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Faculty Members Named Fellows of AAAS

Physics faculty members Richard Boyd and Len Brillson have been named fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. They join an elite group of 54 Ohio State faculty members who have achieved this recognition for excellence in research in their fields of study. They are...[More]

New Physics Building

A new physics building, to be built on the site of the old Welding Engineering building, is currently in the final design stages. The building will provide state-of-the art laboratory, office and conference space for the Physics Department. Groundbreaking is scheduled for late spring 2002, with construction taking about 2...[More]

Amy Stutz Receives Student Recognition Award from the Board of Trustees

At their monthly meeting on November 2, The Ohio State University Board of Trustees recognized Amy Stutz with their Student Recognition Award. Amy is an undergraduate physics major currently doing research in astronomy with Professor Andrew Gould. Her research has already resulted in two published articles appearing in the Astrophysical...[More]

Physics Academic Achievement Scholarship

The Physics Department will be offering one scholarship equal to the full cost of in-state tuition for four years to one student planning to major in physics or engineering physics at Ohio State. This scholarship competition is open to any high-school senior applying to Ohio State who has...[More]

Professor Wins OSAPS Award

Bunny Clark, Distinguished University Professor of Physics, has been named the winner of the Maxwell Award of the Ohio Section of the American Physical Society (APS). The award is presented to those members of the APS who provide outstanding service to the Ohio Section.


Department of Physics Open House

The Department of Physics held its 6th annual Open House for high school students who want to learn more about the physics and engineering physics programs at Ohio State on Saturday, Oct. 27, from 9:30 to 1:30 at Smith Lab on the OSU campus. The Open House featured a...[More]

Distinguished Service Award

Emeritus Professor E. Leonard Jossem was honored at Summer Commencement on Thursday, August 30 with a Distinguished Service Award. Beyond his service to the University, Dr. Jossem served the Department of Physics as chair and was a member of the scientific staff at Los Alamos in the Advanced Developments...[More]

Celebrate Women in Physics!

On a beautiful summer day at the end of July, all of the women in the physics department, as well as friends of the department, enjoyed a wonderful lunch catered by one of Columbus's finest chefs, Alana Shock, owner of Alana's Restaurant. Bunny Clark, Distinguished University Professor of physics,...[More]

Distinguished University Lecturer

Arthur Epstein, Distinguished University Professor of Physics and Chemistry, and Director of the Center for Materials Research has been selected as University Distinguished Lecturer for 2001-02 (along with Ruth Colker, professor of law.) Each will deliver free, public lectures next year on a topic of their choice that reflects their...[More]


The annual physics picnic brings together undergraduates, graduates, faculty and staff for food and fun. CLICK HERE to view photos of the event.


2000-2001 Physics Graduates

Congratulations from the Department of Physics to our 2000-2001 Graduates! Click here for a complete list of graduates.


Undergraduate Physics and Engineering Physics Awards Reception

The annual recognition reception was held Wednesday, May 23. Click here for a complete list of award recipients. Edward R. Grilly was on hand to give out a certificate recognizing Thomas Weisgarber from Fairless High School in Navarre, Ohio, who won this year's Academic Achievement Scholarship. ...[More]

Harold A. McMaster receives 2001 Distinguished Alumni Award

The Department of Physics is proud to recognize Harold A. McMaster with the 2001 Distinguished Alumni Award. Dr. McMaster, physics graduate and entrepreneur, is the third recipient of this prestigious award. The public presentation scheduled for May 17 has been cancelled. He will receive the award at...[More]

Physics Newsletter

The second edition of the quarterly Physics Newsletter is now available on the web. Distributed to Physics Departments at peer institutions, it is part of an ongoing recognition of the excellence in Physics at Ohio State.


39th Annual Alpheus Smith Lecture

Alan J. Heeger, 2000 Nobel Laureate, will present the 39th Annual Alpheus Smith Lecture on Wednesday, May 2, 8-9 p.m. at 131 Hitchcock Hall, 2070 Neil Avenue.

Dr. Heeger's topic is "The 'Plastics Electronics' Revolution: Opportunities In Semiconducting and Metallic Polymers."


Physics Magazine Online

"Ohio State Physics", our annual magazine distributed to alumni and friends of the department is now available online! Regular features such as the letter from the chair, research and award highlights, plus development and special alumni events, are all in a down-loadable PDF format. Should you have questions or...[More]

Ohio State graduate student wins competition in Oak Ridge Tennessee

Michael Famiano presented a poster, "Beta-Decays of Excited State Nuclei and Effects on the r-Process of Nucleosynthesis" at the ISOL '01 Nuclear Physics conference on March 11-14 in Oak Ridge, TN. His poster won the competition, entitling him to give a talk at the conference. Links to...[More]

Graduate Students Participate in National Meetings

Graduate students from Ohio State expanded their educational experiences by actively participating in professional meetings around the country. In March, students traveled to the annual March Meeting of the American Physical Society held March 12-16 in Seattle, Washington at the Washington State Convention Center, and the ISOL '01 Conference...[More]

John Wilkins Election to Office in APS

John W. Wilkins, Professor of Physics and Ohio Eminent Scholar in Materials Research, has been elected Vice-Chair of the Division of Condensed Matter Physics of the American Physical Society. His election as Vice-Chair begins a four-year commitment, with service as Chair-Elect beginning in 2002, Chair in...[More]

Commencement Address

Bunny C. Clark, a Distinguished University Professor of Physics, delivered the commencement address to Ohio State's 355th graduating class on March 16, 2001. Her speech, "A Future as Big as the West Texas Sky," can be read here.


Freshman Physics Major Wins Research Award

Kaden Hazzard, an Ohio State freshman and physics major, has received a Summer 2001 Undergraduate Research Assistants Award, his second award from the Semiconductor Research Corporation (SRC). Kaden began working for Professor John Wilkins just a few days after graduating from high school and was in the first group...[More]

March graduates will hear words of wisdom from Bunny Clark!

Bunny C. Clark, a Distinguished University Professor in The Ohio State University Department of Physics, will serve as speaker at Ohio State's 355th commencement on March 16, 2001.


Physics Newsletter

The first edition of the quarterly Physics Newsletter is now available on the Web. Distributed to Physics Departments at peer institutions last September, it was the first University effort to increase visibility for Selective Investment departments. The next Physics Newsletter will be available in late March.


Physics Research Featured During OSU Basketball Halftime

The "Buckeye Pride Moment," a two-minute, half-time feature broadcast during OSU home basketball games, focuses attention on OSU research activities. On Wednesday, 2/7 and again 2/14, OSU STAR collaborators Tom Humanic, Mike Lisa, and Evan Sugarbaker discussed the Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider (RHIC - the "R" in "STAR") in the...[More]

Three Physics Faculty Named Fellows of APS

The American Physical Society has recognized three members of The Ohio State University Physics faculty for their contributions to research and education. Gordon Aubrecht, Junko Shigemitsu, and Eric Braaten professors of physics, have been elected as fellows of the APS. Click to read the university news release.


Annual Physics Winter Party

"2001, A Physics Oddity" is the theme for this year's Department Winter Party. It will be held this Saturday evening, January 20, at 7pm in the Ag Admin Building at the corner of Woody Hayes Drive and Fyffe Rd, just across the Olentangy on Woody Hayes Drive. There will...[More]

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