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Business Manager Darlene McCain was one of four staff members recognized with the Trinity College Dean’s Pillars of Excellence Award, for her efforts in steering the department through extraordinarily challenging times. “Darlene started in her role as business manager just one month into the pandemic. Over the course of the next 15 months, we lost 75 percent of our administrative staff in Physics, and Darlene showed exemplary dedication and leadership by picking up the duties of the missing staff, rebuilding the… read more about Business manager Darlene McCain named one of Trinity's Pillars of Excellence  »

At the same time that Mike Krzyzewski was starting his Duke career, a freshman named Henry Everitt stepped foot on campus for the first time. Forty years later, as Coach K was getting ready for his retirement tour, Everitt’s undergrad research project in the Physics department has become a key piece in an apparatus promising to revolutionize the way we collect and transmit information. No bigger than a shoebox, this ground-breaking device is a widely tunable terahertz laser, with applications ranging from medicine to… read more about How an Undergraduate Project from the Early 1980s Is Helping Revolutionize Lasers Today »

The Physics department celebrated its 2021-2022 graduates with a diploma ceremony on Sunday, May 8th 2022, at the Love Auditorium & Hall of Science, following Duke's main commencement event.  The program included a celebratory lunch and a welcome address by Professor Steffen Bass, Chair of the Physics department. Following the welcome address, Professors Ayana Arce, Director of Undergraduate Studies, John Mercer, Associate Director of Undergraduate Studies, and Stephen Teitsworth, Director of Graduate Studies,… read more about Commencement 2021-2022 »

The National Academy of Sciences announced today the election of 120 members and 30 international members in recognition of their distinguished and continuing achievements in original research. Established by an Act of Congress, signed by President Abraham Lincoln in 1863, the NAS is charged with providing independent, objective advice to the nation on matters related to science and technology.  Duke’s three new members join 28 other members of the National Academy of Sciences on the Duke faculty.  They are: read more about Two Trinity Faculty Elected to National Academy of Sciences  »

The 2022 Edison Award committee has named Professor Ayana Arce part of the inaugural cohort of Lewis Latimer Fellows. Named after Lewis Howard Latimer, the Latimer Fellowship Program is a new platform designed to Celebrate, Connect and Commune a community of innovative Black thought leaders. Lewis Howard Latimer (1848–1928) was an African-American patent draftsman and inventor who worked with Alexander Graham Bell and Thomas Edison in the post-Civil War era. "It has become urgent that we create a new collective of… read more about Professor Ayana Arce Named a 2022 Lewis Latimer Fellow »

Graduate and professional programs across the university scored highly in U.S. News and World Report’s list of “2023 Best Graduate Schools.” The Duke University School of Nursing ranked second overall in the country. In addition, several MSN Nurse Practitioner specialty programs were highly ranked: Family (first) Adult-Gerontology Primary Care (first) Nursing Administration (first) Psychiatric/Mental Health Across the Life Span (first) Adult-Gerontology Acute Care (second) Duke was ranked second… read more about Duke Graduate Programs Get High Marks in 2022 US News Rankings »

Dan Scolnic has a modest goal: understanding the fundamental nature of the Universe. His ambition was recognized this year with a Research Fellowship from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. Scolnic, assistant professor of Physics and Trinity’s first Packard Fellow, is a cosmologist. His research seeks to determine the rate at which our Universe is expanding by comparing what we know about the Universe’s compact infancy to the size it has reached now, at the proud age of around 13.5 billion years (a number itself intricately… read more about Meet Trinity’s 2022 Sloan Fellow »

In contrast to classical systems, the state-space for a quantum many-body system grows exponentially in the number of its components. The goal of quantum computation is to exploit this enormous complexity to solve problems that are intractable for our usual classical computers. A decisive resource for quantum information processing is entanglement. Beyond that, measures of entanglement are used to understand and quantify the complexity of quantum matter. Entanglement in ground states -- the lowest energy states that the… read more about Eigenstate entanglement in quantum matter follows crossover scaling functions »

DURHAM, N.C. – Remember flip-phones? Our smartphones may one day look just as obsolete thanks to spintronics, an incipient field of research promising to revolutionize the way our electronic devices send and receive signals. In most current technologies, data is encoded as a zero or a one, depending on the number of electrons that reach a capacitor. With spintronics, data is also transferred according to the direction in which these electrons spin. In a new study appearing this week in the Proceedings of the National… read more about New Super-Conducting Technology Takes Data Beyond Zeroes and Ones »

Congratulations to Ph.D. student Son Nguyen, who will be part of the 2022 cohort of Teaching on Purpose Fellows! The Teaching on Purpose Fellowship, awarded by the Kenan Institute for Ethics, is a fellowship program that prepares doctoral students as educators who are committed to helping today’s undergraduates lead lives of meaning and purpose. Through the Spring semester, fellows will meet with other doctoral students and faculty in weekly sessions to explore what it means to be a good teacher of undergraduates and to… read more about Ph.D. Student Son Nguyen Awarded Teaching on Purpose Fellowship »

Two Duke University seniors are among the 41 recipients of the prestigious Marshall Scholarship, the program announced Monday.  Yasa Baig of Foxborough, Massachusetts, and James Marek of Yardley, Pennsylvania, have been chosen from applicants throughout the country.  Approximately 40 Marshall Scholarships are awarded each year to high-achieving American students to pursue post-graduate studies at any university in the UK in any field. The award covers all university fees, cost-of-living expenses and many other costs. “On… read more about Two Duke Seniors Join 2022 Marshall Scholars for Graduate Study in the United Kingdom »