The University of Illinois at Chicago opened a new High Performance Computing Cluster in February 2014. At a cost of $2.4 million and stored in the Roosevelt Road building, the computing cluster features 22,000 gigabytes of RAM and 1 petabyte of disk storage on 3,000 processors. Such computing capability provides the mechanisms and secure environment for researchers to store and complete research involving ‘big data’ and/or requiring intensive computer power, both which are very attractive to students, faculty, and researchers. Says Mitra Duta, UIC Vice Chancellor for Research, “With the arrival of a high performance computing cluster on campus, UIC has significantly expanded research computing capabilities in many areas, including . . . student training in cluster and cloud-based computing, making our graduates more attractive — and boosted our competitiveness among other universities.” For further information, see: http://news.uic.edu/computing-cluster-helps-researchers-process-data.
Graduate student Canhui Wang and Professor Robert Klie have captured atomic-level photos of the molecule ferritin in its natural state. According to Wang, they found a way to “encapsulate” the molecule between two thin layers of graphene in order to keep the ferritin in its natural, watery state. This new technique reduces the molecule’s amount of exposure to radiation as well as increases image resolution, which allowed UIC researchers to discover how the ferritin’s core can change its electrical charge. Using the new procedure, researchers hope to be able to better understand what goes wrong in many human diseases and disorders. Results are available online in advance of the journal Advanced Materials [LINK= http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/adma.201306069/abstract]. Full text of the UIC News Release is available here: news.uic.edu/graphene-sandwich-improves-imaging-of-biomolecules.
The Department of Physics would like to congratulate Professor Andy Tillotson, who has been selected to receive a 2013-2014 CETL Teaching Recognition Award. The Council for Excellence in Teaching and Learning recognize Professor Tillotson for being “an excellent example of the high quality of instruction that characterizes the best of UIC.” CETL received a total of 32 applicants who were reviewed by nine former recipients, and Professor Tillotson will be honored by the university at the 2014 Faculty Awards Reception.
The publication Scientific American quotes Professor Rick Cavanaugh about ongoing experiments to characterize the Higgs boson, commenting on the excitement over the particle’s discovery and what it may mean for the future of particle physics. Discovered at CERN’s Large Hadron Collider (LHC) in 2012, the Higgs boson particle’s detection could mean major changes in the Standard Model, including the behavior of dark matter, with which the Higgs boson could interact. In the article, Professor Cavanaugh states that it’s an exciting time to be a scientist: “I wake up in the morning with goose bumps because of where we are.” Click here to read the entire article in Scientific American.
On April 2, 2014, Professor Dirk Morr gave a talk at UIC comparing the “futuristic” technology featured on the TV series Star Trek to what real life advances have been made so far. He explained how formerly space-age tools like Bluetooth headsets, tablets, and handheld communicators (i.e. cell phones) have emerged from the fictional television show. Professor Morr started this project about a year ago while developing an unrelated exhibit for the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago, and wanted to pursue it in order to see if he could “use Star Trek to convey what we do as researchers.” What could be the next Trekkie breakthrough? According to Morr, probably the idea of a holodeck: a dynamical, interactive, holographic environment, an area which has seen rapid advancement over recent years. To read more about Professor Morr’s talk, you can read this article from UIC News (http://news.uic.edu/finding-scientific-facts-in-science-fiction) or read and watch an interview with Professor Morr on PBS’s Chicago Tonight (http://chicagotonight.wttw.com/2014/04/01/real-physics-behind-star-trek). You can view the entire talk on YouTube here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SWJjlrhBvDc.
Congratulations to Professor Misha Stephanov, who was elected as an American Physical Society Fellow! Dr. Stephanov’s citation reads: “For seminal contributions to the theory of high energy density strongly interacting matter, and to the understanding of strong interactions in the strong coupling limit and for being among the first to propose the use of fluctuations to search for phase transitions in heavy ion collisions, for which there is now an active experimental program at the RHIC accelerator.” His main field of research is in the realm of strong interactions and its applications, including heavy ion collisions. Election to Fellowship in the American Physical Society is limited to no more than one half of one percent of the membership and is recognition of outstanding contributions to physics.
UIC is pleased to announce that Professor Nikos Varelas has been named a 2013 AAAS Fellow for his contributions to the field of experimental particle physics. One of only 388 American Association for the Advancement of Science Fellows, Varelas is being recognized for his advancement in the study of particle physics, in particular quantum high-energy chromodynamics. Previously, he has been celebrated within UIC as a University Scholar (2013) and was given the Outstanding Faculty Service Award in 2012. In addition, in 2012 he was named a senior fellow of the LHC Physics Analysis Center at Fermilab. Members of the AAAS decide which peers will receive the award, which will be presented at the organization’s annual meeting in Chicago on February 15. A full list of AAAS Fellow awardees is available on their website: http://www.aaas.org/news/releases/2013/1125_fellows.shtml
UIC Professor Nikos Varelas joined Urbana-Champaign’s Associate Professor Mark Neubauer in Washington, D.C. to celebrate the U.S.’s contribution to particle physics (the discovery of the Higgs boson, in particular) and to generally spread awareness about new advances in the field. Professor Varelas was on the organizing committee for the event, which aimed to inform Congress of the U.S.’s critical role in the Higgs boson discovery and apprise them of the field’s exceptional discoveries eminent in the years to come. Professors Varelas and Neubauer also visited with staff from the Congressional offices of Illinois representatives including Senators Dick Durbin and Mark Kirk and Representatives Randy Hultgren and Rodney Davis.
On December 3, 2013, UIC’s own Professor Siva Sivananthan gave an hour-long webinar hosted by American Physics Society (APS) and moderated by Georgia State University’s Professor Unil Perera dissecting the trials and tribulations of linking Sivananthan’s own university research and the commercial realm. Entitled "The Road from Research to Commercialization," the webinar discussed a host of issues surrounding scientists’ potential commercialization of their research. Professor Sivananthan touched on staying true to one’s core values and visions, fostering the right environment by assembling a team willing to challenge and setting up support mechanisms, risk-taking with one’s new small business, and opening a dialogue with the institution about IP rights and potential conflicts of interest. For more information or to view the webinar and download Professor Sivananthan’s slides, visit APS’s website at: http://www.aps.org/careers/guidance/webinars/commercialize.cfm.
W. Andreas Schroeder, along with B.L. Rickman, Joel Berger, and A.W. Nicholls, has published a significant study in Physical Review Letters on the effect of electron effective mass on the divergence of electrons photoemitted from metal photocathodes. Entitled "Intrinsic Electron Beam Emittance from Metal Photocathodes: The Effect of the Electron Effective Mass," the study theoretically and empirically proves that an electron’s effective mass of a given metal from which the electron is extracted greatly impacts the divergence of the electrons photoemitted from metal photocathodes. This research could lead to performance improvement of scientific instruments employing pulsed electron guns. These more precise instruments could in turn, according to Professor Schroeder, allow for more precise study of crystals important in materials science, biological molecules at the atomic scale, and chemical catalysts, to name a few. For the article’s full text, pick up Physical Review Letters 12/2013, Volume 111, Issue 23.
