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Undergraduate Students Win at the 11th Research Week Symposium

March 21st, 2014

 

Robert Radford won first place (and $100.00) in the Physical Sciences and Technology area for presenting a paper of research done under the guidance of Dr. Borunda. Micah Webb won first place (and $100.00) in the Physical Sciences and Technology area for presenting a poster of research done under the guidance of Dr. Liu. The Research Symposium Awards will be presented on Wednesday, April 9 at 3:00 p.m. in the 465 Student Union (Starlight Terrace) as part of the GPSGA's annual Awards Ceremony.

 

 

 

 

New Instrument to Enable Cutting-Edge Research

September 13th, 2013

 

From left to right are Robert Belnap, Junpeng Deng, Aihua Xie and Wouter Hoff.The National Science Foundation has awarded a three-year grant of more than half million dollars to a multi-disciplinary research team with 17 investigators for acquisition of a unique, state-of-the-art infrared spectroscopic and imaging system to establish a new research facility at Oklahoma State University. Funded through the premier NSF major research instrument (MRI) program, the project will be led by Aihua Xie, professor of physics and Fellow of American Physical Society, in close collaboration with professors Robert Burnap, Junpeng Deng and Wouter Hoff.

 

 

 

 

2013 Nobel Prize in Physics

October 8th, 2013

 

OSU High Energy Physics Graduate student Shreyashi Chakdar with 2013 Nobel Laureate Prof Peter Higgs in "69th Scottish Universities Summer School in Physics" held at St Andrews,UK between 19th August -1st September 2012. Shreyashi Chakdar presented a poster about her research in "Unity of Elementary Particles and forces for the Third Family." in the school where Prof Higgs was a speaker and also the judge of that particular Poster presentation. We are delighted to know that Prof Higgs has been awarded the 2013 Nobel Prize in Physics and Congratulate him dearly.

 

 

 

 

Public Lecture by Dr. Edward S. Fry

October 8th, 2013

 

Dr. Edward S. Fry, George P. Mitchell Professor of Experimental Physics, Texas A&M University, will present "Determinism, Einstein, and Quantum Mechanics" on Thursday, October 10 at 8:00pm in 123 Animal Science.

 

 

 

 

Physics Colloquium by Dr. Nicholas Suntzeff

October 8th, 2013

 

Dr. Nicholas Suntzeff, Mitchell/Heep/Munnerlyn Professor of Observational Astronomy, Texas A&M University, will present "The Future of Supernova Cosmology" on Thursday, October 10 at 3:30pm in 110 Physical Science.

 

 

 

 

OSU Offers First Infrared Structural Biology Workshop

August 13th, 2013

 


Oklahoma State University hosted the first Oklahoma Infrared Structural Biology Workshop at the Henry Bellmon Research Center July 29 to August 2.

Infrared structural biology is a powerful emerging technology that enables unique and sensitive detections of dynamic structural motions in proteins. It allows scientists to "see" proteins in action. This technology has multiple advantages over other structural biology techniques, namely its high structural sensitivity, outstanding time sensitivity (1 picosecond or 1 millionth of millionth of a second), and wide time window (from 1 picosecond to kiloseconds). Many areas of protein research can benefit from this emerging technology, including the understanding and treatment of many diseases that are caused by protein malfunction, understanding and application of electron transfer and proton transfer in molecular bioenergy, as well as fundamental understanding of life at molecular levels.

The main goal of this workshop was to provide education and training to graduate students and postdoctoral researchers in infrared structural biology and to develop OSU as a leader in applications of infrared structural biology to enhance broad areas of protein science research. Seven doctoral students and one postdoctoral researcher from three graduate programs participated in this workshop.

This workshop was jointly sponsored by the OSU Infrared Structural Biology Initiative Program, which is led by OSU physicist Dr. Aihua Xie, the OSU Interdisciplinary Creative Planning Program, which is managed by the Provost’s office, and OSU Department of Physics. Dr. Xie, a professor of physics and Fellow of American Physical Society, was the organizer and the main instructor of the workshop. She said, "I was grateful for the many supporters of the workshop, particularly to Mr. Zhouyang Kang, a senior PhD student in physics, for his hard work and skillful instruction in hands-on FTIR spectroscopic studies of biomolecules and computer-assisted studies of molecular vibrations. I am also grateful to Ms. Christine Nichols, outreach coordinator from OSU College of Arts and Sciences, for her professional, friendly, timely and tireless support in handling all administrative aspects of the workshop, and to OSU Interdisciplinary Creative Planning Program for financial support."

