Prof. Patrick Charbonneau, who has appointments in both Chemistry and Physics at Duke, spent three weeks in May at the Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics in Santa Barbara. While at the Kavli Institute, Charbonneau attended the program on “The Physics of Glasses: Relating Metallic Glasses to Molecular, Polymeric and Oxide Glasses.” Prof. Charbonneau gave a seminar on “How Hard Is It To Form A Glass? Insights From Beyond 3D.” The slides and video for his seminar can be seen at the Kavli institute’s webpage here. Former Duke undergrad Corey O’Hern (now faculty at Yale) was also attending.
Archive for June, 2010
Zongjin Qian, a freshman physics major at Duke, was awarded a 2010 Dean’s Summer Research Fellowship for travel to CERN this summer, where he is doing research with Prof. Al Goshaw and the Duke High Energy Physics group. Zongjin left for CERN in June, and is now involved with the ATLAS experiment at the Large Hadron Collider. He’ll be at CERN, in Geneva, Switzerland, from June 2 to July 28. After that, Zongjin will continue to work at Duke in August.
Prof. Dan Gauthier delivered a contributed oral presentation at the 11th Experimental Chaos and Complexity Conference in Lille France on June 1, 2010. The conference included over 180 participants from 31 countries and focused on a wide range of nonlinear dynamics problems, where experimental results were discussed as well as new theoretical insights and how they apply to experiments.
Alexander Tuna (Trinity 2010) was awarded the 2010 Daphne Chang Memorial Award for undergraduate research in the Duke Physics Department. The award is in honor of Daphne Y. Chang (Trinity 2005), a Duke Physics Major, who passed away in 2009 at the age of 26 and who is remembered for her remarkable success in undergraduate research.
Physics Department alumna Colleen Fitzpatrick was featured in the magazine More: For Women of Style and Substance in an article called “The DNA Detective,” written by Lynne Rosselini. Read the story online here. Fitzpatrick graduated with a PhD in Physics in 1983.
Prof. John Thomas had an article, “The nearly perfect Fermi gas,” published in the May 2010 issue of Physics Today. There are also two inter-related articles by other authors, forming a “special focus” issue on perfect fluids.