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Graduate Women in Physics (GWiP) Launch New Mentoring Program

The Graduate Women in Physics (GWiP) is sponsoring a new Mentoring Program for undergraduate and graduate students and post-doctoral researchers.

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New Department Website to go live on Monday October 24!

The much anticipated new Department of Physics website will go live on Monday October 24, 2011. You can take a sneak peak by going to http://physics.osu.edu. This new website was made possible through collaboration with the Office of Communications in the College of Arts and Sciences. Hopefully...[More]


Professor Chris Hill featured in OnCampus this week

Open to page three of the October 6, 2011 edition of OnCampus, the weekly OSU Faculty and Staff Newspaper and you will find our own Chris Hill featured in the "Ask the Expert" column. Chris answers questions about the OPERA (Oscillation Project with Emulsion tRacking Apparatus). If you...[More]


Festival of Physics at COSI

Did you know we live in a "weird" quantum world where a particle can be in two places at the same time? This is even more magical than Harry Potter! Learn more about it at the Festival of Physics "My Quantum Mom", October 15, 16 at COSI (Center of Science...[More]


Welcome back students!

Summer break has ended. Classes have begun. Welcome to all of our returning students and the 45 new graduate students, 21 incoming Engineering Physics majors, 53 incoming Arts and Sciences Physics majors, and the hundreds of other students studying physics.

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Team Physics Rides to Cure Cancer

It's not too late to support Team Physics and Peletonia 2011!

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Dongping Zhong's research published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences

ONE TINY ELECTRON COULD BE KEY TO FUTURE DRUGS THAT REPAIR SUNBURN - excerpt from article by Pam Frost Gorder- Researchers who have been working for nearly a decade to piece together the process by which an enzyme repairs sun-damaged DNA have finally witnessed the entire process in full detail...[More]


Fun with Physics at Ohio State Fair

Students and staff in the Department of Physics at Ohio State love science, and are sharing that joy with visitors at the Ohio State Fair "Fun with Physics" booth. There are cool hands-on demos—like a bed of nails!—and 20-minute shows. This booth has been a fixture at the...[More]


Panel discussion Friday in Smith Seminar Room: What can I do with a PhD?

The Center for Emergent Materials is hosting a "What can I do with a PhD?" panel discussion on Friday, July 22, 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM in 1080 Physics Research Building, the Smith Seminar Room. We hope you can attend this event!

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2011 GRASP Summer Camp

The 4th Annual Girls Reaching to Achieve in Sports and Physics (GRASP) Summer Camp was held June 13-17 and June 20-24, 2011. GRASP was created in 2008 and is hosted by the OSU Department of Physics Undergraduate Studies Office and the Society of Women in Physics in coordination with...[More]


4th Annual GRASP Summer Camp Is In Session

Have you noticed that the PRB has been filled with excitement this week? The 4th annual Girls Reaching to Achieve in Sports and Physics (GRASP) Summer Camp is scheduled for June 13-17; June 20-24, 2011. This camp was created in 2008 and is hosted by the Physics Undergraduate Studies...[More]


Dept. of Physics graduates record number of Physics and Engineering Physics Majors this academic year

Pictured are Dr. Richard Hughes, Vice Chair for Undergraduate Studies, with 2011 Physics Alumni Award winners, Tyler Merz (middle) and Jake Connors (right). Both Jake and Tyler are graduating in June.

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Physics Picnic includes announcement of University Distinguished Staff Award

The annual Dept of Physics picnic was a great success. Thanks go to Kent Ludwig and his crew of grillers and all of the staff and students who helped set up, tear down and enjoy the food and fellowship. In addition to the many awards given to students...[More]


Physics Department Picnic - May 26 11:00 am

The Annual Physics Department Picnic is scheduled for May 26 at 11:00 am in the PRB patio and adjoining lawn area. Food will be provided by Weillands - hot dogs, brats, burgers and the like as well as plenty of veggie options. CD 101's Ice Cream truck will...[More]


Greg Vieira receives OSU Presidential Fellowship

Congratulations to graduate student Greg Vieira, with Professor Soory's group, who has received an OSU Graduate School Presidential Fellowship. This prestigious fellowship recognizes outstanding scholarship and research ability and provides recipients with the opportunity to devote full time to their dissertation research. The scholarship is for 1 year and...[More]


Woodruff Avenue to be closed May 23 -- Autumn

As part of the One University Framework Plan, vehicular traffic on Woodruff Avenue will be closed starting today through November. This project includes full replacement of the roadway, sidewalk and associated utilities with the goal to enhance the pedestrian environment & promote pedestrian safety, simplify roadway alignment, upgrade the...[More]


Adam Ahmed honored with inaugural College of Arts and Sciences Outstanding Graduate Associate Teaching Award

Physics graduate student, Adam Ahmed, is the first recipient of the College of Arts and Sciences Outstanding Graduate Associate Teaching Award. This award is completely administered by undergraduate students in the College of Arts and Sciences. Members of the College of Arts and Sciences Student Council reviewed submitted...[More]


Quark-Gluon Plasma identified as the most perfect liquid of all

In an article just published by Physical Review Letters, a group of theorists involving members of Prof. Heinz's team at OSU showed that the quark-gluon plasma (QGP) created in high energy heavy-ion collisions at the Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider (RHIC) at Brookhaven National Laboratory and the Large Hadron Collider...[More]


Pike Elected APS Student Member-At-Large

Congratulations to Physics Graduate Student Council member Nicholas Pike who was recently elected as a Student Member At-Large to the Ohio Region of the American Physical Society (APS). For more information on the Ohio Section of APS, please visit http://www.aps.org/units/osaps/.

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2011 Smith Lecture: "The World as Hologram"

The 2011 Smith Lecture in Physics will be presented by Dr. Leonard Susskind, Felix Bloch Professor of Physics, Stanford University, on Tuesday, May 3 2011 at 8:00 PM in 131 Hitchcock Hall.

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Researchers Advance Toward Hybrid Spintronic Computer Chips

Researchers in the department of Physics at OSU have created the first electronic circuit to merge traditional inorganic semiconductors with organic "spintronics" - devices that utilize the spin of electrons to read, write and manipulate data. Ezekiel Johnston-Halperin, assistant professor of physics, and his team combined an inorganic semiconductor with...[More]


NSF Graduate Research Fellowships awarded to Physics Undergraduate Majors

The Department of Physics is pleased to report that Jake Connors, Li-Wei Hung, Tyler Merz and Michael Roe, current and former Undergraduate Physics/Engineering Physics Majors have been awarded NSF Graduate Research Fellowships. In addition, Thomas Henighan (2010 graduate) received honorable mention. The program recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students...[More]


Szafruga and Teeling win NSF Graduate Research Fellowships

Congratulations to 2nd year graduate students Urszula Szafruga (working with Prof. Lou DiMauro) and Richelle Teeling (working with Prof. Chris Hammel), who each won a prestigious 2011 National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship. Congratulations also to Andrea Albert (a 2nd year student working with Profs. Brian Winer and Richard Hughes)...[More]


Honscheid selected to NSF/DOE High Energy Physics Advisory Panel

Klaus Honscheid, Professor of Physics, has been chosen to serve a three year term on the High Energy Physics Advisory Panel (HEPAP) of the National Science Foundation and the U.S. Department of Energy. HEPAP has advised the Federal Government on the national program in experimental and theoretical high energy physics...[More]


Professor Junko Shigemitsu honored with OSU 2011 Distinguished Scholar Award

On February 15, in a surprise visit from President E. Gordon Gee, Divisional Dean Peter March, Sr. Associate Vice President for Research Jan Weisenberger, Chair Jim Beatty and colleagues in Physics, Junko Shigemitsu was notified that she was the recipient of the 2011 Distinguished Scholar Award.

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A double whammy of X-rays

American Physical Society highlights DiMauro group's recent Physical Review Letters paper.

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Team Including OSU Astrophysicists Receive Rossi Prize

Story here.

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Engineering Physics Major Tyler Merz Named Churchill Scholar

OSU Engineering Physics major Tyler Merz has been named a 2011 Churchill Scholar. Click here for more information.

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Donghun Lee's and Jay Gupta's paper accepted for publication in Science

Here's the link to the story that Pam Gorder here at OSU put together on their recent Science paper:

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DiMauro/Agostini group published in Nature Physics

Frequency up-conversion and the ability to manipulate light from the interaction of intense laser pulses with matter was first demonstrated in the early 1960's and has remained one of the most vigorously pursued sub-fields of modern optics with applications spanning basic research and technology. Dr. Anthony DiChiara and physics graduate...[More]


Song Receives APS Award

The American Physical Society announced at the 2010 Fall Meeting of its Division of Nuclear Physics in Santa Fe that it awarded the 2011 Dissertation Award in Nuclear Physics jointly to Drs. Huichao Song and Matthew Luzum. Dr. Song, a Ph.D. advisee of Professor Ulrich Heinz and winner of the...[More]


Fall 2010 meeting of the String Vacuum Project

The Fall 2010 meeting of the String Vacuum Project (SVP) will be held at The Ohio State University in Columbus from Nov. 5 - 8. The venue for all the talks will be the Physics Research Building located at 191 W. Woodruff Ave, Columbus, OH 43210.

