February 2014: Robert McGehee and Alexandre Streicher named Yennie Prize Winners
Undergraduates Robert McGehee and Alexandre Streicher were named Yennie Prize winners this month. This award goes to an outstanding senior student majoring in Physics who shows unusual promise for future contributions to physics research, and who intends to earn the doctorate. It is awarded on the basis of accomplishments during the recipient’s undergraduate years at Cornell, such as performance in formal academic courses, excellence in laboratory work and achievements in independent study or research, at Cornell or elsewhere.
The award is to honor Professor Yennie, who was a long-time member of the Cornell Physics faculty. He was internationally known for his work in theoretical physics, especially in quantum electrodynamics. He was also known to his students and colleagues as a wise and dedicated teacher. This prize is endowed in Professor Yennie’s memory by his family and colleagues.
McGehee and Streicher will be giving a presentation that will summarize their impressions of the four years they have spent at Cornell and on research they have done on Monday, March 10 during the Department of Physics Monday Lunch held in 401 Physical Sciences Building
Congratulations, Robert and Alexandre!
January 2014: Prof. Lawrence Gibbons and Prof. David Rubin Will Work on the Cornell Muon g-2 Team
The Muon g-2 experiment includes a partnership with Cornell physicists, Prof. Lawrence Gibbons and Prof. David Rubin, who will help measure the muon’s magnetic momentum to its angular momentum. Last year, the Cornell Muon g-2 team received National Science Foundation approval for its Major Instrument Research proposal for their role. The proposal was strengthened by the gift from Texas Instruments of about $200,000 worth of specialized analog-to-digital converter chips, which will be integrated into a Cornell-designed series of digitizers that can quickly handle large amounts of data as muons to speed through the new accelerator. Cornell will work with five other institutions on this experiment, with the University of Washington leading the experiment.
To read more about the Muon g-2 experiment at Cornell University in the Cornell Chronicle, click here.
January 2014: Prof. Michael Niemack Helps Develop a 30-year Vision for NASA Astrophysics Research
Professor Michael Niemack, along with about 20 other researchers within the US space agency’s astrophysics division, released a ‘wishlist’ of future space missions, looking three decades into the future. Among this ‘wishlist’ are the popular themes such as ‘Are we alone?’, ‘How did we get here?’, and ‘How does our universe work?’. In addition to these themes, the team lays out the technologies needed to answer these questions.The report discusses near-term projects to plans looking out 20 – 30 years from now.
To read more about the long term vision in Nature news blog, click here.
To read more about the Astrophysics Roadmap from NASA, click here.
To read the report on arXiv, click here.
January 2014: Graduate Student, Robin Bjorkquist, Featured in Cornell Chronicle for Co-Coaching FIRST LEGO League
This past Fall, graduate student, Robin Bjorkquist, was asked to co-coach the FIRST LEGO League (FLL). FLL is a worldwide program for kids ages 9 – 14. Each team designs, builds, and programs autonomous LEGO Mindstorms robot to perform tasks on a special playing field. This challenge encourages kids to look out into the world, identify real problems and view themselves as instruments of innovation and change.
Robin’s team, a group of five girls, grades 3 -5, decided to name their team “Robot Masters.” In November, the team attended a regional qualifying tournament at Corning Community College to share their hard work with the tournament judges and show off their robot in action and watch other teams compete.
To read more about the “Robot Masters” and the FIRST LEGO League, click here.
December 2013: Prof. Donald Hartill Elected as an American Association for the Advancement of Science Fellow
Prof. Donald Hartill is among eight Cornell scientists to be elected as fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), which is the world’s largest general scientific society and publisher of the journal Science. Each year, fellows are nominated by their peers because of their efforts to advance science or its applications. Prof. Hartill was nominated for his distinguished contributions to experimental particle physics and accelerator science and technology, and through service on important committees benefiting the larger scientific community.
To read the article featuring Prof. Hartill and seven other Cornell Scientists in The Cornell Chronicle, click here.
To read the article from AAAS announcing the newly elected fellows, click here.
October 2013: Clark Hall Open New Classrooms and Study Spaces for Students
The Department of Physics is happy to announce that Clark Hall has added new classrooms and study spaces for students to use. Physics is one of two departments implementing a five-year pilot program called a “flipped classroom,” where traditional lectures are replaced with homework students to allow students learn new information and apply it in the classroom via problem solving and reasoning.
This space will eventually house eight new classrooms for small group work. Other departments are welcome to use the space as well as long as space and time permit.
To read more about the new classroom and study space in The Cornell Chronicle, click here.
October 2013: Nobel-winning Higgs Boson Particle Discovery Has Roots at Cornell
The Nobel Prize in Physics was awarded to Peter Higgs and Francois Englert on Tuesday, October 8 for their work related to the Higgs Boson discovery. This particle began as a theory that sparked the research that ended with a discovery by an international team of physicists, including five faculty members from Cornell University.
Peter Wittich commented “The prize is a validation of the groundbreaking theoretical work that was done almost 50 years ago, and also rewards the hard work of all experimentalists, including the students, post-docs and faculty here at Cornell who participated in the Compact Muon Solenoid experiment.”
To read more the announcement from Cornell Media Relations, click here.
To read about the Nobel Prize in Physics 2013, click here.
October 2013: Department of Physics Will Hold a Symposium for Ken Wilson
For more information and to register for the Wilson Symposium, click here.