This month we are featuring the home page of Duke graduate student Junyao Tang. His page is a collection of his professional work at Duke and beyond, and also hosts a few areas about his life as a graduate student at Duke.
Archive for January, 2011
A contingent of Duke physicists traveled to Baton Rouge in late October to attend the Southeastern Section of the American Physical Society conference.
Professors Kate Scholberg, Ayana Arce, and John Thomas gave invited talks, and professors Roxanne Springer and Anton Tonchev organized sessions. Graduate student Taritree Wongjirad presented a poster, as did undergrads Ashley Jones, Farzan Beroz, and Wes Johnson. Undergraduates Travis Byington, Laura Dodd, Joshua Loyal, and Jim Mallernee gave talks.
See more photos in the Flickr album here.
Third-year graduate student Chris Coleman-Smith spent five weeks in India during the months of December and January using a $3,000 grant from the American Physical Society and the Indo-U.S. Science and Technology Forum.
Coleman-Smith says, “I applied because one of my collaborators works in India and I’ve always wanted to go from a fairly young age.” He spent the first week in Goa at the International Conference on Physics and Astrophysics of Quark Gluon Plasma, where he gave a paper titled “Implementing the Landau-Pomeranchuk-Migdal (LPM) effect in a parton cascade.” Prof. Steffen Bass, one of his advisors, participated in a panel at the conference.
Students in Prof. Moo-Young Han’s Physics 100 class last semester surprised him with a customized cake to celebrate his upcoming retirement. Han, who began as an assistant professor at Duke in 1967, is retiring March 1, 2011. Han, who discovered the color charges of quarks together with Yoichiro Nambu, excels in communicating complex physics topics to students and laypeople. He has won awards for his teaching, including the Duke General Alumni Distinguished Undergraduate Teaching Award in 1972. He says he doesn’t yet have any fixed plans for retirement, although he’s hoping to travel and write more books—he’s already authored four.
View photos on Flickr here.
Duke hosted the 30th Annual Dynamic Days conference January 5th – 8th, 2011. This annual conference covers a variety of topics within nonlinear dynamics. The conference took place at The Carolina Inn in Chapel Hill, NC, but was hosted by the faculty from Duke. Researchers from universities around the US and Europe were present, and many students participated as well by presenting posters in the poster sessions. You can find the complete list here.
The group Kotwal is co-leading consists of about 80 scientists who are using ATLAS to look for evidence of new “boson” particles, whose existence would indicate new forces. The ATLAS experiment is one of the four main experiments at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at CERN in Switzerland. Altogether, about 2,500 physicists are working on ATLAS, which has been running up to speed since about March of last year.