Welcome to Attendees of the Conference for Undergraduate Women in PhysicsThe Physics Department is pleased to host the Rocky Mountain 2013 Conference for Undergraduate Women in Physics. Margaret Murnane's keynote address will be simulcast to the five other regional conferences. For more information, please see the conference website.
Reuben Collins elected Fellow of the APS
Reuben Collins was elected a Fellow of the American Physical Society by the society's Council at it's November 2012 meeting. His nomination was recommended by the Division of Condensed Matter Physics. No more than one half of one percent of the membership of the APS can be identified as Fellows. Professor Collins' citation reads as follows:"For contributions to understanding optical properties of high temperature superconductors, complex semiconductor heterostructures, porous silicon and hybrid organic-inorganic heterostructures" Presentation of the fellowship certificate will take place at the March Meeting of the APS in Baltimore during the week of March 18-22, 2013.
Physics Department Receives National Recognition
The American Physical Society's Committee on Education selected CSM's Physics Department as one of four 2013 recipients of the "Improving Undergraduate Physics Education Award". The citation notes that we have "transformed all levels of ... curriculum, from introductory classes for non-majors to senior level courses and seminars." The full citation and list of other awardees can be found at http://www.aps.org/programs/education/undergrad/faculty/awardees.cfm
John Scales Keynote Speaker
John Scales will present a Keynote Address at the Canadian Undergraduate Physics Conference on October 28, 2012. His talk is titled, "Everything you always wanted to know about Terahertz waves, but were afraid to ask." The complete abstract, and more information about the conference are available.
Physics faculty on cover of Laser Focus World
Charles (Chip) Durfee and Jeff Squier are co-authors of the cover article for the Sept 1, 2012, issue of Laser Focus World. In collaboration with researchers at KMLabs, Durfee and Squier have demonstrated pumping of Ti:sapphire lasers with direct blue laser diode pumping. This technology could lower the laser pumping subsystem cost by a factor of 10, and lead to a new generation of lasers. You can read the full article.
Ulrike Hager joins faculty
Ulrike Hager joined the physics faculty as an Assistant Professor in January 2012. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Jyvaskyla, Finland, in 2007, and subsequently worked as a post-doctoral fellow at TRIUMF in Vancouver, BC. She originally came to CSM in 2010 for a second post-doctoral position, before being hired as a faculty member. Ulrike's research interests include reaction measurements for nuclear astrophysics and detector development.
Chuck Stone wins Martin Luther King, Jr. Award
Chuck stone is a recipient of this year's Martin Luther King, Jr. Award in recognition of his efforts to promote diversity on the CSM campus. He was specifically recognized for his efforts as a CSM101 Mentor and in improving the diversity of participants in our summer REU program. This effort has had a significant secondary effect of broadening the representation of diverse groups in applications to graduate school at CSM.
Lincoln Carr elected Kavli fellow and partipates in Kavli Frontiers in Science Symposia
Classified Employee of the Year
Barbara Pratt-Johnson, program assistant for the physics department, was
honored at the 2011 Classified Staff Recognition Program. Congratulations
to Barbara for being named Classified Employee of the Year. This award is well
deserved and long overdue.
Barbara Pratt-Johnson, Classified Employee of the year.