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2002 Physics Magazine Available 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 available. Should you have questions or want a magazine mailed...[More]

OSU Researchers win Prize in RHIC Theory Competition

Two members of the Nuclear Theory Group at OSU, Dr. Zi-Wei Lin and Prof. Ulrich Heinz, recently returned from a workshop at the Institute for Nuclear Theory (INT) in Seattle with bottles of excellent Yakima Valley wine which they had won in the "RHIC Theory Competition".


Department of Physics welcomes new Eminent Scholar

The Department of Physics welcomes P. Christopher Hammel from Los Alamos National Laboratory as the new Ohio Eminent Scholar in Experimental Physics. Read more about him and his work in onCampus.


AAAS Honors Seven OSU Faculty with Rank of Fellow

Among the seven honorees are two from the Department of Physics:


The Power of Physics

This year, prior to the Michigan game, the Department of Physics will be featured at the President's Pre-game Brunch. Held in Drake Union, the private reception for friends of the university and the department will include Ohio State Cheerleaders, Pep Band, a brief talk by Physics undergraduate physics major Becky...[More]

Grilling for Bucks!

John Whitcomb and Mark Reed of the Department of Physics will be grilling hot dogs in the area between Smith Lab and McPherson Lab starting at noon (until the hot dogs are gone - about an hour or so) on Friday, 11/22. Donate $2.00 and get a hot dog fresh...[More]

TBDBITL honors faculty achievements

Halftime at the Ohio State-Minnesota game on November 2 featured new "band members" strutting their stuff on the football field during half time. "The Best Damn Band in the Land" featured faculty achievement by recognizing more than 20 faculty who received 2002 Distinguished university honors for teaching, research, scholarship and...[More]

Chemical Dynamics, Combustion, and the Future of Mankind

Monday, November 4, 3:00 p.m., Ohio Union West Ballroom


Plastic Shows Promise For Computer Memory

Researchers at Ohio State and their colleagues have expanded the possibilities for a new kind of electronics, known as spintronics. Though spintronics technology has yet to be fully developed, it could result in computers that store more data in less space, process data faster, and consume less power. It could...[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]

Computer Outage on Sunday, September 22

The Physics Computer Facility staff is planning major work in its computer room this Sunday, September 22nd. We plan to install additional circuit breakers in our power center and to lay new power cables under the floor. This will require shutting down all power, and consequently all computers,...[More]

Harold McMaster Received Honorary Degree at Summer Commencement

Harold McMaster, OSU physics graduate and recipient of the 2001 Distinguished Alumni Award from the Department of Physics, received an Honorary Doctor of Science degree at commencement exercises on August 30 in the Jerome Schottenstein Center. McMaster is the founder of four companies and holds more than 100 patents ranging...[More]

Open House for High School Students, Oct. 19th

The Department of Physics will be holding its 8th annual open house for high school students who want to learn more about the physics and engineering physics programs at Ohio State. The open house will take place on Saturday, Oct. 19, from 9:30 to 1:30 at Smith Lab on...[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, hosted...[More]

2001-2002 Physics Graduates

Congratulations from the Department of Physics to our 2001-2002 graduates! Click here for a complete list of graduates.


Molecular Spectroscopy Symposium

The 57th Annual International Symposium on Molecular Spectroscopy was held June 14 through June 21 in Smith Lab. The exchange of scientific information that features reports on the most recent work in molecular spectroscopy, as well as the annual sharing of coffee and doughnuts, continue to highlight this renowned...[More]

2002 Distinguished Alumni Award Presentation

Faculty, staff and students of the Department of Physics were invited to attend the 4th annual Distinguished Alumni Award Ceremony. The 2002 award was presented to RJ Yeh, founder and owner of Bason Computer, Inc. in Chatsworth, California. The ceremony took place in the Faculty Club on Monday,...[More]

Physics Fun in the Sun!

The annual Physics Department picnic was held from 12:00 P.M. to 3:00 P.M., Thursday, June 6 in Smith Park. Smith Park is located on 19th Ave., just west of Robinson Lab. All physics faculty, staff, grad students, undergrad majors, post-docs, visiting faculty and researchers were invited. Hamburgers,...[More]

Undergraduate Physics and Engineering Physics Awards Reception

The Undergraduate Studies Committee would like to invite undergraduate majors, parents, friends and the physics faculty and staff to the annual Undergraduate Physics and Engineering Physics Awards Reception. The reception will take place on Wednesday, May 29 at 3:00 P.M. in Smith 1011.


