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Aprahamian reappointed to South Dakota Science position

December 22, 2015 • Categories: News


Prof. Ani Aprahamian, Freimann Professor of Physics, has been reappointed as a Board Member by Governor Dennis Daugaard to the South Dakota Science and Technology Authority. The reappointment is through December 2018. She has served on the board since 2009.…

NDnano announces summer 2016 undergraduate research opportunities

December 21, 2015 • Categories: News


Several science and engineering faculty affiliated with Notre Dame’s Center for Nano Science and Technology (NDnano) have full-time, 10-week research opportunities available for summer 2016. Applications will be accepted through February 5, 2016.

ND Research now taking proposals for annual Equipment Restoration & Renewal Grants

December 16, 2015 • Categories: News

Notre Dame Research is now accepting proposals for its annual Equipment Renewal & Restoration grant program. This program assists in the restoration, replacement, and renewal of the facilities needed for faculty research, scholarship, and creative endeavor. Grants will typically be in the range of $25,000 to $200,000. Applications are due by Monday, February 1.…

Brodeur tests equipment for radioactive ion beams for future medical applications

December 11, 2015 • Categories: News



Maxime Brodeur, the Ortenzio Family Assistant Professor in Applied Medical and Nuclear Physics, conducts basic research in nuclear physics that holds promising potential for medical applications.

Physicist Jay LaVerne named AAAS fellow

November 24, 2015 • Categories: News



Jay LaVerne, professional specialist in the University of Notre Dame’s Radiation Laboratory and a concurrent research professor of physics, has been named a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) in honor of his efforts toward advancing science applications that are deemed scientifically or socially distinguished.

LaVerne’s research concerns the examination of the energy loss, charge and other properties of ionizing radiation and to elucidate the fundamental radiolytic decomposition of molecules and the subsequent kinetics of the reactive transients.

Fermi Director Dr. Lockyer to give public lecture November 19

November 17, 2015 • Categories: News

Nigel Lockyer, the director of Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory, will give a public lecture on Thursday, November 19 at 7:00 p.m . His talk is entitled "Neutrinos are Everywhere: Towards a New Understanding of the Quantum Universe”. The talk will be held in the Carey Auditorium of the Hesburgh Library, with a reception following the talk in the Jordan Hall Galleria.…

Beers research featured in December's Discover magazine

November 16, 2015 • Categories: News


Professor Timothy Beers, the Notre Dame Chair in Astrophysics, along with several colleagues, is interviewed about his research on the discovery of the First Stars to be born in the Universe in the cover article "Hunt for the First Stars: What the earliest suns reveal about the universe's origins," by Michael Lemonick, in this month's (December 2015) Discover

Astrophysicists produce the first age map of the halo of the Milky Way

October 28, 2015 • Categories: News

Daniela Carollo, left, Timothy Beers and Vinicius Placco

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University of Notre Dame astronomer Timothy Beers and his Galactic Archaeology group, which includes Notre Dame astronomers Daniela Carollo and Vinicius Placco, have led an international team of researchers that produced the first chronographic (age) map of the halo of the Milky Way galaxy.

Memorial Volume published for Kolya Uraltsev

October 27, 2015 • Categories: News


Long-time Notre Dame adjunct professor Nikolai (Kolya) Uraltsev passed away suddenly and unexpectedly in 2013, leaving behind many fond memories of his time in the Physics Department and a recognition of the shear quantity and quality of work he produced in exploring the nature of the strong interactions. Now his long-time friend and collaborator, Ikaros Bigi

AIP recognizes ND Physics as among top-40 departments in conferral of undergraduate physics degrees

October 23, 2015 • Categories: News


The University of Notre Dame Department of Physics has been included on an American Institute of Physics (AIP) list of physics departments that conferred the largest number of undergraduate degrees. The list includes departments where PhD is the highest degree offered and averaged 20 or more physics bachelor's degrees in the classes of 2012, 2013, and 2014. Notre Dame Physics averaged 28 degrees during that period of time.…

Physics booklet highlights multiple people and programs

October 21, 2015 • Categories: News

The Notre Dame Department of Physics has published a Fall 2015 bulletin, which highlights just a small sample of what faculty and students have achieved over the last year. As the department continues to grow, it moves into new and exciting fields of research, while providing internationally recognized leadership in some of our long-time core areas of strength. At the same time, our undergraduate program remains firmly at the core of our mission. …

Graduate Physics Students Fall Conference Announced

October 08, 2015 • Categories: News


The GPS Conference Committee is happy to announce the return of the GPS Annual Conference - held during the Fall semester, on Wednesday, December 9 and Friday, December 11.

