Yale Physicist to Deliver 10th Annual Wali Lecture Oct. 26

Priyamvada Natarajan

October 19, 2017

The College of Arts and Sciences (A&S) will celebrate the 10th anniversary of one of its premier lecture series with a program by a renowned theoretical astrophysicist.

Priyamvada Natarajan, professor of astronomy and physics at Yale University, will deliver this year’s Kameshwar C. Wali Lecture in the Sciences and Humanities in A&S. Her presentation, “Mapping the Heavens: How Radical Ideas Have Transformed Our Cosmic View,” will be on Thursday, Oct. 26, at 4 p.m. in Shemin Auditorium in the Shaffer Art Building.

The lecture is free and open to the public, and coincides with Wali’s 90th birthday. For more information, contact the Department of Physics at 315.443.3901. For more information about the lecture, please visit Arts and Sciences News

Physicists at Forefront of Multinational Experiment

Prof. Sheldon Stone

October 16, 2017
Physicists in the College of Arts and Sciences (A&S) continue to make inroads on the world stage.

The High-Energy Physics (HEP) group in the Department of Physics recently hosted the 85th Large Hardon Collider beauty (LHCb) Week in Lake Placid, New York. The purpose of the quarterly meeting—occurring three times a year at the CERN physics laboratory in Geneva, Switzerland, and once a year elsewhere in the world—is to share information about the ongoing LHCb experiment. For more information about the project, visit Arts and Sciences News

Professor Duncan Brown Explains Latest Breakthrough Discovery

October 16, 2017

Syracuse University physicists are among a team of collaborators who have made another scientific breakthrough discovery, looking deep into the heavens to find the origins of precious metals. Watch Duncan Brown, the Charles Brightman Endowed Professor of Physics, discuss their latest findings.

Four Questions for Astronaut Scholar Jordan Barrett

Jordan Barrett

October 3, 2017
From an academic standpoint, 2017 has been a very good year for Jordan Barrett ’18. Barrett is a senior physics and mathematics major in the College of Arts and Sciences and a participant in the Renée Crown University Honors Program. In May, he was one of two Syracuse University Students to be honored with a prestigious Goldwater Scholarship (Maizy Ludden is the other, and a third student, Ismael Gonzalez, received honorable mention). In June, Barrett was named a recipient of the Astronaut Scholarship Foundation award. And just last month, he attended a gala event in Washington, D.C., for Astronaut Scholars nationwide. He recently had a few free moments to answer four questions from Syracuse University News.

STEM Curious Properties

September 13, 2017

Editor’s Note: The following piece was prepared for the Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics (KITP) at the University of California, Santa Barbara. The article highlights three members of Syracuse’s Department of Physics: Mark Bowick, the Joel Dorman Steele Professor of Physics, as well as a visiting scientist and deputy director at KITP; Cristina Marchetti, the William R. Kenan Distinguished Professor of Physics and a KITP general member; and Suraj Shankar, a Ph.D. student and KITP Graduate Fellow. 

A murmuration of starlings. The phrase reads like something from literature or the title of an arthouse film. In fact, it is meant to describe the phenomenon that results when hundreds, sometimes thousands, of these birds fly in swooping, intricately coordinated patterns through the sky.

Or in more technical terms, flocking.

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Featured Media Coverage

August 28, 2017

Duncan Brown, the Charles Brightman Professor of Physics in the College of Arts and Sciences, was quoted in a Quanta Magazine story titled “For Astronomers, Neutron Star Merger Could Eclipse Eclipse.”

Syracuse Revels in Mega-Science Experiment to Study Neutrinos

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July 24, 2017

Physicists in the College of Arts and Sciences are helping usher in a new era of research.

On Friday, July 21, two members of the Department of Physics—Associate Professor Mitchell Soderberg and Assistant Professor Denver Whittington—joined dignitaries, as well as other scientists and engineers from around the world, for a special groundbreaking ceremony at the Sanford Underground Research Facility (SURF) in Lead, South Dakota.

Both professors are part of the Deep Underground Neutrino Experiment (DUNE). The project will occupy the Long-Baseline Neutrino Facility (LBNF), whose construction is officially underway at SURF. When complete, LBNF/DUNE will be the nation’s largest experiment devoted to the study of neutrino properties. For more information on this groundbraking story, visit the A&S News page

Jordan Barrett, Astronaut Scholar

Jordan Barrett

June 26, 2017

An undergraduate in the College of Arts and Sciences is now one of only 17 Syracuse University students who can call themselves an Astronaut Scholar.

Jordan Barrett 18, a rising senior studying physics and mathematics, has just been named a 2017-2018 recipient of the Astronaut Scholarship Foundation’s (ASF) award.

Syracuse Alumnus Instrumental in LIGO’s Third Detection of Gravitational Waves

Alex Nitz

June 6, 2017

An alumnus of the College of Arts and Sciences has been instrumental in the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO)’s third detection of gravitational waves, demonstrating that a new window onto astronomy is fully open.

Alex Nitz G’15, who earned a Ph.D. in physics, helped detect the signal on Jan. 4, 2017, using a software package he began developing at Syracuse. As was the case with LIGO’s first two detections, the wave in question came from the merger of two black holes, resulting in the formation of a single larger black hole.