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Anthony J. Leggett to Present Colloquium and ENCOMM Lecture

The Department of Physics & ENCOMM are hosting the 2003 Physics Nobel Prize Winner Professor Anthony J. Leggett. Professor Leggett has shaped the theoretical understanding of normal and superfluid helium liquids and other strongly coupled superfluids. He set directions for research in the quantum physics of macroscopic dissipative systems...[More]


Ho-hum to High Performance: Researchers 'Stretch' a Lackluster Material Into a Possible Electronics Revolution

Researchers at Cornell University, The Ohio State University, and Penn State University recently collaborated to transform an exotic material that normally has no electric or magnetic properties into one that has both at the same time. By doing so, they may have found a basis to form low-power, highly...[More]


Scientists achieve highest-resolution MRI of a magnet

In a development that holds potential for both data storage and biomedical imaging, Ohio State researchers have used a new technique to obtain the highest-ever resolution MRI scan of the inside of a magnet. Chris Hammel, Ohio Eminent Scholar in Experimental Physics, and his colleagues took a tiny magnetic disk...[More]


Researchers successfully test new alternative to traditional semiconductors

Researchers at Ohio State have demonstrated the first plastic computer memory device that utilizes the spin of electrons to read and write data. An alternative to traditional microelectronics, so-called "spintronics" could store more data in less space, process data faster, and consume less power. In the August 2010 issue of...[More]


Van Woerkom named new Honors & Scholars director

Linn D. Van Woerkom, a faculty member in the Department of Physics since 1992, has been named associate provost and director of the University Honors & Scholars Center, Provost Joseph A. Alutto has announced. Van Woerkom replaces Linda Harlow, who retired as director last week. In this new role, he...[More]


Researchers discover how key enzyme repairs sun-damaged DNA

Researchers have long known that humans lack a key enzyme -- one possessed by most of the animal kingdom and even plants -- that reverses severe sun damage. For the first time, researchers have witnessed how this enzyme works at the atomic level to repair sun-damaged DNA. The discovery holds...[More]


Henighan awarded Fulbright to University of Delft and then to join graduate school at Stanford

Congratulations to Thomas Henighan, who graduated with distinction earning a B.S degree as an Engineering Physics major this spring. Tom had a distinguished undergraduate career at Ohio State and was recognized by the department as the top Physics major in his graduating class. As a Fulbright scholar, Tom will join...[More]


Mooney Receives Fellowship

Congratulations to Alex Mooney, a graduate student who recently received an American Heart Association Predoctoral Fellowship. This two-year fellowship provides a stipend and fee waiver to support research. Mr. Mooney will work on a project entitled, "A study of the influence of histone core post translational modifications on...[More]


Kyle Wendt receives DOE Fellowship

Congratulations to Kyle Wendt, a graduate student working with Prof. Richard Furnstahl, who recently received a Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Science Graduate Fellowship. The DOE established this fellowship program to support outstanding students to pursue graduate training in basic research in areas of physics, biology, chemistry, mathematics,...[More]


2010 Heer and DeMartini Scholarship Winners

Congratulations to Adam Hauser and Inhee Lee, who received the Clifford Heer Scholarship, and Robert Forties, who received the David DeMartini Scholarship. These awards were announced at the spring picnic and are given in recognition of outstanding graduate student research and to support future professional development. Each student...[More]


2010 Clark Scholarship Winner

Congratulations to Emily Sistrunk, who received the Bunny and Thomas Clark Scholarship for Graduate Students. The award was announced at the annual physics spring picnic and recognizes outstanding research. Emily received an award certificate and a financial gift of $2000 to support travel and other research expenses. ...[More]


Caren Undergraduate Research Scholarship Awarded

Drs. Chris (BS '53, MS '54, PhD '61) and Linda Caren were honored at the physics picnic by Chair Jim Beatty to celebrate their generous gift establishing a summer undergraduate research scholarship. Jake Connors and Tom Byvank were selected by the Undergraduate Studies Committee as the first Caren Research Scholars. ...[More]


Denman 2010 Winners

Congratulations to the Physics winners in the Richard J. and Martha D. Denman Undergraduate Research Forum in the division of Mathematical and Physical Sciences!

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2010 Alpheus Smith Lecture

The 2010 Alpheus Smith Lecture will be presented by Prof. Daniel Kleppner, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, on Wednesday, May 19 at 8:00 PM in room 131 Hitchcock Hall. Professor Kleppner was awarded the 2005 Wolf Prize and 2006 National Medal of Science.

More information is here.

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Quantum mechanics reveals new details of deep Earth

Scientists have used quantum mechanics to reveal that the most common mineral on Earth is relatively uncommon deep within the planet. Using several of the largest supercomputers in the nation, a team of physicists led by Ohio State has been able to simulate the behavior of silica in a high-temperature,...[More]


Swanson awarded NSF Graduate Research Fellowship

Congratulations to Mason Swanson, a first year graduate student working with Prof. Nandini Trivedi, who recently received a prestigious National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship in the 2010 competition.

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BMPS Undergraduate Research Forum 2010 Best Poster awards

Congratulations to Physics major Michael Page for his poster: "Magnetic Force Microscopy of Magnetic Nanoparticles";

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John Wilkins elected 2010 Fellow of American Academy of Arts and Sciences

John W. Wilkins, Ohio Eminent Scholar and Professor of Physics is one of five Ohio State faculty among the 229 leaders in the sciences, the humanities and the arts, business, public affairs, and the nonprofit sector who have been elected members of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. The...[More]


Two Physics Majors Win Goldwater Scholarships

Congratulations to Jake Connors (left) and Tyler Merz (right) for winning 2010 Barry M. Goldwater Scholarships. Three Ohio State students were named winners on March 31, and two of them are Physics students.

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Please Support the 2010 Campus Campaign

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Rhodes back home

See an OSU News video clip of Physics alumna Jessica Hanzlik reporting from Oxford, England on the Rhodes Scholarship.

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Lin Ding Named to APS Outstanding Referee Program

Dr. Lin Ding, Postdoctoral Researcher in the Physics Education Research Group, is among the 157 Outstanding Referees of the Physical Review and Physical Review Letters journals, as chosen by the journal editors for 2010.

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2010 Physics Winter Party

The 2010 Physics Winter Party, " Winter Wonderland," will be held on Saturday, January 30 from 7 PM to 11 PM in the PRB Atrium. It is a family event featuring a 16 piece orchestra and movies in the SSR for the kids. Tickets are free and available until...[More]


3rd Annual Midwest Women in Physics Conference Hosted by The Ohio State University

The 3rd Annual Midwest Women in Physics Conference will be hosted by The Ohio State University Department of Physics January 15-17, 2010. The conference will bring together several successful female physicists and over 70 undergraduate women in physics to focus on the presence and scientific contributions of women in physics,...[More]


Aubrecht Elected AAAS Fellow

Congratulations to Gordon Aubrecht on his recent election to fellowship in the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).

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Two OSU Physics faculty named fellows of the APS

Congratulations to Brian Winer and Dongping Zhong who were recently named Fellows of the American Physical Society.

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First intense x-ray experiments at SLAC LCLS XFEL led by OSU physics team

Visiting scientists from The Ohio State University with LCLS colleagues in the AMO Control Room. Prof. Louis DiMauro (seated, right front) and members of his group: Gilles Doumy (4th from left), Christoph Roedig and Cosmin Blaga (behind DiMauro).

SLAC article

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Congratulations to Mallory Molina!

The American Physical Society (APS) awarded Mallory Molina the 2009-2010 American Physical Society Scholarship for Minority Undergraduate Physics Majors. New minority scholars receive $2,000 payable in two installments. The student must remain in good academic standing as a physics major to obtain the second payment of the scholarship.

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OSU Physics Research in National News - No Game: Scientists Move Cells with Joystick

Professor Sooryakumar and his graduate students Greg Vieira, Aaron Chen and undergraduate Tom Henighan have developed a new approach to remotely manipulate biological cells on a surface. The research was done in collaboration with Professor Fengyuan Yang (OSU Physics), graduate student Adam Hauser (OSU Physics) and Professor Jeff Chalmers (OSU...[More]


OSU Team Wins NSF MRI Competition

A team of OSU researchers has won an NSF Major Research Instrumentation (MRI) award for the acquisition of a hybrid diamond/nitride synthesis cluster tool for studies of wide bandgap semiconductors. The team of researchers spans two colleges and three departments including Physics (Prof. Ezekiel Johnston-Halperin, CME, PI on the proposal*;...[More]


Honoring Prof. Len Jossem

Professor Len Jossem passed away on Saturday, August 29, 2009. A celebration of Len's life will be held on Saturday, October 3, 2:00 p.m. in the Atrium of the Physics Research Building. If you plan to attend, please RSVP at https://spreadsheets.google.com/viewform?formkey=dGZsa2NqQmZqQXJKaHBSNFhKcUpXZHc6MA

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Recent Physics Graduate Named Big Ten Distinguished Scholar

(picture courtesy of ncaa.com)

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THE HERMANN KUEMMEL EARLY ACHIEVEMENT AWARD IN MANY-BODY PHYSICS Awarded to Dr. Joaquin Drut

The International Advisory Committee of the International Conferences Series on Recent Progress in Many-Body Theories is pleased to announce that the HERMANN KUEMMEL EARLY ACHIEVEMENT AWARD IN MANY-BODY PHYSICS in 2009 is awarded to Joaquin Drut ``For establishing the thermodynamic and pairing properties of a dilute spin-1/2 Fermi gas...[More]


International Conference on Recent Progress in Many Body Theories

The 15th meeting of the series International Conference on Recent Progress in Many Body Theories (RPMBT15) will take place in the Department of Physics at The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH from July 27-31, 2009.

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Zhong Wins 2009 OCPA/OYRA Award

Congratulations to Dongping Zhong, winner of the 2009 Overseas Chinese Physics Association (OCPA) Outstanding Young Researcher Award (OYRA).

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Julia Meyer Receives NSF CAREER Award

Julia Meyer, Assistant Professor of Physics, has received an NSF CAREER award supporting theoretical research and education involving novel phenomena associated with the close contact of superconductors and other materials.

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June 17: 100th Anniversary of Nuclear Physics

June 17 Nuclear physics is 100! On that date Nobel Laureate Rutherford sent two stalking horses to present first data on the "diffuse scattering of alpha particles" at the Royal Society. See

Nature squib for details.

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2009 Bunny and Thomas Clark Graduate Scholarship

Congratulations to Huichao Song (shown with her advisor Ulrich Heinz) for winning the 2009 Bunny and Thomas Clark Graduate Scholarship, in recognition of her outstanding research in Theoretical Nuclear Physics. This year's Clark Scholarship provides $2700 to support Ms. Song's research endeavors.

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2009 Graduate Teaching Award

Professor Mohit Randeria was awarded this year's Graduate Teaching Award. Each year, all of the graduate students who are taking core courses vote for who they thought did the best job teaching a core course. Professor Randeria was presented with a plaque by the Physics Graduate Student Committee in...[More]


Department of Physics Distinguished Staff Awards

Congratulations to Kris Dunlap, Kent Ludwig, and Robin Wyatt, winners of the 2009 John G. Whitcomb Distinguished Staff Awards.

