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When one imagines a room full of physicists in training, the image that comes to mind is perhaps not a group of students sitting around playing with Legos. But that is precisely the metaphor used by Kurt Wick to describe his classes in the Methods of Experimental Physics. The students do not play with actual interlocking colored bricks, but rather bits of computer systems that might fit together in larger experiments.


Scarlata receives Taylor Research Award

Claudia Scarlata

Associate Professor Claudia Scarlata won the College of Science and Engineering George W. Taylor Distinguished Research Award. The award comes with $3,000 to be used in Scarlata's research in astrophysics. The Distinguished Research Award recognizes younger faculty members who have shown outstanding ability in research. More »

Pribiag Named McKnight Land-Grant Professor

Vlad Pribiag

Vlad Pribiag was named a 2019 McKnight Land-Grant Professor. The program is designed to advance the careers of new assistant professors at a crucial point in their professional lives. Pribiag's research is in novel low-dimensional quantum materials and devices for information processing. This research investigates new materials, aimed at transcending the limitations of traditional semi-conductor computers. More »

Gherghetta receives Simons Fellowship

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Professor Tony Gherghetta received the 2019 Simons Fellowship. The Simons Fellows program extends academic leaves from one term to a full year, enabling recipients to focus solely on research for the long periods often necessary for significant advances. Gherghetta is a theoretical physicist specializing in physics beyond the standard model. More »

Mandic receives Distinguished McKnight Professorship


Professor Vuk Mandic of the School of Physics and Astronomy has been selected as a 2019 Distinguished McKnight University Professor. The award recognizes Mandic's research in the field of experimental cosmology and astrophysics. Mandic will receive a grant of $120,000 to be used over a five year period. More »

Knauber wins Ovshinsky Award


Brenda Knauber, a physics Ph.D. candidate in Professor James Kakalios’s research group, has been selected for an Ovshinsky Student Travel Award to present her research at the 2019 March American Physical Society’s (APS) Meeting in Boston, Massachusetts. More »


Wednesday, April 24th
1:25 pm:
Role of Orbital Physics in Iron Chalcogenide Superconductors —
Ming Yi, Rice University
3:35 pm:
Reactor Neutrino Physics from the PROSPECT Experiment —
Chris White, Higgs Centre for Theoretical Physics, University of Edinburgh
Thursday, April 25th
10:10 am:
Biophysics Seminar in 120 PAN
Progress Report: Axial Super-Resolution with Two-Photon Microscopy —
Siddarth Karuka, PhD student in Jochen Mueller’s lab, School of Physics and Astronomy
12:10 pm:
Trevor Knuth and Evan Skillman
3:35 pm:
Physics and Astronomy Colloquium in Physics Tate B50
Neutron stars come of age —
Sanjay Reddy, University of Washington
Friday, April 26th
11:00 am:
Nuclear Physics Seminar in Physics Tate 301-20
“Hunting for dark matter with neutron stars” —
Sanjay Reddy, University of Washington
12:20 pm:
Signatures of Superconducting Fluctuations on the Nonlinear Susceptibility of Layered Superconductors —
Fei Chen
12:30 pm:
Entropy Bounds on Effective Field Theory from Rotating Dyonic Black Holes —
Grant Remmen (UC Berkeley)
2:30 pm:
There will be no colloquium today
3:35 pm:
Republic of Venus: Shopping for Venereal Cures in Early Modern London —
Olivia Weisser, History - University of Massachusetts
Refreshments served at 3:15 p.m.
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