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American Physical Society to Honor Professor Lisa Manning

Lisa Manning

Lisa Manning

October 23, 2017

A professor in the College of Arts and Sciences (A&S) is receiving a major early-career award from the American Physical Society (APS).    

Lisa Manning, associate professor of physics, is the 2018 recipient of the APS' Maria Goeppert Mayer Award. This national award, granted to a woman physicist every year, comes with $2,500 cash award plus additional funds for lectures at up to four institutions.

Manning will accept the award at the APS March Meeting in Los Angeles, where she also will give an invited talk.

“Lisa Manning is one of our department’s rising stars,” says Alan Middleton, professor and chair of physics, and associate dean for research and scholarship in A&S. “Her research achievements in the field of soft and living matter, combined with innovative teaching, mentoring and leadership, have earned her international recognition from the scientific community and high respect from colleagues and students.” For more information about Prof. Manning's award, please visit the Arts and Sciences News page

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

Priyamvada Natarajan

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

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

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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