A photo gallery of graduate student awards and the annual picnic may be found here.

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Congratulations to 2009 Denman Award Winners

Congratulations to the MAPS student prize winners at the 2009 Denman Undergraduate Research Forum. Adam Reed, advised by Prof. Chris Hammel, J. Scott Moreland, advised by Prof. Ulrich Heinz, and Michael Roe, advised by Jay Gupta, are among six MAPS students who won the 2009 Denman Award.

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Robin Wyatt Honored with Distinguished Staff Award

The University Distinguished Staff Award recognizes 12 staff members, who have had five years of continuous service, for exceptional accomplishments, leadership, and service to the university community by significantly improving or enhancing the quality of worklife in ways that make a substantial difference for their colleagues; contributing to outstanding and...[More]


Congratulations to Taeyoung Choi & Donghun Lee, Winners of the Clifford Heer Scholarship

The 5th Annual Physics Graduate Student Poster Competition was held May 11-15 in the Atrium. The graduate student presenters of the best two posters in the competition were each awarded the Clifford Heer Scholarship, established in memory of Emeritus Physics Professor Clifford Heer. This scholarship provides funds to...[More]


BMAPS 2009 Undergraduate Research Forum Winners

Physics had two Best Poster winners in the BMAPS 2009 Undergraduate Research Forum that took place on Friday, April 24, 2009. Congratulations to Michael Page and Caitlin Malone!

More photos are

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Physics Students Receive Prestigious NSF Fellowships

Current undergraduate Doug Schaefer (bottom photo) and recent graduate Greg Kestin (2008) (top photo) were both awarded a 2009 National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship. Winners of this fellowship receive a three year annual stipend of $30,000, a $10,500 allowance to cover the cost of tuition and fees, and...[More]


2009 GATA Award for Michael Boss

Michael Boss is one of this years Graduate Associate Teaching Award (GATA) winners. He was presented with the award by the Assistant Dean of the Graduate School Kathleen Wallace in a surprise visit to his classroom. To be selected for this award is quite an honor, as there are about...[More]


Clifford Heer Graduate Student Award

Clifford Heer

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Chen to Attend EAPSI 2009

Aaron Chen, a 2nd year physics graduate student in Prof. R. Sooryakumar's group, has accepted an invitation from the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) to attend the East Asia and Pacific Summer Institutes for U.S. Graduate Students (EAPSI) in Tokyo, Japan. Funding agencies: National Science Foundation (NSF)...[More]


47th Annual Smith Lecture

The Ohio State University Department of Physics presented the 47th Annual Smith Lecture Tuesday, March 31, 2009 at 7:30 p.m. in room 131 Hitchcock Hall, located at 2070 Neil Ave. University of California at Santa Barbara physicist David J. Gross presented "The Coming Revolutions in Fundamental Physics." ...[More]


Prof. John Beacom Surprised by President Gee

Prof. John Beacom was awarded the Alumni Award for Distinguished Teaching with a surprise classroom visit from President Gee on Wednesday, February 25. The Alumni Award for Distinguished Teaching annually recognizes a maximum of ten faculty for their teaching excellence. Students, faculty, and alumni may nominate candidates, and a committee...[More]


APS Outstanding Referees Program

The Outstanding Referee program was instituted in 2008 to recognize scientists who have been exceptionally helpful in assessing manuscripts for publication in the APS journals. Like Fellowship in the APS, this is a lifetime award. Six faculty from the OSU Department of Physics have this distinction:

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Joaquin Drut calculations featured in Nature Research Highlights

A theoretical study of graphene by Dr. Joaquin Drut, a postdoc in the Nuclear Theory Group, and his collaborator Dr. Timo Lahde of the University of Washington is featured this month in the Research Highlights section of Nature magazine. Their calculations apply methods used for lattice quantum chromodynamics (QCD)...[More]


Lei Bao featured on Science Friday

Lei Bao, associate professor of physics and director of the Physics Education Research Group, appeared on NPR's Talk of the Nation: Science Friday at 3 p.m. Friday, January 30. He talked about his study in the current issue of the journal Science, which found that teaching students science facts...[More]


Thank You to Gregory and Carol Steele

Thanks to Gregory and Carol Steele for their generous and thoughtful gift to support computing and network infrastructure in the Physics Research Building. A ceremony and luncheon were held on Friday, December 12 to honor the Steeles. Greg is an OSU retiree who has been a long-time friend of our...[More]


Winer named director of the Honors Collegium

Brian Winer, OSU professor of physics, will join the University Honors & Scholars Center on Thursday (1/1/09) as director of the Honors Collegium, a program for purposeful undergraduates who expect to distinguish themselves beyond the baccalaureate degree. Winer has been teaching and working in the area of high energy physics...[More]


Steigman Lectures in Brazil

Gary Steigman recently gave an invited public lecture at the Einstein Exhibit in Sao Paulo, Brazil. The talk was sponsored in part by the State of Sao Paulo Funding Agency, FAPESP. A summary of the talk and a video (abridged) may be accessed at the FAPESP OnlineResearch Journal:...[More]


2009 Humboldt Research Award Winner

Congratulations to Prof. Eric Braaten who received a 2009 Humboldt Research Award. The award is granted in recognition of a researcher's entire achievements to date to academics whose fundamental discoveries, new theories, or insights have had a significant impact on their own discipline and who are expected to continue...[More]


Physics Graduate Student Council (PGSC) Outreach Event November 14, 2008, Physics Research Building Atrium

Thanks to PGSC volunteers who assisted the American Red Cross in the 2008 Ohio State - Michigan Blood Battle, an annual component of Beat Michigan Week.

Pictures from the event

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WELCOME TO BREAKFAST OF SCIENCE CHAMPIONS

On Wednesday, November 5, faculty from the new Center for Emergent Materials (CEM) welcomed local Middle School Students for the annual Breakfast of Science Champions event. The students participated in a variety of physics demonstrations in the Vernier Commons led by Professors Jay Gupta, Tom Lemberger, Julia Meyer,...[More]


Gearharts Honor Hershel Hausman

Norman Gearhart ( M.S. '69, Ph.D, '73) and Carolyn Piper Gearhart have named a faculty office (Room 2144) in the Physics Research Building, in honor of Professor Emeritus Hershel J. Hausman.

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OHIO STATE AWARDED PRESTIGIOUS MATERIALS RESEARCH CENTER

The National Science Foundation (NSF) announced on September 30 that Ohio State would receive funds over six years to establish a Materials Research Science and Engineering Center (MRSEC). With this, the university joins a national network of 27 MRSECs that foster active collaboration between universities and industry. ...[More]


LHC First Beam

Update: On September 10 at 4:28 AM EST the first beam was circulated in the LHC. This much heralded event marks the initial turn on of what will be the world's most powerful accelerator.

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OSU Alumni Visit the Department of Physics

On Friday afternoon September 5, OSU Alums toured the Physics Research Building as part of Alumni Weekend events. Phillip Davids, Facilities Manager, led the group through the building, and Emily Sistrunk of the Agostini/DiMauro Research Group described research in the DiMauro Lab.

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New Limit on Cosmic Antimatter

In the dramatic collision of two galaxy clusters in the Bullet Cluster, it wasn't the collision of a bullet and and an antibullet, or else the annihilation of matter and antimatter would have led to a strong gamma-ray signal that was not seen. This new result has been shown...[More]


Students Who Use Clickers Score Better on Physics Tests

Hand-held electronic devices called clickers are helping college students learn physics, according to a series of research studies led by Bill Reay, OSU professor of physics. Ohio State students who used the devices to answer multiple-choice questions during physics lectures earned final examination scores that were around 10 percent...[More]


GRASP: Girls Reaching to Achieve in Physics

The undergraduate Women in Physics organization is hosting the GRASP (Girls Reaching to Achieve in Physics) summer camp this week. The purpose of the GRASP camp is to target middle-school aged girls and bring them to campus for a week so that they can experience the relationship between physics...[More]


2008 Bunny and Thomas Clark Graduate Award

Congratulations to Sarah Parks for winning the 2008 Bunny and Thomas Clark Graduate Award for her outstanding service to the Department of Physics! Sarah is the first graduate student recipient of this award, which this year also comes with $2700 to be used by Sarah for her research.

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2008 Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching Award

Congratulations to Prof. Greg Kilcup, winner of the 2008 Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching Award. The winner of this award is chosen by the undergraduate physics students. Pictured are Richard Hughes, Vice Chair for Undergraduate Studies, Greg Kilcup and senior physics student Christopher Williams.

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2008 Physics Undergraduate Awards

The annual Physics Undergraduate Awards Ceremony was held on May 21st. Pictures of the event can be seen here.

Congratulations to all of the winners!

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Distinguished Undergraduate Research Mentor Awards Announced

Among this year's five winners was Physics Professor Richard Hughes. The winners were recognized for their exceptional service as faculty research mentors for undergraduate students at the recent Denman Undergraduate Research Forum. More than 40 student presenters submitted nominations for the Distinguished Undergraduate Research Mentor awards. Student nominators...[More]


2008 Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Awards

Dongping Zhong is one of the 2008 winners of the Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Awards. The Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation describes this award as follows:

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Congratulations Chris Porter

Chris Porter was awarded a 2008 Graduate Associate Teaching Award in a surprise classroom visit by Assistant Dean of the Graduate School Kathleen Wallace on Thursday, April 17. The GATA is the university's highest recognition of exceptional teaching provided by graduate students and is awarded to a maximum of...[More]


46th Annual Smith Lecture

The Ohio State University Department of Physics presents the 46th Annual Smith Lecture Tuesday, April 22, 2008 at 8 p.m. in room 100 Independence Hall, located at 1923 Neil Ave. Mall. California Institute of Technology (Caltech) chemist and physicist Ahmed Zewail won the 1999 Nobel Prize in Chemistry...[More]


CCAPP Public Lecture March 24

The Center for Cosmology and AstroParticle Physics will be hosting a public lecture by Joel R. Primack and Nancy Ellen Abrams on March 24, 2008.

