SPS Chapter Awarded Future Faces of Physics Award
Our CSM Chapter of the Society of Physics Students (SPS) has received a $300 Future Faces of Physics Award from the national governing body of SPS and Sigma Pi Sigma. This grant enables SPS representatives to travel to two rural high schools in Colorado that serve underpriviledged and underrepresented groups in physics.
Thomas Brenner awarded AERI Post-Doctoral Fellowship
Physics Ph.D. candidate Thomas Brenner has been awarded an Alternative and Sustainable Energy Research Initiative (AERI) post-doctoral fellowship from the Weizmann Institute of Science in Israel. The fellowship supports two years of research at the Weizmann Institute, and a third year of research at an institution of his choice. Thomas is finishing his doctorate in solar cell this semester, and will continue that work at the Weizmann Institute.
Jeff Squier Named Recipient of the SPIE Harold E. Edgerton Award
The Officers and Directors of SPIE have named Professor Jeff Squier the 2014 recipient of the Harold E. Edgerton Award in recognition of his "seminal contributions to femtosecond lasers and amplifiers, laser filamentation, ultrafast spectroscopy, femtosecond micromachining, ophthalmic procedures with ultrafast lasers, and high-speed nonlinear optical microscopy."
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CSM PhD grad Michael Wall wins National Thesis Award
Congratulations to Dr. Michael Wall for winning the 2014 Nicholas Metropolis Award for outstanding doctoral thesis work in computational physics, from the Division of Computational Physics of the American Physical Society. Dr. Wall is now doing a post-doc at JILA, one of the top institutes in the world in his field of ultracold quantum gases. We are very proud of our spectacular PhD students!
Society of Physics Students named Outstanding Chapter for Sixth Consecutive Year
Congratulations to all our SPS students (Leah Moldauer, President) and their advisor Chuck Stone for again being honored with the 2012-2013 Outstanding Chapter Award. Fewer than 10% of SPS chapters receive this designation in any given year.
Chip Durfee named Fellow of Optical Society of America
The Board of Directors of the Optical Society of America elected Chip Durfee a Fellow of the Society at its meeting on October 8, 2013. The number of fellows is limited to no more than 10% of the total OSA membership.
Chip was recognized "for the development of the hollow core waveguide technology for high harmonic generation, which has led to engineered XUV light sources for attosecond science.
Using Sound Waves for Bomb Detection
Professor John Scales is part of a collaboration developing a remote acoustic detection system that can distinguish between low-yield and high-yeild explosives. You can read more on phys.org.
Kristine Callan Joins Faculty
Kristine Callan earned her PhD in Physics at Duke University in the summer of 2013. She studied small networks of chaotic systems and devised methods to determine global network properties from local dynamical measurements. While at Duke, she also earned the Dean's Award for Excellence in Teaching, in addition to attending many of the Duke men's and women's basketball games. Prior to completing her PhD, Kristine spent two years teaching physics at an all-girls high school in Boston, Massachusetts. She is originally from Central Oregon and looks forward to the similar climate and outdoor activities that Colorado provides.