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Aubrecht Elected AAAS Fellow

Congratulations to Gordon Aubrecht on his recent election to fellowship in the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).


Two OSU Physics faculty named fellows of the APS

Congratulations to Brian Winer and Dongping Zhong who were recently named Fellows of the American Physical Society.


First intense x-ray experiments at SLAC LCLS XFEL led by OSU physics team

Visiting scientists from The Ohio State University with LCLS colleagues in the AMO Control Room. Prof. Louis DiMauro (seated, right front) and members of his group: Gilles Doumy (4th from left), Christoph Roedig and Cosmin Blaga (behind DiMauro).

SLAC article


Congratulations to Mallory Molina!

The American Physical Society (APS) awarded Mallory Molina the 2009-2010 American Physical Society Scholarship for Minority Undergraduate Physics Majors. New minority scholars receive $2,000 payable in two installments. The student must remain in good academic standing as a physics major to obtain the second payment of the scholarship.


OSU Physics Research in National News - No Game: Scientists Move Cells with Joystick

Professor Sooryakumar and his graduate students Greg Vieira, Aaron Chen and undergraduate Tom Henighan have developed a new approach to remotely manipulate biological cells on a surface. The research was done in collaboration with Professor Fengyuan Yang (OSU Physics), graduate student Adam Hauser (OSU Physics) and Professor Jeff Chalmers (OSU...[More]

OSU Team Wins NSF MRI Competition

A team of OSU researchers has won an NSF Major Research Instrumentation (MRI) award for the acquisition of a hybrid diamond/nitride synthesis cluster tool for studies of wide bandgap semiconductors. The team of researchers spans two colleges and three departments including Physics (Prof. Ezekiel Johnston-Halperin, CME, PI on the proposal*;...[More]

Honoring Prof. Len Jossem

Professor Len Jossem passed away on Saturday, August 29, 2009. A celebration of Len's life will be held on Saturday, October 3, 2:00 p.m. in the Atrium of the Physics Research Building. If you plan to attend, please RSVP at


Recent Physics Graduate Named Big Ten Distinguished Scholar

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The International Advisory Committee of the International Conferences Series on Recent Progress in Many-Body Theories is pleased to announce that the HERMANN KUEMMEL EARLY ACHIEVEMENT AWARD IN MANY-BODY PHYSICS in 2009 is awarded to Joaquin Drut ``For establishing the thermodynamic and pairing properties of a dilute spin-1/2 Fermi gas...[More]

International Conference on Recent Progress in Many Body Theories

The 15th meeting of the series International Conference on Recent Progress in Many Body Theories (RPMBT15) will take place in the Department of Physics at The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH from July 27-31, 2009.


Zhong Wins 2009 OCPA/OYRA Award

Congratulations to Dongping Zhong, winner of the 2009 Overseas Chinese Physics Association (OCPA) Outstanding Young Researcher Award (OYRA).


Julia Meyer Receives NSF CAREER Award

Julia Meyer, Assistant Professor of Physics, has received an NSF CAREER award supporting theoretical research and education involving novel phenomena associated with the close contact of superconductors and other materials.


June 17: 100th Anniversary of Nuclear Physics

June 17 Nuclear physics is 100! On that date Nobel Laureate Rutherford sent two stalking horses to present first data on the "diffuse scattering of alpha particles" at the Royal Society. See

Nature squib for details.


2009 Bunny and Thomas Clark Graduate Scholarship

Congratulations to Huichao Song (shown with her advisor Ulrich Heinz) for winning the 2009 Bunny and Thomas Clark Graduate Scholarship, in recognition of her outstanding research in Theoretical Nuclear Physics. This year's Clark Scholarship provides $2700 to support Ms. Song's research endeavors.


2009 Graduate Teaching Award

Professor Mohit Randeria was awarded this year's Graduate Teaching Award. Each year, all of the graduate students who are taking core courses vote for who they thought did the best job teaching a core course. Professor Randeria was presented with a plaque by the Physics Graduate Student Committee in...[More]

Department of Physics Distinguished Staff Awards

Congratulations to Kris Dunlap, Kent Ludwig, and Robin Wyatt, winners of the 2009 John G. Whitcomb Distinguished Staff Awards.

A photo gallery of graduate student awards and the annual picnic may be found here.


Congratulations to 2009 Denman Award Winners

Congratulations to the MAPS student prize winners at the 2009 Denman Undergraduate Research Forum. Adam Reed, advised by Prof. Chris Hammel, J. Scott Moreland, advised by Prof. Ulrich Heinz, and Michael Roe, advised by Jay Gupta, are among six MAPS students who won the 2009 Denman Award.