 

 

 

 

OSU’s M. S. Degree in Physics with option in Medical Physics is granted CAMPEP accreditation

July 15th, 2013

 

We are pleased to announce that Oklahoma State University’s M. S. Degree in Physics with option in Medical Physics was granted accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation of Medical Physics Education Programs, Inc. (CAMPEP), on May 15, 2013. Reviewers have commented on the program excellent support from the University at all levels, as well as the excellent faculty and a strong record in radiation dosimetry research. We invite applications to the program for the Fall 2014, which will be open in November 2013.

 

 

 

 

Esteemed Emeritus Professor, Dr. N.V.V. J. Swamy, Passes Away

June 13th, 2013

 

The Department of Physics is saddened by the loss of our beloved former colleague and emeritus professor, Dr. N.V V.J. Swamy. He passed away the morning of June 13 in his hometown of Visakhapatnam in India. Dr. Swamy received his Ph. D. in Physics from Florida State University in theoretical nuclear physics, and joined OSU Physics in the early sixties. He was the first Indian tenure-track faculty member at OSU. He was a highly regarded professor at OSU, and was well-known in his field for his many contributions. His students also loved him for his devotion to teaching and research. In 1988 he retired as an emeritus professor at an early age, and began a second academic career to provide service to the students in India. The past two decades he has taught pro bono in many institutions in India, passing on his knowledge and expertise to the students in his native India until his death today. He will be sorely missed by the OSU Department of Physics.

 

 

 

 

Awards Banquet 2013

April 25th, 2013

 

Congratulations to all of this years award recipients, scholarship recipients, and graduates!

Matthew Zarachoff, Outstanding Junior
Jonathan Harrison, Outstanding Senior
Ayon Patra, Outstanding Graduate T.A.
Timothy Gustafson, Outstanding Graduate T.A.
Durmus Karabacak, Outstanding Theoretical R.A.
Lichao Zhao, Outstanding Experimental R.A.

Stevens, Kohnke & Lafon Scholarship Recipients: Travis Ayers, Aaron Downey, Todd Edmonds, Joshua Hall Jonathan Harrison, Garrett Hickman, Michael Vestal, Micah Webb, Aaron Braly, Nicholas Melko, Jared Smith, and Matthew Zarachoff.

Graduating Students
Bachelors: Jared Austin, Edgar Nandayapa, Natalie Camp, Josiah Couch, Trevor Word.
Masters: Ryan Clark, Aaron Ruse, Mohammad Islam, Jonathan Monson, Jigang Zhao, Chris Brown, Brandon Doull.
Doctorate: Mohamad Islam, Sandip Kaledhonkar, Pavan Pillalamarri, Rajendra Shrestha, Razvan Stoian, Zhouyang Kang, James Bartz, Emanuela Ene.

 

 

 

 

Innovation in Medical Physics Education Award Finalist

April 24th, 2013

 

An abstract written by our graduate student, Chris Brown, entitled: Designing a Low Cost Digital Imaging System for Medical Physics Education has been chosen as a finalist for the Innovation in Medical Physics Education Award given by the American Association of Medical Physicists (AAPM). He will give a presentation at this summer's AAPM conference over his abstract, and the award winner will be announced at the awards banquet at the conference.


ABSTRACT

Suggested Author List: Chris Brown, Jerimy Polf

Purpose:
Due to the increasing demand for trained Medical Physicists and increased interest in Medical Physics by students, many academic physics departments have begun to offer Medical Physics courses as well as graduate programs. To institute a new program, it helps to have feasible equipment that will provide hands on experience and teaching of the concepts central to Medical Physics. For example, clinical digital radiography systems are typically used for teaching the basic concepts of digital imaging.  However, such systems can cost>$100,000, posing a financial barrier, and making alternatives to commercial systems desirable for most academic departments. The purpose of this work was to develop a low cost digital radiography system for teaching purposes using used or surplus materials.

Methods and Materials:
We first identified five essential components of a radiography system, namely, the x-ray source, the detector, data acquisition, image display and processing, and radiation shielding/protection.  We then acquired used or surplus items for each component. A lead-lined wood box was built and each component installed to produce the imaging system. We then performed several basic commissioning tests to characterize the contrast, spatial resolution and noise of the acquired x-ray images.

Results:
Our results show that the system is capable of producing digital x-ray images with optimal spatial resolution and noise levels of 0.77mm and 4%, respectively. Characteristic contrast curves show adequate contrast is produced in the image over a wide range of material thicknesses and densities.

Conclusion:
These results show that an educational digital radiography system can be produced from cheap (or free) used/surplus items, thus fitting within the budgets of most academic physics departments. The design and construction of such a system has shown to be a great exercise for students learning the basics concepts of digital medical imaging systems.

