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.
October 2013: Prof. Itai Cohen Featured in The Cornell Daily Sun for Recent Discovery
Prof. Cohen was featured in The Cornell Daily Sun this week for the discovery that crystals of micron-sized particles, once formed, will in fact melt back into a liquid state once they are cooled further. This is the complete opposite of the notion that solids will melt when heated, not cooled.
You can read more about this discovery here.
August 2013: Prof. Michael Niemack Featured in a Roundtable Discussion with the Kavli Foundation
Professor Michael Niemack was one of three participants involved in a roundtable discussion through the Kavli Foundation. He as well as David Spergel, a theoretical astrophysicist and professor at Princeton University, and Masahiro Takada, a professor at the Kavli Institute for the Physics and Mathematics of the Universe (Kavli IPMU), described the collaboration of a project called SuMIRe, Subaru Measurement of Images and Redshifts. This project will be a five year survey photographing a few billion galaxies and measuring the distances for a few million of them, which will begin in early 2014. In addition, another project ACTPol will use the Cosmic Microwave background, which is the afterglow radiation of the Big Bang and the oldest light in the universe, to also find galaxies and galaxy clusters in space. Together, the results of both projects will help reveal how dark energy has caused the universe to expand over time.
The roundtable discussion can be found here.
In addition, Professor Niemack will be featured in a webcast to discuss his involvement with these projects on Thursday, August 22 from 12:00 – 12:30 PDT. A link to this live webcast can be found here.