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Congratulations to Arts and Sciences Award Winners

Prof. Richard Hughes (left) has been named the recipient of this year's Colleges of the Arts and Sciences Honors Faculty Service Award for exemplary service to the ASC Honors Program and its students. Prof. Hughes will be recognized and will receive a $1,000 honorarium at the Colleges of the Arts...[More]


Prof. Robert Perry Surprised by President Gee and Archie Griffin

Prof. Robert Perry was awarded the Alumni Award for Distinguished Teaching with a surprise classroom visit from President Gee and Archie Griffin on Friday, February 29. The Alumni Award for Distinguished Teaching recognizes a maximum of 10 faculty for outstanding teaching achievement. Students, faculty, and alumni nominate candidates, and a...[More]


Last Large Piece of ATLAS Detector Lowered Underground

Researchers in the U.S. ATLAS collaboration joined colleagues around the world on Friday, February 29, to celebrate a pivotal landmark in the construction of the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) - the lowering of the final piece of the ATLAS particle detector into the underground collision hall at [More]


Physics Professor Dongping Zhong Wins Sloan Research Fellowship

The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation offers research fellowships to the best and brightest young scientists from selected colleges and universities throughout the U.S. and Canada. In the decades since the first Sloan Research Fellowships were given, more than 35 recipients have gone on to win the Nobel Prize in...[More]


Gordon Aubrecht Receives University Service Award

On the afternoon of February 11 Gordon Aubrecht was paid a surprise visit in the Physics Education Research Group meeting by OSU President Gordon Gee, who announced that Professor Aubrecht is a winner of the 2007-2008 Faculty Award for Distinguished University Service. President Gee was accompanied by Provost Joe Alutto...[More]


Retirement Reception for John Whitcomb

A reception honoring John Whitcomb upon the occasion of his retirement was held in the PRB Atrium on January 28, 2008. For photos click here: http://www.physics.ohio-state.edu/whitcomb/

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Physicists of the Caribbean: Curse of the PRB

The Annual Physics Winter Party was held in the PRB Atrium on January 26, 2008. For photos click here:

http://www.physics.ohio-state.edu/wp2008/

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Zhong Receives First Smith Endowed Professorship

Dr. Dongping Zhong was recently appointed as the first holder of the Robert Smith Endowed Professorship in Physics. Established in 2005 with a gift from Robert Beaton Smith, this endowment provides support for a distinguished faculty member's research in physics throughout a five-year appointment.

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Anderson's Historical Perspective and Dinner

January 10 at 7:30 pm Blackwell: Anderson's Historical Perspective and Dinner (included for all registered participants in CIQPT workshop; others can attend for $50; please contact finnell@mps.ohio-state.edu)

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Physics Major Jessica Hanzlik Named a 2008 Rhodes Scholar

Senior Physics major Jessica Hanzlik has been named a 2008 Rhodes Scholar. She is the first OSU Rhodes Scholar since 1986, and only the fifth in OSU history. With the scholarship she will do two years of study at Oxford University. She is one of 32 U. S students to...[More]


Auger Observatory closes in on long standing mystery, links highest-energy cosmic rays with violent black holes

Scientists of the Pierre Auger Collaboration announced yesterday (8 Nov. 2007) that active galactic nuclei are the most likely candidate for the source of the highest-energy cosmic rays that hit Earth. Using the Pierre Auger Observatory in Argentina, the largest cosmic-ray observatory in the world, a team of scientists from...[More]


Professor Richard Furnstahl Named a Fellow of AAAS

Professor Richard Furnstahl has recently been named a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Election as a Fellow of AAAS is an honor bestowed upon members by their peers. Fellows are recognized for meritorious efforts to advance science or its applications. We congratulate Prof. Furnstahl...[More]


The Ohio State University Center for Cosmology and AstroParticle Physics to Share $20M Exploration of Space Endowment

The Center for Cosmology and AstroParticle Physics (CCAPP), based on a joint proposal with the Department of Astronomy, will share roughly half of a $20M Exploration of Space endowment, to date OSU's second largest gift. CCAPP is an interdisciplinary Center, with members from the Department of Physics...[More]


Lee Mosbacker Wins AVS Varian Award

Please congratulate Lee on winning the AVS Russell and Sigurd Varian Award. The Varian Award is historically the top award given to a graduate student at the AVS meeting.

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Welcome New Undergraduates

We welcome all of the undergraduate physics and engineering physics majors that are new to the program in Autumn 2007. Pictured from left to right are.

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Professor Art Epstein Elected to APS Post

Professor Art Epstein has been elected Councillor for the American Physical Society's Division of Condensed Matter Physics. His term begins in January 2008.

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Festival of Physics at COSI

Try out fun physics activities, meet leading researchers, and join a superconductive square dance at the 2007 Festival of Physics at COSI Columbus. The Festival runs Saturday, October 20th from 10AM to 5PM and Sunday, October 21st from Noon to 6PM. For more information visit [More]


1st Annual R. Jack and Forest Lynn Biard Lectureship in Cosmology and Astrophysics Wednesday, October 17

The Center for Cosmology and Astro-Particle Physics (CCAPP) presents Professor Robert P. Kirshner, Harvard College Professor of Astronomy and Clowes Professor of Science at Harvard University, with "Exploding Stars and the Accelerating Cosmos: A Blunder Undone". More information about the lecture is available at the CCAPP website...[More]


Jason Ho to Receive Onsager Prize

Professor Jason Ho will be a recipient of the 2008 Lars Onsager Prize of the American Physical Society, together with Gordon Baym, University of Illinois, and Christopher Pethick, NORDITA. The Onsager Prize was established to recognize outstanding research in theoretical statistical physics including the quantum fluids. Prof....[More]


Welcome New 2007 Graduate Students

We welcome new graduate students (left to right)

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Undergraduate Research Scholarship Awards

The Colleges of the Arts and Sciences Honors Committee has awarded undergraduate Physics major, David Albani an Undergraduate Research scholarship in recognition of his research in PET imagining. This research will be presented at the Denman Research Forum in Spring 2008. This work will constitute part of David's senior...[More]


2nd Annual Graduation Breakfast

On Sunday, June 10, 2007, the 2nd Annual Graduation Breakfast was held in recognition of the 50 Physics and Engineering Physics undergraduate majors graduating from The Ohio State University - 39 of whom graduated in spring quarter 2007. The breakfast was held in the Atrium of the Physics...[More]


Email Outage

The VMS (ohstpy) mail service is currently down. Our staff is working on the problem. This notice will be removed once the service is restored. We apologize for the inconvenience and thank you for your patience.

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Congratulations to Brian Winer

Brian Winer is one of this year's winners of the new Distinguished Undergraduate Research Mentor award. Winners were recognized for their exceptional service as faculty research mentors for undergraduate students at the Denman Undergraduate Research Forum held Wednesday (5/16). Please join us in congratulating Dr. Winer.

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2007 GRADUATE TEACHING AWARD WINNER JUSTIN LINK

Every year the Graduate School honors the outstanding educational efforts of OSU graduate students by awarding the university's highest recognition of graduate student teaching - the Graduate Associate Teaching Award. Justin Link, a member of the Zhong group, was one of 10 individuals from a pool of approximately 2,500 GTAs...[More]


Hayes Graduate Research Forum Winners

Graduate students Greg Mack and Luke Corwin were the first and second place winners, respectively, in the Math and Physical Sciences section of the 2007 Edward F. Hayes Graduate Research Forum. This university-wide competition, which is based on both written and oral presentations, involved approximately 40 students from...[More]


Gupta Wins Beckman Foundation Young Investigator Award

Jay Gupta is a 2007 winner of a Beckman Foundation Young Investigator Award for "Studies of chemical reactivity at the single molecule level".

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Agostini Wins 2007 OSA Meggers Award

Pierre Agostini has been selected by the Optical Society of America as the 2007 recipient of the William F. Meggers Award. He is recognized "for leadership in the development of innovative experiments providing major insights into the dynamics of the nonlinear response of atoms and molecules submitted...[More]


45th Annual Smith Lecture

The Ohio State University Department of Physics presented the 45th Annual Smith Lecture Thursday, April 12, 2007 at 8 p.m. in room 131 Hitchcock Hall, located at 2070 Neil Ave. Berkeley physicist George F. Smoot won the 2006 Nobel Prize in Physics, together with John Mather of NASA...[More]


CMS Experiment Reaches Milestone

On February 28th, 2007, the CMS experiment at CERN reached a major milestone with more than half the detector installed in the underground experimental cavern. Slated to become operational this November, the experiment will detect the world's highest energy (14 TeV center of mass) proton-proton collisions, providing the...[More]


BaBar Reports Evidence for New Form of Matter-Antimatter Oscillations

Last week, the BaBar experiment at the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center (SLAC) announced a major physics result: for the first time ever, they had seen matter particles, so called D-mesons, transition into their antimatter counterparts. The existence of this process, also referred to as "D mixing," has been...[More]


Physics Graduate Students in 2007 MRS Entrepreneurship Challenge

A team comprising physics graduate students Michael Hetzer and H. Lee Mosbacker from Prof. Brillson's group been selected as finalists in the Material Research Society's 2nd annual Entrepreneurial Challenge. The goal of the challenge is to create collaborations between basic researchers and business students to foster entrepreneurship and...[More]


Prof. Brian Winer Surprised by Provost Snyder and Archie Griffin

Prof. Brian Winer was awarded the Alumni Award for Distinguished Teaching with a surprise classroom visit from Provost Snyder and Archie Griffin on Monday, March 5. The Alumni Award for Distinguished Teaching recognizes a maximum of 10 faculty for outstanding teaching achievement. Students, faculty, and alumni nominate candidates, and a...[More]


Jay Gupta Recognized

Jay Gupta, Assistant Professor of Physics, has received an NSF CAREER award supporting research into the electronic and optical properties of nanostructures. This research will be integrated with educational and outreach activities at Ohio State revolving around web-based Access Grid videoconferencing tools.

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2007 University Distinguished Scholar Award

Professor Ulrich Heinz was recently awarded The Distinguished Scholar Award by a surprise classroom visit from President Karen Holbrook.

