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

Alex Nitz

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

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

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

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

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.)

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