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Dean's Climate and Diversity Award

Dean's Climate and Diversity Award

The Eberly College of Science Climate and Diversity Committee has announced the 2011 Dean's Climate and Diversity Awards, and Ashley DaSilva and our Physics SPS (Society of Physics Students) chapter have been been recognized.

2012 Eklund Memorial Lecturership winners

2012 Eklund Memorial Lecturership winners

Colin Campbell and Duming Zhang have been selected as the Peter Eklund Memorial Lecturership speakers for 2012. Their public lectures will take place in early 2012 during departmental colloquium.

AAAS Fellows

AAAS Fellows

Congratulations to Jainendra Jain, Mauricio Terrones and Steven Schiff on being elected Fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science! They join 6 other faculty who have received this honor in the past.

Faculty Search

Faculty Search

The Department of Physics at The Pennsylvania State University (University Park campus) invites applications for faculty appointments to start in Fall 2012.

Co-op Student of the Year Award

Co-op Student of the Year Award

Zachary Robinson of Mechanicsburg, PA, has been selected as the recipient of the 2011 Co-op Student of the Year Award, sponsored by the Penn State University Eberly College of Science.

Atomic clock with best long term accuracy

Atomic clock with best long term accuracy

The world’s most accurate clock is now a cesium fountain clock in England. A collaboration between the Krzysztof Szymaniec at the National Physical Laboratory and Kurt Gibble’s group at Penn State has improved it’s accuracy by nearly a factor of 2, to 2.3 parts in 10^16 – better than a second in 140 million years. Their advances are being applied to other clocks around the world to substantially improve International Atomic Time.

Samarth appointed Head of the Physics Department

Samarth appointed Head of the Physics Department

Nitin Samarth, a professor of physics at Penn State, has been appointed as the George A. and Margaret M. Downsbrough Head of the Department of Physics. He had served as associate head of the department since 2007.

Jayanth appointed Dean at the University of Maryland

Jayanth appointed Dean at the University of Maryland

Our congratulations to Jayanth Banavar on being appointed Dean of the new College of Computer, Mathematical and Natural Sciences at the University of Maryland!

Whence neutrinos?

Whence neutrinos?

Astrophysical gamma-ray burst sources are blindingly bright in gamma-rays, during the tens of seconds that they are on, and they also are expected to produce significant amounts of high energy neutrinos. A cubic kilometer detector built under the ice at the South Pole has been looking for these - and sees fewer than expected. Thus, theoreticians need to readjust their thinking on how these sources really work.

SPS wins award for Outreach

SPS wins award for Outreach

Our PSU Society of Physics Students (SPS) chapter was notified that they're one of five chapters across the country who've been honored with a 'Blake Lilley' Awards for outreach to young people from the national SPS organization.

Gerhard Barsch

Gerhard Barsch

Gerhard R. Barsch, Emeritus Professor of Physics and of the Materials Research Institute, died yesterday at the Foxdale Retirement Community.

Norm retires

Norm retires

Norman Freed, professor of physics and associate dean of the Eberly College of Science at Penn State University, will retire after 46 years of service to the University.

Peter Eklund Lecturing Awards

Peter Eklund Lecturing Awards

The inaugural Peter Eklund Lecturing Awards and talks were given on Thursday April 7th 2011. This lecture series, named in honor of our late colleague Peter Eklund consists of talks given by senior Physics graduate students who are “…selected in a competition on the basis of their excellence in research and their ability to present a public lecture concerning their research.”

Associate Dean for Educational Equity

Associate Dean for Educational Equity

Dr. Ron Redwing, a senior lecturer in Physics and long-term colleague in the Physics Department was named as the new Associate Dean for Educational Equity in the PSU College of Earth and Mineral Sciences.

Antimatter worth the weight (Leonard Eun and Steve Heppelmann)

Antimatter worth the weight (Leonard Eun and Steve Heppelmann)

The alpha-particle, the helium nucleus consisting of two protons and two neutrons, was identified a century ago by Ernest Rutherford. Its antimatter counterpart of two antiprotons and two antineutrons has now been detected by the Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider at Brookhaven National Laboratory in Upton, New York.

Gravity Foundation prize

Gravity Foundation prize

Ivan Agullo, a postdoc of Abhay Ashtekar, has won the first prize of the 2011 Gravity Foundation, for a paper entitled "Stimulated Creation of Quanta during Inflation and the Observable Universe" written jointly with Leonard Parker (Univ. of Wisconsin-Milwaukee).

Evans Award, SPS Outstanding Student Award

Evans Award, SPS Outstanding Student Award

Ms. Lena Bradley won several majors awards in Spring 2011, one from the Schreyer Honors College (SHC) and another from the National Society of Physics Students (SPS).

Director of Academic Affairs

Director of Academic Affairs

Penn State Mont Alto announces the appointment of Dr. Michael Doncheski, professor of physics, to the position of Director of Academic Affairs (DAA).

Graduate Teaching Awards

Graduate Teaching Awards

The Department of Physics presented Graduate Teaching Awards this Spring to three Physics graduate students.

David Bohm Undergraduate Physics Major Award

David Bohm Undergraduate Physics Major Award

Mr. Jason Bartell was the first ever recipient of the newly announced ‘David Bohm Undergraduate Physics Major Award’ presented at a Spring 2011 colloquium.

President's Award for Engagement with Students

President's Award for Engagement with Students

Richard Robinett has been selected to receive the President's Award for Engagement with Students.

2011 Sigma Pi Sigma induction ceremony

2011 Sigma Pi Sigma induction ceremony

The 2011 Sigma Pi Sigma induction ceremony was held on Monday, April 11th 2011 at the Hotel Atherton.

SPS at Exploration Day

SPS at Exploration Day

As part of Penn State SPS, one of the largest events we participate in each year is the Eberly College of Science’s Exploration Day. This is a day for local families to come and learn about a variety of science topics.

Faculty Scholar Medal

Faculty Scholar Medal

Martin Bojowald has received Penn State's 2011 Faculty Scholar Medal for Outstanding Achievement in the Physical Sciences. He is recognized for his foundational work on loop quantum cosmology, thereby including quantum corrections to general relativity which can resolve the big bang singularity.

Journal of Materials Research

Journal of Materials Research

Mauricio Terrones has been appointed as one of Principal Editors of the Journal of Materials Research.

Alumni Association Dissertation Award

Alumni Association Dissertation Award

Edward Wilson-Ewing has been selected for a Penn State Alumni Association Dissertation Award.

Erasmus Mundus Lectures

Erasmus Mundus Lectures

Jerry Mahan has been selected to give the Erasmus Mundus Lectures on Nanoscience and Nanotechnology organized by the partner universities K.U.Leuven, TU Delft, TU Dresden, Chalmers University and the Universite Jean Fourrier Grenoble. His lecture, to be broadcast from Chalmers, will be on Nanoscale Thermal Transport.