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Nuclear physics, the common ground in Cuba and Armenia for physics professor Aprahamian

December 15, 2017 • Categories: News

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During recent trips to Cuba and Armenia, Ani Aprahamian, Freimann Professor of Experimental Nuclear Physics, met both President Serzh Sargsyan of Armenia and Fidelito Castro, the son of the late and Cuban leader Fidel Castro, to talk about nuclear physics.

Two Department of Physics faculty honored with Media Legends Award

December 13, 2017 • Categories: News

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Physics professors Michael Wiescher and Dan Robertson both received a Media Legends Award from the Office of Media Relations for their work with the press that spotlighted academic excellence at the University of Notre Dame.

Thirty years of molecular beam epitaxy stimulates international collaborations

December 08, 2017 • Categories: News

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In continuous operation since its beginning in 1987, more than 10,000 crystals have been grown in the Molecular Beam Epitaxy (MBE) lab of Professor Jacek Furdyna. Materials designed and fabricated in the MBE lab led to collaborations with scientists in more than 100 institutions outside of Notre Dame, including some 35 in foreign countries, resulting in significant worldwide visibility.

Three College of Science faculty members awarded Luksburg Foundation Collaboration Grants

November 28, 2017 • Categories: News

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Three College of Science faculty members are among eight at Notre Dame to be awarded Luksburg Foundation Collaboration Grants for projects with Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile (PUC) faculty in Santiago, Chile.

 

 

Aprahamian elected as Secretary of the International Union of Pure and Applied Physics Commission on Nuclear Physics

November 21, 2017 • Categories: News

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Ani Aprahamian, the Frank M. Freimann Professor of Physics, has been elected as Secretary to the International Union of Pure and Applied Physics (IUPAP) Commission on Nuclear Physics. She will serve from January 2018 through December 2020. IUPAP established the commission in 1960 to promote the exchange of information and views among the members of the international scientific community in nuclear physics.…

Physics professor Garg named AAAS Fellow

November 20, 2017 • Categories: News

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Umesh Garg, professor of experimental nuclear physics, has been named a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). Election as an AAAS Fellow is an honor bestowed upon AAAS members by their peers.

Experts to discuss strategies to end lead poisoning

November 13, 2017 • Categories: News

The Eck Institute for Global Health will host “A Blueprint for Action: How We Can End Lead Poisoning in 5 Years” at 6 p.m. Nov. 13 (Monday) at the Near Northwest Neighborhood Community Center. 

Mechtenberg has new role with ND Energy in international sustainable development

November 08, 2017 • Categories: News

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The Center for Sustainable Energy at Notre Dame (ND Energy) has taken another leap toward broadening its presence internationally and in particular with Low to Middle Income Countries (LMICs). Abigail Mechtenberg

Notre Dame physics well-represented at DNP 2017

November 02, 2017 • Categories: News

Notre Dame Physics was well-represented at the DNP 2017, which is the fall meeting of the Division of Nuclear Physics of the American Physical Society. Many physics majors, graduate students, postdoctoral researchers, and faculty members attended, as did multiple 2017 ND-REU participants from other universities. Prof. Anna Simon and Dr. Patrick O'Malley, postdoctoral research associate, acted as session chairs. Just a few of the attendees are pictured here.…

Theoretical physics professor wins NSF grant in computational neuroscience

October 27, 2017 • Categories: News

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Zoltan Toroczkai, professor of theoretical physics, recently received an international collaborative grant from the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) Division of Intelligent Information Systems for research on brain neuronal networks. The project is aimed at discovering the fundamental principles of connectivity in the neuronal network of the neocortex and it is in collaboration with Henry Kennedy from the Stem-cell and Brain Research Institute in Lyon, France, with Toroczkai, as the lead principal investigator.

Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship students thankful for new experiences

October 24, 2017 • Categories: News

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From studying Fragile X Syndrome to understanding algorithms for artificial intelligence, 47 students participated in a summer’s worth of research, thanks to the College of Science Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowships (SURF).

Astrophysics graduate students witness first-ever detected neutron star collision

October 19, 2017 • Categories: News

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Third-year physics graduate students Kaitlin Rasmussen and Devin Whitten were settling into their observation work in August on the 2.5-meter Irénée du Pont Telescope atop a rocky mountain in Las Campanas, Chile, scouring for a type of star enhanced by a set of reactions called the rapid-neutron capture process, or r-process. What they witnessed instead is being described as one of the most significant discoveries in astrophysics.

Physics professor elected into Academy of Europe

October 17, 2017 • Categories: News

Michael Wiescher, the Freimann Professor of Nuclear Physics and the director of the Nuclear Science Laboratory, has been elected into the Academia Europaea, the Academy of Europe, for a lifetime of outstanding achievements.

 

Dobrowolksa-Furdyna receives Distinguished Achievement Award from South Bend Alumni Association

October 12, 2017 • Categories: News

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Margaret Dobrowolska-Furdyna, the associate dean for undergraduate studies in the College of Science, has won the Distinguished Achievement Award from the South Bend Alumni Association for her role in organizing the Ace for Science tennis tournament. From 2014 through 2016, Dobrowolska-Furdyna organized an annual tennis tournament for charity to raise funds for science programs in local South Bend schools.

Sifting through stardust

October 11, 2017 • Categories: News

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Galactic archaeology digs into the origins of the universe.