Sivalingam Sivananthan was one of eleven people named as Immigrant Innovator “Champions of Change” by the White House. The Champions event highlights immigrant innovators and entrepreneurs-the best and brightest from around the world that are helping create American jobs, grow our economy, and make the U.S. more competitive. To read more about this honor, go to http://www.whitehouse.gov/champions/immigrant-innovators, To watch the ceremony, go to http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2V0HXyha6Hs. Dr. Sivananthan participates in the second group which takes the stage about 46 minutes into the video. He starts talking about his story about 1hr 9 m into the video. To read a blog post written by Dr. Sivananthan, go to http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2013/06/04/conquering-darkness-and-harnessing-sun
Nikos Varelas has been selected as a University Scholar for 2013. The University Scholars Program was created to honor and reward outstanding teachers and scholars. In 2013, 14 awards were made, with 7 going to faculty at the Chicago campus. Read more at http://www.vpaa.uillinois.edu/policies/univscholars.cfm
Cecilia Gerber is a manager on the project for a brand-new pixel detector designed and built by a team at Fermilab in collaboration with 19 U.S. universities (including University of Illinois at Chicago) and more abroad. The pixel detector is the particle detection system closest to the collision point. It measures the position of particles as they make their way through the detector with a precision better than one-tenth the size of a human hair. This helps scientists distinguish bottom quarks—which are produced, for example, in the decay of a Higgs boson—from other types of quarks. Along with Dr. Gerber, graduate students I. Daniel Sandoval Gonzalez, Christine O’Brien, Paul Turner and undergraduate student Brian Kapustka are preparing to test the detector modules during construction. Dr. Gerber says, “The opportunity to work on a hardware project of this magnitude doesn't come around too often. You really stretch the technology when you build these devices, as you're mostly not dealing with off-the-shelf parts. Involving young people in this process, allowing them to see what it takes to actually build these detectors—I think that it really broadens their horizons.” For more on the story, go to http://www.fnal.gov/pub/today/archive/archive_2013/today13-09-09.html.
"Ho-Ung Yee is one of four co-editors of the new book “Lecture Notes in Physics: Strongly Interacting Matter in Magnetic Fields" out in 2013 from Springer Publishing. The book is described as “a first coherent and introductory account of this new topic”. Read more at http://www.springer.com/physics/particle+and+nuclear+physics/book/978-3-642-37304-6.
On June 25, UIC Physics Professor Nikos Varelas participated in the user facilities panel discussion at the Illinois Science & Technology Coalition (ISTC) Leadership Forum Series with Reps. Hultgren, Lipinski, and Foster. The event underscored the importance of partnerships between research universities and national user facilities like Argonne and Fermi.
Members of the InSPIRE student organization, many of whom are physics students, organized a workshop on Tuesday, April 23 from 5:30 – 8:30 PM in 2108 SEL at UIC that attracted graduate and undergraduate students from different disciplines at UIC and IIT. The workshop gave its participants a hands-on experience on how to put together a simple solar panel from scrap materials (broken parts of discarded solar panels). Damaris Kroeber, the President of the InSPIRE UIC Student organization, said this workshop was an educational tool that showed attendants how currents and electricity are generated and how easy it is to put together a solar cell and charge a battery. She mentioned that their main goals were to create a positive experience for the participants by their own results, and fueling their interest and energy towards solar cells. Other InSPIRE members include Chris Buurma, Eric Colegrove, Tejumade Durowade, Brian Kaster, Brian Stafford, and Xin Zheng, who have shown leadership in creating an interest on solar cell related research activities and increasing awareness on renewable energy resources. Photos taken from their event can be viewed here.
Students from the Microphysics Lab participated in the annual UIC Student Research Forum on April 16th. Chris Buurma, Eric Colegrove, Jin Hwan Park and Tejumade Durowade of MPL showcased their work with poster presentations giving a glimpse of their research. Chris’ and Eric’s work focuses on the efficiency of CdTe-based solar cells. Jin Hwan and Tejumade study oxide-related materials which find their application in solar cells, space exploration and LEDs.
On April 2nd, U.S. Congressman Mike Quigley visited the Department of Physics and met with the students and researchers of the Microphysics Laboratory to hear about MPL’s current research programs and their real-life applications. In addition to touring the Microphysics Lab and congratulating physics professor Siva Sivananthan on his lab’s extraordinary work, Congressman Quigley asked a multitude of questions in order to understand the science behind the demonstrations. Quigley’s lab tour concluded with a presentation from three students from Benito Juarez High School, where MPL has an ongoing partnership and recently helped a student team with an entry for a robotics competition.
Qiao Qiao has been selected to receive a 2013 Microscopy & Microanalysis Student Award. The award will be conferred at Microscopy & Microanalysis 2013 meeting during the opening Plenary Session. Qiao will also have the opportunity to attend the Presidents’ Reception, hosted by the Presidents of the Microanalysis Society (MAS) and the Microscopy Society of America (MSA). The MAS and MSA annually sponsor awards for outstanding papers contributed to the Microscopy & Microanalysis meeting, competitively judged based upon the quality of the submitted paper. Qiao was one of nearly three hundred applicants, of which only a few were selected for awards.
Professors Adams and Gerber, along with post-doctorates Bazterra and Strom and PhD student Khalatian were featured in Fermilab Today (2/08/13) for the results of their work searching for the hypothetical Z-prime boson with the CMS experiment at the CERN laboratory. They found no evidence for the existence of the massive "cousin" of the familiar Z boson, confirming again the current Standard Model of particle physics.
Congratulations to Runzhe Tao, who won a Materials Research Society Graduate Student Award. MRS Graduate Student Awards "honor and encourage graduate students whose academic achievements and current materials research display a high level of excellence and distinction. MRS recognizes students of exceptional ability who show promise for significant future achievement in materials research." Runzhe Tao and the other award winners will deliver a presentation at the 2013 MRS Spring Meeting in April.
Congratulations to Olga Evdokimov who received a 2012-2013 Teaching Recognition Award. Olga Evdokimov was selected by the Council for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL) to receive a 2012-2013 Teaching Recognition Award. These awards are given to a select group who exemplify "the high quality of instruction that characterizes the best of UIC.” As a recipient of the Teaching Recognition Award, she will be honored by the campus at the 2013 Faculty Awards Reception.
Siva Sivananthan was elected SPIE Fellow for his contributions to the development of II-VI photovoltaic materials. SPIE, the international society for optics and photonics, was founded in 1955 to advance light-based technologies. Serving more than 180,000 constituents from 168 countries, the Society advances emerging technologies through interdisciplinary information exchange, continuing education, publications, patent precedent, and career and professional growth.
Congratulations to Professor Nikos Varelas. He was elected co-spokesperson of the CTEQ Collaboration consisting of theorists and experimentalists from 21 institutions who are devoted to a broad program of research projects and cooperative enterprises in high-energy physics centered on Quantum Chromodynamics (QCD). In addition to research projects, the CTEQ (with the full name “Coordinated Theoretical-Experimental Project on QCD”) hosts an annual Summer School on QCD Analysis and Phenomenology to promote the understanding of QCD and its proper use among young physicists as well as periodic topical workshops to address current outstanding problems in QCD research for active working high-energy physicists.
Congratulations to graduate student Lucie Gauthier. She received a CMS 2012 Achievement Award with the citation, "For trigger menu development, implementation of SUSY triggers and outstanding service as an HLT on call expert." Lucie has been serving as the SUSY Trigger Coordinator, where she has overseen changes to the SUSY trigger menu corresponding to an increase by over a factor of three in instantaneous luminosity. Lucie developed High Level Trigger jet algorithms that use particle-flow reconstruction and remove pileup particles, providing a 10% rate reduction to jet triggers used by the SUSY group with no loss in efficiency.