 

 

 

 

SPS Star Party

February 12th, 2013

 

Society of Physics Students Star Party: 13 February 2013 starting at 7 pm (weather permitting).

This start party is a "shakedown" for SPS students to learn how to use the telescopes. We will have at least four telescopes set up to view the Moon, Jupiter and its moons, the Orion Nebula, the Andromeda Galaxy and other wonders of the night sky. We'll also have two iPad kiosks that we're borrowing from the OSU Library to present information on the objects we'll be viewing.

SPS students are invited (strongly encouraged) to participate. Pizza will be provided at 5 pm in PS147 before we have to set up the telescopes.

 

 

 

 

Oklahoma AMO Physics Research Day

February 11th, 2013

 

The OSU Physics Department will be hosting the 1st Oklahoma AMO Physics Research Day on February 15, 2013. The event will be located in the Starlight Terrace beginning at 10:30 am and ending around 5:30 pm and is open to the public. There will be both oral and poster presentations made by OU and OSU AMO physicists as indicated below. There will be a dinner for all presenters immediately following the presentation session until approximately 7:30 pm. See the presentation abstracts and the presentation schedule

 

 

 

 

Dr. McKeever named Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors

January 28th, 2013

 

Dr. Stephen McKeever, vice president for research and technology transfer at Oklahoma State University, will be inducted as a Charter Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors at the academy’s upcoming conference February 21-22 in Tampa, Florida.

 

 

 

 

Dr. Girish Agarwal Recognized As World Leader In Quantum Optics

January 9th, 2013

 

Regents Physics Professor Girish Agarwal came to OSU in 2004, looking for a place to do his research in quantum optics – the application of quantum mechanics to how light interacts with matter.

Eight years later, the scholar is the recipient of the Eminent Faculty Award that recognizes the highest level of scholarly achievement at OSU. The award was presented in November at the University Awards Convocation.

Agarwal, who received his doctoral degree from the University of Rochester in 1969, was born in 1946 in Bareilly, a town in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh. The theoretician spent much of his career in India, where he was the director of the Physical Research Laboratory in Ahmedabad for 10 years and held the Einstein chair of the Indian National Science Academy.

His research has earned him global acclaim in his discipline. His monograph "quantum optics" has been cited more than 600 times, he says. He published his first book from OSU in November 2012. His latest book on quantum optics published by the Cambridge University Press is meant for graduate students and postdocs.

Agarwal's work has been recognized at the highest level, as witnessed by his election as a fellow of The Royal Society, where he joined the ranks of Sir Isaac Newton and Benjamin Franklin.

He has won accolades including Germany's Humboldt Research Award, the Max Born prize of the Optical Society of America, the Third World Academy of Sciences Prize in Physics, and the Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Prize from the Indian government.

He says that in the American university system he can continue with his research as long as I chose to do so.

"I've found a home at OSU where I may freely pursue my work and mentor graduate students," he says.

 

 

 

 

Dr. Babu Appointed Regents Professor

December 17th, 2012

 

Dr. Kaladi Babu was appointed Regents Professor of Physics at this years Fall Convocation.

 

 

 

 

Dr. Agarwal Receives Eminent Faculty Award

December 17th, 2012

 

The Eminent Faculty Award, which recognizes the highest level of scholarly achievement at OSU, was presented to Girish Agarwal, Regents Professor of Physics, College of Arts and Sciences. His accomplishments span a broad area of scholarship in quantum optics. He is recognized as one of the top physicists in the world and played a major role in building a strong quantum optics program at OSU. "His work has been recognized at the highest level, as witnessed by his election as a fellow of the Royal Society, where he joins the ranks of Sir Isaac Newton and Benjamin Franklin, among other luminaries," said OSU Provost Robert Sternberg during his introduction of Agarwal. In comments following the presentation of the award, Agarwal announced he was donating the Eminent Faculty Award’s $10,000 stipend to OSU.

 

 

 

 

Research Week 2013 - Keynote Speaker

November 15th, 2012

 

Research Week 2013 will be held the week of February 18-22. This year's keynote speaker will be Dr. Robert Ballard one of the most accomplished and well known of the world's deep-sea explorers. Dr. Ballard is best known for his historic discovery of the RMS Titanic lost in its watery grave more than 12,000 feet beneath the cold water of the North Atlantic. He has conducted more than 100 deep-sea expeditions using the latest in exploration technology. Mark your calendars for Dr. Ballard's presentation on Wednesday, February 20 at 7:00 pm (location to be determined).

