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International Travel: Five things faculty and staff should know before going

May 29, 2015 • Categories: News

Notre Dame International (NDI) provides support not only to students travelling abroad and to visitors coming to campus, but also to faculty and staff as they travel on behalf of the university. The NDI International web site contains information and links that even experienced travelers will find useful.…

Patel receives the 2015 Department of Physics graduate student research and dissertation award

May 22, 2015 • Categories: News


The 2015 Graduate Student Research and Dissertation Award has been given to Dr. Darshana Patel. The award recognizes the best thesis of the year in the Department of Physics.

Dr. Patel's thesis was titled "Study of Isoscaral Giant Monopole Resonance to Explore the Role of Symmetry Energy in Nuclear Incompressibility in the Open-Shell Nuclei and its Future Prospects." She was advised by Prof. Umesh Garg

Notre Dame astrophysicist part of team that catches a supernova in the act of exploding

May 22, 2015 • Categories: News

Peter Garnavich, professor of physics

It is one of the fundamental questions that remain unanswered in astrophysics: What are the progenitor stars of a “type Ia” supernovae? A new paper in the journal Nature by University of Notre Dame astrophysicist Peter Garnavich and a team of researchers describes how they used the Kepler Space Telescope to catch three stars in the act of exploding. The results shed light on which stars generate these energetic outbursts.

Anthony Hyder receives Shilts/Leonard Award

May 19, 2015 • Categories: News

Anthony Hyder

Anthony Hyder, professor of physics, received the Rev. James Shilts, C.S.C./Doris and Eugene Leonard Teaching Award at the annual College of Science Dean’s Awards Luncheon on Friday, May 15. As the college’s highest teaching honor, the award was named in honor of Rev. James Shilts, C.S.C., who taught in the Department of Physics from 1961 until 1982, and is presented annually for excellence in teaching at the undergraduate and/or graduate level.

Science dean to bike 3,500 miles for rare disease research in fifth Road to Discovery

May 18, 2015 • Categories: News

Dean Greg Crawford on the Road to Discovery bike tour

On May 27 (Wednesday), Gregory P. Crawford, William K. Warren Dean of the College of Science and professor of physics at the University of Notre Dame, will embark on his fifth cross-country bicycle ride to raise awareness and funds for rare disease research at Notre Dame.

2015 physics undergraduate award winners

May 15, 2015 • Categories: News


Each year the Department of Physics recognizes outstanding undergraduate students with a variety of awards. Here are the 2015 recipients:

William Patrick McCormack and Anna Stephenson have 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.…

Physics teaching assistants receive awards

May 15, 2015 • Categories: News


Two Department of Physics Graduate Students, Mr. Nabarun Dev and Ms. Fatemeh Elahi, have been selected as recipients of the 2015 Outstanding Graduate Student Teaching Award. The 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 who are nominated by their departments. Departments may only nominate up to 5% of their TAs for the honor.…

Werellapatha receives student poster prize at APS/CNM Users Meeting

May 14, 2015 • Categories: News


Department of Physics graduate student Kalpani Werellapatha received a Student Poster Prize at the 2015 Advanced Photon Source/Center for Nanoscale Materials Users Meeting at Argonne National Laboratory in May. Her poster was titled "X-ray Absorption Spectroscopy (XAS) Study of Sorption Mechanisms of Cd(II) to Hematite (α-Fe2

Hyder named 2015 Shilts/Leonard Award Winner

May 14, 2015 • Categories: News


Professor Anthony Hyder is the 2015 Shilts/Leonard Award recipient. The Shilts/Leonard award is the premier teaching award within the College of Science.

Prof. Hyder joined the University of Notre Dame in 1993 as the Associate Vice President for Graduate Studies and Research. He started teaching one physics class per semester in 2001, and when he left the Office of the AVP in 2006 he relocated full time to the Department of Physics. Prof. Hyder has made significant contributions in the areas of teaching undergraduates, mentoring junior faculty members, and service to students.…

Hubble finds a massive halo around the Andromeda Galaxy

May 07, 2015 • Categories: News

Nicolas Lehner, left, and J. Christopher Howk

University of Notre Dame astrophysicist Nicolas Lehner has led a team of scientists who have used NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope to identify an immense halo of gas surrounding the Andromeda Galaxy, the nearest major galaxy to Earth. The halo stretches about a million light-years from Andromeda, halfway to the Milky Way. The discovery will tell astronomers more about the evolution and structure of giant spiral galaxies such as the Milky Way and Andromeda.

Collon receives the Dockweiler Award

May 07, 2015 • Categories: News


Prof. Philippe Collon is the recipent of this year's Dockweiler Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Advising. Faculty are nominated for this award by students and colleagues, and the recipient is selected by an interdisciplinary committee. Prof. Collon's award letter notes "the tremendous impact your individualized guidance and mentoring have had on the lives of Notre Dame undergraduates."…

Physics graduate students receive 2015 CRC awards

May 04, 2015 • Categories: News

Three Department of Physics Graduate students are recipients of the 2015 CRC Award for Computational Science and Visualization. 

Matthias Wolf and Anna Woodward received an award as a result of 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. Wolf is advised by Prof. Michael Hildreth