High-Energy Physics Group awarded $1.2 million from DOE

October 10, 2017 • Categories: News

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University of Notre Dame physicists and their colleagues have been awarded $1.2 million over four years from the United States Department of Energy to develop radiation-resistant optical devices that can be used in a wide variety of scientific and technical applications, including experiments at the world’s largest particle accelerator, located in Geneva, Switzerland.

Matta's Ph.D. thesis published by Springer Theses

October 04, 2017 • Categories: News

The Ph. D. thesis of Dr. James Matta, titled "Exotic Nuclear Excitations: The Transverse Wobbling Mode in 135Pr" has been published as a book by the well-known science publisher Springer under the "Springer Theses" series. 

Physics professor awarded NSF grant to develop an ion trapping apparatus

September 29, 2017 • Categories: News

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Physicist Maxime Brodeur received a Major Research Instrumentation (MRI) grant from the National Science Foundation to conduct research on the Standard Model of physics at the University of Notre Dame’s Nuclear Science Laboratory.

Physics majors receive early induction to Phi Beta Kappa

September 22, 2017 • Categories: News

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This week, Notre Dame's chapter of the Phi Beta Kappa national honor society inducted its first class ever of students chosen for early admission based on the strength of their academic record through their junior year. Phi Beta Kappa was the nation's first honor society, formed in 1776 to promote and advocate excellence in the liberal arts and sciences. It remains the most prestigious of American honor societies, with 286 chapters across the nation. It can claim 17 presidents and 136 Nobel laureates among its members.…

25 years at CERN yields answers...and more questions

September 14, 2017 • Categories: News

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Twenty-five years. That's how long Notre Dame researchers have made valuable contributions on an experiment being conducted at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) in Geneva, Switzerland. They helped discover a famous particle, but research continues as they seek to discover exactly how the universe operates.

Physics REU students cap off summer with diverse presentations

September 13, 2017 • Categories: News

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Twenty-seven of the 32 students who participated in the Physics Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program capped off their summer with final presentations at the end of July, sharing results of their work on topics as wide-ranging as forgery and supernovae explosions.

A one-of-a-kind star found to change over decades

September 13, 2017 • Categories: News

The new evidence lends support to an existing theory of how the unusual star emits energy.

Eclipse event at ND a huge success

August 22, 2017 • Categories: News

The viewing event held on the south lawn of Jordan Hall of Science during the Great American Solar Eclipse was a resounding success. It is estimated that nearly 3,000 people visited the event to look at the sun through the telescope and to receive free eclipse glasses. It was standing-room only for the talk of Prof. Grant Mathews as well. Special thanks goes to all of the volunteers--faculty, students, staff, and friends--who helped to keep the crowd moving.…

Two physics faculty members among 6 awarded inaugural Greater China Collaboration Grants

August 21, 2017 • Categories: News

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Faculty based in the Colleges of Science, Engineering, and Business have been awarded grants for the research projects during the 2017-18 academic year. Notre Dame International is building, sustaining, and encouraging academic and research collaboration with leading universities in the Greater China region, including mainland China, Hong Kong, and Taiwan. 

 

 

Notre Dame researchers recognized for part in award-winning study

August 17, 2017 • Categories: News

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The National Nuclear Security Administration's Office of International Nuclear Safeguards presented this year's Joule Award "in recognition of outstanding contributions made for transferring: 19F(α,n) Na Cross Section for Uranium Enrichment to international partners." The Versatile Array of Neutron Detectors at Low Energy, also known as VANDLE, array of plastic scintillators, developed with Stewardship Science Academic Alliances funds, was critical to the success of this project.

Solar eclipse viewing events to begin at noon Aug. 21

August 17, 2017 • Categories: News

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Join the College of Science and the Department of Physics at the sundial in front of Jordan Hall of Science at noon Monday, August 21, where telescoped projections will be available and volunteers will be handing out a limited supply of free eclipse glasses on a first-come, first-served basis.

High Energy Physics Group secures NSF award

August 07, 2017 • Categories: News

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Notre Dame’s High Energy Elementary Particle Physics Group has been awarded $980,000 from the National Science Foundation to continue research with the Compact Muon Solenoid (CMS) detector at the world’s largest particle collider. 

Radiation Laboratory researchers unveil neutral radicals in new process

August 02, 2017 • Categories: News

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Researchers at the Notre Dame Radiation Laboratory have devised a process to detect neutral radicals, which if more thoroughly understood can be used to improve radiotherapy to kill cancer cells or advance the manufacture of semiconductor chips, among other applications.

In memoriam: Prof. William Shephard

August 01, 2017 • Categories: News

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Emeritus Professor Bill Shephard passed away Friday, July 28. Prof. Shephard joined Notre Dame's Department of Physics in 1963. With Prof. Paul Kenney, Bill founded the High Energy Physics program. He was an active experimentalist who worked on a number of projects at Fermilab and Brookhaven throughout his career. Bill was well known as a conscientious teacher, both as a mentor of graduate students and in the classroom.…

Get ready for the great American eclipse

July 27, 2017 • Categories: News

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Join Keith Davis, Ph.D., inside the Digital Visualization Theater to prepare for the Great American Eclipse! On August 21, 2017, the shadow of the moon will draw a path across the continental United States, from Oregon to South Carolina. See a simulation of the eclipse in Notre Dame's unique 50-foot planetarium and digital theater. Learn about historically interesting eclipses and how the moon's place in the solar system makes these events so spectacular. Discover how to view the eclipse safely, and receive free eclipse viewing glasses.The event is free, but tickets are required. Tickets are available at www.nduniverse.org/upcoming-talks/