Sign-ups for talks and posters are now open. Any graduate student is welcome to submit an abstract for a talk, and sign up to give a poster. For a poster, you do not need to submit an abstract. Sign up here

Discovery of neutrino oscillations leads to 2015 Nobel Prize in Physics

October 06, 2015 • Categories: News

This morning's announcement of the Nobel Prize in Physics for the discovery of neutrino oscillations has a deep Notre Dame connection. Back in the mid-1980s, a group of mostly U.S. physicists, including Notre Dame's Prof. John LoSecco, were observing a gigantic tank containing 2.5 millions gallons of water, deep in a salt mine outside Cleveland, Ohio.…

Notre Dame goal: No coal

September 29, 2015 • Categories: News

Notre Dame Power Plant

Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., president of the University of Notre Dame, announced Monday (Sept. 21) that the University will cease burning coal entirely within five years, and cut its carbon footprint by more than half by 2030.

“In recognition of both Pope Francis’ encyclical and his visit this week to the United States, Notre Dame is recommitting to make the world a greener place, beginning in our own backyard,” Father Jenkins said. “Of greater importance, however, are the contributions our faculty and students are making across disciplines to find sustainability answers, especially for poor countries in most need of development and the most vulnerable to climate change.”

Father Jenkins also said Notre Dame was planning the investment of $113 million in renewable energy sources and projects, including a hydroelectric project, solar power and geothermal fields both on and off campus, which collectively will reduce CO2 emissions by 47,500 tons.

Stargazers will be seeing red on Sept. 27

September 23, 2015 • Categories: News

Blood Moon

Anyone who happens to glance up at the sky a few hours before midnight on Sept. 27 may be startled to see a huge red moon.

Thomson Reuters names four Notre Dame faculty among the most highly cited scholars

September 22, 2015 • Categories: News

Thomson Reuters

University of Notre Dame faculty members — Timothy Beers and Prashant Kamat from the College of Science and Bertrand Hochwald and J. Nicholas Laneman from the College of Engineering and  — have been named to the Thomson Reuters’ list of Highly Cited Researchers for 2015. Hochwald, Beers, and Kamat were named in the 2014 list. All four faculty members have also appeared on previous years’ lists.

Graduate students Capdevilla and Deatsch among first cohort in Reilly Center's NSF-funded SSR

September 15, 2015 • Categories: News

Two physics graduate students will be part of the first cohort of Notre Dame's Reilly Center NSF-funded Social Responsibilities for Researchers (SSR) program. Rodolfo Capdevilla and Alison Deatsch will each have research projects supported by a mentor. All STEM branches were represented this year--natural sciences, social sciences, and engineering. The SSR program will run again in 2016 and 2017, with the goal of transitioning to a permanent, internally-supported training program.…

PhD Alumni Hong receives prestigious IEEE award

September 14, 2015 • Categories: News


The Council on Superconductivity announced the selection of Dr. Seung Ok Hong of Oxford Superconducting Technology to receive the IEEE Dr. James Wong Award for Continuing and Significant Contributions to Applied Superconductivity Materials Technology. This Award recognizes a living individual for a career of meritorious achievements and outstanding technical contributions in the field of applied superconductor materials technology. It will be presented to Dr. Hong during the International Conference on Magnet Technology 24 to be held in Seoul, Korea, on the 18th through the 23rd of October 2015. …

SPIE highlights iLocater in recent publication

September 10, 2015 • Categories: News

Justin Crepp

The iLocater instrument being developed by Justin R. Crepp, the Freimann Assistant Professor of Physics at Notre Dame, has been featured by the SPIE, the International Society for Optics and Photonics, in a paper describing the detection of planets around other stars. The article by Crepp, entitled “Renaissance of the Doppler technique for exoplanet studies,” was published online on Sept. 10 by SPIE and describes how new hardware will enable breakthroughs in instrumentation performance that could lead to the discovery of nearby worlds that might resemble the Earth.

