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Older news from and about the Physics Department at Syracuse University.

Physics Chair Honored for Innovation, Education, Leadership

Alan Middleton

Alan Middleton

December 16, 2016

A. Alan Middleton is a newly elected 2016 Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. For more information, please visit A&S News

Stanford’s Carla Shatz to Deliver Kameshwar C. Wali Lecture Dec. 8

Carla Shatz (Norbert von der Groeben Photography)

Carla Shatz (Norbert von der Groeben Photography)

December 8, 2016

Two-day visit by renowned neurobiologist part of Syracuse Symposium. Read more at A&S News

M. Lisa Manning Awarded Simons Investigator Grant

M. Lisa Manning

M. Lisa Manning

December 5, 2016
M. Lisa Manning, associate professor in the Physics department has recently been named a 2016 Simons Investigator. More information on the A&S News website.

Dedicated instructor appointed committee member for the American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT)

Sam Sampere is interviewed by CNY Central about the recent supermoon.

Sam Sampere is interviewed by CNY Central about the recent supermoon.

December 5, 2016
Sampere has once again been appointed as a committee member for the American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT). Read more at the A&S News website.

Sam Sampere interviewed about supermoon on CNY Central

November 15, 2016
Syracuse University's Physics Department Lab Manager, Sam Sampere, explains the concept behind the supermoon. For more information click here

Physics Department hosted Undergraduate Research Day 2016

November 12, 2016

The Physics Department hosted its the tenth annual Undergraduate Research Day (URD) at Syracuse University on Saturday, November 12, 2016. The meeting gives undergraduates a chance to present their own research (via talks or posters) and meet with other students and professors from New York area universities and beyond.

This year's Undergraduate Research Day had 25 participants, most of them from Colgate, the State University of California Fullerton, and Syracuse University.  We are very grateful to Scott Watson for putting together the web site, and to Duncan Brown, Walter Freeman, Mitch Soderberg, Joey Paulson, and Jax Sanders for giving talks, and to Sam Sampere for making liquid nitrogen ice cream.  The undergraduates gave interesting talks on their research, and the feedback from the students on their enjoyment of the day was very positive. For more information about the event, please visit their website

Duncan Brown to be Inducted as Inaugural Brightman Endowed Professor Oct. 20

Duncan Brown

Duncan Brown

October 20, 2016
The College of Arts and Sciences is celebrating the appointment of Duncan Brown as the inaugural Charles Brightman Professor of Physics. Read more at A&S News

Theoretical Physicist Elected American Physical Society Fellow

Simon Catterall

Simon Catterall

October 18, 2016
Professor of Physics Simon Catterall was recently elected as an American Physical Society (APS) Fellow. The APS Division of Computational Physics nominated Catterall for his contributions to lattice field theory, a framework used to explore how subatomic particles interact, yielding insights into how matter behaved shortly after the Big Bang. For more info read on the SU News

Syracuse, Cal State Fullerton Awarded Grant to Enhance Diversity in Astrophysics

August 19, 2016
Professors Duncan Brown, Stefan Ballmer use NSF grant to help recruit, train students from underrepresented groups. Read more on the A&S News

Physicists Awarded NSF Grant to Study Cancer-Cell Behavior

August 8, 2016
Three physicists in the College of Arts and Sciences are using a major grant to study the dynamics and interactions of cancer cells. Full story at SU News

Thank you to Les Schmutzler for 29 years of Service!

All four of the "shop guys"

All four of the "shop guys"

Physicist Awarded Grant to Assess Authenticity of Gravitational-Wave Signals

Peter Saulson (Photo by Amy Manley)

Peter Saulson (Photo by Amy Manley)

July 26, 2016
A physicist in the College of Arts and Sciences has been awarded a major grant to continue the search for gravitational waves using the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO). Read the full story at SU News

Physicist Awarded Grant to Study Interstellar Processes

July 15, 2016

Professor Gianfranco Vidali will use NSF grant to support work in experimental astrophysics, surface science. Read more at SU News.

Physicist Awarded Grant to Study Interstellar Processes

July 15, 2016
Physicist Awarded Grant to Study Interstellar Processes. Please read more on SU News

Physicists Discover Family of Tetraquarks

July 6, 2016
Professor Tomasz Skwarnicki, Thomas Britton G'16 confirm existence of rare 'exotic' particle, find evidence of three others.  Read more at A&S news.

Syracuse Helps LIGO Detect Second Pair of Colliding Black Holes

June 15, 2016
On December 26, 2015, the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO) detected gravitational waves from a second pair of colliding black holes. The news comes on the heels of LIGO's first historic detection, which was made last fall and announced in February. Both detections confirm a major prediction of Albert Einstein’s 1915 general theory of relativity.  Full story at SU news.

Physicist Named Editor of Top Scientific Journal

June 10, 2016
A physicist in the College of Arts and Sciences (A&S) is taking over the reins of one of the world’s top scientific journals.  Read the full story at SU news.

Biophysics Student Earns Top Honors at Statewide Research Conference

June 3, 2016
Kassidy Lundy '16, a physics major in the College of Arts and Sciences (A&S), was recently awarded first prize for her poster presentation at the 24th Annual Collegiate Science & Technology Entry Program (CSTEP) Statewide Student Conference, held in Lake George in April.  More at SU news.

Syracuse Physicists among Recipients of Breakthrough, Gruber Prizes

May 26, 2016
The honors keep rolling in for the Gravitational Wave Group in the College of Arts and Sciences.  Read more at SU news.

Syracuse Physicists Help Restart Large Hadron Collider

May 20, 2016
Physicists in the College of Arts and Sciences are participating in the restart of the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), the world’s largest, most powerful particle accelerator.  Full story at SU news.

Syracuse Physicist Awarded IBM Grant to Develop Quantum Computing

May 17, 2016
Britton Plourde helps build world’s first ‘logical qubit’  Read the full story at A&S news.

Mercury Transit Viewed by Students on the Quad

May 10, 2016
Students passing through the quad on Monday, May 9, got a surprise chance to see the planet Mercury pass by the sun. The rare occurrence is visible only 13 times a century, and can only be observed with special telescope filters. Sam Sampere, an instructional lab manager in the physics department, was on hand to guide whoever wanted to take peek at the planet, as the early afternoon clouds quickly moved out of the way. Mercury will pass through the sun's path again in the fall of 2019, hopefully bringing good luck to the graduating class of 2020.  Watch the video at SU news.

2016 University Scholars Selected

April 14, 2016
Twelve graduating seniors have been named as the 2016 Syracuse University Scholars, the highest undergraduate honor the University bestows.  Read more at SU news.

Arts & Culture: A Quartet for Soft Matter

Snapshot of the Hexacorda mollia musical score

Snapshot of the Hexacorda mollia musical score

A new composition for string quartet takes listeners on a journey into the weird world of soft matter. Read more at Physics