2014-Dept of Physics - Carnegie Mellon University


Tuesday, December 30, 2014

GlueX Detector Journey highlighted in MCS Science Connection

After 17 years of work, Professor Curtis Meyer watched as the particle detector that he and his colleagues had constructed in Wean Hall was packed up, loaded into a moving van and sent off to its new home, the Jefferson Lab National Accelerator Facility in Newport News, Va. MORE
Friday, December 19, 2014

Five Dept of Physics Faculty Members Elected Fellows of American Physical Society

Five Carnegie Mellon faculty members in the Dept of Physics have been elected fellows of the American Physical Society. MORE
Friday, December 12, 2014

Alumnus Dr. Michael Bass wins Woods Prize

Alumnus Michael Bass, B.S. CMU Physics 1960, received the 2014 R. W. Wood prize of the Optical Society of America. MORE
Monday, November 17, 2014

Eye on the Sky

At the end of August, the National Science Foundation signed a cooperative agreement with the Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy that allows construction of the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope to begin. MORE
Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Evilevitch's research featured in the Pittsburgh Post Gazette

Research by CMU biophysicist Alex Evilevitch and his team on how some viruses violently expel their DNA inside human cells has been featured in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. MORE
Friday, November 7, 2014

Neta Bahcall To Present Bennett-McWilliams Lecture in Cosmology

Prominent astrophysicist Neta Bahcall, who was the first head of the Hubble Space Telescope's Science Program Selection Office, will present Carnegie Mellon University's third Bennett-McWilliams Lecture in Cosmology at 4:30 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 11. MORE
Monday, November 3, 2014

Tabitha Voytek wins award from the Society of Women Engineers

Tabitha Voytek has won the outstanding collegiate member award from the Society of Women Engineers for being a role model for women in science and engineering. MORE
Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Chuck Gitzen and Joe Rudman win Andy Awards

Joe Rudman and Chuck Gitzen were Andy Award Winners for their long and distinguished service to Carnegie Mellon University and the Physics Department. MORE
Monday, September 29, 2014

Viral Infection Might Just Be a Phase Transition

In two separate studies, Carnegie Mellon University biophysicist Alex Evilevitch has shown that in viruses that infect both bacteria and humans, a phase transition at the temperature of infection allows the DNA to change from a rigid crystalline structure into a fluid-like structure that facilitates infection. MORE
Friday, August 29, 2014

Robert Swendsen named one of Pittsburgh's Top Professors by Pittsburgh Magazine

Robert Swendsen has been named one of Pittsburgh's Top Professors in the September 2014 issue of Pittsburgh Magazine. MORE
Thursday, August 28, 2014

NSF Authorizes Agreement for the Construction of the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope

The National Science Foundation (NSF) has authorized a cooperative agreement with the Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy (AURA) for construction of the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope (LSST), which will digitally image the sky for a decade. MORE
Thursday, August 21, 2014

Eight Chinese guest students visit CMU Physics

This summer, for the first time, undergraduate students from the University of Science and Technology in China (USTC) have visited the Department of Physics at Carnegie Mellon to participate in extended research internships. MORE
Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Weighing the Milky Way

An international team of researchers, including Carnegie Mellon's Matthew Walker, have devised a precise method for calculating the mass of galaxies. MORE
Saturday, July 26, 2014

Robert Swendsen receives Rahman Prize and Ashkin Teaching Award

Physics Professor Robert Swendsen was recently recognized for his research efforts as the winner of the 2014 Aneesur Rahman Prize for Computational Physics from the American Physical Society  and has been named this year's recipient of the Mellon College of Science's Julius Ashkin Teaching Award. MORE
Friday, July 25, 2014

Shirley Ho Wins Outstanding Young Researcher Award From International Organization of Chinese Physicists and Astronomers

Shirley Ho, assistant professor of physics and a member of the McWilliams Center for Cosmology at Carnegie Mellon University, has been named a co-winner of the 2014 Outstanding Young Researcher Award from the International Organization of Chinese Physicists and Astronomers. MORE
Thursday, July 3, 2014

Markus Deserno becomes Editorial Board Member at the Biophysical Journal

Starting July 1st, Markus Deserno, associate professor and member of our department’s Biological Physics Initiative, will join the editorial board of the Biophysical Journal. MORE
Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Degrees and awards presented at Commencement 2014

The 117th commencement at Carnegie Mellon University took place May 17-18, 2014.  Shutterfly Inc. CEO Jeffrey Housenbold was the keynote speaker.

Monday, June 2, 2014

CMU Alumnus Eric Dahl receives DOE award

Eric Dahl  (S'02) recently received an award from the Department of Energy to develop a new style of particle detector for finding dark matter particles, the nearly invisible matter that makes up more than 80 percent of our universe. MORE
Monday, May 26, 2014

Raphael Flauger publishes paper that questions BICEP2’s gravitational wave discovery

Raphael Flauger, who will join the McWilliams Center and CMU Physics faculty this fall, has published a paper that questions the BICEP2’s gravitational wave discovery. MORE
Saturday, April 26, 2014

David Spergel Presents Second Bennett-McWilliams Lecture in Cosmology

David Spergel presented the second McWilliams Lecture in Cosmology,  titled "Taking the Universe's Baby Picture," at 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 24 in the Gates-Hillman Center's Rashid Auditorium. MORE
Saturday, March 15, 2014

Biological Physicist Carlos Bustamante To Deliver Carnegie Mellon's 2014 Buhl Lecture March 25

Carlos Bustamante, best known for his pivotal work using laser tweezers to measure the forces in DNA, will present Carnegie Mellon University's annual Buhl Lecture at 4:30 p.m., Tuesday, March 25 in the Mellon Institute Auditorium, 4400 Fifth Ave., Oakland. MORE
Thursday, March 6, 2014

Celebration of Hugh Young: Physicist, Educator, Musician, Explorer

A celebration of the life and legacy of Hugh Young, whose 52-year career at Carnegie Mellon left an indelible mark on generations of students, colleagues and alumni, will take place Friday, April 11, 2014 in the College of Fine Arts, Kresge Theatre and Great Hall. MORE
Monday, March 3, 2014

Recent CMU PhD Kei Moriya's Paper Selected as a PRL “Editors' Suggestion”

For the second time in a year, a recent paper by Kei Moriya and the CLAS Collaboration has been selected as an “Editors’ Suggestion,” this time by Physical Review Letters. MORE
Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Prof. Majetich Receives Seed Grant from CMU's Scott Institute for Energy Innovation

Professor Sara Majetich has received a seed grant from CMU's Wilton E. Scott Institute for Energy Innovation to explore ways to make small powerful permanent magnets without the use of rare earth or noble metals. MORE
Friday, January 10, 2014

Shirley Ho and Mariana Vargas-Magaña Co-Lead Measurement of the Scale of the Universe

An international group of researchers, including physicists from Carnegie Mellon University’s McWilliams Center for Cosmology, have made the most precise calibration of the standard ruler that is used to measure the universe. MORE