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Patel receives Springer Thesis Award in Physics

April 30, 2015 • Categories: News


Dr. Darshana Patel, a January 2015 Ph.D. graduate from the Department of Physics at the University of Notre Dame, has had her thesis, “A Study of the Isoscalar Giant Monopole Resonance” accepted into Springer Theses. Springer Theses tabs itself as the “best of the best.”…

Toroczkai and his team provide an understanding of the degeneracy problem

April 29, 2015 • Categories: News



Zoltan Toroczkai

In a breakthrough approach, solving this problem that was open for nearly thirty years, a team led by physics professor Zoltán Toroczkai has provided an understanding of the degeneracy problem and discovered a way to eliminate it. Their paper, “Reducing Degeneracy in Maximum Entropy Models of Networks,” was published this month in Physical Review Letters. Coauthors with Toroczkai are Szabolcs Horvát (first author) and Éva Czabarka.

2015 Sigma Pi Sigma Induction

April 28, 2015 • Categories: News

The Department of Physics at the University of Notre Dame inducted 9 undergraduate physics majors into Sigma Pi Sigma on Friday, April 24. Professor Peter Garnavich, faculty advisor of the Society of Physics Students, and Professor Chris Kolda, Department Chair, presented the inductees with their honor cords and pins.…

Passing of Prof. Vickie Frohne

April 27, 2015 • Categories: News


It is with great sadness that Holy Cross College announces the passing of faculty member, Dr. Vickie Frohne, following a brief illness.

Dr. Frohne, an associate professor of physics, joined the Holy Cross family from Benedictine University (IL) in August 2005. At the time of her death, she also served as an adjunct professor of physics at the University of Notre Dame, and as a scientist at Fermilab, near Chicago, IL.…

Support Physics on Notre Dame Day

April 24, 2015 • Categories: News


Notre Dame Day is a global celebration of all things Notre Dame through an online fundraising competition and streaming broadcast. The second annual Notre Dame Day kicks off at 18:42 Eastern Time (6:42 pm ET) on Sunday, April 26 and concludes at 11:59 pm ET on Monday, April 27.…

Woodard and Wolf receive CHEP 2015 poster award

April 23, 2015 • Categories: News

University of Notre Dame Department of Physics Graduate Students Anna Woodard and Matthias Wolf received an award for their poster presentation at the 21st International Conference on Computing and High Energy Nuclear Physics (CHEP 2015) in Okinawa, Japan, April 13-17. Their poster, titled “Exploiting Volatile Opportunistic Computing Resources with Lobster,” was about a software package that they wrote together to enable high energy physicists on the CMS experiment to make use of a broader set of computing resources then they can usually access.…

Anthony Ruth receives NASA Fellowship

April 22, 2015 • Categories: News


Department of Physics Graduate Student Anthony Ruth has been selected as a recipient of the 2015 NASA Space Technology Research Fellowship (NSTRF15). His application was titled “Hybrid Van Der Waals Materials in Next-Generation Electronics.”

Notre Dame expands particle physics partnerships in Chile

April 21, 2015 • Categories: News

PUC Masterclass, February 2015

In January 2015, the Notre Dame QuarkNet Center received its second Luksic grant from Notre Dame International to enhance the Masterclass Institutes Collaborating in the Americas (MICA), a collaboration between Pontifica Universidad Católica (PUC) in Santiago, Chile, and the University of Notre Dame particle physics education and outreach programs.

Adam Martin, assistant professor of physics, and Trinity School physics teacher Patrick Mooney ’78, ’86 Ph.D., lead teacher at QuarkNet, traveled to Santiago, Chile in February to host a two-day Masterclass for Chilean high school teachers.

College of Science students and alumni earn NSF Graduate Research Fellowships

April 17, 2015 • Categories: News

University of Notre Dame

The National Science Foundation (NSF) recently announced the awardees of the 2015 Graduate Research Fellowships Program (GRFP). Eight College of Science students and two alumni received awards. In addition, several students and alumni received honorable mentions. There were over 16,000 applications for this year's GRFP with 2,000 awardees nationwide.

The fellowship provides three years of support for the graduate education of students who have demonstrated the potential for significant achievements in science and engineering research.  Past NSF Fellows include individuals who have made significant breakthroughs in science and engineering research, as well as some who have been honored as Nobel laureates.

Notre Dame Day 2015, a global celebration of the University, will launch April 26

April 16, 2015 • Categories: News

Notre Dame Day

The University of Notre Dame family will come together on campus and around the globe on April 26-27 (Sunday-Monday) to celebrate Our Lady’s University during the second annual Notre Dame Day.

The celebration will launch at 18:42 (6:42 p.m. EDT), referencing the University’s founding year, on April 26 and end at midnight on April 27. The 29-hour live broadcast from LaFortune Student Center will share compelling Notre Dame stories from around the world, live interviews, celebrity guests, musical performances and much more. It also provides the Notre Dame family the opportunity to give back to specific areas of the University they love most through an online fundraising competition.