Congratulations to George Crabtree, who will head the new $120-million JCESR. JCESR (pronounced "J-Caesar"), the Joint Center for Energy Storage Research, is directed by Professor George Crabtree and will receive up to $120 million over five years. The research center will seek to achieve revolutionary advances in battery performance. The research will bring together five Department of Energy national laboratories, five universities and four private firms. "The JCESR award brings top battery scientists and engineers from around the country to tackle a major energy challenge: creating next-generation batteries with many times the energy density at much lower cost within the next five years," said Crabtree, an internationally recognized leader in energy research. More information can be found here and here.
Congratulations to Professor Dirk Morr who was elected an American Physical Society Fellow. Dr. Morr's citation is "For contributions to the theory of strongly correlated electron materials and complex phenomena at the nanoscale." Additional details will be published in the March 2013 issue of APS news. Election to Fellowship in the American Physical Society is limited to no more than one half of one percent of the membership and is recognition of outstanding contributions to physics.
Congratulations to Nikos Varelas for his election as chair of the Fermilab Users Executive Committee (UEC). As detailed in the November 1, 2012 Issue of Fermilab Today, the UEC handles the affairs of the Fermilab Users' Organization. It provides a forum for discussion of scientific and administrative matters relevant to the organization and functions of the laboratory. Members of the UEC serve as a communication channel between the Fermilab user community and laboratory management. UEC members also participate in public outreach and quality of life activities, organize visits to congressional offices and coordinate the annual Fermilab Users' Meeting.
Congratulations to the experimental High Energy Physics group for receiving a Deans Outstanding Faculty Award. Mark Adams, Rick Cavanaugh, Cecilia Gerber, and Nikos Varelas were headlined at the 17th Annual LAS Recognition Dinner for “their contributions to the historic discovery of the Higgs boson, as reported not only in the international press, but in our own AtLAS magazine.” They featured prominently in the program and each gave a short speech.
Congratulations to Professor Chris Grein who was elected an American Physical Society Fellow. Dr. Grein's citation is "For achievements in novel superlattice-based infrared detectors and emitters." Additional details will be published in the March 2013 issue of APS news. Election to Fellowship in the American Physical Society is limited to no more than one half of one percent of the membership and is recognition of outstanding contributions to physics.
Governor Pat Quinn visited one of the best examples of Illinois entrepreneurship, Sivananthan Laboratories, Inc. (Labs), and its companies in Bolingbrook, IL, on Friday, September 21, 2012. The leadership of the Labs, Siva Sivananthan, and Chris Grein along with Raja Krishnamoorthi (President of Sivananthan Laboratories) welcomed Governor Quinn side by side with dignitaries from the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) leadership, including Nancy Sullivan, Director of UIC’s Office of Technology Management; Jennifer Woodard, Associate Vice Chancellor for Civic and Corporate Relations; and Astrida Orle Tantillo, Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (LAS). Governor Quinn’s visit came after having heard about the accomplishments of Labs and the infrared (IR) industry in Illinois at the International Symposium on Optoelectronics and Material Devices ISOMD 2012, where he delivered the keynote address in Chicago on July 12, 2012. The Labs was formed in 2009 by Siva Sivananthan, the Director of the Microphysics Laboratory (MPL) and a Professor of Physics at UIC, to act as a high-tech business incubator focused on promoting economic growth in Illinois and the United States. The UIC, the College of LAS, and the Physics Department have long supported the Labs, EPIR Technologies Inc. (the Labs’ first success story), and the MPL, where its researchers, led by Siva Sivananthan, Director of MPL since 1994, have pioneered the molecular beam epitaxy (MBE) growth of mercury cadmium telluride (HgCdTe, a.k.a MCT) since MPL’s inception in the mid-eighties.
Congratulations to Professor Dirk Morr for bringing physics and music together (and for making UIC physics look cool and hip) in an interview by Sami Jarroush on the "Rock it Out!" blog on October 2, 2012. In this interview, Dr. Morr talks (or should I say muses) about the 2nd law of thermodynamics and its connection to the blockbuster musical group Muse and their newly released album entitled "The 2nd Law". Here is the full interview at Rocking-it-Out and the video portion is also available on YouTube.
Mark Schlossman has published a new book with Cambridge University Press entitled Liquid Surfaces and Interfaces: Synchrotron X-ray Methods together with Co-author Peter Pershan from Harvard University. The book is based on Professor Schlossman's many years of forefront research in this area while a faculty member at UIC. The book details the substantial progress in our understanding of molecular ordering at liquid interfaces that has been made possible with the availability of synchrotorn x-ray sources such as the Advanced Photon Source at Argonne National Laboratory, located just west of UIC in the Chicago area, and the National Synchrotron Light Source at Brookhaven National Laboratory. The book examines the surfaces of bulk liquids, thin wetting films and buried liquid-liquid interfaces. It discusses experiments on simple and complex fluids, including pure water and organic liquids, liquid crystals, liquid metals, electrified liquid-liquid interfaces and interfacial monolayers of amphiphiles, nanoparticles, polymers and biomolecules. This practical guide enables graduate students and researchers working in physics, chemistry, biology and materials science to understand and carry out experimental investigations into the basic physical and chemical properties of liquid surfaces and interfaces.
Congratulations to Professor Richard Cavanaugh for his receipt of the 2012 National Science Foundation Faculty Early Career (CAREER) Development Award, one of the most competitive awards to honor young faculty members in the early stages of their research and education careers. The prestigious award, along with a $562,000 grant for the period of 2012-2017, is in recognition of Dr. Cavanaugh's research in the area of High Energy Particle Physics and more specifically his "Search for New Physics Beyond the Standard Model at the LHC ".
Nikos Varelas, Mark Adams, Richard Cavanaugh, and Cecilia Gerber were featured in the summer 2012 edition of AtLAS entitled "Understanding the Search for the Higgs Boson: A Primer for Civilians." As detailed in the extensive AtLAS article, the quest to prove or disprove the existence of the Higgs boson has occupied the imaginations and careers of high-energy particle physicists for some four decades. The UIC team, including research assistant professor Len Apanasevich, graduate student Inga Bucinskaite and former doctoral student Cosmin Dragiou, led by Nikos Varelas contributed to the recent discovery of a Higgs-like particle from the CMS experiment. The formal scientific paper from the CMS collaboration entitled "Observation of a New Boson at a Mass of 125 GeV with the CMS Experiment at the LHC" was released to the world on Wednesday, August 1, 2012.
The physics department welcomes new faculty member Prof. Ho-Ung Yee to the Department and to UIC. Dr. Yee earned his PhD in theoretical physics at Yale University and joins UIC as a prestigious RIKEN/BNL Fellow. Dr. Yee works on a wide range of theoretical topics related to heavy ion physics and the quark gluon plasma as well as aspects of the triangle anomaly in QCD, astrophysics, and condensed matter.
The physics department welcomes new faculty member Prof. Zhenyu Ye to the Department and to UIC. Dr. Ye earned his PhD in experimental physics at DESY/University of Hamburg, Germany, and joins UIC bringing a significant collaboration with Central China Normal University. Dr. Ye works on a wide range of experimental topics in the STAR experiment heavy flavor program including silicon detector upgrades and using heavy quarks to study the quark gluon plasma.
