White Named Astronaut Scholar

Laurel White

July 22, 2019

For the first time, two Syracuse University students have been named in one year as Astronaut Scholars. Syracuse is one of two universities nationwide with multiple recipients of the Astronaut Scholarship this year.

Bethany Murphy, a senior environmental engineering major in the College of Engineering and Computer Science and a member of the University’s Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC), and Laurel White, a junior physics major and mathematics minor in the College of Arts and Sciences and a member of the Renée Crown University Honors Program, have been named 2019-20 Scholars by the Astronaut Scholarship Foundation (ASF). For more information, visit SU News

Dave Bishop, B.S. '73, elected to the National Academy of Engineering

David J. Bishop

June 13, 2019
David J. Bishop, who received his B.S. from Syracuse in 1973, has been elected to the National Academy of Engineering. His citation reads “For contributions and leadership in high-capacity optical switch technology.” He got his Ph.D. from Cornell University in 1978. After years at Bell Laboratories, where he made fundamental contributions in condensed matter physics, Bishop moved into industrial and applied physics. He previously won the Pake Prize of the American Physical Society. He is presently at Boston University, where he is Head of the Division of Materials Science & Engineering and Director of the CELL-MET Engineering Research Center.

Turning Student Research into Reality

January 22, 2019

Ph.D. candidate Avinash “Avi” Thakur helps design nanomaterials that could improve cancer detection

Avinash “Avi” Thakur, a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Physics, recently made headlines with his role in the development of a novel class of nanomaterials that could possibly improve cancer detection. To read the complete article, visit SU News


Syracuse Doctoral Student Earns LIGO Inaugural Award in Detector Characterization

January 15, 2019
The LIGO Laboratory in November named Davis an inaugural winner of the LIGO Laboratory Award for Excellence in Detector Characterization and Calibration. Davis shares the award with T.J. Massinger, now a postdoctoral scholar at Caltech who earned his Ph.D. in physics from Syracuse in 2016. Visit SU News to read the full article.

Syracuse Intensifies Search for New ‘Ghostly’ Particles

January 7, 2019

Physicists in the College of Arts and Sciences (A&S) are playing an important role in a multinational neutrino experiment that could lead to major breakthroughs in the study of the universe.

Mitch Soderberg, associate professor of physics, oversees a group of researchers in A&S studying neutrinos—tiny, elusive particles that hold clues about the origin of the universe. His group has led the U.S. effort to build two major components for an experiment at the Department of Energy’s Fermilab, a high-energy particle physics laboratory near Chicago.

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A Star is Born

January 7, 2019

For Gabriela González G’95, life is a honeymoon—to quote a recent country hit. No sooner had the renowned physicist returned from her own honeymoon than she and her husband, fellow Argentinian theorist Jorge Pullin, moved the party to Syracuse in 1989. Swapping modest digs in Central Argentina for similar ones in Central New York, the newlyweds found themselves at the future epicenter of gravitational-wave astronomy.

At Syracuse, Pullin worked as a postdoc, while González chipped away at a Ph.D., mastering the finer points of spacetime measurement—a mathematical model supporting Einstein’s general theory of relativity, which posits that Earth’s rotation warps space and time.

Spacetime also underpins González's prize-winning research into gravitational waves, which are invisible “ripples” caused by the collisions of dense, massive objects, such as black holes.

From 2011-17, González was spokesperson of the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO) Scientific Collaboration, an international community of researchers that hunts for gravitational waves. González’s involvement with LIGO led to her induction into both the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, as well as her inclusion on Nature magazine’s 2016 list of 10 people who matter in science.  

“Jorge and I like to think we have proven Einstein wrong, since he said his theory was not to blame for people falling in love,” jokes González, who, along with Pullin, is on the physics faculty at Louisiana State University. “When I was at Syracuse, I never thought that learning how to measure spacetime would make scientific history. It’s rewarding to do what you love.”

The College of Arts and Sciences (A&S) recently caught up with González, who admits that her honeymoon is far from over. 

To read the full interview, visit A&S News