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Physicists create first metamaterial with rewritable magnetic ordering

May 24, 2016 • Categories: News

Yong-Lei Wang

University of Notre Dame Visiting Research Assistant Professor Yong-Lei Wang and his collaborators have produced the first rewriteable, artificial “magnetic charge ice.” The research, described in a paper published May 20, 2016, in the journal Science, shows strong potential for technological applications from data storage and memory to reprogrammable magnonics to spintronics. Magnetic charge ice has potential to allow for smaller, more powerful computers in the future.

Astroblast!: this year's final Our Universe Revealed series event

May 20, 2016 • Categories: News

Astroblast Poster

This semester's final Our Universe Revealed lecture series event will be held on Tuesday, May 24 at 6:30 pm. The event is Astroblast!, and it is a free, all-ages event. The Notre Dame astronomers will take over Jordan Hall of Science on campus for an astronomy-fueled evening of planetarium shows, live demonstrations, science craft projects and hands-on demonstrations.…

Physics doctoral degrees awarded at graduate commencement

May 19, 2016 • Categories: News

The Department of Physics was proud to celebrate the achievements of many doctoral degree recipients at the graduate commencement ceremony held Saturday, May 14. Graduates from August, January, and May are all recognized at the May event. We wish them each the best of luck.

August 2015

  • William Bauder (Advised by Prof. Philippe Collon and Dr. Richard Pardo)

Simon receives ORAU junior faculty award

May 18, 2016 • Categories: News

Simon Anna Web Photo

Prof. Anna Simon has been selected to receive one of thirty-five Ralph E. Power Junior Faculty Enhancement Awards from ORAU (Oak Ridge Associated Universities). The award is intended to enrich the research and professional growth of young faculty and result in new funding opportunities.…

2016 physics commencement celebration

May 17, 2016 • Categories: News


On Sunday, May 15, the Department of Physics celebrated the 2016 commencement with 25 physics majors. Prof. Christopher Kolda, Chair of the Department of Physics, and Prof. Philippe Collon, Director for Undergraduate Studies, led the ceremony. We wish them each the best of luck on their future endeavors.…

Matta receives Springer Thesis Award in Physics

May 16, 2016 • Categories: News

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The Ph.D. thesis of James Matta has been selected for publication as a book by the well-known science publisher Springer under the "Springer Theses" series.

Described as the "best of the best", the series recognizes "Outstanding Ph. D. Research". Each thesis is chosen for its scientific excellence and impact on research. For greater accessibility to non-specialists, the published versions include an extended introduction, as well as a foreword by the student’s supervisor explaining the special relevance of the work for the field.…

Dr. Albert receives Distinguished Alumna Award

May 13, 2016 • Categories: News

Ralbert Port

Dr. Réka Albert (2001, Physics), Distinguished Professor of Physics and Biology at Pennsylvania State University, will be recognized as this year’s Distinguished Alumna Award winner by the Notre Dame Graduate School. Considered one of the founders of network theory, Dr. Albert was advised by Professor Albert-Laszlo Barabasi while at Notre Dame. She continues to contribute significant, groundbreaking research to the study of networks in diverse disciplines, including biological networks and systems biology. She will receive the award at the Saturday, May 14 Commencement Ceremony.…

Undergraduates recognized with departmental awards

May 06, 2016 • Categories: News

Each year the Department of Physics recognizes outstanding undergraduate students with a variety of awards. Here are the 2016 recipients:

Patrick James Fasano 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.…

2016 physics graduate student awards announced

May 05, 2016 • Categories: News

Physics graduate students have been recognized with multiple awards.

Eli J. and Helen Shaheen Award: Dr. MacKenzie Warren received the Graduate School's Eli J. and Helen Shaheen Award at this year's graduate commencement. This award is given annually to one graduating Ph.D. student from the College and is the highest honor bestowed on graduate students by Notre Dame. The award recognizes MacKenzie's exceptional research into the roles of neutrino mixing and interactions during supernova explosions as well on-going outreach and mentoring activities. MacKenzie will soon be joining the Department of Physics and Astronomy at Michigan State University as a postdoc, continuing to study the explosion of core-collapse supernovae.…

Warren named 2016 Shaheen Award Recipient

May 04, 2016 • Categories: News

MacKenzie Warren, PhD, has been selected as a recipient of the 2016 Shaheen Award.

About the 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.…

2016 Sigma Pi Sigma Induction

May 03, 2016 • Categories: News

The Department of Physics at the University of Notre Dame inducted 13 undergraduate physics majors into Sigma Pi Sigma on Friday, April 22. 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.…

Eskildsen named Joyce Award recipient

May 02, 2016 • Categories: News


Prof. Morten Eskildsen is the recipient of a 2015-16 Rev. Edmund Joyce Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching. The awards, which were established in 2007, recognize annually four faculty in the College of Science for their profound influence on undergraduate students through sustained exemplary teaching. In particular, the Joyce award recognizes faculty who: create environments that stimulate significant student learning; elevate students to a new level of intellectual engagement; and foster students’ ability to express themselves effectively within the discipline.…