 

 

 

 

Science Café OSU

October 4th, 2012

 

Science Café OSU presents The Search for Higgs Boson God Particle with OSU Scientists: Flera Rizatdinova, Satya Nandi, Kaladi Babu, and Alexander Khanov. Moderator: Jeanmarie Verchot Lubicz.

OSU Science Café is a monthly event that highlights interesting, relevant, and current science research. The events are an opportunity to participate in lively and engaging conversations about science. The October Science Café will feature a brief presentation by OSU physicists involved in collaborative research for the elusive subatomic particle, followed by discussion and questions. Refreshments provided. This event is free and open to the public. No science background is assumed or required.

Tuesday, October 9, 6:30 p.m. OSU Library Peggy V. Helmerich Browsing Room, 2nd floor.

 

 

 

 

Higgs Boson Discovered at CERN

July 1st, 2012

 

On July 4, 2012, at 2 am CDT, two experiments at Large Hadron Collider located at CERN have announced the discovery of the most elusive particle, Higgs boson. The Higgs boson is a particle that gives mass to all matter that is around us and thus contributes to our existence. Its existence has been predicted by Prof. Peter Higgs of the University of Edinburgh, Scotland in 1964, and forms the final remaining ingredient of the so called "The Standard Model" which is the fundamental theory for understanding the basic building blocks and forces of Nature. The ATLAS and CMS Collaborations found that the mass of a new particle is around 126 Giga electron-Volts, which is 126 times heavier than the hydrogen atom. More details are available at the CERN press release.

Rolf Heuer, the CERN Director General, said that this "is a historic milestone, but it is only the beginning" of the detailed study of Higgs boson. Peter Higgs and other theorists presented at the CERN seminar, who predicted this particle, named the discovery a "tremendous success" of experiments. They expressed their deep satisfaction that the theory suggested by them to explain the origin of particle mass is finally confirmed.

The Experimental High Energy Group at Oklahoma State University has been an active member of the ATLAS collaboration since 2006. The two OSU faculty members, Alexander Khanov and Flera Rizatdinova, work with Jie Yu (postdoctoral fellow), Steven Welch (engineer), and four graduate students. The OSU group members have made substantial contributions to the success of the ATLAS experiment and towards the Higgs boson discovery. They have worked on data acquisition, calibration of data, development of the algorithms aimed at the identification of b-quarks, and on the calibration of the ATLAS detector with top quarks. It was important to ensure a full understanding of the detector performance before the Collaboration can claim the discovery of a new particle, Higgs boson. Such a discovery would not be possible without hard work of all 3500 members of the ATLAS Collaboration, and we are proud that our group has contributed to the success of the experiment.

Two other faculty members, S. Nandi and K. Babu, are internationally recognized theorists and have worked on building models involving Higgs bosons for many years. Nandi and Babu played a key role in the launching of the experimental High Energy Group at OSU, securing the funds from the DOE EPSCOR program and the State of Oklahoma. This enabled the formation of "Oklahoma Center for High Energy Physics", a consortium of OSU, OU and LU making possible to make a bigger impact on High Energy Physics Research by the Oklahoma Scientists. Both experimental and theoretical groups work closely together on many problems, enriching each other with better understanding of different aspects of their research.

The combined experimental and theoretical High Energy Group at OSU is very excited about this crucial discovery – discovery of this Century - and looking forward to work together on questions which still have to be answered with the help of ATLAS detector at Large Hadron Collider.

 

 

 

 

2012 Physics Awards Banquet

April 1st, 2012

 

Congratulations to this years awards recipients and graduates:

Josiah Couch, Outstanding Senior;
Micah Webb, Outstanding Junior;
Phong Pham, Outstanding Graduate T.A.;
Ryan Clark, Outstanding Graduate T.A.;
Julio, Outstanding Theoretical R.A.
;and Sandip Kaledonkar, Outstanding Experimental R.A..

 

 

 

 

Professor Aihua Xie elected to Vice Chair of IUPAP Commission on Biological Physics

November 30th, 2011

 

Physics Professor Aihua Xie from Oklahoma State University has been elected to Vice Chair of IUPAP Commission on Biological Physics (C6) at the 27th General Assembly of International Union of Pure and Applied Physics (IUPAP) in London, November 2011. IUPAP, established in 1922, is the highest international organization in physics. Its main mission is to stimulate and facilitate international cooperation in physics and the worldwide development of science (www.iupap.org). Most of IUPAP activities are organized through its 18 commissions on specialized fields of physics and 6 working groups. Professor Xie will work with the Commission on Biological Physics to organize the 8th IUPAP International Conference in Biological Physics that will be held in China. Professor Xie is a fellow of American Physical Society (APS) and the Chair of APS Division of Biological Physics. Her main expertise in research include protein structural dynamics, photoactive yellow protein, and infrared structural biology.