Congratulations to Robert Klie, founding editor of The Journal of Undergraduate Research at the University of Illinois at Chicago", for the publication of the latest 2012 issue (volume 5, June 2012). This issue contained numerous original articles with undergraduate students from UIC and other institutions including the University of Pennsylvania, Rutgers, Harvey Mudd College, the University of Notre Dame, the University of Michigan, the University of Dayton, and UIUC as the primary authors. The mission of the Journal is to publish outstanding scholarship of undergraduates in the areas of pure & applied sciences, mathematics, and engineering at the University of Illinois at Chicago and showcase the work of the University Scholars.
Congratulations to Dr. Sivananthan, Dr. Grein, and Ms. Anter for co-hosting a successful 2012 International Symposium on Optoelectronics Materials and Devices here in Chicago on July 12-14. ISOMD 2012 brought a wide range of audience from academia, industry and government agencies together and promoted networking and discussions on the rapidly advancing solar photovoltaics, infrared photovoltaics and oxide materials. The symposium highlighted keynote and welcoming speeches from Illinois Governor Pat Quinn, Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle and Lt. Governor of Illinois, Sheila Simon, along with Dr. Nibir Dhar of Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), Dr. Elaine Ulrich of the U.S. Department of Energy and UIC faculty member Dr. Robert Klie. After the conclusion of the symposium, the leadership of the non-profit InSPIRE (Solar Photovoltaic Innovation, Research, and Edu-training), whose members include UIC faculty and staff, convened for its kick-off meeting on July 14, 2012, where U.S. Congressman Danny Davis delivered a welcoming speech and Illinois State Senator Michael Noland gave remarks. For more information please read the full version of the MPL Reporter Issue No: 6. If you missed previous issues, you can read and download them on the physics web site.
Congratulations to Olga Evdokimov, Kolja Kauder, and the High Energy Nuclear group for hosting at UIC a successful Workshop on Heavy Flavor Production in High-Energy Nuclear Collisions on June 17-18, 2012. The program included speakers from BNL, Columbia, INFN (Italy), Kent State, LANL, NMSU, UCLA, and UC-Davis.
Richard Cavanaugh was interviewed live (via skype from Fermilab) on Canadian TV about the recent possible discovery of the Higgs boson also known as the "God particle". You can see his interview here: http://www.ctvnews.ca/video?clipId=714746&binId=1.810401.
George Crabtree is featured in an inspiring video of his vision for UIC and the students of LAS entitled This is LAS: Professor George Crabtree, Guru of Green.
George Crabtree gave the LAS 2012 commencement address to 1,472 undergraduates, 113 graduate students and more than 6,000 family members and friends at the UIC pavilion on the morning of May 6. This grand celebration is detailed in the article entitled Celebrating LAS: Events Past and Future in the Summer 2012 edition of AtLAS. The full text of Dr. Crabtree's speech entitled "Inspiring the Future" is also available online.
The United States NSF highlights the work of Nikos Varelas and the UIC high energy particle physics group in an article "The Quark's the Thing", now live on the SEE Innovation website. Using ultra-high energy colliding beams of protons at the Large Hadron Collider, physicists have shown that if quarks - the constituents of protons and neutrons that make up the atomic nucleus - are composed of smaller elements, then they must be less than 1/100,000 the size of the proton. This is the most stringent limit ever set on the size of potential quark constituents.
Congratulations to Randall Espinoza who has been selected as of the thirteen 2012 Silver Circle Award winners for Excellence in Teaching. This prestigious teaching award is only given once a year to a handful of faculty across all of LAS as selected by graduating seniors. Please read the UIC News article about Dr. Espinoza in the 2012 Silver Circle Awards issue.
Olga Evdokimov was featured in the UIC News (4/18/12) for her work in creating a new heavy flavor quark program at UIC and her key role in creating a significant partnership between UIC and Central China Normal University (CCNU). Prof. Evdokimov, along with Henrik Aratyn, professor of physics and LAS associate dean for research and facilities, and Kevin Browne, vice provost for academic and enrollment service, traveled to Wuhan in February to complete the agreement between UIC and CCNU. The heavy flavor research program will be carried out at the STAR detector located at Brookhaven National Laboratory.
Robert Klie was featured in the Spring 2012 Edition of AtLAS for his work in bringing a new $3 million dollar Scanning Transmission Electron Microscope to UIC. Prof. Klie, who also has several funded projects in the general area of green research, notes that things that were previously predicted by condensed-matter physics [and] chemistry theory can now actually be visualized, probed and tested".
We know protons and neutrons are made of quarks, but are quarks made of something even smaller? UIC physicists working on the CMS detector at Fermilab appear in Fermilab Today (3/16/12) for their recent work searching for substructure inside a quark. UIC physicists Professor Nikos Varelas and Lenny Apanasevich, together with UIC graduate student Inga Bucinskaite, are highlighted for their key contributions to a new paper that sets the best lower limit on possible quark substructure to 10-20 meters. So far the quarks appear to be fundamental particles with no substructure.
Robert Klie was interviewed on NPR and discussed the exciting new frontier that has been opened at UIC with the inauguration of the new scanning transmission electron microscope (STEM). In an interview with Gabriel Spitzer headlined as "New Microscope Gives Clearest View of Atoms", Professor Klie discussed the new $3M microscope. It will help researchers fine-tune high-tech materials, look into cells, and advance clean-energy technology.
UIC physicists working on the D0 detector at Fermilab appear in Fermi Today (2/9/12) for their recent work in making the most precise determination of the width of the top quark to date. UIC physicists Victor Bazterra and Cecilia Gerber, as well as ETH graduate exchange student Christian Graf are highlighted for making major contributions to the analysis.
UIC physicists working on the CMS detector at the Large Hadron Collider appear in Fermi Today (2/3/12) because of their work on the measurement of the top quark pair production rate using b-jet identification. UIC graduate students Ioana Anghel and Samvel Khalatian are featured, for their work on the muon+jets channel and b-jet identification, respectively. Other UIC members that contributed to the publication were Victor Bazterra, Derek Strom, Mark Adams and Cecilia Gerber.
Congratulations to Robert Klie who received a 2011-2012 Teaching Recognition Award. Robert Klie was selected by the Council for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL) to receive a 2011-2012 Teaching Recognition Award. These awards are given to a select group who exemplify "the high quality of instruction that characterizes the best of UIC".
George Crabtree gave the featured program for the Chicago Council on Science and Technology on January 31, 2012 entitled "Sustainable Energy: Fact or Fiction". If you missed the talk the first time, you can still view it online here.
Robert Klie, principle investigator and leader of the nanoscale physics group, hosted an inaugural ceremony on January 20, 2012 for a new $3M scanning transmission electron microscope that is the highest resolution in the USA. The 200 kV JEOL JEM-ARM200CF electron microscope is housed in the UIC Research Resources Center and is now accessible to users.
Congratulations to Professor Cecilia Gerber who was named UIC 2011 Researcher of the Year in the Natural Sciences and Engineering for her leading role in the discovery of the single top quark production by the international D0 collaboration at Fermilab. This is an extremely important contribution to the science of elementary particle physics, as evidenced by Dr. Gerber's recent election as an American Physical Society (APS) fellow. For more information about the award, please visit http://tigger.uic.edu/depts/ovcr/research/events/RYA.
