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Physicist Tsai, a high energy theorist, joins Notre Dame faculty

August 07, 2020 • Categories: News

Yuhsin Tsai, a high energy theorist, is joining the faculty this month in the University of Notre Dame’s Department of Physics.

Notre Dame nuclear physics professors receive $8.1M grant from NSF

July 20, 2020 • Categories: News


A team of Notre Dame nuclear physics professors was recently awarded a three-year $8.1M grant from the National Science Foundation to continue operation of the Nuclear Science Laboratory (NSL) and to continue their research in nuclear physics. The team consists of Profs. Dan Bardayan, Tan Ahn, Ani Aprahamian, Max Brodeur, Philippe Collon, Manoel Couder, Umesh Garg, Anna Simon, and Michael Wiescher. A particular focus of this proposal entitled "Nuclear Physics at the Notre Dame Nuclear Science Laboratory Providing a Window on the Universe" is the study of nuclei and nuclear reactions that are critical for interpreting observations of multi-messengers in astrophysics.  These messengers provide windows on the Universe and elucidate nuclear astrophysics processes occurring throughout.

General and Physics GRE scores not required for 2020/21 academic year graduate school applicants

July 15, 2020 • Categories: News

General and subject specific (physics) GRE tests will not be required for graduate student applications for the 2020/21 academic year. This decision was made in light of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, and the associated difficulties taking these test, in particular for international applicants.

The department will also review possible permanent changes to the GRE requirements. Recently, the value of the subject GRE test has been called into questions, and many programs have dropped the requirement altogether (see for example the recent article in Physics Today

Aprahamian appointed to JINR Scientific Council

July 06, 2020 • Categories: News

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The Committee of Plenipotentiaries of the Governments of the Member States of the Joint Institute for Nuclear Research (JINR) has appointed Freimann Professor of Physics Ani Aprahamian as a new member of the JINR Scientific Council. Her appointment runs through the end of its mandate in March 2023.…

Gear treated with ‘forever chemicals’ poses risk to firefighters

June 24, 2020 • Categories: News

Graham Peaslee’s team tested more than 30 samples of used and unused PPE from six specialty textile manufacturers in the United States and found them to be treated extensively with PFAS or constructed with fluoropolymers, a type of PFAS used to make textiles oil and water resistant.

Physics graduate student recognized with 2020 CRC Award for Computational Science and Visualization

June 15, 2020 • Categories: News

The Department of Physics is proud to announce that graduate student Trevor Sprouse has been recognized with a 2020 Center for Research Computing (CRC) Award for Computational Sciences and Visualization. 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.…

Physics doctoral student champions nuclear energy through startup company

June 15, 2020 • Categories: News

Nirupama Sensharma, who plans to graduate in 2021 with her doctoral degree in physics from the University of Notre Dame, is passionate about nuclear science and wants to make sure the public understands the benefits of deriving energy from nuclear power. Her message: Be not afraid.

Curliss awarded 2020 Hichwa Fellowship

May 26, 2020 • Categories: News

Physics major Maeve Curliss has been awarded the 2020 Hichwa Fellowship. Curliss is advised by Prof. Jeffrey Chilcote. She will be working on the upgrade to the Gemini Planet Imager. As part of the upgrade, GPI is having two of its near infrared cameras upgraded to C-RED2 cameras from First Light Imaging. The cameras are part of GPI's internal alignment and part of the active tracking of stars to enable them to be precisely blocked by the chronograph. Maeve's summer research entails figuring out how to operate the cameras, then testing their performance characteristics in a variety of operating conditions and to confirm that they will meet the needs of the project. She will use this to understand and recommend the best way to operate them once integrated with GPI.…

2020 Undergraduate awards announced

May 19, 2020 • Categories: News

2020 Outstanding Senior Physics Major Award

The Outstanding Senior Physics Major award is given in recognition of academic performance, contributions to the major, and potential for future success.