 

 

 

 

Medical Physics Website

September 1st, 2011

 

A new website for the Medical Physics program is now on-line. Visit the site for more information.

 

 

 

 

2011 Physics Awards Banquet

April 1st, 2011

 

Congratulations to all of our outstanding undergraduate and graduate students:

Parameshwar Pasnoori, Outstanding Sophomore;
Josiah Couch, Outstanding Junior;
Joseph Adams, Outstanding Senior;
Razvan Stoian, Outstanding Recitation T.A.;
Jonathan Monson, Outstanding Lab T.A.;
Adam Ezekiel Murdock, Outstanding Theoretical R.A.;
Jie Jiang, Outstanding Experimental R.A.;
and Daniel Stevens Scholarship Recipients Nicholas Ferrari and Jonathan Harrison.

 

 

 

 

Research Week Speaker: Dr. Steven Squyres

January 31st, 2011

 

Dr. Squyres will present "The Mars Project: How Design and Innovation Got Us There" on February 23, 2011 at 7:30 pm in the OSU Wes Watkins Center. Dr. Squyres was the principal scientist behind NASA's Mars Exploration Project, leading a team of over 3,000 people to overcome a myriad of challenges before successfully landing two robotic explorers on Mars. Dr. Squyres will discuss risks taken, mistakes made and how success was ultimately achieved. He'll touch on approaches for managing large teams, working together under pressure and operating effectively in unpredictable environments.

 

 

 

 

Optically Stimulated Luminescence: Fundamentals and Applications

January 13th, 2011

 

This new book, authored by Dr. Stephen McKeever and Dr. Eduardo Yukihara, discusses advanced modern applications of optically stimulated luminescence including the appropriate fundamentals of the process. It features major chapters on the use of OSL in space radiation dosimetry, medical physics, personnel dosimetry, security, solid-state physics and other related applications. The book is available now.

 

 

 

 

Professor McKeever Named Secretary Of Science, Technology

January 6th, 2011

 

Gov.-elect Mary Fallin has selected an Oklahoma State University research director as her secretary of science and technology. Fallin on Thursday announced that Stephen McKeever would serve in the post. McKeever is vice president for research and technology transfer at OSU and the executive director of OSU's Multispectral Lab in Ponca City. McKeever first joined the physics faculty at OSU in 1983 and later headed the department from 1995 to 1999. He replaces another OSU official, Joe Alexander, who served in the position under Gov. Brad Henry. Fallin says she wants to emphasize the transfer of research and technology from universities "into real-world business opportunities that will help create more jobs for our state."

 

 

 

 

A Student of Nature's Forces

December 10th, 2010

 

OSU professor of physics inspires his students to think outside the box. Dr. John Mintmire is one of three faculty members in Arts & Sciences to be named Regents Professor in 2009.

 

 

 

 

Inside OSU Visits The Mendenhall Observatory

November 12th, 2010

 

Oklahoma State University President Burns Hargis learns more about the largest telescope in Oklahoma, which is housed at the OSU observatory.

 

 

 

 

Professor Xincheng Xie Appointed Solid State Communications Editor

September 20th, 2010

 

Dr. Xincheng Xie has been appointed a member of the Board of Editors for Solid State Communications.

 

 

 

 

New M.S. Degree Option in Medical Physics

October 13th, 2010

 

The Oklahoma State University Department of Physics now offers a Masters in Physics, Option in Medical Physics Degree Program designed to prepare graduate students for clinical and research careers in medical physics and especially in the areas of proton, x-ray, and electron cancer therapy.

 

 

 

 

Mendenhall Observatory Featured on Discovery Science

August 2nd, 2010

 

"Order Out of Chaos", the second episode of the Discovery Science Channel series "Wonders of the Solar System", featuring scenes filmed at the Mendenhall Observatory, will air on August 11th at 8pm CST. The first episode of the series will air on August 4th at 8pm CST.

 

 

 

 

Physics Majors Receive Niblack Scholarships

July 23rd, 2010

 

Two Physics majors, Mr. Josiah Couch and Mr. Thomas Wright, will both receive 2010-11 Niblack Research Scholarships. Mr. Couch will be conducting his research project under Dr. Flera Rizatdinova and Mr. Thomas will be conducting his under Dr. Aihua Xie.

 

 

 

 

Professor Zhou Awarded OCAST Funding

July 9th, 2010

 

Dr. Donghua H. Zhou has been awarded OCAST funding to study the "Structure of lipid storage protein by solid-state NMR". The study should provide clues for how to influence the balance between fat storage and burning, and to eventually help discover new therapeutic strategies to prevent or treat obesity and related issues.

