Duke Physics graduate student Nurul Taimur Islam, who completed his Ph.D. with Prof. Daniel J. Gauthier, was recognized with the Springer thesis prize. Nominated and endorsed by two experts in the field, each year Springer publishes a series of theses in recognition of outstanding research and impact. Islam's thesis on high-rate, high-dimensional quantum key distribution will be featured in this year's Springer's series. read more about Grad Student Islam Recognized with Springer Thesis Prize »
The Department of Physics held its 2018 Diploma Ceremony on Sunday, May 13th at the LSRC's Love Auditorium and Hall of Science. Family, friends, and faculty gathered to honor five majors in Biophysics, eleven majors in Physics, two minors in Physics, one Masters degree, and fifteen Doctors of Philosophy. Some graduating plans we are proud to announce: Our undergraduates are going on to do amazing things in the fields of research, technology, data analytics, and medicine. Some are pursuing PhDs in places like MIT and… read more about Diploma Ceremony 2018 »
Two members of Duke Physics' faculty were awarded distinguished professorships on May 2nd at the annual University Distinguished Professors dinner:
Christoph Schmidt, Hertha Sponer Professor of Physics, effective July 1, 2018
Kate Scholberg, Arts & Sciences Professor of Physics, effective July 1, 2018
See DukeToday's press release and a full list of Duke's twenty-six 2018 distinguished professorships here. read more about Profs. Schmidt and Scholberg Awarded Distinguished Professorships »
The 2018 Daphne Chang Memorial Award was presented to senior Jane Park on April 24th at the annual Undergraduate Poster Session. Jane's research with advisor Prof. Sara Haravifard focuses on Synthesis, Characterization, and Inelastic Neutron Scattering Studies of Breathing Pyrochlore Ba3Yb2Zn5O11 and she will graduate with high distinction this May. The Daphne Chang Memorial Award is given each year to undergraduate students who excel in physics research. The award… read more about 2018 Daphne Chang Memorial Award »
The Duke Physics Department held the 2018 Undergraduate Poster Session on Wednesday, April 23. It was well attended and provided students a platform to share their research and practice their public speaking skills. First place prize went to Jane Park, second place to Kya Sorli, and third place to Micaela Kulvaranon. More pictures can be viewed on our Flickr account here.
Photo caption: Kya Sorli presents her second place poster.read more about 2018 Undergraduate Poster Session »
Prof. Kenneth Brown (Electrical and Computer Engineerin, Physics, and Chemistry) is leading a joint U.S. and Australia Multi-University Research Initiative (MURI) looking at using spectator qubits to improve quantum computation in four physical platforms: ion traps, superconducting qubits, color centers in diamond, and donors in silicon. Qubits are the building blocks of quantum computers and the computational power of a quantum computer is limited by the quality of the qubits. Qubits are error prone due to… read more about Prof. Brown Leads Initiative Using Spectator Qubits to Improve Quantum Computation »
Alum Katrina Miller (Physics, 2016) is a recipient of a 2018 NSF Graduate Research Fellowship and the Ford Fellowship. Miller was an undergraduate in Prof. Phil Barbeau's group before being accepted to the graduate school at the University of Chicago in the Kavli Institute for Cosmological Physics. She was a member of the COHERENT experiment and worked on the development of novel tracking radiation detectors. Read more about what Miller has been up to lately on the KICP… read more about Alum Miller Recipient of 2018 NSF Graduate Research and Ford Fellowships »
Prof. Roxanne Springer gave a keynote plenary talk on Feynman at the APS April meeting held in Columbus, Ohio. Click here for the meeting's full schedule along with Springer's abstract. The entire plenary session was recorded and can be viewed on YouTube here. Prof. Springer's talk "Feynman's Footprints: Quantum Field Theory in Nuclear and Particle Physics" starts at about 1:17. read more about Prof. Springer Delivered Plenary Talk at APS April Meeting »
Undergraduate student John Franklin Crenshaw has been designated a Faculty Scholar for the Class of 2019 by the Academic Council's Faculty Scholars Committee.
From the committee's chair: "This is the highest honor that the faculty of Duke University can award its undergraduates. Your mentors, your Director of Undergraduate Studies, and the members of this committee believe that your intellectual engagement and remarkable scholarly accomplishments over the past two and one-half years exemplify the ideals… read more about Undergrad Crenshaw, Faculty Scholar for Class of 2019 »
Alumni Tom Carter (PhD, 1990), Professor of Physics at the College of DuPage, has been named the 2018 College-wide Outstanding Full-time Faculty Member. In his classes, Carter uses the iClicker, an electronic student response system, and has executed FlipIt Physics, an online tutoring system. Read on about these achievements and more in the story from DuPage's student newspaper The Courier here.
Photo credit: Alison Pfaff, Assistant Photo Editor, The Courierread more about Alum Carter Wins Outstanding Faculty Award for Excellence in Teaching »
We are sad to report the passing of alum Frances L. Lloyd (B.S., 1945) in March. Lloyd went on to receive her master's degree from the University of Virginia and worked for the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) in Colorado. She was a key member of the team who developed the standards for the magnitude of the volt. Read about her groundbreaking life in The Washington Post's obituary online here.