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Verniers Receive AAPT Award

David and Christine Vernier, Vernier Software, were awarded an AAPT Distinguished Service Citation at the January meeting in Seattle. David graduated from OSU with a B.S. in Physics in 1969, and received the Department of Physics Distinguished Alumni Award in 2005. He and Christine have been strong supporters of...[More]


VMS Server OHSTPY is DOWN

At about 1:30 a.m. this morning the server lost a critical disk containing user files. We are rebuilding the disk using backups taken at 6:00 p.m. Wednesday. We hope to have OHSTPY back in service sometime Thursday afternoon. For many users the downtime will cause a daylong...[More]


2006 Physics Magazine now available

The 2006 Physics Magazine has just been printed and sent to alumni and friends of the Department of Physics. A PDF version is also available here.

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OSU Physics ANITA team on the Ross Ice Shelf

Ryan Nichol (former postdoc, now a Royal Society Fellow and Lecturer at University College London), Prof. James Beatty, and graduate research associate Kim Palladino are working on preparing the experiment behind them for a long duration balloon flight over the Antarctic ice sheet. ANITA is designed to detect the...[More]


OSU Postdoctoral researcher to Receive 2007 APS Dissertation Award

Magdalena Djordjevic, who is a postdoctoral researcher at OSU Physics Department, will receive the 2007 Dissertation Award in Nuclear Physics, awarded by the American Physical Society (http://www.aps.org/praw/07winners.cfm).

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Reception to honor Epstein: November 6

The Department of Physics will have an informal reception on Monday, November 6, from 4-5 p.m. in the Physics Research Building Atrium to celebrate Art Epstein, Distinguished University Professor of Physics and Chemistry, being named a winner of the American Physical Society's 2007 McGroddy Prize.

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Scientists Get Best Look Ever at Water/Life Connection

Even though water is the essential element for life, no one has ever seen exactly how water molecules interact with proteins - until now. Researchers led by OSU physicist Dongping Zhong revealed these interactions for the first time, and report the results in the current issue of the Proceedings of...[More]


PASCOS 2006

PASCOS 2006 will be the 12th in the series of interdisciplinary symposia on particle physics, string theory and cosmology. In recent years, PASCOS 2005 was hosted by Seoul National University and was held in Gyeongju, S. Korea, May 30 - June 4, 2005; while PASCOS 2004,...[More]


Heinz selected to Brookhaven advisory committee

Ulrich Heinz, professor of physics, has been chosen to serve for three years (Aug. 1, 2006 to July 31, 2009) on the High Energy and Nuclear Physics Program Advisory Committee at Brookhaven National Laboratory. This international external committee advises the lab on how to optimize the use of their facilities. ...[More]


American Vacuum Society to Honor Brillson

Leonard Brillson, professor and internationally known expert in electronic materials at the OSU Departments of Electrical & Computer Engineering and Physics, will receive the 2006 Gaede-Langmuir Award for Scientific and Technological Achievement from the AVS Science and Technology Society during next fall's annual AVS meeting in San Francisco. AVS is...[More]


2006 Nobel Laureate Lectures

Please mark your calendars for Friday, June 9, 2:00 p.m. Two Nobel Prize winners, Dr. Alan J. Heeger, University of California, Santa Barbara and Dr. Alan G. MacDiarmid, University of Pennsylvania and University of Texas at Dallas, will be presenting seminars in room 1080 Physics Research Building, 191 W....[More]


Annual Physics Picnic

The annual Physics Picnic is this Thursday, May 25 @ 11:30a in the Official PRB Picnic Grounds, just east of the Vernier Commons. Dept of Physics faculty, staff, post-docs, grad students, undergrad majors, lecturers, and official visitors are invited. Physics Pfood and Pfun are free to all invitees. Additionally,...[More]


Undergraduate Physics Award Ceremony

The Undergraduate Studies Committee Cordially Invites Undergraduate Majors, Parents, Friends and Physics Faculty and Staff to the Annual Undergraduate Physics and Engineering Physics Awards Reception Wednesday, May 24, 2006 at 3:00 P.M. in the Atrium of The Physics Research Building. Refreshments will be provided.

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Gary Steigman/CCAPP conference: May 17-19

On May 17-19 the new Ohio State Initiative in Cosmology and Astroparticle Physics (CCAPP) will host "Fundamental Astro-Particle Physics" a conference in honor of Gary Steigman's 65th birthday and his founding contributions to the field. There will be a CCAPP distinguished lecture by Professor Lawrence M. Krauss (Case Western) followed...[More]


Kovchegov wins Sackler Prize

Yuri Kovchegov, assistant professor of physics, won the 2006 Raymond and Beverly Sackler Prize in the Physical Sciences, which is administered by Tel Aviv University. He shares the $40,000 prize equally with Thomas Glasmacher, an experimental physicist at Michigan State University. The field in which the Sackler Prize is awarded...[More]


Take a Daughter to Work Day

Thursday, April 27, 2006

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Undergraduate Opportunities in Physics

Brian Krancevic is an undergraduate physics major working with the Ohio Center for Technology and Science (OCTS). He is seen here with Governor Taft at the Ohio Nanotechnology Summit April 4-5 2006, which the OCTS coordinated. As part of Brian's undergraduate research experience he attended and helped to...[More]


Deadline for the Denman Undergraduate Research forum approaching

Deadline ExtendedFriday, April 7 is the deadline for the submitting an abstract for the Denman Undergraduate Research forum. All MAPS students planning to submit an abstract for the MAPS research forum planned for Wednesday, May 10 from 3-6 in the atrium of the Physics Research Building should also submit an...[More]


2005 Physics Magazine now available

The 2005 Physics Magazine has just been printed and sent to alumni and friends of the Department of Physics. A PDF version is also available here. The magazines will be distributed to the department around April 7.

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Smith Lecture: May 4 - UPDATE: Now Online!

The 2006 Alpheus Smith Lecture was held on Thursday, May 4 at 8 p.m. in 131 Hitchcock Hall. This year, the Department of Physics welcomed Wolfgang Ketterle, 2001 Nobel Laureate in Physics and the John D. MacArthur Professor of Physics, Research Laboratory for Electronics, MIT-Harvard Center for Ultracold Atoms,...[More]


Beacom receives CAREER award from NSF

A prestigious award from the National Science Foundation (NSF) will help John Beacom perform a forensic study of the universe. He will investigate how stars live, and how they die. The assistant professor of physics and astronomy has earned one of NSF's Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) awards, which recognize...[More]


2006 Physics Academic Achievement Scholarship

The Physics Department will be offering one scholarship equal to the full cost of in-state tuition for four years to one student planning to major in physics or engineering physics at Ohio State. This scholarship competition is open to any high-school senior applying to Ohio State who has expressed an...[More]


ZHONG WINS PACKARD FELLOWSHIP

Dongping Zhong, assistant professor of physics, was selected as one of 16 young scientists to receive a Packard Fellowship for Science and Engineering, the first Ohio State faculty to do so. In 1988, the David and Lucile Packard Foundation established the Packard Fellowships for Science and Engineering to allow the...[More]


Physics Research Building Dedication, November 2

The official dedication of the Physics Research Building will take place on Wednesday, November 2 from 3-5 p.m. in the atrium and throughout the building. Faculty, staff, students and alumni are invited to join the Department of Physics in celebrating the dedication. The dedication events will include lab tours,...[More]


Bunny Clark's Retirement Party

Join Bunny Clark as we celebrate her career and contributions on the occasion of her retirement. The festivities will be held at the Faculty Club Grand Lounge from 3-5 p.m. on Monday, October 10. Please RSVP to Susan McGarvey, 614-292-2653 or mcgarvey.16@osu.edu.

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High-Temperature Superconductivity: From Broken Symmetries to Cell Phones

Join Laura H. Greene, Swanlund Professor of Physics, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign as she gives the inaugural Distinguished Alumni Lecture for the Department of Physics on Wednesday, October 5 2005 in the Wexner Film/Video Theater, 1851 N. High St. from 4:30-5:30. Reception to follow.

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SCIENTISTS GET FIRST GLIMPSE AT HOW PLANTS, MOST ANIMALS REPAIR UV-DAMAGED DNA

For the first time, researchers have observed exactly how some cells are able to repair DNA damage caused by the sun's ultraviolet (UV) radiation. In the online edition of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Dongping Zhong and his colleagues report experimental evidence of what...[More]


Gary Steigman Named Distinguished Professor of Mathematical and Physical Sciences

Gary Steigman, professor of physics and astronomy, has been named Distinguished Professor of Mathematical and Physical Sciences. He received his award at the 2nd annual MAPS Town Meeting.

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Researchers Get Clearer View of Earth's Atmosphere --- From the Laboratory

For scientists who want to discern the complex chemistry at work in Earth's atmosphere, detecting a particular gas molecule can be as hard as finding a proverbial needle in a haystack. Frank De Lucia, professor of physics, and his colleagues recently used their FAST Scan Submillimeter Spectroscopy Technique (FASSST) to...[More]


'Bumpy Space Dust' Explains Origin of Most Common Molecule in Universe

Science fiction writer Harlan Ellison once said that the most common elements in the universe are hydrogen and stupidity. While the verdict is still out on the volume of stupidity, scientists have long known that hydrogen is indeed by far the most abundant element in the universe. When they peer...[More]


2005 Cross Border Workshop on Laser Science

The Department of Physics is presenting a 2005 Cross Border Workshop on Laser Science, from 3 p.m. Thursday (6-23)-noon Saturday (6/25) in the Physics Research Building. The workshop is the sixth in an annual series that began in 1999 to bring together scientists, including students and postdoctoral fellows, from...[More]


OCTS Workshop June 13-17, 2005

The Ohio Center for Theoretical Science hosts " Effective Field Theories in Physics: From Nano to Tera" June 13-17, 2005. The workshop will bring together experts from a wide range of physics subfields where effective field theories have found interesting and productive applications. For more information visit...[More]


Congratulations to David Vernier........

......The seventh recipient of the Department of Physics Distinguished Alumni Award. The presentation of his award took place in the atrium of the Physics Research Building on Thursday, May 26 from 4-6.