 

 

 

 

Professor Aihua Xie Awarded OCAST Funding

July 9th, 2010

 

Dr. Aihua Xie has been awarded OCAST funding for the project "VSM Library for Infrared structural biology". A promising new approach to drugs that bind to catalytic sites is to develop drugs aimed at allosteric inhibition. The goal of the research is to develop a powerful and innovative technique, time-resolved infrared structural biology, to improve our ability in elucidating the catalytic mechanism of enzymes.

 

 

 

 

Professor Liu Awarded 2010 Powe Junior Faculty Enhance Award

May 13th, 2010

 

Dr. Yingmei Liu has been awarded the 2010-2011 Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty Enhance Award by Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU).

 

 

 

 

Professor Babu Honored As 2009 APS Fellow

November 24th, 2009

 

Dr. Kaladi Babu, has recently been honored as a 2009 Fellow of the American Physical Society. Dr. Babu is cited "For original contributions to neutrino physics, supersymmetric model building, and grand unification".

 

 

 

 

Astrophysicist Dr. Neil Tyson Visits OSU

November 11th, 2009

 

Dr. Neil Tyson, world famous astrophysicist, discusses the impact of science, his inspirations and much more with KOSU General Manager Kelly Burley. Dr. Tyson was part of the Friends of the OSU Library speaker series.

 

 

 

 

Outstanding achievements recognized at 2009 Awards Convocation

November 6th, 2009

 

Dr. John Mintmire's appointment to Regents Professor was recognized at the 2009 Awards Convocation. Read more...

 

 

 

 

2009 Staff Awards and Recognition

November 4th, 2009

 

Congratulations to Physics department staff members Melissa Edwards and Randy Henigman for completing five years of service with OSU.

 

 

 

 

Outstanding Arts and Sciences Faculty, Staff at OSU Recognized

October 29th, 2009

 

Mike Lucas, who oversees the physics and chemistry instrument shop, was recognized at the Fall 2009 College of Arts and Sciences Convocation. Read more...

 

 

 

 

Researchers Receive NSF Grant, Will Travel To Antarctica

July 28th, 2009

 

Dr. Alex Simms, assistant professor in the Boone Pickens School of Geology, and Dr. Regina DeWitt, assistant research professor in the physics department, have received a $199,978 grant from the National Science Foundation to continue a research project on sea level changes in Antarctica. Next spring, Simms and two graduate students will travel to the continent to collect samples of beach deposits. [More...]

 

 

 

 

Professor Aihua Xie Elected Division Vice-Chair of APS

July 9th, 2009

 

Dr. Aihua Xie has recently been elected as Vice Chair of the Division of Biological Physics of American Physical Society. In the next two years, she will lead the APS division of Biological Physics as Chair-elect in 2010 and Chair in 2011. Read more...

 

 

 

 

Faculty Promotions

June 22nd, 2009

 

Dr. John Mintmire has been appointed Regents Professor and Dr. Eduardo Yukihara has been promoted to Associate Professor.

 

 

 

 

Dr. DeWitt Receives NASA Grant

June 16th, 2009

 

Dr. Regina DeWitt, an assistant research professor in the department of physics, has received a $496,000 grant from NASA. The two-year award funds further development of a miniature optical dating instrument (ODIN), which can be used for dating the surface of Mars.

 

 

 

 

Professor Yukihara Receives OCAST Funding

May 14th, 2009

 

Dr. Eduardo Yukihara has been awarded funding from OCAST for his research on Novel Nanophosphors for Dose Mapping in Radiotherapy. "This proposal improves treatment of human disease by addressing a technological gap in obtaining high-precision measurements of dose distributions in radiotherapy, with significant impact on quality control and dose verification in radiotherapy modalities such as Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy (IMRT), stereotatic radiosurgery and proton therapy. The project goal is to develop novel nanophosphors with a unique combination of luminescence and dosimetric properties currently unavailable in any single phosphor."

 

 

 

 

Professor McKeever Discusses Dosimetry Research

May 6th, 2009

 

Dr. Stephen McKeever, VP of Research and Professor of Physics, discusses his Radiation Dosimetry research in a video clip posted to YouTube.

 

 

 

 

BBC Film Crew Visits the OSU Observatory

April 28th, 2009

 

A British Broadcasting Corporation crew visited OSU's Mendenhall Observatory on April 20 and 21, 2009, to shoot segments for a five-part BBC series on the Solar System. The series, hosted by Professor Brian Cox of the University of Manchester, will appear internationally in 2010. Dr. Cox serves as BBC's "Carl Sagan". For one program segment, Dr. Cox described Saturn's rings and moons as their images were projected onto the dome. During their stay, the crew videotaped all aspects of the observatory in action, including observations of Saturn.