Photo credit: National Institute of Standards and Technologyread more about Alum and Contributor to Voltage Standards, Frances L. Lloyd Passes Away »
Alum Hao Zhang (PhD '14), a former student of Prof. Albert Chang and now a researcher at Microsoft, was pictured along with Gizmodo's news story "Microsoft Creates Wild Half-Electron Quasiparticle for Its Future Quantum Computer." Our alumnae go on to be a part of exciting work. Congratulations, Hao! Read the story here.
Photo Credit: Gizmodoread more about Alum Zhang a Part of Microsoft's Future Quantum Computer »
In a new article from APS Physics' site, Prof. Phil Barbeau discusses the prospects of a new technique developed by the NEXT collaboration to search for neutrinoless double beta decay (which would help to understand the matter/antimatter asymmetry of the universe) with a marriage of techniques from different fields of physics and chemistry. Read "Focus: Barium Ion Detector for Next-Generation Neutrino Studies" here. read more about Prof. Barbeau Discusses the Prospects of a New Technique »
The Department of Physics at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina, USA, invites applications and nominations for the Robert Richardson Endowed Professorship in experimental physics of atoms, molecules, and condensed matter. The Robert Richardson professorship is a tenured senior position to be held by a distinguished scientist with a strong record of accomplishment in both research and teaching. It is anticipated that the appointment will begin on or after September 1, 2018. Interested applicants should send research… read more about Robert C. Richardson Endowed Professorship »
On January 22, Scholars@Duke hosted a visualization challenge during the 2018 Research Computing Symposium. The challenge was to showcase Duke's interdisciplinary education and research activities. Members of Duke Physics won three of the four awards!
First Place: Graduate student Matthew Epland for "Exploring Interdisciplinary Connections in Duke Ph.D. Committees" [link]
Third Place: Graduate student Aghil Abed Zadeh for "Duke Research in Perspective" [link]
Honorable Mention: Math and… read more about Graduate and Undergraduate Students Win at 2018 Research Computing Symposium »
On Monday, North Carolina Central University officially joined the Triangle Universities Nuclear Laboratory (TUNL). "North Carolina Central has long been a major contributor to the TUNL program and so this step formalizes a partnership that’s existed in reality for many years," said TUNL Director Art Champagne. Champagne added: "Also, we recognize that physics is a community endeavor, requiring a diversity of perspectives that can only come from a diversity of backgrounds and experiences. So like all… read more about NCCU Joins the TUNL Consortium »
Prof. Sara Haravifard has been elected as a member-at-large to the American Physical Society GMAG Executive Committee, beginning officially after the 2018 APS March Meeting and serving for three years. APS GMAG is the American Physical Society Topical Group on Magnetism and its Application. It represents one of the fastest-growing scientific sectors of the APS, sponsoring 85 sessions at the 2017 March Meeting, where it received 10% of all the abstracts submitted. read more about Prof. Haravifard Elected as Member of APS GMAG Executive Committee »
On January 13 and 14, 2018, Prof. Kate Scholberg traveled with undergraduate students Jane Park (advisor Prof. Sara Haravifard) and Isabel Ruffin (advisor: Prof. Ayana Arce) to the annual American Physical Society's Conference of Undergraduate Women in Physics (CUWiP) at the University of Virginia. Park and Ruffin presented posters with Park receiving a poster prize. Prof. Roxanne Springer also attended CUWiP and led two… read more about Profs. Scholberg, Springer and Undergraduates Attended CUWiP 2018 »
Prof. Phil Barbeau discusses his uses for low-radioactivity battleship steal and Ancient Roman lead when building sensitive neutrino and dark matter detectors in a recent article published by Gizmodo. Click here to read “How Physicists Recycled WWII Ships and Artillery to Unlock the Mysteries of the Universe."
Photo: A forklift hoists one of the rusty sheets of surplus battleship steel behind a Duke physics laboratory. From "Physics on a Shoestring Budget."read more about Prof. Barbeau Discusses Reusing Materials To Build Detectors »
Time flies – it has been nearly three years since [Prof. Haiyan Gao] started to juggle between the complicated and interesting "double" life of a Physics Professor at Duke University in the U.S., and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs at Duke Kunshan University in Kunshan, China. Friends, neighbors and colleagues asked me "How has it been?" all the time whenever I am back in the U.S. My answer has always been: "it is exciting, challenging, busy, exhausting, everything except boring."
Duke Kunshan is a… read more about Commuting Between Duke University and Duke Kunshan University »
The Duke Physics 2017 newsletter is live! The department has had many achievements, faculty hires, new staff, and more over the past year that have been compiled into our final print publication. Read it now online here and look for it in your mail boxes next week.
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Physicist Michael Rubinstein has always been willing to go new places and try new things. In 1977, he immigrated to the United States from the Soviet Union, seeking opportunity. “The Soviet Union looked stable then, but there was no future for me to do what I wanted to do,” he says. As a college student, his only career choice seemed to be physics teacher.
Instead, he came to the United States with his family midway through his college education. He finished his undergraduate degree in physics at the… read more about Michael Rubinstein: Creating Communities and Collaborations to Study Soft Matter »