Plesser's Balancing Act

Monday, August 25, 2014
The department held its annual picnic at Duke Forest this past Saturday, August 23. It was a success as usual and included a new activity: tightrope walking! Here is a photo of Prof. Ronen Plesser showing off his balancing skills. Thank you to Prof. Mark Kruse for sharing this image.

BioPhysics Major Zhu Features Her Duke Engage Experience

Monday, August 25, 2014
Biophysics major Olivia Zhu has written an essay on her Duke Engage experience for the Duke Research Blog. Read the story "Summer Restoration in a Bolivian Winter" here.

Cao Passes Doctoral Dissertation

Friday, August 22, 2014
Shanshan Cao successfully defended his dissertation "Heavy Flavor Dynamics in Relativistic Heavy-Ion Collisions" and earned his PhD on Monday, August 18, 2014. Cao's advisor is Prof. Steffen Bass.

Prof. Barbeau Welcomes A Son

Tuesday, August 19, 2014
Prof. Phil Barbeau and his wife Sarah welcomed their son, Emmett Thomas Barbeau, on Saturday, August 9, 2014. Emmett weighed 10 lbs, 3 oz. Both Sarah and Emmett are doing great. Congratulations to Phil and Sarah!

Prof. Kotwal Appointed US Coordinator for VLHC

Tuesday, August 19, 2014
Prof. Ashutosh Kotwal has been appointed the US Coordinator for a global effort to motivate and design a new proton-proton collider of much higher energy than the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) currently operating at CERN. Prof. Kotwal has recently concluded studies that motivate a major upgrade of... Read More »

Two Graduate Students Pass Final Dissertations

Monday, August 4, 2014
Congratulations to the following students who have recently passed their final dissertations: Mauricio Pilo-Pais, "Â Metallic Nanstructures Based on Self-Assembling DNA Templates for Studying Optical Phenomena" on Tuesday, July 22, 2014. Pilo-Pais' advisor is Prof. Gleb Finkelstein.... Read More »

New Faculty Profile: Thomas Barthel

Wednesday, July 30, 2014
In July 2015, Thomas Barthel will join the Duke faculty as the Charles H. Townes Assistant Professor of Physics. Barthel studies the quantum mechanics of many-particle systems using computer simulations and analytical techniques. “I like to solve problems which either have high technological... Read More »

New Assistant Professor Sara Haravifard

Wednesday, July 30, 2014
Sara Haravifard has enjoyed experimenting with magnets and phase changes her whole life. As a little girl, she loved to watch boiling water jiggle the lid of a pot. “I was amazed at how water changes to a different phase and there is energy involved that can move things,” she said. At school, she... Read More »

Kotwal Lectures at CTEQ Summer School, IHEP and Tsinghua University

Tuesday, July 22, 2014
Prof. Ashutosh Kotwal recently lectured at the CTEQ Summer School on Particle Physics, which was hosted by Peking University this year in Beijing. He lectured on QCD and Electroweak Phenomenology. During the same trip, he gave a colloquium at Tsinghua University and a seminar at the Institute of... Read More »

Dannenberg Publishes Research in Physical Review Letters

Friday, July 11, 2014
A paper describing Paul Dannenberg's (Physics '13) undergraduate research on noise-induced transitions in nonlinear systems has recently appeared in Physical Review Letters. The paper is titled "Steering Most Probable Escape Paths by Varying Relative Noise Intensities" and can be viewed here. This... Read More »