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Physics Major Jessica Hanzlik Named a 2008 Rhodes Scholar

Senior Physics major Jessica Hanzlik has been named a 2008 Rhodes Scholar. She is the first OSU Rhodes Scholar since 1986, and only the fifth in OSU history. With the scholarship she will do two years of study at Oxford University. She is one of 32 U. S students to...[More]

Auger Observatory closes in on long standing mystery, links highest-energy cosmic rays with violent black holes

Scientists of the Pierre Auger Collaboration announced yesterday (8 Nov. 2007) that active galactic nuclei are the most likely candidate for the source of the highest-energy cosmic rays that hit Earth. Using the Pierre Auger Observatory in Argentina, the largest cosmic-ray observatory in the world, a team of scientists from...[More]

Professor Richard Furnstahl Named a Fellow of AAAS

Professor Richard Furnstahl has recently been named a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Election as a Fellow of AAAS is an honor bestowed upon members by their peers. Fellows are recognized for meritorious efforts to advance science or its applications. We congratulate Prof. Furnstahl...[More]

The Ohio State University Center for Cosmology and AstroParticle Physics to Share $20M Exploration of Space Endowment

The Center for Cosmology and AstroParticle Physics (CCAPP), based on a joint proposal with the Department of Astronomy, will share roughly half of a $20M Exploration of Space endowment, to date OSU's second largest gift. CCAPP is an interdisciplinary Center, with members from the Department of Physics...[More]

Lee Mosbacker Wins AVS Varian Award

Please congratulate Lee on winning the AVS Russell and Sigurd Varian Award. The Varian Award is historically the top award given to a graduate student at the AVS meeting.


Welcome New Undergraduates

We welcome all of the undergraduate physics and engineering physics majors that are new to the program in Autumn 2007. Pictured from left to right are.


Professor Art Epstein Elected to APS Post

Professor Art Epstein has been elected Councillor for the American Physical Society's Division of Condensed Matter Physics. His term begins in January 2008.


Festival of Physics at COSI

Try out fun physics activities, meet leading researchers, and join a superconductive square dance at the 2007 Festival of Physics at COSI Columbus. The Festival runs Saturday, October 20th from 10AM to 5PM and Sunday, October 21st from Noon to 6PM. For more information visit [More]

1st Annual R. Jack and Forest Lynn Biard Lectureship in Cosmology and Astrophysics Wednesday, October 17

The Center for Cosmology and Astro-Particle Physics (CCAPP) presents Professor Robert P. Kirshner, Harvard College Professor of Astronomy and Clowes Professor of Science at Harvard University, with "Exploding Stars and the Accelerating Cosmos: A Blunder Undone". More information about the lecture is available at the CCAPP website...[More]

Jason Ho to Receive Onsager Prize

Professor Jason Ho will be a recipient of the 2008 Lars Onsager Prize of the American Physical Society, together with Gordon Baym, University of Illinois, and Christopher Pethick, NORDITA. The Onsager Prize was established to recognize outstanding research in theoretical statistical physics including the quantum fluids. Prof....[More]

Welcome New 2007 Graduate Students

We welcome new graduate students (left to right)


Undergraduate Research Scholarship Awards

The Colleges of the Arts and Sciences Honors Committee has awarded undergraduate Physics major, David Albani an Undergraduate Research scholarship in recognition of his research in PET imagining. This research will be presented at the Denman Research Forum in Spring 2008. This work will constitute part of David's senior...[More]

2nd Annual Graduation Breakfast

On Sunday, June 10, 2007, the 2nd Annual Graduation Breakfast was held in recognition of the 50 Physics and Engineering Physics undergraduate majors graduating from The Ohio State University - 39 of whom graduated in spring quarter 2007. The breakfast was held in the Atrium of the Physics...[More]

Email Outage

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Congratulations to Brian Winer

Brian Winer is one of this year's winners of the new Distinguished Undergraduate Research Mentor award. Winners were recognized for their exceptional service as faculty research mentors for undergraduate students at the Denman Undergraduate Research Forum held Wednesday (5/16). Please join us in congratulating Dr. Winer.



Every year the Graduate School honors the outstanding educational efforts of OSU graduate students by awarding the university's highest recognition of graduate student teaching - the Graduate Associate Teaching Award. Justin Link, a member of the Zhong group, was one of 10 individuals from a pool of approximately 2,500 GTAs...[More]

Hayes Graduate Research Forum Winners

Graduate students Greg Mack and Luke Corwin were the first and second place winners, respectively, in the Math and Physical Sciences section of the 2007 Edward F. Hayes Graduate Research Forum. This university-wide competition, which is based on both written and oral presentations, involved approximately 40 students from...[More]

Gupta Wins Beckman Foundation Young Investigator Award

Jay Gupta is a 2007 winner of a Beckman Foundation Young Investigator Award for "Studies of chemical reactivity at the single molecule level".


Agostini Wins 2007 OSA Meggers Award

Pierre Agostini has been selected by the Optical Society of America as the 2007 recipient of the William F. Meggers Award. He is recognized "for leadership in the development of innovative experiments providing major insights into the dynamics of the nonlinear response of atoms and molecules submitted...[More]

45th Annual Smith Lecture

The Ohio State University Department of Physics presented the 45th Annual Smith Lecture Thursday, April 12, 2007 at 8 p.m. in room 131 Hitchcock Hall, located at 2070 Neil Ave. Berkeley physicist George F. Smoot won the 2006 Nobel Prize in Physics, together with John Mather of NASA...[More]

CMS Experiment Reaches Milestone

On February 28th, 2007, the CMS experiment at CERN reached a major milestone with more than half the detector installed in the underground experimental cavern. Slated to become operational this November, the experiment will detect the world's highest energy (14 TeV center of mass) proton-proton collisions, providing the...[More]

BaBar Reports Evidence for New Form of Matter-Antimatter Oscillations

Last week, the BaBar experiment at the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center (SLAC) announced a major physics result: for the first time ever, they had seen matter particles, so called D-mesons, transition into their antimatter counterparts. The existence of this process, also referred to as "D mixing," has been...[More]

Physics Graduate Students in 2007 MRS Entrepreneurship Challenge

A team comprising physics graduate students Michael Hetzer and H. Lee Mosbacker from Prof. Brillson's group been selected as finalists in the Material Research Society's 2nd annual Entrepreneurial Challenge. The goal of the challenge is to create collaborations between basic researchers and business students to foster entrepreneurship and...[More]

Prof. Brian Winer Surprised by Provost Snyder and Archie Griffin

Prof. Brian Winer was awarded the Alumni Award for Distinguished Teaching with a surprise classroom visit from Provost Snyder and Archie Griffin on Monday, March 5. The Alumni Award for Distinguished Teaching recognizes a maximum of 10 faculty for outstanding teaching achievement. Students, faculty, and alumni nominate candidates, and a...[More]

Jay Gupta Recognized

Jay Gupta, Assistant Professor of Physics, has received an NSF CAREER award supporting research into the electronic and optical properties of nanostructures. This research will be integrated with educational and outreach activities at Ohio State revolving around web-based Access Grid videoconferencing tools.


2007 University Distinguished Scholar Award

Professor Ulrich Heinz was recently awarded The Distinguished Scholar Award by a surprise classroom visit from President Karen Holbrook.


Verniers Receive AAPT Award

David and Christine Vernier, Vernier Software, were awarded an AAPT Distinguished Service Citation at the January meeting in Seattle. David graduated from OSU with a B.S. in Physics in 1969, and received the Department of Physics Distinguished Alumni Award in 2005. He and Christine have been strong supporters of...[More]

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