Nitz is a postdoctoral research fellow at the Albert Einstein Institute in Hannover, Germany. From 2010-15, he was a member of Syracuse’s Gravitational-Wave Research Group, part of the worldwide LIGO Scientific Collaboration. Read more at SU News

Physics Student Named Kavli Graduate Fellow

Suraj Shankar

June 5, 2017
A student in the College of Arts and Sciences is the winner of a graduate fellowship to the Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics (KITP) at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Suraj Shankar is second person in Syracuse history to win prestigious fellowship. Suraj Shankar, a Ph.D. candidate in Syracuse’s Department of Physics, will use the prestigious, six-month fellowship to study theoretical soft condensed matter, starting in July. Boris Shraiman, a world-renowned theoretical physicist and permanent member of the KITP scientific staff, will be his mentor. To read more, visit A&S News

Phil Arnold 's artwork to be featured in the 'On My Own Time' exhibition at the Everson Museum

June 2, 2017

This year, the On My Own Time exhibition featured artwork from nearly 40 faculty and staff members ranging from paintings, ceramics, drawings, sculptures, photography, collage/assemblage, fiber art, glasswork, computer art, metalwork and mixed media. Members of the University community voted from April 28-May 17 for a favorite piece of art and a panel of professional artists assembled by CNY Arts served as judges for the works to be featured at the Everson Museum.

The selected artwork that will be featured in a public exhibition at the Everson Museum this fall includes our very own Phil Arnold's. To read more please visit SU News by clicking here

Jordan Barrett Named Goldwater Scholar

Jordan Barrett

May 1, 2017
Jordan Barrett, a junior physics and mathematics major in the College of Arts and Sciences, and Maizy Ludden, a sophomore majoring in biology in the College of Arts and Sciences and geography in the College of Arts and Sciences and the Maxwell School, have been named 2017 Goldwater Scholars. For more on Jordan's recognition, please visit SU News.

Syracuse Physicist to Discuss Black Holes April 8

Prof. Paul Souder

April 8, 2017

Tickets on sale for Paul Souder lecture, benefiting Southern Cayuga Planetarium and Observatory

The intriguing and fascinating world of black holes is the subject of a lecture by nuclear physicist Paul Souder, benefitting the Southern Cayuga Planetarium and Observatory in Aurora, New York.  

Souder, a professor of physics at Syracuse University, will deliver a multimedia presentation titled “Why Black Holes Matter” on Saturday, April 8, at 11 a.m. at the historic Aurora Inn (391 Main St., Aurora) on Cayuga Lake. He will provide an overview of black holes, as well as share some recent findings, including the discovery of a rare, medium-weight black hole.

The event is open to the public; however, registration is required. Tickets are $45, and include the lecture, lunch and a silent auction. To register, please call 315.685.7163, or send a check, payable to “Friends of the Southern Cayuga Planetarium,” to P.O. Box 186, Aurora NY 13026. Seating is limited; tickets also are available at the door, while supplies last. For more information, please visit A&S News

AAPT Highlights Syracuse University Physics Lab Manager Sam Sampere

Sam Sampere

March 1, 2017
I was hired by Syracuse University in 1993, to fill the Lab Manager position,  responsible for both introductory labs and lecture demonstrations, vacated by two retirees (yes, one “newbie” to replace two people). Two retired high school teachers were attempting to introduce order into the chaotic demo room, were introduced to me as Fitz and Drenchko. At the time I did not realize just how fortunate I was. Fitz and Drenchko became the most amazing mentors imaginable, and were solely responsible for introducing and encouraging me to join AAPT. To read more on the article, visit the AAPT site

Syracuse Hosts International Masterclass on Particle Physics, March 13, 17

Particle physics owes much of its popularity to the 2012 discovery of the Higgs boson, a subatomic particle thought to be a fundamental building block of the universe. (Courtesy of CERN.)

March 1, 2017
Dozens of local high school students and their teachers will get to be scientists for a day, thanks to the International Masterclass on Particle Physics at Syracuse University.

Students have the option to participate in a daylong Masterclass on Monday, March 13, or Friday, March 17, taking place in the Physics Building. More information at A&S News

Saulson Publishes Second Edition of Textbook on Gravitational Wave Detection Device

Prof. Peter Saulson

February 27, 2017
When a team of scientists confirmed Einstein’s theory about the existence of gravitational waves, including the important work of Syracuse University’s own physicists, there was little doubt that it would be the kind of discovery documented in scholarly textbooks. Now one of the researchers, a faculty member in the College of Arts and Sciences, has done just that. Peter Saulson, the Martin A. Pomerantz ’37 Professor of Physics, has produced a second edition of his textbook about the device that helped in wave detection: “Fundamentals of Interferometric Gravitational Wave Detectors.” More details on SU News

Tonight, for Valentine’s Day: Love and Dreams at Holden Observatory

February 14, 2017
Holden Observatory, the second-oldest building on the Syracuse University campus, will open its doors at 9:30 p.m. today for a Valentine’s Day tour. If you’re lucky, if the gray clouds of February roll away for a few hours, you might be able to look through a magnificent 19th-century telescope and catch a glimpse of the rings of Saturn. For more info about the event, please visit SU News

Physicist to be Recognized by National Academy of Sciences

Prof. Peter Saulson

January 26, 2017
Professor Peter Saulson will receive NAS Award for role in LIGO's detection of gravitational waves. For more information, please visit A&S News