Graduate Students Receive Dissertation Fellowship and Doctoral Fellowship for Inclusive Engagement From DU Grad School Manisha Shrestha (Left), a graduate student working with Prof. Jennifer Hoffman, is awarded the Dissertation Fellowship. This award funds doctoral research by students who demonstrate the greatest academic potential and whose research and writing is of the highest caliber.
Jasmine Knudsen (Right) and Dan Hammerland (Middle), graduate students supervised by Prof. Mark Siemens, are both awarded the "Doctoral Fellowship for Inclusive Engagement" from DU's graduate school. This award is in recognition of their efforts to encourage all young students to do research, with the goal of impacting diversity in STEM. Congratulations to Manisha, Jasmine and Dan!
Undergraduate Student Sam Alperin publishes paper on measuring the orbital angular momentum of light in Optics Letters (Editors' pick) Sam Alperin, a senior undergraduate student working in Prof. Mark Siemens' lab, recently publish a paper in Optics Letters. In the paper, Sam demonstrates a novel method to quantitatively measure the orbital angular momentum of light with a single, stationary lens. This paper is selected as the Editors' pick.
Graduate Student Tristan Wolfe collects data on exoplanets using a new polarimeter in Hawaii Tristan Wolfe, a graduaten student supervised by Prof. Robert Stencel, collects data on exoplanets, using a new polarimeter with the Gemini 8 meter telescope atop Mauna Kea, Hawaii.
Two Assistant Professors promoted to Tenure Prof. Dinah Loerke and Mark Siemens are promoted to associate professor with tenure for their excellent work in research, teaching and service. Congratulations, Dinah and Mark.
Graduate student Devin Wesenberg won the best poster award at the Magnetic North Conference Devin Wesenberg, a graduate student supervised by Prof. Barry Zink, won the best poster award at the fifth Magnetic North Conference held at Colorado Springs. Congrats, Alex.
Graduate student Devin Wesenberg and Professor Barry Zink's work gets published in Nature Energy On April 4, 2016, DU PhD student Devin Wesenberg and Professor Barry Zink's work on improved thermoelectric properties in carbon nanotube/polymer hybrid films, in collaboration with groups at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory and Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, was published online in Nature Energy! This work is also discussed in a "News & Views" article, "Thermoelectrics: Carbon nanotubes get high," and has already been referenced by altenergymag.com and other media!
DU stratospheric atlas is included in the HITRAN international spectroscopy database HITRAN international spectroscopy database is a compilation of spectroscopic parameters that a variety of computer codes use to predict and simulate the transmission and emission of light in the atmosphere. It has recently been updated with internet user-friendly interface, with new tools, and includes our DU stratospheric atlas, which is led by Prof. Aharon Goldman.
Undergraduate student Cameron Hickert named to the inaugural
Graduate student Alex Hojem won the best poster award at the Front Range Advanced Magnetism Symposium Alex Hojem, a graduate student supervised by Prof. Barry Zink, won the best poster award at the first Front Rnage Advanced Magnetism Symposium. Congrats, Alex.
Society of Physics Students wins 2015 Blake Lilly Prize for physics outreach DU’s Society of Physics Students has been awarded the prestigious 2015 Blake Lilly Prize, given by SPS national to recognize outstanding physics outreach. DU’s SPS was specifically commended for using hands-on demonstrations to share their love of physics with over 1,000 young students in the last year.
Professor Robert Stencel to deliver the first Herbert Howe Lecture in Astronomy Prof. Robert Stencel was selected to be the first Herbert Howe Lecturer in Astronomy. The Herbert Howe lecture series is a public lecture series aimed at promotion of research mathematics and astronomy, organized jointly by the Department of Mathematics and the Department of Physics and Astronomy at the Division of Natural Sciences and Mathematics of the University of Denver.
Professor Jennifer Hoffman gave an invited talk at the UW Space Place about Supernova explosions Prof. Jennifer Hoffman gave an interesting talk about supernova explosions for the Space Place program at University of Wisconsin. Check it out, "SUPERNOVA EXPLOSIONS ARE WEIRDER THAN YOU THINK"
DU alumni was elected as a fellow of the American Physical Society for breaking through in the laser-driven nuclear fusion process DU alumni Debbie Callahan was recently elected as a fellow of the American Physical Society in the division of Plasma Physics in 2014. Dr. Callahan received her Bachelor's degree in Science at department of Phyiscs and Astronomy at DU in 1985 advised by Liz Tuttle, Vithal Patel and Herschel Neumann. She is now an associate division leader at Lawrence Livermore National Lab in California. Her team was the first to obtain a "fuel gain" of greater than one in a laser-driven nuclear fusion experiment, which was recently named one of the top 10 physics breakthroughs of 2014 by Physics World. Congratulations, Dr. Callahan.
Undergraduate student won an all-inclusive summer research position at the LeidenObservatory Sam Kerber, a DU undergraduate student with Physics major and Astrophysics minor, won an all-inclusive summer research position at the Leiden Observatory. He will be carrying out research there with collaborators of his adviser, Prof. Toshiya Ueta.
Graduate students presented posters at the Second Annual Graduate Research and Performance Summit Graduate students Rachael Tomasino, Taylor Firman and Rebecca Rattray presented posters at the Second Annual Graduate Research and Performance Summit on Jan. 30, 2015. The Graduate Research and Performance Summit compliments the mission of the Graduate Student Government fostering inclusivity within interdisciplinary research and dialogue among the DU community.
Professor Jennifer Hoffman awarded the Franklin Research Grant for her research Dr. Jennifer Hoffman was recently awarded the Franklin Research Grant for carrying out research at University of Arizona
Professor Davor Balzar to join the team to bring cutting-edge cancer treatment to Colorado Prof. Davor Balzar was invited to join the Colorado-Japan working group led by Professor Jac Nickoloff from Colorado State University to bring carbon ion cancer radiotherapy to Colorado. This kind of treatment offers fewer side effects and less damage to healthy tissues and organs than traditional radiation therapy. This makes it particularly suitable for treating areas in brain, neck, and pancreas. Read more at Colorado Public Radio!
Professor Dinah Loerke won the prestigious Cottrell Scholar Award Prof. Dinah Loerke recently received the prestigious 2014 Cottrell Scholar Award. This award is presented to early career faculty who are committed to excel at both research and teaching. Research Corporation for Science Advancement, Interim President Jack Pladziewicz, notes, "It may well be that not all research faculty can do this simultaneously and early in their careers, but the very best can." The 2014 Cottrell Scholar Award recoganizes Prof. Loreker's promising research on "Toward a Mechanistic Understanding of Cell lntercalation in Germ-Band Extension" and her innovative undergraduate teaching efforts to use metaphor of ball games to convey complicated biological mechanisms. Read more here!
Graduate Student talks about lunar eclipse on WeatherNation Rachael Tomasino, a graduate student of the Department of Physics and Astronomy at DU, recently was interviewed by WeatherNation about the "blood moon" lunar eclipse that occurred on October 8, 2014. Check it out! Good job, Rachael!
DU P&A Promotes equal opportunities The Physics and Astronomy program at DU strives for preparing future female Physcists. According to the recent APS statistics, during the period 2010-2012, we have graduated 42% female undergraduate students, which ranked 10th nationwide, and 67% female phD students, which ranked 3rd nationwide. Congratulations to these students and we are proud of this achievement.