UIC physicists and the continuing search for the elusive Higgs boson. A seminar given at the CERN Large Hadron Collider stated that the latest data recorded by the CMS and ATLAS detectors was "..sufficient to make significant progress in the search for the Higgs boson...". For additional details see the article entitled "UIC Physicists on Higgs hunt" in the UIC News.
Congratulations to Dirk Morr who has been awarded an esteemed Fellowship by the Alexander von Humboldt-Foundation to conduct research at the Max Planck Institute for the Physics of Complex Systems in Dresden, Germany. Prof. Morr will use this Fellowship to collaborate with research groups in Dresden to understand the emergence of strong correlation effects in heavy fermion materials.
Congratulations to Professor Serdar Ogut who was elected an American Physical Society Fellow. Dr. Ogut's citation is "For his contributions to understanding and predicting properties of nanostructures and bulk defects, surfaces, and interfaces through the development and application of first principles computational techniques". Additional details will be published in the March 2012 issue of APS news. APS Fellowship is limited to no more than one half of one percent of the membership and is recognition of outstanding contributions to physics.
UIC Physicists use the Top Quark to Search for New Physics. The work of UIC Physics members Professor Cecilia Gerber, Dr. Victor Bazterra, Phillip Eller, and Christfried Focke is highlighted in the "Results of the Week" section of Fermilab Today. Their novel work utilized the behaviour of the single top quark to search for new physics beyond the standard model.
Congratulations to Nikos Varelas who was elected to the Executive Committee of the American Physical Society Division of Particles and Fields (DPF). Professor Varelas will serve a three-year term on the DPF Executive Committee through 2014. Additional details can be found here
Sivalingam Sivananthan co-chaired The 2011 U.S. Workshop on the Physics and Chemistry of II-VI Materials, which was held in Chicago in October 2011. The special issue editorial coordinator is UIC's own Yesim Anter, the Project Coordinator at the Microphysics Laboratory (MPL) at the Department of Physics. The workshop program committee includes three UIC Alumni; Tony Almeida (PhD 1996), Chad Fulk (PhD 2007), and Priyalal Wijewarnasuriya (PhD 1991) - all of whom had worked in the MPL. There were also presentations given by UIC Physics graduate students, Stephen Fahey and Eric Colegrove, who are also involved with research activities in the MPL.
Nikos Varelas has been selected as a 2012 CMS LPC Senior Fellow. Other winners are from Brown University, CERN, Imperial College London, Rutgers, and the University of Florida. Fellow's are selected for their ability to build and engage the global CMS collaboration by providing resources to develop, strengthen and expand CMS research programs.
Nikos Varelas has been elected to the Fermilab Users Executive Committee for the 2011-2013 term. The Fermilab Users Organization is an organization of scientists and engineers engaged in advancing our understanding of the nature of matter and energy.
A study by Ursula Perez-Salas, her postdoc Sumit Garg and their colleagues published in Journal of Biophysics (2011) has shown that cholesterol travels within membranes more slowly than expected. The reviews of that paper appeared in Nature News and Scientific American July 2011 issues.
Dirk Morr has been selected as the 2011/12 Leibniz Professor at the University of Leipzig, Germany. This prestigious professorship is awarded to internationally renowned scientists to promote interdisciplinary approaches to teaching and research in Leipzig. Prof. Morr will have the opportunity to offer the course "Response Functions in Strongly Correlated Electron Systems" as part of the Research Academy Leipzig, and to collaborate with the research groups of Prof. Haase and Prof. Rosenow on elucidating the effects of ultra-high magnetic fields on the properties of a particular interesting class of strongly correlated electron materials, the high-temperature superconductors.
Professor Nikos Varelas has received an invitation to deliver a plenary talk at upcoming International Europhysics Conference on High-Energy Physics in Grenoble (France) on July 21-27, 2011
Christoph Grein, was elected SPIE Fellow for achievements in novel mercury cadmium telluride materials and infrared detectors. SPIE, the international society for optics and photonics, was founded in 1955 to advance light-based technologies. Serving more than 180,000 constituents from 168 countries, the Society advances emerging technologies through interdisciplinary information exchange, continuing education, publications, patent precedent, and career and professional growth.
George Crabtree wins Institute for Policy and Civic Engagement's award. "University of Common Sense: Engaging your personal, institutional and civic carbon footprints" organized by George Crabtree was one of nine civic engagement events that received the Institute for Policy and Civic Engagement's award. IPCE Grant recipient and Distinguished Professor Dr. George Crabtree, in conjunction with the Office of Sustainability and the Summer Institute on Sustainability and Energy, presents "The University of Common Sense." As part of UIC Earth Month activities, this interactive half-day public workshop on April 5th is structured to promote awareness and policy engagement with personal, UIC, city and national carbon emission issues. Interested students, organizations, and community members can register for the event at http://go.uic.edu/commonsense .
Congratulations to Professors Sivalingam Sivananthan and Cecilia Gerber, who have each been elected an APS Fellow. Dr. Gerber's citation is "For her numerous contributions to the DO experiment, especially the implementation of the DO muon and silicon trackers and the elucidation of the characteristics of top quarks in the strong production of top-antitop pairs and the electroweak production of single top quark. " Dr. Sivananthan's citation is, " For seminal contributions to the growth technology of II-VI photovoltaic materials." APS Fellowship is limited to no more than one half of one percent of the membership and is recognition of outstanding contributions to physics.
Juan Carlos Campuzano, the University of Illinois at Chicago Distinguished Professor in the Department of Physics is the 2011 Oliver E. Buckley Condensed Matter Prize Recipient. Prof. Campuzano receives this prize for : "For innovations in angle-resolved photoemission spectroscopy, which advanced the understanding of the cuprate superconductors, and transformed the study of strongly-correlated electronic systems." The Buckley Prize in condensed matter physics is one of the oldest and most prestigious of the APS Prizes and given annually "to recognize and encourage outstanding theoretical or experimental contributions to condensed matter physics." For details, please click here
George Crabtree has been chosen as a recipient of the honorary title of UIC Distinguished Professor for AY 2010-2011 in recognition of his significant impact upon his field through scholarship, creativity and leadership.
Top quarks — subatomic particles that perish almost instantly after creation, previously found only in pairs — have been detected in single form, thanks in large part to work by Prof. Cecilia Gerber. The finding confirms another prediction of a major working hypothesis in physics called the Standard Model, which seeks to explain the fundamental nature of matter. For more information see here.
Sivalingam Sivanantham is one of three LAS Faculty members awarded a title of LAS Distinguished Professor in the 2010-2011 academic year. This honor recognizes invaluable contributions Sivananthan made to our community as a researcher, entrepreneur, mentor, philanthropist and advisor.
David Hofman has been selected as one of the eleven recipients of the 2010 Silver Circle Award for Excellence in Teaching. This is the second time Dr. Hofman has been selected as a recipient of this prestigious teaching award by the graduating seniors. Here is the article written in the Spring of 2007 when the Silver Circle Award has been presented to Dr. Hofman for the first time..