 

 

 

 

2009 Physics Awards Banquet

April 27th, 2009

 

Congratulations to all of our outstanding undergraduate and graduate students:

Markus Vasquez - Outstanding Junior
James Hazelton - Outstanding Senior
Tyler Collums - Outstanding Recitation T.A.
Ayon Patra - Outstanding Lab T.A.
Feng Gao - Outstanding Experimental R.A.
Sumanta Das - Outstanding Theoretical R.A.
Yanzhi Meng - Outstanding Theoretical R.A.

 

 

 

 

Professor Xincheng Xie Honored As New APS Fellow

December 1st, 2008

 

Dr. Xincheng Xie has been honored as a 2008 Fellow of the American Physical Society. Dr. Xie is cited "for important contributions to the theoretical understanding of two-dimensional electron systems, tirelessly working for the advancement of physics in China, fostering collaborations between young physicists in China and the United States, and co-organizing a number of important international workshops and conferences".

 

 

 

 

Professor Emslie Appointed Regents Professors

November 21st, 2008

 

Dr. A. Gordon Emslie, Professor of Physics and Dean of the Graduate College was appointed Regents Professor during the annual Fall Convocation.

 

 

 

 

OSU Students Build And Launch A Sensor Into Space

August 12th, 2008

 

Students from OSU’s Radiation Physics Laboratory built and successfully launched a cosmic radiation detector this summer that reached the edge of outer space. Carried by a helium-filled balloon 12 feet in diameter, the detector flew for more than two hours and reached 104,000 feet in altitude. The device recorded radiation levels at the varying altitudes -- information that will be used by NASA to develop instrumentation for space flight. Read more ...

 

 

 

 

Professor Girish Agarwal Elected Fellow of The Royal Society

May 20th, 2008

 

OSU Physics faculty member Dr. Girish Agarwal, a leader in quantum optics, recently was recognized for exceptional contributions to society with his election to the Fellowship of The Royal Society. Dr. Agarwal joins the likes of great scientists that include Sir Isaac Newton, Stephen Hawking and Sir David Attenborough.

Dr. Agarwal has been a world leader in the field of quantum optics for more than 25 years. His monograph "quantum optics," which introduces new theoretical techniques, has been cited more than 600 times. "My work is of a fundamental nature but is applicable to high resolution optical imaging where breakthroughs in optical sciences can be applied to everything from contact lenses to cameras," he said.

Read the complete Press Release, a Follow-up Story, and  see photos from the Physics Department Dinner Honoring Dr. Agarwal.

 

 

 

 

2008 Physics Awards Banquet

April 18th, 2008

 

Congratulations to all of our outstanding undergraduate and graduate students:

James Hazelton - Outstanding Junior
Noriyuki Masada - Outstanding Senior
Adam Ezekiel Murdock - Outstanding Recitation T.A.
Ranjan Singh - Outstanding Lab T.A.
Garret Jeffrey Sykora - Outstanding Experimental R.A.
Aziz Kolkiran - Outstanding Theoretical R.A.
James Kelly - Special Award

 

 

 

 

Two Physics Faculty Named APS Fellows

March 27th, 2008

 

OSU Physics Department faculty members Dr. Bruce Ackerson and Dr. Steve McKeever were honored as Fellows of the American Physical Society at its March meeting in New Orleans. Ackerson was cited for "theoretical and experimental advances in the physics of colloidal liquids and crystals," while McKeever, who also serves as vice president of research at OSU, was cited "for major contributions to solid-state radiation dosimetry using thermally and optically stimulated luminescence from wide band-gap insulators, including the development of novel luminescence techniques for radiation measurement." A total of four physics faculty members from OSU have received this honor in the past four years.

 

 

 

 

OSU Research Video Clips on YouTube

November 13th, 2007

 

Research projects videotaped by Cindy Schaefer, University Research Services, have been posted to YouTube. The video clips, including one featuring Dr. Gil Summy and the Bose-Einstein Condensation Lab, are now online.

 

 

 

 

OSU Honors Special Achievement At Fall Convocation

October 10th, 2007

 

Dr. Kaladi Babu received the Regents Distinguished Research Award and Dr. Peter Sherwood was appointed Regents Professor.

 

 

 

 

Workshop on Radiation Monitoring for the International Space Station

September 3rd, 2007

 

The 12th Annual WRMISS will be held on the campus of Oklahoma State University in Stillwater, Oklahoma, USA on Sept. 10-12, 2007.