Robin Wyatt Honored with Distinguished Staff Award

The University Distinguished Staff Award recognizes 12 staff members, who have had five years of continuous service, for exceptional accomplishments, leadership, and service to the university community by significantly improving or enhancing the quality of worklife in ways that make a substantial difference for their colleagues; contributing to outstanding and...[More]

Congratulations to Taeyoung Choi & Donghun Lee, Winners of the Clifford Heer Scholarship

The 5th Annual Physics Graduate Student Poster Competition was held May 11-15 in the Atrium. The graduate student presenters of the best two posters in the competition were each awarded the Clifford Heer Scholarship, established in memory of Emeritus Physics Professor Clifford Heer. This scholarship provides funds to...[More]

BMAPS 2009 Undergraduate Research Forum Winners

Physics had two Best Poster winners in the BMAPS 2009 Undergraduate Research Forum that took place on Friday, April 24, 2009. Congratulations to Michael Page and Caitlin Malone!

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Physics Students Receive Prestigious NSF Fellowships

Current undergraduate Doug Schaefer (bottom photo) and recent graduate Greg Kestin (2008) (top photo) were both awarded a 2009 National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship. Winners of this fellowship receive a three year annual stipend of $30,000, a $10,500 allowance to cover the cost of tuition and fees, and...[More]

2009 GATA Award for Michael Boss

Michael Boss is one of this years Graduate Associate Teaching Award (GATA) winners. He was presented with the award by the Assistant Dean of the Graduate School Kathleen Wallace in a surprise visit to his classroom. To be selected for this award is quite an honor, as there are about...[More]

Clifford Heer Graduate Student Award

Clifford Heer


Chen to Attend EAPSI 2009

Aaron Chen, a 2nd year physics graduate student in Prof. R. Sooryakumar's group, has accepted an invitation from the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) to attend the East Asia and Pacific Summer Institutes for U.S. Graduate Students (EAPSI) in Tokyo, Japan. Funding agencies: National Science Foundation (NSF)...[More]

47th Annual Smith Lecture

The Ohio State University Department of Physics presented the 47th Annual Smith Lecture Tuesday, March 31, 2009 at 7:30 p.m. in room 131 Hitchcock Hall, located at 2070 Neil Ave. University of California at Santa Barbara physicist David J. Gross presented "The Coming Revolutions in Fundamental Physics." ...[More]

Prof. John Beacom Surprised by President Gee

Prof. John Beacom was awarded the Alumni Award for Distinguished Teaching with a surprise classroom visit from President Gee on Wednesday, February 25. The Alumni Award for Distinguished Teaching annually recognizes a maximum of ten faculty for their teaching excellence. Students, faculty, and alumni may nominate candidates, and a committee...[More]

APS Outstanding Referees Program

The Outstanding Referee program was instituted in 2008 to recognize scientists who have been exceptionally helpful in assessing manuscripts for publication in the APS journals. Like Fellowship in the APS, this is a lifetime award. Six faculty from the OSU Department of Physics have this distinction:


Joaquin Drut calculations featured in Nature Research Highlights

A theoretical study of graphene by Dr. Joaquin Drut, a postdoc in the Nuclear Theory Group, and his collaborator Dr. Timo Lahde of the University of Washington is featured this month in the Research Highlights section of Nature magazine. Their calculations apply methods used for lattice quantum chromodynamics (QCD)...[More]

Lei Bao featured on Science Friday

Lei Bao, associate professor of physics and director of the Physics Education Research Group, appeared on NPR's Talk of the Nation: Science Friday at 3 p.m. Friday, January 30. He talked about his study in the current issue of the journal Science, which found that teaching students science facts...[More]

Thank You to Gregory and Carol Steele

Thanks to Gregory and Carol Steele for their generous and thoughtful gift to support computing and network infrastructure in the Physics Research Building. A ceremony and luncheon were held on Friday, December 12 to honor the Steeles. Greg is an OSU retiree who has been a long-time friend of our...[More]

Winer named director of the Honors Collegium

Brian Winer, OSU professor of physics, will join the University Honors & Scholars Center on Thursday (1/1/09) as director of the Honors Collegium, a program for purposeful undergraduates who expect to distinguish themselves beyond the baccalaureate degree. Winer has been teaching and working in the area of high energy physics...[More]

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