Over the last 7 years, Dr. Morr has been working with the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago on developing a new state-of-the-art science exhibit, called Science Storms. This exhibit is to open on March 18th, and features many Wow-experiences such as an indoor tornado and lightning, a tsunami tank, and hot air balloons. If you have never been to the MSI, take this opportunity to visit it, and get blown away by science.
An article in the "Fermilab Today" http://www.fnal.gov/pub/today/archive_2010/today10-03-01.html covers Rick Cavanaugh's appointment as the next Co-coordinator of the Large Hadron Collider Physics Center (LPC) at Fermilab. LPC is providing support for CMS collaborators working in the United States to enable them to remotely contribute to the many technical tasks required to operate the CMS Experiment and to produce physics results from the immense volumes of collected data
Congratulations to J. C. Campuzano and his former student and postdoc Utpal Chatterjee with pulication of their Nature Physics paper, which addresses a key question in condensed-matter physics of how high-temperature superconductivity emerges on adding mobile charged carriers to an antiferromagnetic Mott insulator using angle-resolved photoemission spectroscopy.
The September edition of the UIC Spark Alumni Newsletter features Professor Tom Imbo and Adjunct Professor Mark Mueller, who is also chair of the LAS Board of Visitors, and highlights their exceptional mentorship of graduate students.
The Fermilab DZero single top quark group co-led by Cecilia Gerber has firmly established the single top production by passing strict statistical tests. The discovery was announced by Cecilia in a special Fermilab seminar entitled "Observation of Single Top at DZero" on Mar. 10. The background data analysis used by Cecilia's group is of importantance for the search for the Higgs boson.
The Physics Department extends congratulations to Professor Robert Klie for his receipt of the 2009 National Science Foundation Faculty Early Career (CAREER) Development Award, one of the most competitive awards to honor young faculty members in the early stages of their research and education careers. The prestigious award, along with a $400,000 grant, was in recognition of Robert's research in the area of Nanoscale Materials Physics, and more specifically, "Atomic-resolution study of electron-spin interaction in strongly-correlated mixed-valence cobalt oxide nano-structures".
Congratulations to Cecilia Gerber and Serdar Ogut, 2007-2008 Teaching Recognition Program Award winners! The award is given annually to UIC professors demonstrating outstanding performance in their teaching activities over a three year period. To date, the Council for Excellence in Teaching and Learning has honored 16 Physics faculty members with Teaching Recognition Program awards.
The physics department congratulates Utpal Chatterjee, winner of the Graduate College Outstanding Thesis Award in Engineering, Mathematics and Physical Sciences for 2008!
UIC Physicists together with their collaborators at the DZero experiment at Fermilab have participated in discovery of a new particle made of three quarks, the Omega-sub-b. The particle contains two strange quarks and a bottom quark (s-s-b). See the announcement in the Fermilab Today here
Physics Alumnus George W. Crabtree (PhD 1974), who was Elected to National Academy of Sciences this past spring is featured in the new E-AtLAS newsletter.
Congratulations to Weronica Walkosz, who has been awarded a Dean's Scholar Fellowship from the Graduate College for AY 08-09! The Physics Department also wishes University Fellowship winner Yutao Gong, and all the new graduate students a warm welcome!
Congratulations to Alejandro Rebola, who has been chosen to receive a SKIT-HST GRADUATE FELLOWSHIP for the 2008/2009 school year. SKIT is an exciting opportunity to participate in the Chicago Public School's system-wide efforts to improve instruction in science and mathematics in elementary and secondary schools. SKIT-HST Fellows engage in a variety of activities that allow them to contribute their knowledge and expertise to support educational reform, as well as personally to develop fresh understandings of the teaching and learning of science and mathematics in urban classrooms. More information on the SKIT program at UIC can be found here: http://education.uic.edu/skitgk12/Index.htm
Congratulations to Russell Betts, with his appointment as Dean of Illinois Institute of Technology College of Science and Letters.
George W. Crabtree, a senior scientist and administrator at the Argonne National Laboratory, was elected a member of the National Academy of Sciences for his excellence in original scientific research. George holds a Ph.D. degree in Condensed Matter Physics from our Department. Congratulations!
Undergraduate UIContest winner Michael Greco has received Honorable Mention at the 2008 UIC Student Research Forum for his poster entitled “Femtosecond, Thermal-lens-shaped Yb:KGW Laser.” Congratulations Mike!
In AY 08-09 the Physics Department will host a group of exchange students from Dongguk University. The exchange program initiated by the Physics Department and MPL is part of a cooperative agreement between UIC and the Dongguk University that lays out the framework for the academic and cultural interchange through mutual assistance in the areas of education and research.
Professor Olga Barannikova has been appointed a deputy spokesperson for the STAR detector collaboration at Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider at the Brookhaven National Laboratory.
The UIC Distinguished Professor JC Campuzano, a former undergraduate and graduate student of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (UWM) Physics Department, is one of this year's recipients of the UWM Alumni Association's Distinguished Alumnus Award.
Proposal "Development of Physics Demonstrations to Enhance Introductory Physics Education" submitted by H. Aratyn, E. Garcia and L. Nasser has been awarded a Council for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL) Curriculum and Instructional Grant in the amount of 12K.
Professor Serdar Ogut has agreed to join editorial board of the Physical Review B for a three-year term (through December 2010
The December 2007 edition of Physics Today contains the article, "New Experiments Fuel Debate Over the Nature of High-Tc Superconductors." by Barbara Goss Levi ("Search and Discovery" Section, pp. 17-21), which discusses one- versus two-gap controversy in the high-temperature superconductivity quoting results of angle resolved photoemission data obtained by Dr. Campuzano's group (A. Kanigel et al., Phys. Rev. Lett. 99, 157001 (2007)).
The Physics department is pleased to announce WISEST mentoring. Physics majors and grad students may meet with Professor Olga Barannikova on an individual basis, or come to WISEST mentoring office hours on Fridays from 10 -11 AM in SES 2268.
A recent UIC News story describes scientific achievements of Juan Carlos Campuzano who is this year's sole recipient of the honorary title of the UIC Distinguished Professor for contributions to surface science, correlated electron materials, and angle-resolved photoemission spectroscopy and its applications to the still-unanswered question of how high-temperature superconductors work.The complete story can be found here
We are proud to announce that graduate student and Dean’s Fellow Jerald Kavich will participate in an International Student Exchange Program between Argonne National Laboratory and Research Center Jülich, Germany. Details of the program may be found here. Jerald will be working in the lab of 2007 Nobel Prize winner Peter Grünberg at the Institute of Solid State Research. Congratulations Jerald!
The recent UIC press release brings to the general attention of the community the Physics Department's unprecedented growth in its external funding. This funding boost will increase Department's capacity for performing highest quality scientific research and its ability to attract top physics students to its program.
To commemorate the 50th anniversary of the BCS-theory by J. Bardeen, L. Cooper, and R. Schrieffer which provided the first microscopic explanation for the phenomenon of low-temperature superconductivity, Dr. Morr is co-organizing a workshop entitled "Novel Aspects of Superconductivity" at the Aspen Center for Physics from July 30 to September 2. A blog of the talks presented during this workshop is available here.
It's been a year full of recognition for Juan-Carlos Campuzano.
Soon after being chosen as a recipient of the honorary title of UIC
Distinguished Professor for AY 2007-2008, Juan-Carlos was honored
by an Outstanding Technical Achievement award joining a group
of other 2007 HENAAC Award Winners in Engineering and Science.
