Carnegie Mellon University

Department of Physics

Mellon College of Science

2015 News

Monday, December 28, 2015
Astronomy Magazine's Top Space Stories of 2015
The CMU report of gamma emission from Reticulum II was recognized by Astronomy Magazine as a Top Space Stories of 2015.

Wednesday, December 2, 2015
Research Team Finds Detailed Record of Mysterious Fast Radio Burst
Fast Radio Bursts (FRBs), brief yet brilliant eruptions of cosmic radio waves from the distant universe, have baffled astronomers since they were first reported nearly a decade ago. Though they appear to come from the distant universe, none of these enigmatic events have revealed more than the slimmest details about how and where it formed, until now.

Thursday, October 8, 2015
Building a Better Liposome
Using computational modeling, researchers at Carnegie Mellon University, the Colorado School of Mines and the University of California, Davis have come up with a design for a better liposome. Their findings, while theoretical, could provide the basis for efficiently constructing new vehicles for nanodrug delivery.

Monday, September 21, 2015
Dark Energy Spectroscopic Instrument Receives Next Step of Approval from DOE
The Dark Energy Spectroscopic Instrument (DESI) has reached its next major milestone. The project has received Critical Decision-2 approval from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE).

Wednesday, September 9, 2015
Prof Robert Suter, along with team, published in Review of Scientific Instruments
CMU physics professor and MSE courtesy faculty member, Prof. Robert Suter, along with his colleagues has had an article published in AIP Publishings journal, Review of Scientific Instruments.

Thursday, August 20, 2015
Carnegie Mellon-Led Team Identifies Structure of Tumor-Suppressing Protein
An international group of researchers led by Carnegie Mellon University physicists Mathias Lösche and Frank Heinrich have established the structure of an important tumor suppressing protein, PTEN.

Wednesday, August 5, 2015
Milky Way-Like Galaxies May Have Existed in the Early Universe
PITTSBURGH—A new, large-scale computer simulation has shown for the first time that large disk galaxies, much like our own Milky Way, may have existed in the early days of the universe.

Monday, July 20, 2015
Scientists Identify Achilles’ Heel of Virus’s Tough Outer Shell
All viruses have industrial-strength shells that surround and protect the genetic material within, enabling the viral particles to remain stable, infectious and capable of spreading. Carnegie Mellon University biophysicist Alex Evilevitch and colleagues have now identified that tough shell’s Achilles’ heel.

Friday, June 26, 2015
Degrees and awards presented at Commencement 2015
The 118th commencement at Carnegie Mellon University took place May 16-17, 2015. Alan Alda, an acclaimed actor, writer and director, was the keynote speaker.

Tuesday, June 9, 2015
CMU Hosts ACS Colloid and Surface Science Symposium
Close to 600 researchers from 22 countries will convene at Carnegie Mellon University this month to participate in the 89th annual meeting of the American Chemical Society Division of Colloid and Surface Chemistry.

Saturday, May 23, 2015
Diane Turnshek to Present at TEDxPittsburgh
Physics faculty member Diane Turnshek will present a lecture at TEDxPittsburgh on the impact of light pollution. The event begins at noon on Saturday, May 23 at the Byham Theater in downtown Pittsburgh.

Wednesday, May 13, 2015
Kathryn McKeough wins Judith A. Resnik Award
Kathryn McKeough (S'15) is a 2015 Judith A. Resnik Awardee. The Resnik Award recognizes outstanding woman graduating in the sciences or engineering who plans to attend graduate school and whose academic performance, creativity and vision illustrates potential for high academic achievement in her field.

Monday, May 11, 2015
Brooke Kuei selected as Student Commencement Speaker
Brooke Kuei, a senior Physics major, has been selected as the Student Commencement Speaker this year. She is the first Physics student to have been given this honor.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015
Helmut Vogel Win Mellon College of Science Awards for Education
Physics Professor Helmut Vogel received The Richard Moore Award for his substantial and sustained contributions to the educational mission of MCS.

Saturday, April 11, 2015
Obituary: Acclaimed Physicist Lincoln Wolfenstein Had Passions for Science, Peace and Family
Lincoln Wolfenstein, an internationally acclaimed theoretical particle physicist, particularly in the area of weak interactions and elementary particles, died Friday, March 27 in Oakland, Calif., of cancer. He was 92.

Monday, March 30, 2015
Matthew Daniels and Zach McDargh both win EAPSI awards
Matthew Daniels and Zach McDargh, two graduate students in the Department of Physics at Carnegie Mellon University, have won awards within the East Asia and Pacific Summer Institutes (EAPSI) program

Monday, March 23, 2015
Former Mellon College of Science Post-doc Presents Research to British Parliament
A former Carnegie Mellon University post-doc, Wielewski, now a faculty member at the University of Glasgow, was one of 210 early career researchers invited to present to the British Parliament as part of SET for Britain, a poster competition in the House of Commons.

Monday, March 23, 2015
Earth Hour Project
Diane Turnshek, a special faculty member in the Physics Department who has taught astronomy during the summers at CMU, Pitt and other local universities, is spearheading the effort at CMU in turning off lights to raise 
awareness for the environment and sustainability for the 2015 Earth Hour project.

Tuesday, March 10, 2015
Unexpected gamma-ray emission from dwarf galaxy may lead to new understanding of dark matter
A newly discovered dwarf galaxy orbiting our own Milky Way has offered up a surprise — it appears to be radiating gamma rays, according to an analysis by physicists at Carnegie Mellon, Brown and Cambridge universities.

Monday, March 9, 2015
Columbia Neuroscientist Larry Abbott To Deliver Carnegie Mellon’s 2015 Buhl Lecture March 18
Larry Abbott, the William Bloor Professor of Theoretical Neuroscience and co-director of the Center for Theoretical Neuroscience at Columbia University, will present Carnegie Mellon University’s annual Buhl Lecture at 4:30 p.m., Wednesday, March 18 in the Mellon Institute Auditorium, 4400 Fifth Ave., Oakland.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015
Prof. Raphael Flauger Wins Sloan Research Fellowship
Raphael Flauger has been named a recipient of a 2015 Sloan Research Fellowship.

Friday, January 30, 2015
Shirley Ho Wins Carnegie Science Award
The Carnegie Science Center has announced that Shirley Ho, assistant professor of physics, has been awarded a Carnegie Science Award in the Emerging Female Scientist Category. She will receive the award at a banquet on May 8. 

Wednesday, January 28, 2015
Deflategate: Prof Franklin explains
Professor Gregg Franklin explains how physics could have played a role in football's latest controversy known as Deflategate.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015
Grad student Krista Freeman becomes Chair-Elect of the APS Forum on Graduate Student Affairs
Krista Freeman, a PhD student in the Department of Physics, has been elected Chair-Elect of the Forum on Graduate Student Affairs (FGSA) of the American Physical Society (APS).

Monday, January 12, 2015
Exploring the Cosmic Dawn
When Tabitha Voytek packs her bags for a trip to an island, she packs a telescope whose "petals" fold up so that it fits into a container no bigger than standard-sized luggage.

Tuesday, January 6, 2015
Physics students participate in local poster session
The undergraduate students in Prof. Tom Ferguson's Matter and Interactions 1 course had a poster session on the last day of classes in the fall 2014 semester in which they presented the results of their physics simulation projects.