014 • Categories: News

Michael Hildreth receives 2014 Shilts/Leonard Award

Michael Hildreth, professor of physics, received the 2014 Rev. James L. Shilts, C.S.C./Doris and Eugene Leonard Teaching Award at the annual Dean’s Awards Luncheon on Friday, May 16.  Hildreth received many recommendations from his colleagues and was selected for salutary influence on students in and out of the classroom.

COS-JAM showcases scientific research from over 180 student researchers

May 12, 2014 • Categories: News

Matthew Cole

On Friday, May 2, the eighth annual College of Science Joint Annual Meeting (COS-JAM) was held in the Jordan Hall of Science and featured over 140 research presentations from more than 180 student researchers. The mission of COS-JAM is to highlight undergraduate scientific research at the College of Science. COS-JAM is held in conjunction with the annual Undergraduate Scholars Conference at Notre Dame.

Showalter recognized as outstanding teaching assistant

May 08, 2014 • Categories: News

Department of Physics Graduate Student Ms. Allison Showalter has been selected as a recipient of the 2014 Outstanding Graduate Student Teaching Award. On Wednesday, April 16 forty-four Notre Dame TAs were recognized for their commitment to exceptional teaching in lectures, seminars, labs, and across the academic profession. The awards are presented annually by the Graduate School and the Kaneb Center for Teaching and Learning to TAs that are nominated by their departments. Departments may only nominate up to 5% of their TAs for the honor.…

2014 Hichwa award winner selected

May 07, 2014 • Categories: News

The fourth annual Diane & Bryant Hichwa Summer Research Fellowship has been awarded to Mitch McNanna. McNanna works with Professor Mark Caprio in the area of theoretical nuclear physics.

Prof. Bryant Hichwa is a 1973 Notre Dame physics Ph.D., who was advised by Prof. Paul Chagnon in the nuclear physics research group. The Hichwa fellowship is an honor given in recognition both of promise as a researcher and scholar in physics, and for a well-conceived research program. …

2014 undergraduate award winners named

May 06, 2014 • Categories: News


Each year the Department of Physics recognizes undergraduate students with a variety of awards. The 2014 honorees are Craig Cahillane, John Brems, and Grace Meikle.

Craig Cahillane has been selected to receive the Outstanding Physics Major Award. This award is given to a physics graduate selected by a number of criteria including academic performance, contributions to the major, and potential for future success. It is the highest honor the Department of Physics can award to one of its graduates.…

Caprio awarded for exemplary undergraduate teaching

May 05, 2014 • Categories: News


Mark Caprio, Associate Professor of Physics, was among twenty-one University of Notre Dame faculty members to receive the 2014 Rev. Edmund P. Joyce, C.S.C., Awards for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching

2014 GPS Conference a success

May 02, 2014 • Categories: News






The Graduate Physics Students’ group (GPS) held its third annual Spring Conference on Monday, April 28. This conference showcased the research of graduate students across all research groups in the Department of Physics.…