Faculty research support grants from Notre Dame Research now open for applications

September 09, 2015 • Categories: News

Notre Dame Research

Notre Dame Research has opened its annual competition for faculty research grants. Currently there are two types of grants open for applications. Applications are due Monday, October 26th, 2015 at 11:59 p.m. EST.

Join Notre Dame Research at the Core Facility Fair

September 03, 2015 • Categories: News


On Wednesday, September 16, 2015, Notre Dame Research will host its annual Core Facility Fair from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. in the Jordan Hall of Science Galleria.

Up close and personal with physics - ABC 57

September 01, 2015 • Categories: News

Prof. Kolda speaks about the new Our Universe Revealed lecture series, which starts tonight at 7pm in Jordan Hall of Science.…

Our Universe Revealed lecture series launches September 1

August 28, 2015 • Categories: News

“The Real Big Bang Theory: Birth of the Universe and the meaning of Space-time” with Prof. Grant Mathews will be the first talk presented as part of the new Our Universe Revealed Lecture Series.

In this talk we will journey across the Universe and into its deep past. Learn how the Universe is a time machine and how Einstein’s theory of relativity helps us to conceptualize the meaning of space and time.…

Faculty lectures add to options for football weekend activities

August 25, 2015 • Categories: News

Football Fridays at the Eck

Visitors who want a break from tailgating on football weekends have a variety of options for public lectures and talks around campus this fall. From science to the humanities to faith, these events will explore a range of topics of interest to the University of Notre Dame community.

National QuarkNet physics teachers draw inspiration from European workshop

August 10, 2015 • Categories: News

QuarkNet in Greece

Through the National Science Foundation, twenty physics teachers from across the United States joined 30 of their European counterparts in July in Attica, Greece, for Inspiring Science Education Summer Academy 2015, a six-day training and networking program aimed at boosting inquiry-based learning in high school classrooms. The National Science Foundation funded the trip through the national QuarkNet Program, an education and outreach program that partners high school physics teachers with particle physicists at more than 50 centers across the country.

Notre Dame hosts first International Summer Physics Institute

August 07, 2015 • Categories: News

iSPI 2015

A group of thirteen international high school students are currently participating in the first ever International Summer Physics Institute (iSPI).  The two-week program, July 27-August 7, has brought the high school students to Notre Dame from China and Ireland to explore their interest in physics.

JINA-CEE on Google Hangout Thursday, July 30

July 29, 2015 • Categories: News

NSF-funded Physics Frontiers Centers (PFCs) are pushing the frontiers of science across the disciplines of physics. The Joint Institute for Nuclear Astrophysics Center for Evolution of the Elements (JINA-CEE) studies unknown aspects of nuclear processes that naturally occur in the universe to explain the origin of the elements and to reveal the properties of dense matter in cosmic environments.…

Paul V. Kenney

July 22, 2015 • Categories: News

Professor Emeritus V. Paul Kenney, Department of Physics, died Saturday, July 18.

Visitation takes place from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday, July 23, at Welsheimer Family Funeral Home North, 17033 Cleveland Road.

A funeral liturgy will be celebrated Friday, July 24, at Little Flower Catholic Church, South Bend. Burial will follow in Cedar Grove Cemetery. A reception follows at Andre Place at Holy Cross Village.…

JINA's Art 2 Science Camp featured on the local morning news

July 10, 2015 • Categories: News


This week's Art 2 Science program, hosted by the Joint Institute for Nuclear Astrophysics (JINA), was featured on this morning's local news channel WNDU. The camp fuses science and art to give kids hands-on learning experiences with STEAM, or science, technology, engineering, art, and math.…

ND astrophysicsts participate in Hubble Hangout

July 09, 2015 • Categories: News


University of Notre Dame astrophysicists Chris Howk and Nicolas Lehner participated the the July 9 Hubble Hangout. Hubble Hangouts are designed to engage everyone involved in astronomy research and outreach. …