CU-Physics Learning Assistant Program Profiled by National Public Radio

Feb. 4, 2016

CU-Physics faculty members and students are highlighted in this article about the CU Learning Assistant program posted on the NPR web site. The article explains how we use Learning Assistants to improve student learning in our courses, and to encourage students to pursue careers in STEM teaching, focusing on Steve...

Science as art: the colorful world of liquid crystals on display at Gemmill Library

Feb. 1, 2016

If you visit CU’s L.H. Gemmill Library of Engineering, Mathematics and Physics this semester, one of the first things you are likely to see is a collection of colorful, eye-catching images of liquid crystals created by researchers in the Soft Materials Research Center , based in the Department of Physics. When the call for art exhibits grounded in science went out from the library last summer, Christine Morrow, the Center's Education and Outreach Director, immediately recognized an exciting opportunity to create an educational exhibit centered around liquid crystal images obtained by Center scientists in the course of their research. The microscopic textures of liquid crystals viewed in polarized light are colorful and visually appealing, and she realized that a set of liquid crystal images would make a striking display that could engage and intrigue library patrons. "The idea of our exhibit is to get people's attention, to make them curious about where these gorgeous images come from, and to show them how scientific researchers think and feel."

Max Ruth Named Inaugural Gamow Scholar

Dec. 30, 2015

Congratulations to Max Ruth, who was selected as the inaugural Igor and Elfriede Gamow scholar. Max is an honors student in physics, and is conducting optics research with Associate Professor Thomas Schibli. The Gamows’ gift supports undergraduate students majoring in physics, engineering physics, or astrophysics. Rustem Igor Gamow is the...

In Memoriam - John Wahr

Nov. 12, 2015

Professor John M. Wahr passed away on November 11, 2015 at the age of 64. Professor Wahr was the first geophysicist to join the Department of Physics at CU-Boulder. He joined the department as an Assistant Professor in 1983, built the Geophysics Group within the Department, and had a highly...

CU Physics team shares in 2016 Breakthrough Prize for Fundamental Physics

Nov. 9, 2015

The 2016 Breakthrough Prize for Fundamental Physics was awarded November 8, 2015 for the discovery and study of neutrino oscillations, revealing a new frontier beyond the standard model of high energy particle physics. The $3M Prize is shared among the all of the scientific collaborators including CU-Physics Professors Eric D...

CU-Boulder key partner in national STEM center initiative

Nov. 9, 2015

To Physics Professor Noah Finkelstein, it's more of a movement. And it's one that will go a long way to address the well-documented shortage of professionals in certain science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields. The University of Colorado Boulder and University of Massachusetts Amherst are lead public campuses partnering...

CU-Boulder key partner in national STEM center initiative

Nov. 9, 2015

To Physics Professor Noah Finkelstein, it's more of a movement. And it's one that will go a long way to address the well-documented shortage of professionals in certain science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields. The University of Colorado Boulder and University of Massachusetts Amherst are lead public campuses partnering...

CU Physicists help reveal secrets of the "perfect fluid" formed in Big Bang

July 17, 2015

The Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider (RHIC) at the U.S. Department of Energy's Brookhaven National Laboratory has succeeded in creating distinct droplets of the quark-gluon plasma, the material that made up the Universe during the very first moments of the Big Bang. "These experiments are revealing the key elements required for...

NASA Selects CU Boulder's SUrface Dust Analyzer Instrument for Europa Mission

May 28, 2015

Congratulations to Physics Professors and Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics fellow Sascha Kempf, whose proposal for a SUrface Dust Analyzer (SUDA) instrument was selected by NASA to join the upcoming landmark mission to Jupiter's moon, Europa. NASA announced their selection on Tuesday, May 26th. According to NASA, the Europa...

Margaret Murnane Elected to American Philosophical Society

May 28, 2015

Congratulations to Physics Professor and JILA fellow Margaret Murnane, who has recently been elected to the prestigious American Philosophical Society (APS). Murnane is the fourth CU-Boulder faculty member to be elected to APS. There were 34 people worldwide elected in 2015 to the society, which was founded in 1743 in...

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