HENAAC was established in 1989
as a means of identifying, honoring, and documenting the
contributions of outstanding Hispanic American science,
engineering, technology and math professionals.
Earlier this year Juan-Carlos was promoted to the position of Argonne Distinguished Fellow. Most recently, Juan-Carlos accepted position of Director of the Under-represented Faculty Mentoring Program (UFMP) run by the Provost's office. Juan-Carlos now looks forward to drawing on a rich experience of his outstanding career at UIC to enhance academic opportunities of faculty in the UFMP program.
Congratulations to Jerald Kavich, who has been awarded a Dean’s Scholar Fellowship from the Graduate College. The Physics Department welcomes Lincoln Fellowship winner Maria Castro, who will join the PhD program in Fall 2007. Congratulations, Maria!
Congratulations to Gustavo Otero y Garzon and Hakim Iddir for their Outstanding Thesis Awards from the Graduate College and the Physics Department.
Congratulations to David Hofman for being one of the 12 UIC recipients of the 2007 Silver Circle Award for Excellence in Teaching.
Clive Halliwell was interviewed Feb 15 for Chicago Public Radio about ice falling from downtown high rises. Clive calculated the terminal velocity of the falling ice and shared useful safety tips with Chicago radio listeners. You can hear the interview here.
Mark Adams and David Hofman are the two Teaching Recognition Program Award recipients from the Physics Department for 2006. The award is given annually to UIC professors demonstrating outstanding performance in their teaching activities over a three year period. To date, the Council for Excellence in Teaching and Learning has honored 14 Physics faculty members with Teaching Recognition Program awards.
The Mathematical Physics Research Group of Tom Imbo has recently received a substantial monetary gift from Dr. Mark Mueller of Grantham, Mayo, Van Otterloo and Company (GMO) in Boston. Dr. Mueller obtained his Ph.D. in high energy theory from Stanford University in 1984 and worked several years as postdoctoral research associate in string theory before leaving physics for the world of quantitative finance in 1994. Dr. Mueller has been a regular visitor (and contributor) to the mathematical physics group at UIC since 2001. In Fall 2005 he became an adjunct professor in the Department of Physics at UIC, and in Fall 2006 became a member of the UIC Board of Visitors.
Juan Carlos Campuzano was promoted to the position of Argonne Distinguished Fellow for his outstanding accomplishments in condensed matter physics. This position is equivalent to an endowed chaired position at a University and there are only 22 Argonne employees who hold this prestigious rank. This award recognizes Juan Carlos Campuzano's contributions to surface science, correlated electron materials, and angle-resolved photoemission spectroscopy and its applications to the still-unanswered question of how high-temperature superconductors work.
Scientists of the DZero collaboration at the Department of Energy's Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory announced in a seminar at Fermilab on December 8, 2006 the first evidence of single top quarks produced in a rare subatomic process involving the weak nuclear force. The result is an important test of predictions made by particle theory, such as the number of quarks that exist in nature. From UIC, Dr. Cecilia Gerber together with Timour Ten, Gustavo Otero y Garzon, Ioana Anghel and Lisa Shabalina contributed to this discovery through their work on identification of the B-jets front. Please find more information here.
UIC News Release from December 4, 2006 discusses applications of the laser temperature-jump technique to study the dynamics of a protein-DNA complex first performed in Anjum Ansari's lab. The research findings by Anjum and her colleagues shed light on the role that the DNA "bendability" plays in guiding the correct bending protein to the appropriate site on the DNA.
November 27, 2006 edition of Compact Muon Solenoid (CMS) Times featured the UIC High Energy group. The article highlights our HE group's CMS efforts and contains an interview with our graduate student Agata Smoron. Read the article here, where you also can download a podcast with Agata's interview.
The Physics Department is in the process of cataloging M.S. Theses and Ph.D. Dissertations for all Physics Alumni. Please mail a copy to us on CD for our records to the attention of Ms. Rachel Morrow, Graduate Advisor, and we we will have them printed and bound. Also, if you have not already done so, complete the Alumni Survey on our web site so that we may keep your information current in our database. Thank you for your cooperation.
On 11-11-06, Prof. Morr will present a public lecture entitled "Mysteries of the Quantum World" at the Museum of Science and Industry. If you are interested in attending the lecture (see abstract), please contact Prof. Morr for details.
Wilson Barajas will join the Physics Department as a graduate student in January 2007 and he is a recipient of the NSF Bridge to the Doctorate Fellowship. Wilson is one of 13 recipients on campus.
Bridge to the Doctorate (BD) is an initiative supported by the National Science Foundation (NSF) as a supplemental activity of the Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (LSAMP). The goal of the supplement is to fund the initial two years of doctoral study for underrepresented students in MD/PhD and PhD programs in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) at the University of Illinois of Chicago, one of 18 Illinois LSAMP Alliance institutions.
Zahid Ali, the electronics engineer in the Physics Department, has been selected as a recipient of the 2006-2007 UIC Award of Merit, a campus-wide honor which recognizes academic professional and support staff employees who have demonstrated excellence in service, commitment and dedication.
Prof. Cecilia Gerber was elected to the position of the American Physical Society Division of Particles and Fields Executive Committee member serving a three year term.
The High Energy Nuclear Physics group was recognized by
invitations for three plenary talks at the Quark Matter 2006
meeting in Shanghai in November.
The Quark Matter conference series deals with the search for and study of a new state of matter consisting of a deconfined state of quarks and gluons - the fundamental building blocks of matter. The three invitees are : Olga Barannikova who will give an overview of recent results from RHIC, David Hofman who will review results from the PHOBOS experiment at RHIC and Russell Betts who will present plans for new physics with the Compact Muon Solenoid (CMS) detector at the LHC.
Olga Barannikova is a winner of the 06/07 AY Women in Science
and Engineering Research (WISER) Fund award.
This award will support Olga's research in High Energy Nuclear Physics which focuses on the management, analysis and visualization of petabytes of data in quest of discovering a new form of matter through relativistic nuclear collisions.
The Physics Department has received the 2006 Departmental Teaching Excellence Award. This award is well-deserved recognition of our innovative approach to curriculum development and our commitment to provide our students with the very best educational experience.
UIC Physics post-doctoral researcher Dr. Aneta Iordanova has been awarded the UIC Outstanding Thesis Award in Engineering, Mathematics and the Physical Sciences for her 2005 UIC Physics PhD thesis. Also, congratulations to UIC Physics graduate student Utpal Chatterjee with the 2006-2007 Dean's Scholar Award.
The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences is pleased to announce the establishment of the Arnold R. and Doris E. Bodmer Science Travel Award Fund. Arnold Bodmer has been Professor in the physics department for many years and is now a Professor Emeritus. Dr. and Mrs. Bodmer have established this endowment which will provide travel funds to undergraduate and graduate students in the Division of Natural Sciences who have opportunities to study or do science research abroad.
Congratulations to Uday Sukhatme, former Professor and Head of our Department, with his appoinment as the next executive vice chancellor and dean of faculties at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI). Uday Sukhatme will assume his duties as the chief academic officer of IUPUI in July, 2006. Uday has been dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and professor of Physics at SUNY at Buffalo since August 2002. Prior to that, Uday was at UIC for 22 years, where he served most recently as Interim Vice Provost for Academic Programs.