2020 Outstanding Undergraduate Research Award…

College of Science faculty among those honored for undergraduate teaching and advising

May 19, 2020 • Categories: News

Twenty University of Notre Dame faculty members have received Rev. Edmund P. Joyce, C.S.C., Awards for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching, and three have been honored with Dockweiler Awards for Excellence in Undergraduate Advising.

Aprahamian appointed to Clark University Board of Trustees

May 06, 2020 • Categories: News

Freimann Professor of Physics Ani Aprhamian has been elected to serve on the Board of Trustees for Clark University. Aprahamian received her undergraduate degree from Clark in 1980. Aprahamian will serve a six year term starting July 1, 2020. Clark’s trustees draw on their expertise in the fields of business, law, and higher education to shape the policies that guide the University’s growth, enhance its reputation, and ensure its standing as a destination of choice for academically engaged students.…

2020 Outstanding Graduate Student Teaching Awards announced

April 21, 2020 • Categories: News

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Physics graduate students Saurabh Bansal (advised by Prof. Chris Kolda) and Orlando Gomez (advised by Prof. Anna Simon) are the recipients of 2020 Outstanding Graduate Student Teaching Awards from the Kaneb Center. 

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, and a $100 honorarium from the Kaneb Center.…

Aprahamian assisting Armenia in fight against COVID-19

April 10, 2020 • Categories: News

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Ani Aprahamian, Freimann Professor of Physics at the University of Notre Dame, is presently on leave in Armenia as a Fulbright Fellow, where she serves as the Director of Armenia's Alikhanyan National Laboratory in Yerevan. After successfully starting a program in nuclear medicine at the newly installed Cyclone-18 accelerator towards the production of radioisotopes with the local team, she has gone on to use the laboratory’s resources to fight the impact of COVID-19 in Armenia.…

Notre Dame commencement to be held online; on-campus celebration scheduled for spring 2021

March 30, 2020 • Categories: News

In a letter today to the Class of 2020, University of Notre Dame President Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., announced that the University Commencement Ceremony on May 17 will be held online rather than in Notre Dame Stadium.

Inside Higher ed article features Rasmussen's remote PhD defense

March 30, 2020 • Categories: News

Virtual Thesis Defense

Ph.D. students defending their dissertations must do so remotely right now. Could videoconference defenses become the new normal?…

Notre Dame elects Marie Lynn Miranda provost

March 19, 2020 • Categories: News

Marie Lynn Miranda, the former provost of Rice University and a distinguished scholar in the field of children’s environmental health, has been elected the Charles and Jill Fischer Provost of the University of Notre Dame by its Board of Trustees.

Notre Dame switches to online after canceling in-person classes

March 16, 2020 • Categories: News

In the face of the continuing threat of the novel coronavirus, and to mitigate its impact on campus, University of Notre Dame President Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., announced today a suspension of all in-person classes on campus beginning Monday, March 23, through at least Monday, April 13.

Research shows evidence of broken time-reversal symmetry in superconducting UPt3

March 09, 2020 • Categories: News

Researchers at the University of Notre Dame, in partnership with those at Northwestern University, are a step closer to understanding how superconductors can be improved for reliability in future quantum computers.

The team, led by by Morten Eskildsen, professor in the Department of Physics at Notre Dame

Vural publishes cover article with graduate student Uppal in the Journal of Evolutionary Biology

March 09, 2020 • Categories: News

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From subcellular structures to ecological communities, life is organized in compartments and modules specialized to perform only specific tasks, and not others. How does this division of labor come about, and what determines if species cooperate in a specialized or generalized fashion?

Physics graduate student Sam Potier a finalist in the annual Shaheen Three Minute Thesis competition

March 03, 2020 • Categories: News

Nine University of Notre Dame graduate students will compete for $4,500 in prize money during the annual Shaheen Three Minute Thesis (3MT) competition Thursday (March 5) at the Mendoza College of Business.

