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Departmental awards were presented to graduate and undergraduate students at a luncheon on May 2 2013 to recognize their achievements in teaching, outreach, resaerch and academics. A new addition to our slate of awards was a prize for academic excellence in a graduating senior, instituted by the class of 1976-77 in the name of retired Professor Richard Kofler. ...see list of awardees
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Senior Kelly Malone is one of four 2013 "Rising Researchers", a new campus-wide program to honor students whose achievements exemplify the quality of research, scholarship, and creative activity conducted by UMass Amherst undergraduates. Kelly, a physics and astronomy major, has worked on the enriched xenon observatory (EXO) experiment with Prof. Andrea Pocar since her sophomore year. Her Capstone project focussed on programming the computer control system of a radon abatement system for the EXO-200 experiment in New Mexico. ... more
Professors Benny Davidovitch and Andrea Pocar have held hands-on outreach workshops to help bring modern research closer to the K12 curriculum. Their activity was carried out within the "Science and Engineering Science Seminars" organized for high school teachers in Western Massachusetts by Mort Sternheim's STEM Education Institute.
On Feb. 2 Pocar discussed "Everyday Particle Physics" using simple cloud chambers to observe ionizing radiation passing through a mist of super-cooled gas. On March 9 Davidovitch presented "Patterns around us", with an emphasis on real-life patterns demonstrated by the wrinkles observable on our skin or on paper sheets. ... more
Jaime Hutchinson successfully defended her thesis "The effect of vesicle shape, line tension, and lateral tension on membrane-binding proteins" on January 24. Her work was advised by Prof. Anthony Dinsmore.
German Colon successfully defended his thesis "Search for TeV-Scale Gravity Signatures in Final States with Leptons and Jets with the ATLAS Detector at sqrt(s) = 8 TeV" on February 13. His work was advised by Prof. Carlo Dallapiccola.
Andrew Meade successfully defended his thesis "W/Z + Jets Cross Section Ratio, and its Implications for New Physics at the ATLAS Experiment" on December 20. His work was advised by Prof. Benjamin Brau.
In an article published in the Proceedings of the National Academy, biophysicist Jennifer Ross and colleagues report on the transport of molecular cargos along microtubules. They demonstrate that these cellular "highways" are able to transport cargo efficiently even in high traffic conditions. ...more
Jennifer Ross has won the 2013 Margaret Oakley Dayhoff Award of Biophysical Society. This prestigious early-career award is presented annually to a "woman who holds very high promise or has achieved prominence while developing the early stages of a career in biophysical research within the purview and interest of the Biophysical Society". Ross is being honored for her "innovative and productive research in the field of molecular motors by using model systems to define how motors are regulated in the complex environment of the cell"....more
The show will be hosted by Professor Jennie Traschen and feature guests Professors Ben Brau, Carlo Dallapiccola and Stephane Willocq, and Dean Steve Goodwin of the College of Natural Sciences. ...more
Phil Martel successfully defended his thesis "Measuring Proton Spin Polarizabilities with Polarized Compton Scattering " on September 10. His work was carried out on the A2 experiment in Germany and was advised by Prof. Rory Miskimen.
Jiansheng Feng successfully defended his thesis "Investigations of surface tension effects due to small-scale complex boundaries" on September 13. His work was advised by Prof. Jonathan P. Rothstein (MIE) and Prof. Mark Tuominen.
The department welcomes Courtney Lannert, who has joined the Smith College Physics Department with an adjunct appointment at UMass. Her research area is theoretical condensed matter physics, and she also has a strong commitment to physics teaching. She comes to us following ten years as a faculty member at Wellesley College, after doctoral work at UC Santa Barbara.
The department welcomes Jun Yan, who joins our faculty to start up a new laboratory in experimental solid state physics. His expertise is in optical and electronic measurements on 2-dimensional materials such as graphene. He comes to us following a postdoctoral appointment at the University of Maryland and doctoral work at Columbia University.