Dr. Keith Boyer has been selected as a recipient of the 2006 Los Alamos Medal Award. The Los Alamos Medal is the
highest honor and most prestigious award given by the Los Alamos National
Laboratory. It is bestowed once a year on individuals for exceptionally
distinguished achievements that have impacted the success of the
Laboratory. This year Dr. Boyer is one of two recipients.
As you know, Dr. Boyer has been a long time research associate of Charles Rhodes and together with Charles Rhodes contributed significantly to our knowledge of the interaction of atomic systems with intense radiation fields.
In Nature 439, 921-923 (23 February 2006), Dr. Nick Evans reviews the recent advances on "duality" connection between string theory and the gauge theory of the strong force: quantum chromodynamics (QCD); especially focusing on the article by Misha Stephanov et al "QCD and a Holographic Model of Hadrons" Phys. Rev. Lett. 95, 261602 (2005).
Fermilab Today from January 19, 2006 mentions studies made by Dzero collaboration of the products of extremely hard collisions between protons and their antimatter counterparts, antiprotons, at the Tevatron Collider. A measurement of the production rate (or cross section) of a Z boson with jets over a range of jet multiplicities is shown. The article contains a picture of UIC analysis team participating in this study. Shown are Marc Buehler (now with University of Virginia), Alan Stone, Nikos Varelas, and James Heinmiller. The link to the group picture is available here.
The January 13, 2006 issue of the Science magazine contains an article by Professor Schlossman showing strong evidence that the interfacial liquid structure alters the ion distributions near a charged interface. You can read here more about Professor Schlossman's research group experiment.
The Sep 2005 issue of Physics Today contains an enthusiastic review of a much-anticipated book "The Phases of Quantum Chromodynamics: From Confinement to Extreme Environment" by John Kogut and Mikhail Stephanov. The reviewer describes Dr. Stephanov as a leader in the study of QCD under extreme conditions who has made important contributions to the interpretation of lattice-QCD results at nonzero baryon densities, the experimental observability of the critical point, and collective excitations in color-superconducting quark matter.
Three major UIC awards has been received in 2005 by our collegues J.C. Campuzano (University Scholars Award), A. Schroeder (UIC Award for Excellence in Teaching) and D. Morr (Teaching Recognition Program Award) In addition, C. Halliwell was awarded 2004-2005 Curriculum and Instructional Grant from Council for Excellence in Teaching and Learning for Modernization of Phys 141 Lab.
The Department thanks you for your work and congratulates you on your awards.
Prof.Campuzano is on the International Organizing Committee for Mottness and Quantum Criticality Workshop to be held June 8-19, 2005 in Tobago, West Indies.
Stephen Shing Fan Yip, a junior in physics, has been awarded national Goldwater Scholarship for the 2005/2006 year. The scholarships are awarded to outstanding college sophomores and juniors studying mathematics, natural sciences or engineering. Yip is UIC's 12-th winner and the second winner from our department.
"Fermilab results of the week" describes work of Prof. Gerber and her research group, which resulted in developing a clever way to identify top quarks based on the spatial distribution and energies of their decay products
that distinguishes events with a "top fingerprint" from overwhelming background.
The link to the group picture is available here
Recent Ph.D. graduates Richard Hollis and Aneta Iordanova celebrated their Wedding, in England, with Best-man and Thesis advisor Prof. David Hofman. The wedding came just days after their successful Thesis defenses. The day went very well, and a good time had by all. The service was a registry office ceremony, with a second (Church) wedding in Bulgaria in the summer. See Richard and Aneta after commencement, when the photo album should arrive.
Physics Today, March 2005 issue, contains an article entitled
"Extreme Nonlinear Optics: Coherent X Rays from Lasers" which on page 40 makes a reference to the first High-Harmonic Generation experiments performed by Prof. Charles Rhodes's group at UIC in the late 1980's, soon after the developments of large-scale, intense picosecond and femtosecond lasers. The unfortunate mistake with the group's University affiliation has been brought to the editors attention.
Shing Fan Yip was among 330 students nationwide to receive the 2005 Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Foundation. This is a second year in a row, a physics undergraduate student has been awarded this highly competitive and prestigious scholarship.
Professor Wai-Yee Keung is on the Local Committee of the International Workshop KAON 2005 at Northwestern University, June 13-17, 2005
Prof. Cecilia Gerber was featured in the July/August 2004 issue of the UIC Alumni Magazine in the article entitled "When Atoms Collide". Here is an excerpt: "At the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory in Batavia, Cecilia Gerber, UIC assistant professor of physics and recipient of a National Science Foundation Career Grant, seeks to unravel the mysteries of the top quark, the smallest and most elusive of atomic particles."
The International Workshop on Lasers and Nuclei held in Karslruhe, Germany on 13-15 September, 2004 was devoted to Prof. Charles Rhodes' 1988 discovery of laser light induced nuclear fission.
Through this development, nuclear reactions can now be induced and studied in the laboratory without recourse to nuclear reactors or particle accelerators. An introductory session on the laser matter interactions by Prof. Charles Rhodes, was followed by the "applications" sessions covering: nuclear and astrophysics, medical applications, transmutation and radiography.
Professor John Marko has agreed to join editorial board of the Physical Review E. He will handle submissions dealing with bio-materials, polymers and membranes.
Professor Nikos Varelas has agreed to take on the responsibility of overall coordination of Fermilab's DZero trigger effort. He will serve as an associate to the DZero collaboration spokespersons and will guide the triggering effort through the integration of the final Run IIa and upcomming Run IIb triggering additions.
Professor Dirk Morr has been awarded a Research Fellowship from the German Alexander von Humboldt Foundation. Professor Morr is working on theories for strongly interacting electron systems, such as high-temperature superconductors, and quantum (zero temperature) phase transitions.The Fellowship enables Professor Morr to conduct research for one year at the Freie Universität Berlin, Germany.
An interview with Professor Siva Sivananthan, director of the microphysics laboratory, about the night-vision sensor manufacturing process, was featured in the April 2004 issue of Armed Forces Journal.
Professor Juan Carlos Campuzano became Scientific Director for Condensed Matter at the Synchrotron Radiation Center. He will look after core programs in highly correlated systems, superconductors, magnetism, and atoms/ions/molecules.
Professor Serdar Ogut has received 2003/2004 Teaching Recognition Program award from the Office of the Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and the Council for Excellence in Teaching and Learning.
Vladimir Skavysh, who is pursuing a dual major in mathematics and physics, was among 310 students nationwide to receive the award from the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Foundation. The Goldwater scholarships are awarded to outstanding college sophomores and juniors studying mathematics, natural sciences or engineering.
The New Electronic Shop Web-page is up and will be used to submit the project request online.
Assistant Professor Mikhail Stephanov won the Sloan Fellowship award for the year 2002. Professor Stephanov is working on the theory of strong interactions (interactions between particles making up atomic nuclei) and its applications to the physics of heavy ion collisions. He conducts his research atUIC and RIKEN-BNL Research Center at Brookhaven National Laboratory- the site of the world's largest heavy ion collider.
Professor Juan Campuzano was selected as the APS Fellow in the year 2002.Professor Campuzano's research is in many areas of condensed matter physics, such as critical phenomena and two-dimensional phase transitions,the electronic structure of high temperature superconductors, and the development of techniques for studying empty electron energy levels in solids.