 

 

 

 

OSU Breaks Ground On Interdisciplinary Science Research Building

July 26th, 2007

 

The official ground breaking for the new Interdisciplinary Science Research Building was held on July 26th. The high-tech, 124,000-square foot OSU Interdisciplinary Science and Research Building will provide laboratory spaces for a range of disciplines and is expected to be completed in the fall of 2010. The building, which will be three floors plus a basement, will contain custom-designed facilities for research in biodiversity, biophysics, photonics, synthetic chemistry and advanced materials. Read more ...

 

 

 

 

New Regents Professors Appointed

June 21st, 2007

 

Dr. Peter M. Sherwood, Professor of Physics and Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences was appointed Regents Professor effective July 1.

 

 

 

 

2007 Physics Awards Banquet

April 20th, 2007

 

Our annual awards banquet was held on April 19th. Congratulations to all of our outstanding undergraduate and graduate students:

Cory Slavonic - Outstanding Senior
Cooper Bell - Outstanding Junior
Edward Manda - Outstanding Sophomore
Pavan Pillalamarri - Outstanding Recitation T.A.
Ishan Talukdar - Outstanding Lab T.A.
Carl Johnson - Outstanding Experimental R.A.
Steven Gabriel - Outstanding Theoretical R.A.
Junwen Li - Outstanding Computational R.A.
Abdel Bachri - Outstanding Service
Benjamin Grossmann - Outstanding Service
Clark Mitten - Daniel S. Stevens Scholarship
Trevor Word - Daniel S. Stevens Scholarship
Timothy Perk - Earl A. Lafon Scholarship

 

 

 

 

State's Most Advanced Telescope Added To OSU Observatory

March 11th, 2007

 

Oklahoma's largest, most technologically advanced telescope was installed at OSU's H.S. Mendenhall Observatory the week of February 9-15. The telescope will be used to discover planets orbiting other stars, track asteroids which threaten to collide with Earth, and measure the changing brightness of objects whose light output varies with time. Read more...

 

 

 

 

Celebrating Books by OSU Authors 2007

January 30th, 2007

 

On February 1, the OSU Library will host "Celebrating Books by OSU Authors". The event will honor OSU employees who have authored, co-authored or edited a book in 2005 or 2006. Included in this group is Dr. Peter Shull, co-author of "Exploring the Universe with Voyager III". The reception is 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. in the Peggy V. Helmerich Browsing Room.

 

 

 

 

Physics Professor Receives International Accolades

January 30th, 2007

 

"Girish S. Agarwal, Noble Foundation Chair and Regents Professor of physics at OSU, was honored at the International Symposium on Quantum Optics (last) summer for his career contributions to the field of physics involving light and its interaction with matter."

 

 

 

 

Research Week 2007

October 26th, 2006

 

Dr. Frank Wilczek, Nobel Laureate in Physics in 2004, will be visiting OSU during Research Week 2007. He will be in Stillwater from February 20-21 and will be giving a Public Lecture the evening of Tuesday, Feb 20th followed by a Keynote address at the Research Symposium on the morning of Wednesday, Feb 21st. He will also be meeting with physics faculty and students on Tuesday afternoon. More details concerning his visit will be available soon.

 

 

 

 

2006 SPS Fall Picnic

October 19th, 2006

 

The Society of Physics Students hosted their annual Fall Picnic at Couch Park.

 

 

 

 

2006 Physics Awards Banquet

April 20th, 2006

 

Congratulations to all of the outstanding graduate students honored at this years awards banquet.

 

 

 

 

Research Week 2006

February 27th, 2006

 

The Hands-on Demonstration of Interesting Physical Phenomena presentation was a great success. Research Week 2006 Photo Gallery

 

 

 

 

Professor Nandi Elected Fellow of The American Physical Society

February 27th, 2006

 

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.

 

 

 

 

Nobel Laureate Dr. William D. Phillips To Present Public Lecture

February 27th, 2006

 

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. Listen to the KOSU interview with Dr. Phillips (WMA, 2.43MB)

 

 

 

 

OSU Radiation Dosimetry Badges In The News

August 18th, 2005

 

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. The sensor absorbs radiation into a special sapphire and stores it until it can be measured by being exposed to light. It is being tested to see how much radiation astronauts are receiving during space trips. McKeever's team included Ramona Gaza, who graduated from OSU in December with a doctorate in physics and now works at NASA, and Dr. Eduardo Yukihara, a member of the Physics Department faculty.

 

 

 

 

Public Lecture by Dr. Clifford M. Will

February 14th, 2005

 

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.