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Lafyatis' research featured by University Relations

Greg Lafyatis, associate professor of physics, and doctoral student Katharina Christandl are engaged in research that could lead to a process for quantum computing - allowing for even faster computers than we have today. In order to better describe the research, University Relations called on ACCAD, who created...[More]


Congratulations Harold Whitt!

Harold Whitt, who runs the Dept of Physics Lecture/Demonstration operation was notified Friday, April 22 that he had won an OSU Distinguished Staff Award. Representatives from the selection committee and the Office of Human Resources made the presentation. Dean Freeman and Physics Chair Saam joined in the fun,...[More]


m = E/c2: The Origin of Mass

The Department of Physics welcomes Professor Frank Wilczek, MIT's Herman Feshbach Professor of Physics and winner of the 2004 Nobel Prize in physics, the 2005 Alpheus Smith Lecturer. Free and open to the public. Monday, April 25 at 8 p.m. 131 Hitchcock Hall, 2070 Neil Ave. The title of Professor...[More]


OCTS workshop April 18-21, 2005

The Ohio Center for Theoretical Science hosts its third workshop - "Strongly Interacting Quantum Gases" - April 18-21, 2005. This workshop will focus on strongly-interacting quantum gases, in particular the exciting recent developments in Fermi gases and molecular condensates. The workshop will cover both many-body aspects and few-body aspects of...[More]


Tseytlin discusses string/gauge duality in Science Watch

Arkady Tseytlin, professor of physics, was featured in a two-page question and answer interview in the January/February edition of Science Watch. Tseytlin was interviewed about his research on the very specific duality proposed by Harvard�s Juan Maldacena, who posited that certain string theory is equivalent to a kind of gauge...[More]


SURPRISE!

On Friday, March 11, the last day of class, Professor Richard Hughes received a surprise visit from Ohio State President Karen Holbrook, who delivered a surprise announcement: He was named a recipient of the Alumni Award for Distinguished Teaching. Accompanying the president was Ginny Trethewey from the Alumni Association, Jacqueline...[More]


2005 Physics Academic Achievement Scholarship

The Physics Department will be offering one scholarship equal to the full cost of in-state tuition for four years to one student planning to major in physics or engineering physics at Ohio State. This scholarship competition is open to any high-school senior applying to Ohio State who has expressed an...[More]


Annual Winter Party

A reminder that the Annual Physics Winter Party is scheduled for Saturday evening, January 29th 2005 at the Fawcett Center. There will be food, live band music, and the usual good time and goofy antics that so typify a crowd of 250 Physics Folks. Since we are using the Fawcett...[More]


OCTS workshop January 5-7, 2005

The Ohio Center for Theoretical Science hosts its second workshop - "Gravitational Lensing, Dark Matter, and Dark Energy" - January 5-7, 2005. The goals of this workshop are to assess the current constraints on the nature of dark matter and dark energy from strong and weak gravitational lensing and...[More]


Beacoms Research Recently Discussed in Several Publications

John Beacom, assistant professor of physics, has had his research mentioned in the media several times recently. His research has been:

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Annual Physics Open House for High School Students

On Saturday, November 6, 2004, the Department of Physics will again welcome Ohio high school students, their parents and teachers to the 2004 Physics Open House. This annual event gives students from around the state an opportunity to become acquainted with faculty from the Department and investigate the physics...[More]


Ohio Center for Theoretical Science Workshop

The Ohio Center for Theoretical Science will host its first workshop which is on the "Quantum Theory of Black Holes" September 17-19 in Bale access grid room at the Ohio Supercomputer Center. A detail program can be found at http://octs.osu.edu/.

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Herbst Selected Centenary Lecturer

Eric Herbst, Distinguished University Professor, has been chosen to be one of the Centenary Lecturers of the Royal Society of Chemistry, United Kingdom for 2004-2005. Herbst will be visiting six universities and there will also be a special symposium in his honor at Leeds.

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Three Faculty Members Honored by APS

Gary Steigman (center), professor of physics and astronomy, and Art Epstein (left), Distinguished University Professor in the Departments of Physics and Chemistry, were awarded the "William Fowler Award for Distinguished Research" from the Ohio Section of the American Physical Society. The award is named for William Fowler, a 1935...[More]


Ohio Section of APS Awards

Gary Steigman, professor of physics and astronomy, and Art Epstein, Distinguished University Professor in the Departments of Physics and Chemistry, were awarded the "William Fowler Award for Distinguished Research" from the Ohio Section of the American Physical Society. The award is named for William Fowler, a 1935 graduate of...[More]


Faculty Member Awarded Memorial Lectureship

Dr. Mike Lisa gave the 2004 Sambamurti Memorial Lectureship, on Wednesday, July 28, at Brookhaven National Lab. The Lectureship is awarded yearly to a young (under 40) high energy or heavy ion experimentalist of outstanding achievement. The lecture, which should describe the work for which the lecturer is being honored,...[More]


Denes Molnar Wins Award for Talk

Denes Molnar won the Klaus Kinder-Geiger Award for Best Talk at the Hot Quarks 2004 workshop on relativistic heavy-ion physics. The workshop took place July 18-25, 2004, in Taos Valley, New Mexico, with over 70 participants from Europe, Japan, and the United States.

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Klaus Honscheid Wins Distinguished Teaching Award

Professor Klaus Honscheid was honored at a March 30 ceremony with an Alumni Award for Distinguished Teaching. You can read Dr. Honscheid's bio here.

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Anthony Leggett to Present Annual Smith Lecture

The 42nd Annual Smith Lecture features Dr. Anthony J. Leggett, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Professor and Center for Advanced Study Professor of Physics. He has been a faculty member at Illinois since 1983. He is widely recognized as a world leader in the theory of low-temperature...[More]


Congratulations Tom Weisgarber

Please congratulate Tom Weisgarber for receiving a prestigious Goldwater Fellowship. Ohio State nominated four students. Only 310 awards are given nationally to undergraduate sophomores and juniors. Tom is a junior Engineering Physics major working for Professor Van Woerkom on high intensity laser ionization of atoms. ...[More]


2003 Physics Magazine Available Online

"Ohio State Physics", our annual magazine distributed to alumni and friends of the department is now available online! Regular features such as the letter from the chair, research and award highlights, plus development and special alumni events, are all available. Should you have questions or want a magazine mailed...[More]


INFORMATION PARADOX SOLVED? IF SO, BLACK HOLES ARE FUZZBALLS

Stephen Hawking and Kip Thorne may owe John Preskill a set of encyclopedias.

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Annual Physics Winter Party

The annual Physics Winter Party was held this year on Saturday Evening, January 24 at the Fawcett Center on the OSU Campus. This year's theme was "A Physics Prom". Highlights of the evening included dinner, installation of new Sigma Pi Sigma members, music by the Don Sutton Orchestra, and a...[More]


Alumnus featured on Development Web Site

Michael Valentino, 1934 graduate in the Department of Physics, has recently pledged $500,000 to honor his late wife, and his mother, with the Angela Marie and Mary Frances Valentino Physics Academic Achievement Scholarship Fund. Read more about his gift at www.giveto.osu.edu/lev02.asp?StoryId=43.

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Basketball spots feature Distinguished University Professor

The Ohio State University will feature research and outreach stories in special half time spots throughout the basketball season. This month, Arthur Epstein, Distinguished University Professor in the Departments of Physics and Chemistry, and his research group, were featured during the following games:

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Timelapse Movie of Construction Progress

A new movie detailing the last year's progress of construction of the Physics Research Building is available! The time period covered is December 2002 through November 2003. The movie is approximate 1 minute 30 seconds in duration and 13MB in size. You can view the movie directly...[More]


2004 Physics Academic Achievement Scholarship

The Physics Department will be offering one scholarship equal to the full cost of in-state tuition for four years to one student planning to major in physics or engineering physics at Ohio State. This scholarship competition is open to any high-school senior applying to Ohio State who has expressed...[More]


2003 Physics Department Open House

November 1, 2003 --- Mark your calendars!!

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Report from the APS Committee on the Status of Women in Physics

The final report by the APS Committee on the Status of Women in Physics is available here.

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Celebrate Women in Physics!

On August 19, all of the women in the physics department, as well as friends of the department, enjoyed a wonderful lunch catered by one of Columbus's finest chefs, Alana Shock, owner of Alana's Restaurant. Bunny Clark, Distinguished University Professor of physics, hosted the luncheon. Dr. Clark sponsors similar events...[More]


Mars at Opposition

Wednesday, August 27, Mars reached opposition, which means that the Sun, Earth and Mars roughly lie along a straight line. Mars subtended 25 arc seconds in the sky at this time. Note the south polar ice cap (water and carbon dioxide ice) visible in the picture.

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Plastics Patents Licensed for Commercial Production

On Wednesday August 13, officials from BTG International, Inc. and Taiwans Union Chemical Laboratories (UCL) of the Industrial Technology Research Institute signed an agreement to jointly develop technology created and patented by Arthur J. Epstein, Distinguished University Professor in the departments of physics and chemistry.

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Ohio State Physics Students at the State Fair Friday, August 15, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Members of Sigma Pi Sigma are at the 2003 Ohio State Fair as part of their newly-developed outreach program, Physics Outreach To Our Neighbors (PHOTON). These dedicated physics students are trying to spread interest in physics among the general public, especially children. In a booth set up in the Lausche...[More]


2003 Take a Daugher to Work Day

The 2003 Take a Daughter to Work Day was Thursday, April 24. The Department of Physics put on one of the 50 campus wide workshops and hands-on learning sessions. Physics graduate student Homeyra Sadaghiani provides her impressions of the day:

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Distinguished Physics Faculty

Two faculty recently have been recognized by the University for distinguished scholarship and teaching: Professor Eric Braaten received the University Distinguished Scholar Award, and Professor Samir Mathur was awarded the Alumni Association Distinguished Teaching Award.

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Howard Dyke Retires

Howard Dyke retired June 30, 2003 after more than 35 years of service to The Ohio State University Department of Physics.

