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Steigman Lectures in Brazil

Gary Steigman recently gave an invited public lecture at the Einstein Exhibit in Sao Paulo, Brazil. The talk was sponsored in part by the State of Sao Paulo Funding Agency, FAPESP. A summary of the talk and a video (abridged) may be accessed at the FAPESP OnlineResearch Journal:...[More]

2009 Humboldt Research Award Winner

Congratulations to Prof. Eric Braaten who received a 2009 Humboldt Research Award. The award is granted in recognition of a researcher's entire achievements to date to academics whose fundamental discoveries, new theories, or insights have had a significant impact on their own discipline and who are expected to continue...[More]

Physics Graduate Student Council (PGSC) Outreach Event November 14, 2008, Physics Research Building Atrium

Thanks to PGSC volunteers who assisted the American Red Cross in the 2008 Ohio State - Michigan Blood Battle, an annual component of Beat Michigan Week.

Pictures from the event



On Wednesday, November 5, faculty from the new Center for Emergent Materials (CEM) welcomed local Middle School Students for the annual Breakfast of Science Champions event. The students participated in a variety of physics demonstrations in the Vernier Commons led by Professors Jay Gupta, Tom Lemberger, Julia Meyer,...[More]

Gearharts Honor Hershel Hausman

Norman Gearhart ( M.S. '69, Ph.D, '73) and Carolyn Piper Gearhart have named a faculty office (Room 2144) in the Physics Research Building, in honor of Professor Emeritus Hershel J. Hausman.



The National Science Foundation (NSF) announced on September 30 that Ohio State would receive funds over six years to establish a Materials Research Science and Engineering Center (MRSEC). With this, the university joins a national network of 27 MRSECs that foster active collaboration between universities and industry. ...[More]

LHC First Beam

Update: On September 10 at 4:28 AM EST the first beam was circulated in the LHC. This much heralded event marks the initial turn on of what will be the world's most powerful accelerator.


OSU Alumni Visit the Department of Physics

On Friday afternoon September 5, OSU Alums toured the Physics Research Building as part of Alumni Weekend events. Phillip Davids, Facilities Manager, led the group through the building, and Emily Sistrunk of the Agostini/DiMauro Research Group described research in the DiMauro Lab.


New Limit on Cosmic Antimatter

In the dramatic collision of two galaxy clusters in the Bullet Cluster, it wasn't the collision of a bullet and and an antibullet, or else the annihilation of matter and antimatter would have led to a strong gamma-ray signal that was not seen. This new result has been shown...[More]

Students Who Use Clickers Score Better on Physics Tests

Hand-held electronic devices called clickers are helping college students learn physics, according to a series of research studies led by Bill Reay, OSU professor of physics. Ohio State students who used the devices to answer multiple-choice questions during physics lectures earned final examination scores that were around 10 percent...[More]

GRASP: Girls Reaching to Achieve in Physics

The undergraduate Women in Physics organization is hosting the GRASP (Girls Reaching to Achieve in Physics) summer camp this week. The purpose of the GRASP camp is to target middle-school aged girls and bring them to campus for a week so that they can experience the relationship between physics...[More]

2008 Bunny and Thomas Clark Graduate Award

Congratulations to Sarah Parks for winning the 2008 Bunny and Thomas Clark Graduate Award for her outstanding service to the Department of Physics! Sarah is the first graduate student recipient of this award, which this year also comes with $2700 to be used by Sarah for her research.


2008 Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching Award

Congratulations to Prof. Greg Kilcup, winner of the 2008 Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching Award. The winner of this award is chosen by the undergraduate physics students. Pictured are Richard Hughes, Vice Chair for Undergraduate Studies, Greg Kilcup and senior physics student Christopher Williams.


2008 Physics Undergraduate Awards

The annual Physics Undergraduate Awards Ceremony was held on May 21st. Pictures of the event can be seen here.

Congratulations to all of the winners!


Distinguished Undergraduate Research Mentor Awards Announced

Among this year's five winners was Physics Professor Richard Hughes. The winners were recognized for their exceptional service as faculty research mentors for undergraduate students at the recent Denman Undergraduate Research Forum. More than 40 student presenters submitted nominations for the Distinguished Undergraduate Research Mentor awards. Student nominators...[More]

2008 Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Awards

Dongping Zhong is one of the 2008 winners of the Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Awards. The Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation describes this award as follows:


Congratulations Chris Porter

Chris Porter was awarded a 2008 Graduate Associate Teaching Award in a surprise classroom visit by Assistant Dean of the Graduate School Kathleen Wallace on Thursday, April 17. The GATA is the university's highest recognition of exceptional teaching provided by graduate students and is awarded to a maximum of...[More]

46th Annual Smith Lecture

The Ohio State University Department of Physics presents the 46th Annual Smith Lecture Tuesday, April 22, 2008 at 8 p.m. in room 100 Independence Hall, located at 1923 Neil Ave. Mall. California Institute of Technology (Caltech) chemist and physicist Ahmed Zewail won the 1999 Nobel Prize in Chemistry...[More]

CCAPP Public Lecture March 24

The Center for Cosmology and AstroParticle Physics will be hosting a public lecture by Joel R. Primack and Nancy Ellen Abrams on March 24, 2008.


Congratulations to Arts and Sciences Award Winners

Prof. Richard Hughes (left) has been named the recipient of this year's Colleges of the Arts and Sciences Honors Faculty Service Award for exemplary service to the ASC Honors Program and its students. Prof. Hughes will be recognized and will receive a $1,000 honorarium at the Colleges of the Arts...[More]

Prof. Robert Perry Surprised by President Gee and Archie Griffin

Prof. Robert Perry was awarded the Alumni Award for Distinguished Teaching with a surprise classroom visit from President Gee and Archie Griffin on Friday, February 29. 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]

Last Large Piece of ATLAS Detector Lowered Underground

Researchers in the U.S. ATLAS collaboration joined colleagues around the world on Friday, February 29, to celebrate a pivotal landmark in the construction of the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) - the lowering of the final piece of the ATLAS particle detector into the underground collision hall at [More]

Physics Professor Dongping Zhong Wins Sloan Research Fellowship

The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation offers research fellowships to the best and brightest young scientists from selected colleges and universities throughout the U.S. and Canada. In the decades since the first Sloan Research Fellowships were given, more than 35 recipients have gone on to win the Nobel Prize in...[More]

Gordon Aubrecht Receives University Service Award

On the afternoon of February 11 Gordon Aubrecht was paid a surprise visit in the Physics Education Research Group meeting by OSU President Gordon Gee, who announced that Professor Aubrecht is a winner of the 2007-2008 Faculty Award for Distinguished University Service. President Gee was accompanied by Provost Joe Alutto...[More]

Retirement Reception for John Whitcomb

A reception honoring John Whitcomb upon the occasion of his retirement was held in the PRB Atrium on January 28, 2008. For photos click here:


Physicists of the Caribbean: Curse of the PRB

The Annual Physics Winter Party was held in the PRB Atrium on January 26, 2008. For photos click here:


Zhong Receives First Smith Endowed Professorship

Dr. Dongping Zhong was recently appointed as the first holder of the Robert Smith Endowed Professorship in Physics. Established in 2005 with a gift from Robert Beaton Smith, this endowment provides support for a distinguished faculty member's research in physics throughout a five-year appointment.


Anderson's Historical Perspective and Dinner

January 10 at 7:30 pm Blackwell: Anderson's Historical Perspective and Dinner (included for all registered participants in CIQPT workshop; others can attend for $50; please contact


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