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Fluid dynamics may play key role in evolution of cooperation

May 23, 2018 • Categories: News

In a new study, physicists at the University of Notre Dame examined how the mechanical properties of an environment may shape the social evolution of microbial populations.

Senior Science students honored at Dean's Awards Luncheon

May 23, 2018 • Categories: News

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On Friday, May 18, 2018, more than 50 seniors were honored during The Dean’s Awards luncheon held in the Jordan Hall of Science Galleria.

Staff celebrate 25 years of service at Notre Dame

May 22, 2018 • Categories: News

On Monday, May 21, three Department of Physics staff members were honored at the Service Recognition and Presidential Awards Dinner. Notre Dame staff reaching service milestones of at least ten years celebrate with their supervisors and various administration including Fr. John Jenkins, President, John Affleck Graves, Executive Vice President, and Bob McQuade, Vice President for Human Resources, and members of the President's Leadership Council.…

All are welcome to attend the 2018 STEM event during Reunion week

May 16, 2018 • Categories: News


The College of Engineering, College of Science, and Notre Dame Research are jointly celebrating the Alumni Association’s Annual Reunion with an event on Friday, June 1, 2018. The festivities will be held in the new McCourtney Hall and will feature fun STEM themed food, drinks, and participatory activities.  

Sensharma selected for LASER program

May 10, 2018 • Categories: News

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Nirupama Sensharma has been selected to be in the Leadership Advancing Socially Engaged Research (LASER) program for academic year 2018-19. LASER

Garg receives 2018 Faculty Award

May 08, 2018 • Categories: News

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The Notre Dame Faculty Award for 2018 has been bestowed upon Prof. Umesh Garg. This well-deserved honor marks the first recipient of this award from the Department of Physics. Garg joined Notre Dame in 1982, and is an experimental nuclear physicist. His research interests include experimental investigation of compressional-mode giant resonances and exotic quantal rotation in nuclei. Garg, a fellow of the American Physical Society, has been the recipient of multiple university and research awards during his career, and has served on a lengthy list of committees. He has been the Director of the NSF-sponsored Research Experience for Undergraduate (REU) program in Physics since 2000.…

Memories of a young Stephen Hawking

May 07, 2018 • Categories: News

Brief memories of a young Stephen Hawking
By H. Gordon Berry, professor emeritus, physics

I first met Stephen Hawking during the final experimental part of the entrance exam to University College, Oxford in March 1959. Only students who had done well on the written part took the experimental part.

The experiment involved dropping ball bearings of different diameters down a long glass tube filled with oil, timing them as a function of the distance as they fell. I suppose we then graphed the variables to see if the balls obeyed Stokes’ law. Lots of “professors” came around inundating two of us with questions: myself and a fellow at the next lab table. I later discovered that he was Stephen Hawking.…

Crepp receives National Guard’s Patriot Award

May 07, 2018 • Categories: News

Crepp Patriot Award

Prof. Justin Crepp, Department of Physics, has been recognized with a Patriot Award from the National Guard of the United States. He was nominated by Randy Hamper, a staff engineer within Notre Dame’s Engineering and Design Core Facility (EDCF), which is overseen by Prof. Crepp. The award is given in honor of the support provided to a service member and his or her family.…

Physics graduate students receive 2018 Center for Research Computing (CRC) Award for Computational Sciences and Visualization

May 04, 2018 • Categories: News

The Department of Physics is proud to announce that two graduate students have been recognized with a 2018 Center for Research Computing (CRC) Award for Computational Sciences and Visualization, James Kapaldo and Anna McCoy. This award recognizes outstanding contributions in the areas of computational sciences and visualization. Such contributions may include, but are not limited to: 1) applications of high performance computation and/or visualization technology; 2) development of algorithms, codes, software environments or other tools for better using high performance computing and/or visualization.

2018 Research & Dissertation Awards announced

May 02, 2018 • Categories: News

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Each year, the department recognizes a PhD student with the Research & Dissertation Award. In 2018, there are two recipients.

Edward Lamere is being recognized for his thesis "Proton induced reactions on molybdenum: Implications for medical 99mTc production", under the direction of Prof. Manoel Couder

Physics graduate students receive 2018 Kaneb Center Awards

May 01, 2018 • Categories: News

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Physics graduate students Sarah Dietz, Kevin Howard, and Trevor Sprouse are the recipients of the 2018 Outstanding Graduate Student Teaching Award. This award was created in 1999 to recognize graduate student instructors and TAs who demonstrate commitment to exceptional teaching in lectures, seminars, labs, and across the academic profession. The Graduate School and the Kaneb Center for Teaching and Learning present the award annually to TAs that are nominated by their departments. There were fourteen awards given to TAs in the College of Science. The award consists of a certificate from the Kaneb Center and Graduate School, a letter documenting the award for the graduate student’s file, a $100 honorarium, and an invitation to a formal dinner hosted by the Kaneb Center and the Graduate School held in April.…