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New Interim Senior Associate Vice President for Research

Professor Robert J. Perry will begin serving as Interim Senior Associate Vice President for Research on July 1, 2003. Dr. Perry is a Professor of Physics and is currently an Associate Dean in the College of Mathematical and Physical Sciences. He has been an OSU faculty member since 1987, served...[More]


Physics Faculty Member Named Outstanding Scholar

Assistant Professor Sabine Jeschonnek, Lima Regional Campus, has won the "Outstanding Scholar Award" for the Lima Campus. She joined the Ohio State faculty in the fall of 2001 and has already been awarded an NSF grant, "Quark-gluon and hadronic degrees of freedom in few-body systems." In addition, she serves as...[More]


2003 Spring Picnic

The 2003 version of the Department of Physics Spring Picnic will be held Thursday, May 22, 2003 at the Smith Park, about 100 yards west of Smith Lab, just off 19th Ave.

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Department of Physics Distinguished Alumni Award

Join us at the Faculty Club for the Distinguished Alumni Award!

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Faculty Member Named Distinguished University Professor

Eric Herbst, Professor in the Department of Physics, has been named a Distinguished University Professor, the highest title that the university can bestow on a faculty member, and a title that will remain with him throughout his career. Provost Ed Ray presented the award to Dr. Herbst during a surprise...[More]


Riccardo Giacconi to speak at Annual Smith Lecture

The public is invited to hear Professor Riccardo Giacconi, 2002 Nobel prizewinner in physics, at the Annual Smith Lecture in the Department of Physics on May 8, 2003, at 8:00 p.m. in 131 Hitchcock Hall. His talk, "X-ray Visions of the Universe."

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2003 Goldwater Scholarship Winner

Jason Randel, majoring in Engineering Physics, has been awarded a 2003 Goldwater Scholarship. Jason has a perfect 4.0 GPA and is currently working with Professor Tom Humanic's group.

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2003 Smith Scholarship Winners

Matt Maeder, Brett Underwood, Kyle Walker, and Tom Weisgarber (L to R) are the winners of the 2003 Alpheus W. and Adah B. Smith Undergraduate Research Scholarship Award. This award is presented annually to support the research activities of undergraduate students. Matt Maeder and Tom Weisgarber are working...[More]


Professor Gary Steigman Elected to APS Post

Gary Steigman, professor of Physics and Astronomy was recently elected Vice Chair of the American Physical Society's Forum on International Physics. The FIP is a voluntary association of APS members who are particularly interested in the international aspects of physics. Prominent among the activities of the FIP is the encouragement...[More]


ALERT!! COLLOQUIUM RESCHEDULED

The colloquium scheduled for today (Tuesday, Feb. 4) has been rescheduled for tomorrow (Wednesday, Feb. 5) at 9:30AM in Smith 1094.

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Annual Winter Party

Thankfully, our Annual Winter Party is upon us. No more Saturday nights watching reruns of THE game, eating mom's month-old Christmas cookies.

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Research Experience for Undergraduates

Pending approval by the NSF, the Ohio State Physics Department will be sponsoring an REU (Research Experience for Undergraduates) program again this summer. For more information click here.

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2002 Physics Magazine Available Online

"Ohio State Physics", our annual magazine distributed to alumni and friends of the department is now available online! Regular features such as the letter from the chair, research and award highlights, plus development and special alumni events, are all available. Should you have questions or want a magazine mailed...[More]


OSU Researchers win Prize in RHIC Theory Competition

Two members of the Nuclear Theory Group at OSU, Dr. Zi-Wei Lin and Prof. Ulrich Heinz, recently returned from a workshop at the Institute for Nuclear Theory (INT) in Seattle with bottles of excellent Yakima Valley wine which they had won in the "RHIC Theory Competition".

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Department of Physics welcomes new Eminent Scholar

The Department of Physics welcomes P. Christopher Hammel from Los Alamos National Laboratory as the new Ohio Eminent Scholar in Experimental Physics. Read more about him and his work in onCampus.

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AAAS Honors Seven OSU Faculty with Rank of Fellow

Among the seven honorees are two from the Department of Physics:

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The Power of Physics

This year, prior to the Michigan game, the Department of Physics will be featured at the President's Pre-game Brunch. Held in Drake Union, the private reception for friends of the university and the department will include Ohio State Cheerleaders, Pep Band, a brief talk by Physics undergraduate physics major Becky...[More]


Grilling for Bucks!

John Whitcomb and Mark Reed of the Department of Physics will be grilling hot dogs in the area between Smith Lab and McPherson Lab starting at noon (until the hot dogs are gone - about an hour or so) on Friday, 11/22. Donate $2.00 and get a hot dog fresh...[More]


TBDBITL honors faculty achievements

Halftime at the Ohio State-Minnesota game on November 2 featured new "band members" strutting their stuff on the football field during half time. "The Best Damn Band in the Land" featured faculty achievement by recognizing more than 20 faculty who received 2002 Distinguished university honors for teaching, research, scholarship and...[More]


Chemical Dynamics, Combustion, and the Future of Mankind

Monday, November 4, 3:00 p.m., Ohio Union West Ballroom

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Plastic Shows Promise For Computer Memory

Researchers at Ohio State and their colleagues have expanded the possibilities for a new kind of electronics, known as spintronics. Though spintronics technology has yet to be fully developed, it could result in computers that store more data in less space, process data faster, and consume less power. It could...[More]


Physics Academic Achievement Scholarship

The Physics Department will be offering one scholarship equal to the full cost of in-state tuition for four years to one student planning to major in physics or engineering physics at Ohio State. This scholarship competition is open to any high-school senior applying to Ohio State who has...[More]


Computer Outage on Sunday, September 22

The Physics Computer Facility staff is planning major work in its computer room this Sunday, September 22nd. We plan to install additional circuit breakers in our power center and to lay new power cables under the floor. This will require shutting down all power, and consequently all computers,...[More]


Harold McMaster Received Honorary Degree at Summer Commencement

Harold McMaster, OSU physics graduate and recipient of the 2001 Distinguished Alumni Award from the Department of Physics, received an Honorary Doctor of Science degree at commencement exercises on August 30 in the Jerome Schottenstein Center. McMaster is the founder of four companies and holds more than 100 patents ranging...[More]


Open House for High School Students, Oct. 19th

The Department of Physics will be holding its 8th annual open house for high school students who want to learn more about the physics and engineering physics programs at Ohio State. The open house will take place on Saturday, Oct. 19, from 9:30 to 1:30 at Smith Lab on...[More]


Celebrate Women in Physics!

On a beautiful summer day at the end of July, all of the women in the physics department, as well as friends of the department, enjoyed a wonderful lunch catered by one of Columbus's finest chefs, Alana Shock, owner of Alana's Restaurant. Bunny Clark, Distinguished University Professor of physics, hosted...[More]


2001-2002 Physics Graduates

Congratulations from the Department of Physics to our 2001-2002 graduates! Click here for a complete list of graduates.

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Molecular Spectroscopy Symposium

The 57th Annual International Symposium on Molecular Spectroscopy was held June 14 through June 21 in Smith Lab. The exchange of scientific information that features reports on the most recent work in molecular spectroscopy, as well as the annual sharing of coffee and doughnuts, continue to highlight this renowned...[More]


2002 Distinguished Alumni Award Presentation

Faculty, staff and students of the Department of Physics were invited to attend the 4th annual Distinguished Alumni Award Ceremony. The 2002 award was presented to RJ Yeh, founder and owner of Bason Computer, Inc. in Chatsworth, California. The ceremony took place in the Faculty Club on Monday,...[More]


Physics Fun in the Sun!

The annual Physics Department picnic was held from 12:00 P.M. to 3:00 P.M., Thursday, June 6 in Smith Park. Smith Park is located on 19th Ave., just west of Robinson Lab. All physics faculty, staff, grad students, undergrad majors, post-docs, visiting faculty and researchers were invited. Hamburgers,...[More]


Undergraduate Physics and Engineering Physics Awards Reception

The Undergraduate Studies Committee would like to invite undergraduate majors, parents, friends and the physics faculty and staff to the annual Undergraduate Physics and Engineering Physics Awards Reception. The reception will take place on Wednesday, May 29 at 3:00 P.M. in Smith 1011.

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Shirley Royer Wins Distinguished Staff Award

Shirley Royer of the The Ohio State University Department of Physics was surprised on Friday, May 10 when she was presented the Official Ohio State tin of cookies in recognition of winning the University Distinguished Staff Award. The Distinguished Staff Award is presented to only 12 University staff members each...[More]


Department of Physics Breaks Ground for New Physics Research Building

On May 17, 2002, the Department of Physics held a ground breaking ceremony for the state-of-the art Physics Research Building. The ceremony took place from 3:30-5:30 with presentations at 3:45, at the site of the new building located on Woodruff Avenue between Hitchcock Hall and Johnston Laboratory. Speakers included President...[More]


Arthur Epstein to give Distinguished University Lecture

Art Epstein, Distinguished University Professor, Department of Physics and Department of Chemistry, will give the University Distinguished Lecture on May 1, 2002 at 4:00 p.m. in the Wexner Film/Video Theater. His talk, "Nanotechnology, Plastics and Your Investments" will introduce nanotechnology and offer an explanation of the explosive potential of new...[More]


Professor Greg Kilcup wins Alumni Award for Distinguished Teaching

University President William E. Kirwan surprised Greg Kilcup during class this week with the Distinguished Teaching Award. President Kirwan was accompanied by Greg's wife and son, as well as what seemed like a cast of hundreds, inlcuding physics colleagues and college office well-wishers. Greg joins an elite group of only...[More]


Eric Cornell to speak at Annual Smith Lecture

The public is invited to hear Professor Eric Cornell, 2001 Nobel prizewinner in physics, at the Annual Smith Lecture in the Department of Physics on May 7, 2002, at 8:00 p.m. in 131 Hitchcock Hall. His talk, "Stone Cold Science: Bose-Einstein Condensation and the Weird World of Physics a...[More]


Research Could Explain Behavior in Unusual Superconductors

Since their discovery in 1986, the crystalline ceramic materials known as cuprates have puzzled scientists for their high-temperature superconductivity.

