Archive for January, 2012
Browse through our collection of stories about alumni of both our undergraduate and graduate programs at Duke Physics. Keep in touch! Email us with your news.
Sheila Brown Bailey, undergrad 1967, is a photovoltaic researcher at NASA’s Glenn Research Center.
Joshua Bienfang, undergrad 1994, is a physicist at the National Institute for Standards and Technology.
Roger Byrd, PhD 1978, designs satellite instruments and software to detect nuclear testing, Sandia National Laboratory.
Susan Clark, undergrad 2004, is a postdoc at the Joint Quantum Institute between University of Maryland and the National Institute of Standards and Technology.
Chris De Pree, undergrad 1988, teaches undergraduates and writes books at Agnes Scott College in Decatur, Georgia.
Nasser Demir, PhD 2010, is an assistant professor in physics, Kuwait University.
Jacob Foster, undergrad 2003, earned a PhD in physics and is now a postdoc in the sociology department at the University of Chicago.
John Gibson, undergrad 1951, had a career in the Air Force, and did operations and economics research.
Kyozi Kawasaki, PhD 1959, won the Boltzmann Medal in 2001.
Le Leo, PhD 2008, is an assistant professor at IUPUI.
Christopher Lester, undergrad 2008, won a DOE Fellowship.
Gary Lunsford, undergrad 1962, is a senior process improvement consultant ARINC Engineering Services.
Ariana Minot, undergrad 2010, is an NSF Graduate Fellow.
Leslie Molony, undergrad 1975, is an executive in the pharmaceutical industry.
Xin Qian, PhD 2010, is a Millikan Fellow at Caltech.
Will Sager, undergrad 1976, is a professor of oceanography and geophysics at Texas A&M.
Jay Strader, undergrad 2002, is a Hubble Fellow at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics.
Scott Wilburn, PhD 1993, is Los Alamos program manager for the DOE office of nuclear physics.
Scott Zoldi, PhD 1998, is VP of analytic science at FICO.
Prof. Calvin Howell will chair the committee to search for a new dean of the Graduate School at Duke. Read the article “Howell to Chair Committee Searching for New Graduate School Dean” on Duke Today’s website here. This new chair will succeed the late Jo Rae Wright. Read a tribute to Wright in the Chronicle of Higher Education here.
Prof. Matthew Hastings had a paper published in Science this month. You can read “Universal Signatures of Fractionalized Quantum Critical Points” online here.
Hastings was also featured in a Duke Today articles “Electron’s Negativity Cut in Half by Supercomputer” as well as the front page of The Chronicle.
Prof. Ashutosh Kotwal‘s PhD thesis on “Proton and deuteron structure functions in muon scattering at 470-GeV” is now a “famous paper” according to citation count. Read it here.
An undergraduate team of three students, Zongjin Qian, Peter Zhu, and Josh Loyal won a silver medal in the “University Physics Competition,” which is described here.
Research done by the Theoretical Nuclear and Particle Physics group is currently being featured on the homepage of RENCI, the Rennaissance Computing Institute at UNC. The story contains some nice videos which have been created in collaboration with visualization specialists at UNC. Read the article “Modeling the perfect fluid” here.
1/13/12 Update: A version of this news article has appeared on the International Science Grid This Week (ISGTW) site. You can read it here.