Shirley Royer Wins Distinguished Staff Award

Shirley Royer of the The Ohio State University Department of Physics was surprised on Friday, May 10 when she was presented the Official Ohio State tin of cookies in recognition of winning the University Distinguished Staff Award. The Distinguished Staff Award is presented to only 12 University staff members each...[More]

Department of Physics Breaks Ground for New Physics Research Building

On May 17, 2002, the Department of Physics held a ground breaking ceremony for the state-of-the art Physics Research Building. The ceremony took place from 3:30-5:30 with presentations at 3:45, at the site of the new building located on Woodruff Avenue between Hitchcock Hall and Johnston Laboratory. Speakers included President...[More]

Arthur Epstein to give Distinguished University Lecture

Art Epstein, Distinguished University Professor, Department of Physics and Department of Chemistry, will give the University Distinguished Lecture on May 1, 2002 at 4:00 p.m. in the Wexner Film/Video Theater. His talk, "Nanotechnology, Plastics and Your Investments" will introduce nanotechnology and offer an explanation of the explosive potential of new...[More]

Professor Greg Kilcup wins Alumni Award for Distinguished Teaching

University President William E. Kirwan surprised Greg Kilcup during class this week with the Distinguished Teaching Award. President Kirwan was accompanied by Greg's wife and son, as well as what seemed like a cast of hundreds, inlcuding physics colleagues and college office well-wishers. Greg joins an elite group of only...[More]

Eric Cornell to speak at Annual Smith Lecture

The public is invited to hear Professor Eric Cornell, 2001 Nobel prizewinner in physics, at the Annual Smith Lecture in the Department of Physics on May 7, 2002, at 8:00 p.m. in 131 Hitchcock Hall. His talk, "Stone Cold Science: Bose-Einstein Condensation and the Weird World of Physics a...[More]

Research Could Explain Behavior in Unusual Superconductors

Since their discovery in 1986, the crystalline ceramic materials known as cuprates have puzzled scientists for their high-temperature superconductivity.


Electronics Decipher Fermilab Collisions

For the Collider Detector at Fermilab (CDF) group in Ohio State's Department of Physics, this is an exciting time. Not only did Brian Winer and Richard Hughes, both associate professors, lead the effort to design a particle tracker for CDF, but they had the singular joy of seeing the device...[More]

Patent: Light-up Polymers Change Color

A moment in the 1967 film The Graduate occupies a place in movie history, and in science history as well. At a graduation party, a guest leans in to offer the main character, Benjamin Braddock, a single sage word of advice for his future: Plastics.


Physics Professor Jason Ho named Distinguished Scholar

Jason Ho was surprised in his classroom on Tuesday by President Kirwan as he was recognized with the University's Distinguished Scholar Award. Kirwan was joined by Jason's family: his wife, daughters, mother and sister, as well as Department Chair William Saam, College Dean Bob Gold and several other well-wishers. Honorees...[More]

Two Physics Majors Earn Honors

Allison Heinrichs (left) and Karoline Gilbert (right) have received accolades for their excellent work.


Faculty Member Helps Develop First Light-tunable Plastic Magnet

Arthur J. Epstein, Distinguished University Professor of Physics and Chemistry has developed the world's first light-tunable magnet, through a 25-year collaboration with Joel S. Miller at the University of Utah. They describe the magnet in the current issue of the journal Physical Review Letters, in a paper co authored with...[More]

Four Faculty Named APS Fellows

The American Physical Society APS has recognized four members of the Ohio State faculty for their contributions to physics research. Richard Furnstahl, Ulrich Heinz, Ciriyam Jayaprakash and Robert Scherrer were among 190 Fellows named by the APS this year. Read the full story in onCampus.


Winter Party Scheduled for January 26

Faculty, staff and friends of the Department of Physics should plan to attend the annual winter party which is scheduled for Saturday, January 26 from 7PM - 11PM at the Ag. Admin building. The theme this year is "2002: A Physics Phantasy." Guests are invited to bring...[More]

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