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Electronics Decipher Fermilab Collisions

For the Collider Detector at Fermilab (CDF) group in Ohio State's Department of Physics, this is an exciting time. Not only did Brian Winer and Richard Hughes, both associate professors, lead the effort to design a particle tracker for CDF, but they had the singular joy of seeing the device...[More]


Patent: Light-up Polymers Change Color

A moment in the 1967 film The Graduate occupies a place in movie history, and in science history as well. At a graduation party, a guest leans in to offer the main character, Benjamin Braddock, a single sage word of advice for his future: Plastics.

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Physics Professor Jason Ho named Distinguished Scholar

Jason Ho was surprised in his classroom on Tuesday by President Kirwan as he was recognized with the University's Distinguished Scholar Award. Kirwan was joined by Jason's family: his wife, daughters, mother and sister, as well as Department Chair William Saam, College Dean Bob Gold and several other well-wishers. Honorees...[More]


Two Physics Majors Earn Honors

Allison Heinrichs (left) and Karoline Gilbert (right) have received accolades for their excellent work.

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Faculty Member Helps Develop First Light-tunable Plastic Magnet

Arthur J. Epstein, Distinguished University Professor of Physics and Chemistry has developed the world's first light-tunable magnet, through a 25-year collaboration with Joel S. Miller at the University of Utah. They describe the magnet in the current issue of the journal Physical Review Letters, in a paper co authored with...[More]


Four Faculty Named APS Fellows

The American Physical Society APS has recognized four members of the Ohio State faculty for their contributions to physics research. Richard Furnstahl, Ulrich Heinz, Ciriyam Jayaprakash and Robert Scherrer were among 190 Fellows named by the APS this year. Read the full story in onCampus.

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Winter Party Scheduled for January 26

Faculty, staff and friends of the Department of Physics should plan to attend the annual winter party which is scheduled for Saturday, January 26 from 7PM - 11PM at the Ag. Admin building. The theme this year is "2002: A Physics Phantasy." Guests are invited to bring...[More]


Faculty Members Named Fellows of AAAS

Physics faculty members Richard Boyd and Len Brillson have been named fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. They join an elite group of 54 Ohio State faculty members who have achieved this recognition for excellence in research in their fields of study. They are...[More]


New Physics Building

A new physics building, to be built on the site of the old Welding Engineering building, is currently in the final design stages. The building will provide state-of-the art laboratory, office and conference space for the Physics Department. Groundbreaking is scheduled for late spring 2002, with construction taking about 2...[More]


Amy Stutz Receives Student Recognition Award from the Board of Trustees

At their monthly meeting on November 2, The Ohio State University Board of Trustees recognized Amy Stutz with their Student Recognition Award. Amy is an undergraduate physics major currently doing research in astronomy with Professor Andrew Gould. Her research has already resulted in two published articles appearing in the Astrophysical...[More]


Physics Academic Achievement Scholarship

The Physics Department will be offering one scholarship equal to the full cost of in-state tuition for four years to one student planning to major in physics or engineering physics at Ohio State. This scholarship competition is open to any high-school senior applying to Ohio State who has...[More]


Professor Wins OSAPS Award

Bunny Clark, Distinguished University Professor of Physics, has been named the winner of the Maxwell Award of the Ohio Section of the American Physical Society (APS). The award is presented to those members of the APS who provide outstanding service to the Ohio Section.

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Department of Physics Open House

The Department of Physics held its 6th annual Open House for high school students who want to learn more about the physics and engineering physics programs at Ohio State on Saturday, Oct. 27, from 9:30 to 1:30 at Smith Lab on the OSU campus. The Open House featured a...[More]


Distinguished Service Award

Emeritus Professor E. Leonard Jossem was honored at Summer Commencement on Thursday, August 30 with a Distinguished Service Award. Beyond his service to the University, Dr. Jossem served the Department of Physics as chair and was a member of the scientific staff at Los Alamos in the Advanced Developments...[More]


Celebrate Women in Physics!

On a beautiful summer day at the end of July, all of the women in the physics department, as well as friends of the department, enjoyed a wonderful lunch catered by one of Columbus's finest chefs, Alana Shock, owner of Alana's Restaurant. Bunny Clark, Distinguished University Professor of physics,...[More]


Distinguished University Lecturer

Arthur Epstein, Distinguished University Professor of Physics and Chemistry, and Director of the Center for Materials Research has been selected as University Distinguished Lecturer for 2001-02 (along with Ruth Colker, professor of law.) Each will deliver free, public lectures next year on a topic of their choice that reflects their...[More]


FUN IN THE SUN ...

The annual physics picnic brings together undergraduates, graduates, faculty and staff for food and fun. CLICK HERE to view photos of the event.

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2000-2001 Physics Graduates

Congratulations from the Department of Physics to our 2000-2001 Graduates! Click here for a complete list of graduates.

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Undergraduate Physics and Engineering Physics Awards Reception

The annual recognition reception was held Wednesday, May 23. Click here for a complete list of award recipients. Edward R. Grilly was on hand to give out a certificate recognizing Thomas Weisgarber from Fairless High School in Navarre, Ohio, who won this year's Academic Achievement Scholarship. ...[More]


Harold A. McMaster receives 2001 Distinguished Alumni Award

The Department of Physics is proud to recognize Harold A. McMaster with the 2001 Distinguished Alumni Award. Dr. McMaster, physics graduate and entrepreneur, is the third recipient of this prestigious award. The public presentation scheduled for May 17 has been cancelled. He will receive the award at...[More]


Physics Newsletter

The second edition of the quarterly Physics Newsletter is now available on the web. Distributed to Physics Departments at peer institutions, it is part of an ongoing recognition of the excellence in Physics at Ohio State.

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39th Annual Alpheus Smith Lecture

Alan J. Heeger, 2000 Nobel Laureate, will present the 39th Annual Alpheus Smith Lecture on Wednesday, May 2, 8-9 p.m. at 131 Hitchcock Hall, 2070 Neil Avenue.

Dr. Heeger's topic is "The 'Plastics Electronics' Revolution: Opportunities In Semiconducting and Metallic Polymers."

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Physics Magazine Online

"Ohio State Physics", our annual magazine distributed to alumni and friends of the department is now available online! Regular features such as the letter from the chair, research and award highlights, plus development and special alumni events, are all in a down-loadable PDF format. Should you have questions or...[More]


Ohio State graduate student wins competition in Oak Ridge Tennessee

Michael Famiano presented a poster, "Beta-Decays of Excited State Nuclei and Effects on the r-Process of Nucleosynthesis" at the ISOL '01 Nuclear Physics conference on March 11-14 in Oak Ridge, TN. His poster won the competition, entitling him to give a talk at the conference. Links to...[More]


Graduate Students Participate in National Meetings

Graduate students from Ohio State expanded their educational experiences by actively participating in professional meetings around the country. In March, students traveled to the annual March Meeting of the American Physical Society held March 12-16 in Seattle, Washington at the Washington State Convention Center, and the ISOL '01 Conference...[More]


John Wilkins Election to Office in APS

John W. Wilkins, Professor of Physics and Ohio Eminent Scholar in Materials Research, has been elected Vice-Chair of the Division of Condensed Matter Physics of the American Physical Society. His election as Vice-Chair begins a four-year commitment, with service as Chair-Elect beginning in 2002, Chair in...[More]


Commencement Address

Bunny C. Clark, a Distinguished University Professor of Physics, delivered the commencement address to Ohio State's 355th graduating class on March 16, 2001. Her speech, "A Future as Big as the West Texas Sky," can be read here.

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Freshman Physics Major Wins Research Award

Kaden Hazzard, an Ohio State freshman and physics major, has received a Summer 2001 Undergraduate Research Assistants Award, his second award from the Semiconductor Research Corporation (SRC). Kaden began working for Professor John Wilkins just a few days after graduating from high school and was in the first group...[More]


March graduates will hear words of wisdom from Bunny Clark!

Bunny C. Clark, a Distinguished University Professor in The Ohio State University Department of Physics, will serve as speaker at Ohio State's 355th commencement on March 16, 2001.

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Physics Newsletter

The first edition of the quarterly Physics Newsletter is now available on the Web. Distributed to Physics Departments at peer institutions last September, it was the first University effort to increase visibility for Selective Investment departments. The next Physics Newsletter will be available in late March.

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Physics Research Featured During OSU Basketball Halftime

The "Buckeye Pride Moment," a two-minute, half-time feature broadcast during OSU home basketball games, focuses attention on OSU research activities. On Wednesday, 2/7 and again 2/14, OSU STAR collaborators Tom Humanic, Mike Lisa, and Evan Sugarbaker discussed the Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider (RHIC - the "R" in "STAR") in the...[More]


Three Physics Faculty Named Fellows of APS

The American Physical Society has recognized three members of The Ohio State University Physics faculty for their contributions to research and education. Gordon Aubrecht, Junko Shigemitsu, and Eric Braaten professors of physics, have been elected as fellows of the APS. Click to read the university news release.

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Annual Physics Winter Party

"2001, A Physics Oddity" is the theme for this year's Department Winter Party. It will be held this Saturday evening, January 20, at 7pm in the Ag Admin Building at the corner of Woody Hayes Drive and Fyffe Rd, just across the Olentangy on Woody Hayes Drive. There will...[More]


Announcing the 2001 Physics Academic Achievement Scholarship

Thanks to a generous gift from Ed Grilly (OSU B.A. 1940, Ph.D. 1944), the Physics Department will be offering one scholarship equal to the cost of full in-state tuition for four years to one student planning to major in physics or engineering physics at Ohio State. This competition is...[More]


Open House for High School Students, Oct. 21

The Department of Physics held its 6th annual Open House for high school students who want to learn more about the physics and engineering physics programs at Ohio State on Saturday, Oct. 21, from 9:30 to 1:30 at Smith Lab on the OSU campus. The Open House featured a...[More]


Seven Ohio State Physics Faculty Earn Honors

The National Science Foundation, the American Physical Society, and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers have recognized seven members of Ohio State's Department of Physics for their contributions to physics research. Read the whole story here.

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New Physics Website Goes Live!

The new Ohio State Department of Physics website is live now. Please take a moment to explore the site. If you can't find something, check out the old site. Questions, comments and suggestions may be sent to the webmasters. Let us know what you...[More]





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