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News & Highlights

  • DU P&A 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!

  • Fractions of female undergraduate in PhD institutes Fraction of female PhD in Phd institutes
  • 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.

  • Nickolas Williams, 1983-2013
      Nickolas Williams,
    In memoriam:  Nickolas Williams, BS 2013
    We were saddened to learn of the recent loss of one of our physics majors, Nickolas Williams. Nickolas was a double major in mathematics and had been working on his senior thesis in protein folding with Dr. Kingshuk Ghosh. Upon his passing, he was awarded his dual BS degree. Nickolas was an intelligent, charismatic, and compassionate young man who was an important part of our department. We miss him greatly and extend our heartfelt sympathies to his family and friends.

  • Physics professor Kingshuk Ghosh and astronomy
    professor Jennifer Hoffman granted tenure
    The Physics & Astronomy department welcomes two new tenured professors, Dr. Kingshuk Ghosh and Dr. Jennifer Hoffman. Dr. Ghosh, a theoretical biophysicist, joined the department in 2008 and was recently awarded an NSF CAREER grant for cutting-edge work on thermophilic proteins. Dr. Hoffman is an astronomer who uses both observational and computational techniques to study circumstellar material around massive stars and supernovae. She has been a member of the department since 2007.

  • DU P&A congratulates the class of 2013!
    The following outstanding students received physics degrees in 2013:
    • Alaa Bahamran (MS, Siemens): Physics Ph.D. program, University of Denver
    • Gail Cotterill (BS, Zink)
    • Alexa Hart (Ph.D., Stencel)
    • Megan Hess (BA)
    • Xin Jiang (Ph.D., Shaheen, Summer 2013)
    • Jamie Lomax (Ph.D., Hoffman, Summer 2013): Postdoctoral position, University of Oklahoma
    • Michael Malatesta (BS, Hoffman, Fall 2012): Astrophysics Ph.D. program, University of Oklahoma
    • Stephen Ray (Ph.D., Shaheen, Summer 2013)
    • Ajaya Sigdel (Ph.D., Shaheen): Intel Corporation
    • Matthew Westacott (MS, Loerke)
    • Nickolas Williams (BS, Ghosh)