Dr. Yingmei Liu’s research group has received a 3-year award from the National Science Foundation (NSF), which supports the experimental study of novel quantum phase transitions and non-equilibrium dynamics in a lattice-confined spinor Bose-Einstein condensate (BEC)

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Prof. Peter Shull presented a selection of pictures for us to view and discuss together, spanning everything from the Moon to black holes to the Universe at large. He presented an overview of work in astronomy at Oklahoma State University and discussed the OSU astronomical observatory, home of the state’s main research telescope; the observatory’s observational methods, plans and goals; and efficient outdoor lighting practices.

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On Thursday September 13th, 2018, the OSU Physics Department lost one of its beloved and most effective members of faculty. Dr. Paul Westhaus passed away in hospice care at Westhaven Nursing Home in Stillwater.

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Physics graduate student Zihe Chen has been selected to receive an OSU Foundation Distinguished Graduate Fellowship for the 2018-19 academic year. Zihe is a member of Dr. Yingmei Liu's Atomic, Molecular, and Optical physics group. The fellowship, sponsored by the OSU Foundation and Graduate College, recognizes outstanding graduate students and provides an annual $2,500 award for educational expenses.

 

The Department of Physics at Oklahoma State University is pleased to announce a new NSF REU (Research Experience for Undergraduates) award, beginning in May, 2018.

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ESPN College GameDay broadcast live from the OSU campus on November 4, 2017 prior to the OSU vs OU Bedlam football game. OSU Physics was on hand and our posters can be seen in these screen captures.

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It is our pleasure to announce that Solmaz Bastani, a Physics PhD candidate in Dr. Jongmin Cho’s Medical Physics Laboratory, along with her teammates, MBA student Imran Salim and MSE student Misti Quirling, won first prize with their business idea in the Spears School of Business Pitch and Poster Competition.

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Research at CERN has led to some of the largest and most significant discoveries in particle physics in human history, expanding mankind's understanding of space and time. In Stillwater, a team of Oklahoma State University scientists and students help push humanity's knowledge of reality forward.

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Heinz Hall, who served as our Physics and Chemistry Instrument Shop Manager for 30 years, died peacefully at his home on December 23, 2016 at the age of 90 surrounded by family and friends. His obituary is available on the Strodhe Funeral Home website.

 

Recently Alisha Leach was recognized by the university for her achievements in completing the OSU Ambassador program. This is a nice honor, which resulted from Alisha's hard work for over a year and a half. She is now even more prepared to help students, faculty and staff and to represent OSU. Congratulations, Alisha!

Aihua Xie has been appointed as a member of the Scientific Reports editorial board. The Scientific Reports is a journal from Nature Publishing Group, the publisher of Nature, with a high impact factor of 5.23. Congratulations to Aihua for this honor.

John Mintmire has been elected as a member at large of the executive committee of the APS Topical Group on Energy Research and Applications (GERA). Congratulations to John for this nice recognition.

 

Mario Borunda has been selected as one of the Emerging Leaders Under 40 by the Stillwater Chamber of Commerce and Young Professionals of Stillwater. He is one among eleven recognized with this award from a pool of over 60 nominees.

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Our own graduate student Adam Coleman was recognized recently by the Los Alamos National Laboratory, where Adam spent last summer doing research. He has been awarded an XCP Spot Award for his performance at LANL over the summer, for his contributions as a student. Well done Adam!

 

The OSU high energy physics experimenters took a break from their busy schedule of searching for new particles at the Large Hadron Collider in Geneva (and occasionally finding one, as in the case of the Higgs boson in 2012) to immerse themselves in conveying the excitement of research to Oklahoma high school teachers.

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Election to Fellowship in the APS is limited to no more than one half of one percent of membership and is peer recognition of outstanding contributions to physics. The citation, which will appear on the Fellowship Certificate, reads as follows: "For contributions to the theories of grand unification, supersymmetry, neutrino properties, and collider physics." Prof. Nandi's name and Fellowship citation will appear in the March 2006 issue of APS News.

 

Dr. William D. Phillips, Group Leader of the Laser Cooling and Trapping Group Atomic Physics Division at NIST (National Institute of Standards and Technology), and recipient of the Physics Nobel Prize in 1997, will present a public lecture titled "Time, Einstein, and the Coolest Stuff in the Universe" on Monday, April 11, 2005 at 7:00 PM in NRC 106.

 

Dr. Stephen McKeever, Vice President for Research and Technology Transfer, and a team of researchers in physics were featured in both the Oklahoman and Tulsa World this week in stories about OSU-developed radiation measuring devices that were worn by astronauts during the recent Discovery Space Shuttle mission.

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Dr. Clifford M. Will, Professor of Physics at Washington University, St. Louis will present a public lecture titled "Was Einstein Right?" on Tuesday, February 22, 2005 at 7:30 PM in NRC 106.