Physics faculty and students participate in the 2020 Stewardship Science Academic Programs Symposium

March 02, 2020 • Categories: News

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Freimann Professor Ani Aprahamian, Research Assistant Professor Khachatur Manukyan, and graduate students Stefania Dede, Ashabari Majumdar, Jordan Roach, and Jacob Galden participated in U.S. Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) 2020 Stewardship Science Academic Programs (SSAP) Symposium held February 26-27, 2020 in Washington, D.C. Aprahamian presented the progress of last year’s research activities of the “A Novel Technique for the Production of Robust Actinide Targets” grant funded by NNSA. Students presented their research results as poster presentations.  …

University of Notre Dame-developed home lead screening kits shown to be highly accurate

February 13, 2020 • Categories: News

An inexpensive lead sample collection kit distributed to homes in St. Joseph County is comparable in accuracy and sensitivity to more costly in-home analysis, according to research published this month in the Journal of Environmental Research.

Physics graduate student Nirupama Sensharma works to create nuclear energy awareness

February 10, 2020 • Categories: News

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Nuclear Energy - The Better Energy is an initiative to promote knowledge and awareness about the peaceful uses of nuclear energy. Physics PhD student Nirupama Sensharma’s vision in developing 'Nuclear Energy - The Better Energy' is to bridge the gap between her research as a nuclear scientist and her responsibilities towards society. She says that spreading awareness is the only way to counter the fear and stigma associated with nuclear energy. In the present age of technology, society is constantly evolving and moving towards advancement. To fight the current climate crisis, Sensharma explains that there is a need to reduce carbon emissions and find a way to progress using sustainable resources. She believes that embracing nuclear energy is the step that will take society closer to a safer environment.…

Notre Dame physicists see nuclear wobbling in one isotope of gold

February 06, 2020 • Categories: News

University of Notre Dame researchers and collaborators recently discovered that some nuclei wobble on their intermediate axes. Their research, “Longitudinal Wobbling Motion in 187Au,” was published in January 2020 in the premier physics journal, Physical Review Letters.

Quantum Interest: Notre Dame restores forgotten letters of scholars’ physics debates

February 04, 2020 • Categories: News

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Sometimes what seems like a random bit of trivia turns into much more. As a student of history and philosophy of scienceSebastián Murgueitio Ramírez

Notre Dame announces the Center for Network and Data Science

January 29, 2020 • Categories: News

At the University of Notre Dame, the Center for Network and Data Science (CNDS) – formerly known as the Interdisciplinary Center for Network Science and Applications (iCeNSA) – brings together faculty and other researchers to generate fundamental transformative advances in artificial intelligence (AI), data science, and network science with interdisciplinary applications in biological sciences, neuroscience, molecular synthesis, health and wellbeing, network science, foundations of computing, physical and transportation systems, and social systems. 

Aprahamian gives invited talks in January

January 28, 2020 • Categories: News

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Freimann Professor of Physics Ani Aprahamian gave two invited talks in January. One talk was hosted by the National Association for Armenian Studies and Research, the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation Lecture Series on Contemporary Armenian Issues, and the Ararat-Eskijian Museum. At this event, Prof. Aprahamian talked about Science, Technology and Education in Armenia

Undergrads invited to apply for summer research fellowships with NDnano

January 14, 2020 • Categories: News

Hita Nurf 2019In summer 2019, Notre Dame student Federico Hita Martinez worked in Professor David Go’s lab on the generation of plasma activated water (PAW) using mechanical actuation of piezoelectric crystals.

Applications are now being accepted for the summer 2020 NDnano Undergraduate Research Fellowship (NURF

Bardayan profiled as DOE Early Career Award Winner

January 13, 2020 • Categories: News

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Prof. Daniel Bardayan was recently featured on the Department of Energy's Office of Science website as a 2010 Early Career Award winner. Read more at

Staff recognized with S.T.A.R. awards

January 08, 2020 • Categories: News

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The Special Thanks and Recognition (STAR) Program was created to recognize staff members in the College of Science in four categories: beyond excellence, creativity & innovation, customer-focused mindset & positive attitude, and teamwork & collaboration. Nominations can be submitted by faculty, staff, or students across the University. Visit the web page for more information about the program.…