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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]


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


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.



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.


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.


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´┐Żs Juan Maldacena, who posited that certain string theory is equivalent to a kind of gauge...[More]


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]

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